The National Power Systems Conference (NPSC) is a biennial event organized by an academic or research institution. It provides a platform for power system researchers and engineers from industry, utility and academia facilitating exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience on the latest developments in the concerned field. The 4th NPSC was organized in 1986 by the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU), Varanasi, with global participation of eminent luminaries enlightening the intelligentsia with innovative and brilliant concepts.
Fortunately, as a matter of coincidence, the 17th NPSC is going to be hosted once again by the Department during December 12-14 in the year 2012, with nationwide celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.
Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya founded BHU in the year 1916, with benevolent and magnanimous contributions of the then maharajas and other persons of eminence. The University was nurtured by Sir Sunderlal, as the 1st V.C. of the university, followed by the great visionaries, such as Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya, Acharya Narendradev, Sir S. Radhakrishnan and many other eminent personalities.
The Benaras Engineering College (BENCO) was started in the year 1919, with its strong foundation laid by revered Prof. Charles A. King, Prof. H. P. Philpot and Prof. M. Sengupta. With the passage of time, College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET) and College of Technology (TECHNO) were included, expanding its horizon. These three colleges were merged and named as Institute of Technology, in the year 1968 with a view to give more autonomy for its better perspective in terms of academic as well as administrative decisions. Its undergraduate students are admitted through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) being conducted for all IITs
Since the inception of BENCO in 1919, combined Bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering was awarded till 1952. Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Electrical Engineering were separated in 1953 and conferred separate degrees in respective disciplines. Presently, Department of Electrical Engineering runs five post graduate (M. Tech.) programmes in Electrical Machines and Drives (1957), Power Systems (1964), Control Systems (1964), Power Electronics (1982) and Systems Engineering (Interdisciplinary, 1982) and Ph. D. programme in all disciplines of Electrical Engineering.