From a reltively modest beginning with a B.E. programme in Telecommunication in 1957 as part of the Department of Electrical Engineering in the then University of Roorkee, Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering (E&CE) at IIT Roorkee has been continuously striving for excellence in engineering education and research, and at present, it is one of the largest Departments in the Institute in terms of students strength and number of academic programmes. Right from its inception as a separate Department in 1964, diversification, focused growth and consolidation of earlier initiatives have been the mission of the Department. In January 2013 a new Department named as Department of Computer Science & Engineering was carved out of it and the present Department was re-christened as the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering. The major areas of work in the department are:
The Department has always been on a high growth path to keep pace with the ever increasing importance of the major disciplines of study and current technology trends. The Department has strong research programmes leading to Ph.D. degree in all the areas of Electronics and Communication Engineering. A large number of Ph.D. scholars are currently engaged in cutting edge research in the Department. In addition to the well equipped curriculum related laboratories, the Department has many state of the art facilities for assisting research and development in solid state devices, VLSI, RF Engineering, digital signal processing, image processing and wireless technology. These have been set up with support from Government agencies and industries. The Department has successfully completed a large number of sponsored research projects funded by various agencies such as DIT, DST, MHRD, DOE, DRDO, PRL, Naval Research and Army Technology Board.