Thapar University is a premier educational and research institute located in the 250-acre lush green campus in the historic city of Patiala. It came into existence in 1956 as an engineering college named Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology. The institute was granted full autonomy and status of a Deemed University in 1985 by the University Grant Commission. Thapar University is today recognized as leading privately managed Engineering institutions of the country and the best of its kind in the north-western region of India. The aim of the University is to provide high quality technical education at the under- and post-graduate level and to conduct fundamental and applied research in various fields of science, engineering and management. The University offers academic programs: undergraduate, post graduate and doctorate degrees at various disciplines. Since its inception, the University has grown in size and activities with its alumni excelled within the industry, academics and administration both in India and abroad.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering was established in 1956 with the inception of the Institute to produce high quality engineers the field of Mechanical Engineering to cater the needs of the newly Independent India. Since the Institute became a Deemed University in 1985, the department has increasingly focused on post graduate education and research. The Department offers undergraduate program leading to B.E. Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Postgraduate programs leading to M.E. (CAD/CAM & Robotics), M.E. (Production & Industrial Engineering), M.E. (Thermal Engineering), Part Time M.E. program in Production and Industrial Engineering and Doctoral program leading to PhD Degree. The Department aims to produce quality professionals in Mechanical Engineering to compete globally and excel by carrying out basic and applied research in emerging areas by forging strong industry-institute interaction. In January 2008, the undergraduate program of Mechanical Engineering Department has been accredited for 5 years by NBA. The Department is also notable for its laurels in international forums like Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) Formula Student, Europe and has an active staff/student exchange program with the University of Waterloo, Canada. The Department has been able to attract numerous prestigious research and infrastructural grants in recent years from agencies such as AICTE, DRDO, DST, UGC, to list a few. The department is having one the largest laboratory and workshop facilities in North India and is has recently developed/setting up or upgrading laboratories in areas of Bulk Solids Handling (pneumatic conveying), Nanofluid, Manufacturing, Automation/Robotics, Computer Aided Designs etc. The faculty and staff are actively involved in fostering industrial collaborations through training programs, workshops, consulting projects etc.