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The Department of Space Engineering and Rocketry was visualized by the founder, Shri B. M. Birla to train engineers and scientists in the emerging areas of Aerospace and Rocket Technologies way back in 1963.

Even as activities in Space Sciences and Engineering were being initiated by the Government of India with the formation of INCOSPAR in 1962 and TERLS near Thiruvananthapuram in 1963, Sri B. M. Birla envisioned the need to develop human resource to meet the future needs and challenges and set up a dedicated department at the institute.

The Inception

When professor G. B. Pant undertook the responsibility to set up the Department at the Institute, he got his plan approved by Dr. Vikram A. Sarabhai, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission himself. Two Atomic Energy Scholarships were also sanctioned for initial years. Professor Pant visited the United States of America and obtained the services of Professor Maurice J. Webb of Princeton University to set up a moderate laboratory before a one-year Post-graduate Diploma Programme could be started in 1964.

Postgraduate Programmes

Expansion of infrastructure, induction of competent faculty and general acceptability of outgoing students culminated in starting of a two-year Post-graduate Degree Programme leading to M. E. in Space Engineering and Rocketry with two specializations –

  • Aerodynamics
  • Rocket Propulsion

On the basis of the expertise and experience generated over the years, the Department has started another Post-graduate Programme, leading to M. Tech. Degree in Fuels and Combustion from July 2002.

Doctoral Programmes

The Department has built a state-of-art infrastructure to train Post-graduate students and to support R & D work, which is also conducted on Grants-in-aid Projects basis, sponsored by various Agencies.

Fields of study in Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research includes-

  • Computational and Experimental Aerodynamics
  • Rocket Propulsion
  • Propellant Technology / Combustion
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Dr. Mohan Varma

HOD, Department of Space Engineering and Rocketry
BIT – Mesra, Ranchi
Jharkhand- 835 215
Email: hodser@bitmesra.ac.in