Started in 1946, Mechanical Engineering Degree Program is one of the oldest at BITS Pilani. The department is vibrant with several activities round the year. It is a DST-FIST Sponsored (2002-2007) and UGC-SAP Sponsored (2007-2012) Department. We have a research focus that benefits industry, society and the environment. Several faculty members of the department also share administrative duties. The Department offers two Integrated First Degree Programs and three Higher Degree Programs on campus apart from off campus programs under continued education scheme. The curricula are highly demanding and attract exceptionally meritorious students from all over India. Research emphasis is there in all tires of education, First Degree, Higher Degree and Ph.D. Students look for challenging careers in the best of the organisations within India and abroad. There is huge potential in the department for Consultancy as well as Technology and Product incubation.

The Mechanical Engineering Department at BITS Pilani has a rich heritage. It was renamed from ‘Group’ to a ‘Department’ in October 2010. The Department takes pride in the achievements of its alumni, who have shined in various walks of life.

The general work areas of the faculty in the Department can be broadly summarized as:
  • Design Engineering
  • Thermal Engineering & Fluid transport
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials, including Nano-Materials and MEMS
  • Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
  • Robotics & Mechatronics

  • The Vision
  • The Mission
  • To lead in cutting edge research and impart high quality education of social relevance for making future ready mechanical engineers and professionals.

  • Enhance research and pedagogical collaborations with industries and premium institutes across the globe.
    Develop state-of-the-art research environments to provide solutions to national and global issues.
    Top-of-the-league curriculum in mechanical engineering for nurturing and grooming globally competitive engineers.

Programmes Offered


Research focus is there in all tires of education, First Degree, Higher Degree and Ph.D. The University has its own seed grant scheme to encourage research in new areas. The Department encourages research in Mechanical as well as inter-disciplinary areas.



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Degree Programmes


The under graduate Mechanical Engineering program started way back in 1946 and the Masters (Higher Degree) program in Mechanical Engineering was introduced in 1965 and there after came MSc Tech. Engineering Studies in 1981, another first degree program. Two specializations in Higher Degree level, namely ME Design Engineering and ME Manufacturing Systems Engineering were introduced in 1998. The most recent addition to the department is BE Manufacturing Engineering, started in 2009.

On-campus Programs

Ph.D. Shortlisting Criteria

Eligibility Criteria For Ph.D. Admission

  • First Division in both B.E. / B. Tech/ M.Sc. (First Degree) and M.E. / M. Tech (Higher Degree) or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or allied disciplines (minimum 60% or equivalent in case where the university does not declare First class).
  • NET, DST, DBT qualified candidates with First Degree only will also be considered to pursue full-time Ph.D if they have government scholarships to support them for the full duration of the Ph.D. program.
  • As per the advertisement, a part-time applicant must be a regular employee of a reputed organization.

Normal duration of the BE (Hons) programs are 4 years and ME programs are 2 years. The "Honors" tag is there in the nomenclature of the BE programs because of several unique features of the degree program namely:

  • The students spend one and half summer terms more under evaluated curriculum within their 4 years BE degree.
  • Integrated nature of the program with other first degree programs offered at BITS Pilani.
  • Opportunity to work in live industrial problem integrated with the programs. 

The Group also offers several Off campus programs under Continued Education program of WILPD for example BS Programs in Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering & Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Power Engineering and MS Programs in Mechanical System Design, Quality Management, Manufacturing Management etc.


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