The institute was established in June 1960 and later named in honour of the eminent engineer, planner and statesman, Sir M. Visvesvaraya. The Department of Civil Engineering is one of the finest and oldest engineering departments of the Institute and stands with an immortal reputation. The department was formed along with the Institute itself and therefore is as old. The Department has highly educated and well-experienced faculty members who endeavour to produce the finest engineers, contributing incredibly to the nation. The alumni of the department are widespread in India and abroad, occupying high positions in their respective fields. It has an intake of 120 students per year under UG Course and 100 per year under PG Courses. The department aims to contribute effectively to the National Endeavour of producing a quality human resource of world-class standard in civil engineering by developing a sustainable technical education system to meet the changing technological needs of the Country incorporating relevance of social concerns and to build an environment to create and propagate innovative technologies for the economic development of the nation.