Institute of Technology - Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), Varanasi established in 1971, is one of the top technological institutes of India. The Institute came into existence with the merger of three premier engineering institutions established by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, namely, Banaras Engineering College (BENCO), College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET), and the College of Technology (TECHNO).
The Institute has so far produced more than 23500 B. Tech, 3600 M. Techs., 800 Doctoral and one D.Sc. degree holders. IT-BHU follows a semester system. The academic year runs July through May and consists of two semesters, each of approximately 20 weeks duration. The odd (first) semester begins in the third week of July and ends in the first week of December. The even (second) semester starts in the third week of December and ends in the first week of May.