The Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur (BESU), established in 1856 at Shibpur, Howrah, is one of the oldest engineering universities in India. The university has programs for bachelor and masters degrees in engineering and applied sciences. The university also offers research degrees ( Masters & Ph.D ) in engineering and applied sciences. This university was ranked 10th among all top engineering institutes in India by the leading magazine "India Today" in the year 2005. The university is set to become the first Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology following the Indian Cabinet`s approval of the proposal for its upgrade to IIEST on 12 October 2010.