One of the oldest private universities in the country, Thapar University (TU) came into being in 1956. Launched as Thapar University of Engineering and Technology, the institute later emerged as a deemed university.

K.K. Raina, director of TU, says that the institution was the vision of Lala Karan Chand Thapar, founder of the institute who came up with the idea soon after the partition. The country then needed skilled engineers and hence the mission was to create motivated and highly trained technical workforce for the nation.


Says Ms. Seema Bawa, dean, TU, “Most of our students (numbering 4,000) are from the Punjab, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Although we have students from the other States, we would like to invite more students from the southern States to apply to TU and add to the existing multicultural ambience of the campus.” Another USP here is the importance given to sports. Each student has to pursue any one sporting activity.

The institute is accredited by NAAC and administration and academic set-up is like that of IITs. “The strength of our university is our faculty. During the academic year 2012-13, 515 research papers have been published. Sixty per cent of our faculty (total 235) have completed their Ph.D.s and many have completed their post doctoral as well,” says Mr. Raina. Some of the text books written by TU faculty a couple of decades ago, continues to be prescribed by premier institutes in the country, says Dr. Seema. The TU’s placement record has been 90 per cent consistently over the years.

Engineering aspirants from all over India can apply to the various programmes offered at the TU. Admission is purely on merit and based on JEE scores. There is no management quota and seats are given to NRIs as well. For more information on admission and programmes offered at the TU, log on to: