The Department was established under the name of Power Plant Engineering in the year 1989 at the Salt Lake Campus of the University with a view to produce specialized engineers in the field of power generation, transmission and distribution. Since the year 2003, it has been renamed as Power Engineering Department. Today, the Department offers both Bachelor of Power Engineering and Master of Power Engineering courses with student intakes of 40 and 18, respectively. The undergraduate course offers a diverse and interdisciplinary coverage of relevant mechanical and electrical engineering courses, and specialized courses on thermal, hydro, nuclear and renewable/non-conventional power generations. The course also contains a three-week credit-paper on power plant familiarization camp, where students get an intense practical training in operating power plants. The postgraduate course offers several elective courses on advanced topics on power generation, transmission and distribution, besides offering several interdisciplinary papers related to power engineering. The Department boasts of an excellent faculty pool with rich and diverse backgrounds of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and power engineering. Several laboratories equipped with modern equipment, a huge workshop and impressive computational facility for the students, faculty members and research scholars are the key to the active teaching and research environment of this small, but vibrant department.
The teaching activity primarily focuses on imparting fundamental and applied knowledge related to the generation, transmission and distribution of conventional power, e.g., thermal, hydel and nuclear. Thrust is also given on nonconventional energy resources like solar, tidal, biomass, etc. The UG and PG courses involve interactive classes on power plant simulator that is housed in the Department.
Departmental teachers and research scholars are actively engaged in research related to Power Engineering and allied interdisciplinary areas. Major research thrust areas of the Department includes combustion modeling and diagnostics, alternative fuels, energy and exergy analyses, computational and experimental fluid dynamics and heat transfer, microfluidics, biological fluid flow, application of nanofluids in power engineering, experimental aerodynamics, hydro power, wind power, applied superconductivity in electrical machines, power system optimization, power economics, pollution engineering, real-time & embedded systems.