The University of Roorkee celebrated the completion of 150 years of its existence in 1996-1997. The University of Roorkee, now the Indian Institute of Technology had a modest beginning as the Thomason College of Engineering in the year 1847, and was converted to the First Technical University of India in the year 1949. This incident not only indicates the deep rooted history of this institution but is also an indication of the service that it has provided in the process of technical escalation of our country. The institution has a inimitable record of nurturing the enormous talent of this country and providing them with the best of the scientific and technical education of the world and yet never loosing its lustre. The institution has always provided the path and has been idol for the other upcoming institutions and universities to follow. These 150 years have been great years of technical advancement for our country and the institution pledges to provide much more in the upcoming years.
On the occasion of completion of 150 years of service to the nation, memorable events marked the success of the occasion.
Inauguration of the festivities on November 26, 1996 . Chief guest Manmohan Singh, Ex-Finance Minister of India, took the pleasure of presiding over the ceremony that unveiled the historical treasure of the institution.
The University of Roorkee flag adapted to befit the ceremonies of this memorable occasion, a special mark of the celebration of 150 years of reign. First day Cover of the Commemorative Stamp issued to mark the sesquicentennial celebrations .The first day cover portraits the main building of the University of Roorkee. Release of the Commemorative Stamp by the President of India Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma on January 1, 1997. A statue of Sri Govind Ballabh Pant was also unveiled on this occasion.
On September 21, 2001, an Ordinance issued by the Government of India declared it as the nation's seventh Indian Institute of Technology. The Ordinance is now converted into an Act by the Parliament to make IIT, Roorkee as an "Institution of National Importance".
The Institute offers Bachelors Degree/courses in 11 disciplines of Engineering and Architecture and Postgraduate Degrees in 55 disciplines of Engineering, Management, Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, and Architecture and Planning. The Institute has facility for doctoral work in all Departments and Research Centres.
The Institute admits students to B.Tech. and B.Arch. courses through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted at various centres all over India.