From a relatively 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 Department offers following programmes covering the broad spectrum of Electronics & Communication Engineering disciplines at the Undergraduate and Post-Graduate levels:
B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)
Integrated Dual Degree Programme-B.Tech.(ECE) and Communication)
M.Tech. in Communication Systems
M.Tech. in Microelectronics and VLSI Technology
M.Tech. in RF and Microwave Engineering
M.Tech. in System Modeling and Control
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. A judicious mix of experienced and young faculty with strong commitment to academics has created an ambience for learning. Both the undergraduate and post-graduate curricular structure and syllabi are updated regularly to reflect recent technological developments and industrial and nationals goals. The Ministry of Information Technology has established a center for Manpower Development of VLSI in the Department and has funded a project on Information Security Education and Awareness. A great number of alumni of the Department have contributed significantly to national development objectives and to academics.
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. The number and scope of current project funded by DIT, DST, MHRD, DOE, DRDO, PRL, Naval Research and Army Technology Boards, IBM and the likes bear testimony to the research potential of the Department.