Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee is among the foremost of institutes of national importance in higher technological education and in engineering, basic and applied research. The Institute ranks amongst the best technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological development. The Institute has completed 150th year of its existence in October 1996. On September 21, 2001, an Ordinance issued by the Government of India declared it as the nation's seventh Indian Institute of Technology.
Roorkee is a city in northeast India, located in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district. It is spread over a flat terrain with the Himalayas to the east and north-east. The city developed on the banks of the Ganges canal, its dominant feature, which flows north–south through the city. Roorkee is also known for the Roorkee Cantonment, one of the country's oldest, and the headquarters of Bengal Engineer Group since 1853.