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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

About Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Established in December 1959, the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, also known as IITK or IIT Kanpur is one of the prominent institutes in India that provides top-level education related to basic and applied research and technology.

Under the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the Government of India established this autonomous institute to provide higher education in technology and engineering.

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is approved and recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi and as an Institute of National Importance (INI) by the Government of India. IIT Kanpur is also ISO 9001:2008 certified.

IIT Kanpur arranges for a wide variety of activities in the institute campus by partnering with various institutes and industries so that the students here can be exposed to current trends in their specialized fields of study and acquire practical knowledge.

IIT Kanpur is the fifth Indian Institute of Technology to be set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India in order to increase the reach and improve the quality of technical education in India.

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is administered and controlled by a Board of Governors. The Chairman of the Council is the Minister of Human Resource and Development, Govt. of India.

IIT Kanpur was set up with the support of UNESCO and the Soviet Union which provided the funds. The technical expertise and the equipment were provided by the Soviet Union, as was agreed by UNESCO. The Government of India took up the responsibility of incurring other recurring expenses and funding the project.

In December 1959, the institute became operational at the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute at Agricultural Gardens in Kanpur. It was started in a room of the canteen building of the institute. In 1963, the institute was shifted to its current location, on the Grand Trunk Road. This was near Kalyanpur village in Kanpur district.

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur was the first institute in the country to provide education on computer science, under the supervision of economist John Kenneth Galbraith. In August 1963, the first computer courses were started at the Institute on an IBM 1620 system.

The institute offers research, postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in engineering, management, sciences and humanities across eleven disciplines. It also awards Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) and Master of Technology (M.Tech) degrees in several engineering fields. Ph.D. programmes in various fields and M.Sc. in basic sciences are also offered.

Admission to IIT Kanpur can be sought by taking the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Advanced) which is conducted every year.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has awarded the college with the title of "College with Potential for Excellence (CPE)". As per the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2017, IIT Kanpur is the fifth best engineering college amongst all engineering colleges in India. In the international scenario, as per the QS World University Rankings of 2018, the college was placed at 293.

It is to be noted that Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur was founded with the support of a coalition that comprised of 9 US research universities to run the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP).

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) provide higher education in India. These are autonomous public institutes. These institutes are governed as per the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961. The Act has formally announced them as centres of national importance. The Act also specifies their framework for governance, powers, duties, etc.

The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 lists 23 institutes located at Ropar, Palghat, Dhanbad, Bhilai, Delhi, Dharwad, Jodhpur, Goa, Jammu, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Indore, Roorkee, Mandi, Patna, and Tirupati.

The IIT Council links each IIT to the other as these are autonomous institutions. The IIT Council oversees their administration.

The ex-officio Chairperson of the IIT Council is the Union HRD Minister. For undergraduate admissions, the IITs have a common admission process, the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced. Before 2013, the common admission process was called IIT-JEE.

The older IITs (Madras, Bombay, Kharagpur, Delhi, Kanpur, Roorkee, Dhanbad, Varanasi and Guwahati) administer the post-graduate level programs. They award the MS and M.Tech degrees in engineering. The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted for MS and M.Tech admissions.

Other than offering MS, B.Tech and M.Tech programs, IITs also award M.Sc degrees in Maths, Physics, and Chemistry; Ph.D.; MBA; etc. In order to get admission to these courses, students have to clear the Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED), Joint Admission Test for Masters (JAM) and Common Admission Test (CAT).

  • The institute has an attractive, campus situated in secured and serene atmosphere suitable for learning
  • The institute has separate individual departments for all subjects with young, dynamic faculty and non-teaching staff and with good results
  • The institute has the most eminent Faculty members and they are really well qualified, experienced and truly committed towards enhancement and development of the students
  • The institution is working with a shining sun, the spectrum which is radiating in all possible directions
  • The institute has well-equipped with modern facilities like library, laboratory, classrooms, computer lab, seminar halls, gymnasium, multipurpose halls, auditorium, canteen, playground & hostel etc.
  • A sufficient number of classrooms with varying sizes are made available for the smooth conduct of different classes in the college
  • The institute has a library with a good number of books (both text and reference) on various subjects to meet the needs of the students as well as the teachers with reading room facility. Daily Newspapers and selected journals are also regularly subscribed
  • The institute has a book bank for helping the poor and backward class students
  • State of the Art Laboratories with sufficient space and all the necessary equipment are made available to various departments
  • The IIT Kanpur campus is a benchmark in green development. It has been intricately designed so as to maximize the use of available space along with preserving the biodiversity as well as the aesthetic value of the area. It is designed to be a ‘pedestrian campus’, free of vehicular traffic and pollution
  • The campus is characterized by low energy and resource consumption as well as minimal upkeep and low maintenance cost. Apart from this, various green initiatives have been undertaken
  • With the belief that learning extends beyond the classroom, the IIT Kanpur campus provides ample of spaces and opportunities for academic as well as non-academic interaction
  • From intelligent power management systems to smart card access systems, IIT Kanpur is planning to implement several measures to make the campus an intelligent campus
  • One of the most important aspects the IIT Kanpur campus boasts is the freedom offered to the community members on campus
  • The cultural activities at IIT Kanpur are coordinated by the Cultural Council and play a crucial role in fostering creativity and confidence among students. These events are directed towards developing balanced and well-rounded individuals
  • There are two banks with their ATM facilities on the main campus
  • At IIT Kanpur, the Art Club has been founded with an aim to nurture the artist within every student. Be it the water rangoli on Independence Day or the interiors of the student lounge, the Art Club never fails to mesmerize the IIT Kanpur family with their creativity and artistic skills
  • The music club at IIT Kanpur gives the community an opportunity to be a part of different bands within the institute and to perform at different cultural events
  • The Literary Club at IIT Kanpur currently incubates three distinct and exclusive verticals - Creative Writing, Debating and Public Speaking, and Quizzing.
  • The Literary Club has been striving to achieve its vision of making the three verticals self-sustaining and independent so that over time, they can evolve into respective clubs themselves
  • Coding Club, at IIT Kanpur, aims at spreading knowledge related to computer programming to the students and also develop websites and applications that cater to the needs of the Institute
  • The institute has taken up the responsibility of imparting necessary, effective and practical education to the students so that they can reach great heights and attain maximum achievements in their life
  • The institute runs a canteen inside the campus where staff and students can have meals and snacks prepared in a hygienic manner and at an affordable cost
  • Internet & Wi-Fi facilities may be availed by the students and teachers as per their needs
  • A multipurpose auditorium complex with facilities for large meetings, cultural programs, and indoor sports activities is under construction and is also being partially used for those purposes
  • The college has got a large playground, Basket Ball court and facilities and equipment for different sports like Cricket, Football, Volleyball, Hockey, Badminton, Table Tennis and so on
  • IIT Kanpur has a medical unit consisting of female and male doctors, staff nurses and pharmacist in both the campuses. The medical unit is also equipped with an Ambulance on call round-the-clock. Modern healthcare facilities are available in Kanpur town with a number of government and private hospitals
  • State Government and the Central Government offers a number of scholarships to the meritorious students and the students belonging to SC / ST / OBC
  • A special complaint cell (Sexual Harassment Cell) has been formed for the female students in the college. Students can directly complain orally or by written application to the head of the cell. Apart from this, Ragging is strictly prohibited on the college campus
  • The Institute provides the training facility like- face to face interview, resume making, communication skills, that help the students to face the campus recruitment
  • For every course, the institute imparts practical training to its students that helps them to understand better, improve their demonstrative skills, eliminate hesitation and in this process strives to mold them into industry ready professionals
  • The institute consists Women Cell to help female students. This cell helps and guides girls to sort out from their personal problem and avoid them from any harassment
  • IIT Kanpur central library emphasizes the use of Online Information Resources
  • IIT Kanpur has a facility Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sophisticated instruments under one roof for Researchers and Smart Card facility
Levels of study
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Bachelor of Science Full Time 3 Years 10+2
Master of Science Full Time 2 Years Bachelor's Degree
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Bachelor of Technology Full Time 3 / 4 Years 10+2 & Qualifying Entrance Exam
Bachelor of Technology & Master of Technology Full Time 5 Years 10+2 & Qualifying Entrance Exam
Master of Technology Full Time 2 Years B.E / B.Tech
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Doctor of Philosophy Full Time 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 Years Master's Degree / M.Phil.
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Master of Business Administration Full Time 2 Years BBA
Master of Design Full Time 2 Years Graduation
Additional Courses
Advanced Courses:
Master of Science (Research) M.Sc.(R)
Master of Science & Doctor of Philosophy
Bachelor of Science & Master of Science
Bachelor of Science & Master of Technology
Bachelor of Technology & Master of Science
Bachelor of Technology & Master of Design
Bachelor of Science & Master of Design
Bachelor of Technology & Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science & Master of Business Administration
  • Sports
  • Hostel
  • Laboratories
  • Internet
  • Auditorium
  • Bank/ATM
  • Gymnasium
  • Placement
  • Scholarship
  • Workshop
  • Wi-Fi
  • Seminar Halls
  • CCTV Surveillance System
  • Digital library
  • Playground
  • Curricular Activities
  • Reading Rooms
  • Indoor Stadium
  • Multipurpose Hall
  • Digital Classrooms
  • Blood Donation
  • UPS
  • Conference Hall
  • N.C.C.
  • N.S.S.
  • Medical Facility
  • Counseling Centre
  • Outdoor Stadium
  • Common Rooms
  • Students Welfare Fund
  • Computer Lab
  • Cafeteria/Canteen
  • Guidance
  • Anti Ragging
  • Women Cell
  • Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee
  • Campus Security(24x7)
  • Public Transportation
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Soft Skills Training
  • Training





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