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The Department of Architecture was established at BIT Mesra in the year 1993, in keeping with the multifarious scope of Architecture as the art and science of designing spaces and adding value to a meaningful, built environment. It is a subject which is a combination of faculties of engineering, science as well as arts. The programme is a balanced combination of all these streams, yet follows a unique pedagogical methodology that is its hallmark.


Since 2010, Outlook magazine has been ranking the Department of Architecture, BIT Mesra among the top 10 Indian institutes imparting architectural education. This year, they have retrospected their endeavour, and we bring the excerpts here.


The Department ranks 5th among all colleges of Architecture in India as per the survey of Eduways in 2013.


In 2012 survey of Outlook, same as last two years, the Department of Architecture of BIT Mesra has been placed within the first ten among the 300 colleges of Architecture in India.


The Department of Architecture has ranked 2nd among the private colleges that offer architecture, with only Sir JJ College of Architecture of Mumbai (the oldest architecture college in India) ahead of it.


BIT Mesra has been ranked 3rd among all private engineering colleges of India, following BITS Pilani and IIIT Hyderabad.

The   course   structure  is  poised   between theoretical knowledge and its practical application with ample application-based lab subjects evenly distributed throughout the syllabus. The practical orientation of working in an actual office is also taken care of in the Practical Training subject in the final year of the course.


Students also get a scope to exercise the applicability of the entire course learning in the Final Year Thesis dissemination.


Architecture students find rewarding employment in planning, design and construction industries.


Many pursue higher studies in India and abroad in City Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Conservation, Construction Management - to name a few.



First NATA Test Centre of Jharkhand, and the fourth one in eastern India, opens in Architecture Dept, BIT Mesra, Ranchi from June, 2013.


For details on NATA, visit their webpage here. For details on test centres, visit here.




  • The department offers a five year Bachelor of Architecture course, admission to which is in conformation with the Regulations of Council of Archiecture, India.
  • The department also offers the degree of Master of Urban Planning, approved by AICTE and the Institute of Town Planners, India (ITPI).
  • The Department of Architecture invites research applications throughout the year and currently eight scholars are enrolled in its Ph.D. programme.




Collaborative Endeavours


BIT is the Resource Institute for the State of Jharkhand for Disaster Management programmes. The architecture department had jointly organized with the Department of Civil engineering four short-term courses for National Capacity Building Programme for Engineers and Architects in Earthquake Risk Management (NCBPEERM).


The Department has the rare feat of being the first ever academic institute of Architecture to be awarded research grants under the Department Research Support (DRS) level of the Special Assistance Programme (SAP) of the University Grants Commission (UGC).


The department is also closely associated with training institutes like Sri Krishna Institute of Public Administrators (ATI), Ranchi and National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi. Faculty members of the department regularly visit these institutes to deliver lectures in varied subjects related to Architecture, Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Disaster Management, GIS, Steel Structure and the like.


ABACUS (ISSN: 0973-8339)


Since 2006, the Department publishes a bi-annual journal on Architecture, Conservation and Urban Studies named ABACUS. The journal is refereed by an international panel of eminent architects and planners from the field of academics and industry.


With the first issue released in Monsoon 2006, BIT created another milestone by pioneering the first ever researched journal in the field of Architecture and Planning being published from an academic institution.


The Department is on Facebook now.




  For further details, contact the office of the Head of the Department :

Dr. D. J. Biswas

Professor and Head, Department of Architecture
BIT- Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand -835 215
Ph: 0651-2275588, Fax: 0651-2275401

E-mail: hodarchitecture@bitmesra.ac.in