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Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

About Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Established on 18 August 1951, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is also known as IIT KGP or IIT Kharagpur. IIT Kharagpur is renowned as one of the famous institutes in India that provides education on basic and applied research and higher technology.

Under the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011 the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the Government of India established this institute. It is an institute that is autonomous in nature.

The institute has been certified as an ISO 9001:2008 institute. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi has also approved and recognized IIT Kharagpur, and the government of India has recognized it as an Institute of National Importance (INI). The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has conferred the college with the title of “College with Potential for Excellence” (CPE).

IIT Kharagpur aims at providing its student's exposure and practical knowledge about recent trends in their chosen fields of study. The institute does this by arranging various activities by collaborating with other institutes and industries.

In order to improve the standard of technical education in India and in order to expand its reach, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India set up IIT Kharagpur, which is one of the first new IITs set up by the government of India. The control and administration of the institute are in the hands of a board of governors. The Chairman of the Council is the Minister of Human Resource and Development, Govt. of India.

A committee was formed in 1946 which consisted of the then chief minister of West Bengal, Bidhan Chandra Roy, and Indian educationalists Jogendra Singh and Humayun Kabir. They wanted to build an institute that could provide higher technical education in the era of post-war industrial development in India.

After this, a twenty two-member committee was formed which had Nalini Ranjan Sarkar heading it. This was called the Sarkar Committee. This committee submitted an interim report according to which there was a recommendation for setting up institutes that would provide higher technical education.

This higher education would be as per the education provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana and other secondary institutions that are affiliated to it.

Bidhan Chandra Roy was the one who persuaded India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru to set up the 1st institute in West Bengal based on the grounds that during those times, West Bengal had the biggest cluster of industries.

In May 1950, the 1st Indian Institute of Technology was set up in Esplanade East, Calcutta and called the Eastern Higher Technical Institute. In September 1950, the institute was shifted to Hijli, Kharagpur which was located 120 km south-west of Calcutta. This became its permanent campus.

The first technical institute set up in West Bengal was the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur in 1856, followed by Jadavpur University in 1906, earlier known as Bengal Technical Institute, followed by IIT Kharagpur. This makes IIT Kharagpur the third technical institute that was set up in West Bengal.

On 18 August 1951, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad formally inaugurated the institute and it was named "Indian Institute of Technology".

To declare the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur as an educational institute that is of national importance, and to prepare for its incorporation and other things connected with it, a bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha, Bill no 36 of 1956, on 18th May 1956.

With 10 departments, 42 teachers, and 224 students, in August 1951 the first session was started at the institute. In the Hijli Detention Camp, which is a historic building and now known as Shaheed Bhawan, the administrative office, classrooms, and laboratories were set up.

It is in this building that during the British rule, the imprisoned political revolutionaries were kept. During World War II, the Bomber Command of the U.S. 20th Air Force used this building as its headquarters.

The institute offers degrees across 18 disciplines. It offers post-graduate, research and undergraduate degrees in engineering, management, science, and humanities. Students applying for admission to the courses offered at the institute are selected through the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Advanced) which is conducted every year.

Among all engineering colleges in India, in 2017, the National Institutional Ranking Framework ranked this college as third. On the international level, in 2018, it was ranked at no. 308 by the QS World University Rankings.

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur awards Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) and Master of Technology (M.Tech.) for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, respectively, in various engineering fields. It also offers Ph.D. courses and M.Sc. in basic sciences.

The Continuing Education Programme (CEP) is offered by the institute to qualified scientists and engineers to keep them updated in their disciplines. Under the CEP, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur conducts short-term courses that are approved and assisted by the All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi.

It also offers the Quality Improvement Programme (QIP), an Early Faculty Induction Programme (EFIP) and also formal degree programmes (MTech and Ph.D.).


The motto of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is "Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam" which means, “Yoga is Excellence at Work”.


  • The institute has a vision of grooming its students into global leaders in the fields of technology, science, and management by becoming a centre of excellence in research and education; to become a centre of knowledge creation that gives weightage to the areas of global and national importance; and to better the life of every citizen of India


  • IIT Kharagpur is on a mission to arm its students with best-in-class capabilities and professional skills in their respective fields by providing broad-based education; to provide students with expert knowledge in technology, science, law and management so as to develop their skills in visualizing, synthesizing and executing projects; to develop a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in students; and to take on sponsored research and render consultancy services in educational, industrial and socially pertinent areas

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) are the autonomous public institutes of higher education located in India. They are governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 which has declared them as institutions of national importance and lays down their powers, duties, and framework for governance 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 Kharagpur 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 Kharagpur 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 Kharagpur is planning to implement several measures to make the campus an intelligent campus
  • One of the most important aspects the IIT Kharagpur campus boasts is the freedom offered to the community members on campus
  • The cultural activities at IIT Kharagpur 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 Kharagpur, 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 Kharagpur family with their creativity and artistic skills
  • The music club at IIT Kharagpur 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 Kharagpur 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 Kharagpur, 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 Kharagpur 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 Kharagpur 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 Kharagpur central library emphasizes the use of Online Information Resources
  • IIT Kharagpur 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 Architecture (B.Arch.) Full Time 5 Years 10+2
Master of Architecture Full Time 2 Years Graduation
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
Executive Master of Buisness Administration Full Time 2 Years Graduation
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Master of Science Full Time 2 Years Bachelor's Degree
Additional Courses
Advanced Courses:
Master of Science (Research) M.Sc.(R)

Note: This Institute offers more courses in various stream categories including with optional specializations. To know more about courses, please visit the official website i.e. http://www.iitkgp.ac.in

  • 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.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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