IITs, Indian Institute of Technology, are most respected and apex institutions for engineering education and research in India. At present, there are fifteen Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) — Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati, Roorkee, Hyderabad, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Ropar, Jodhpur, Gandhinagar, Indore, and Mandi. Out of these first seven (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati, Roorkee) are governed by The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 which has declared them as “Institutions of national importance”, and lays down their powers, duties, framework for governance etc. Remaining eight new IITs are registered as society under Society Act.
The main objective of IITs is to impart world class education in engineering and technology; to conduct research in the relevant fields, and to further advancement of learning and dissemination of knowledge. These Institutes are also contributing significantly to education and research in basic sciences and humanities. As part of the national plan of science and technology, five Centers of Advanced Study and Research have been set up in the Indian Institutes of Technology in Energy Studies (Delhi), Material Science (Kanpur), Cryogenic Engineering (Kharagpur), Ocean Engineering (Madras) and Resource Engineering (Bombay).
The IITs offer undergraduate programmes in various branches of engineering and technology; postgraduate programmes with specialization and Ph.D. programmes in various engineering and science disciplines, interdisciplinary areas; and conduct basic, applied and sponsored research. At present, IITs offer B. Tech., B. Arch, M.Sc., M. Design, M. Phil., M. Tech, MBA and Ph.D. Degrees. The quality of teaching and research in IITs is of international standards. The Institutes are continuously evaluating and modifying curricula as per the emerging trends in the industry. They also contribute to updating the knowledge of faculty of other Engineering Colleges through Quality Improvement Programmes. As host institutions under the Early Faculty Development Programme (EFDP), IITs act as nuclei to cater to the technical requirements of the respective regions.
Students into UG programmes in IITs were admitted on the basis of Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), however ISEET is likely to replace IITJEE examination from 2013. Post graduate programmes admissions are done based on Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).
LIST OF IITS
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, KHARAGPUR (IIT KGP) (Visit Website)
The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT Kgp) was set up in 1951 in a green sprawling campus spread over 2100 acres. The Institute offers B.Tech (Hons) courses in different branches of engineering, B.Arch (Hons) course in Architecture, Dual Degree programs, Integrated M.Sc. programs in science streams, two-year M.Sc. programs, M.Tech/MCP/MBM/MMST, Post-graduate Diploma and Ph. D. degree.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, BOMBAY (IITB) (Visit Website)
The Indian Institute of Technology (IITB) was established in 1958 with the co-operation and participation of the then Government of USSR under UNESCO technical assistance programme. The Continuing Education Programme (CEP) has significantly contributed to the industry by running tailor made programme for their new recruits. The Institute’s Centre for Distance Engineering Education Programme (CDEEP) provides quality Engineering Education to students, college teachers and working professionals and from industries within the country and abroad.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MADRAS (IITM) (Visit Website)
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), located in a beautiful wooded land of about 250 hectares, was established in 1959. The Institute offers Ph.D, M.S., M.Tech, M.Sc., B. Tech, Dual Degree programme, M.B.A. and M.A. Integrated programme besides a preparatory course for SC/ST students. User oriented programmes in pavement Engineering is in collaboration with Border Roads Organization (BRO) and in Ocean Technology and Management is sponsored by the National Institute of Ocean Technology. It has launched a novel dual degree programme, with a B.Tech in Engineering Design and a M.Tech specialization in Automotive Engineering.
It has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country. A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical & supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras. The Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) has been very active in promoting activities for the benefit of working professionals in industries and faculty members of other technical institutions.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY KANPUR (IITK) (Visit Website)
Set up in 1960, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur has a campus of 1100 acres. The Institute awards Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctoral degrees in various branches of technology and science. It has been making special efforts to recruit talented faculty on a world-wide basis and to admit bright students from all over the country by a careful selection process (JEE/GATE/JMET/JAM). It has one of the finest scientific & technological library with an online information retrieval system over the campus LAN. The Institute has started the Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURGE) to encourage undergraduate student research.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, DELHI (IITD) (Visit Website)
Established as a College of Engineering in 1961, this institute was declared an Institute of National Importance under the “Institute of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1961” and renamed as “Indian Institute of Technology Delhi” in 1963. The institute offers a wide range of academic programmes in science and engineering disciplines both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. The central Library has a large collection of books and journals.
To facilitate close cooperation in teaching and research, the institute has on file Memoranda of Understanding with various National and International Institutes & R&D organizations. The Administrative Unit of the Institute has developed web-based systems for students registration, grading attendance etc., for the student community as well as a Web-based information, restricted system for the employees of the Institute.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, GUWAHATI (IITG) (Visit Website)
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, established on September 1, 1994 under the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1994, is located on a picturesque lush green area of 285 hectares on the northern bank of the mighty Brahmaputra. The Institute offers B. Tech., B. Des., M. Tech., Ph.D. and M.Sc. programmes.
Research is carried out by the faculty members with PhD, Masters’ and also some B.Tech students. The Institute is well poised to make major contributions in R&D. In addition to R&D projects sponsored by the government agencies, the Institute also offeres consultancy services to various State Government departments, N.E. Railway, National Highway Authority of India, oil and gas sector organisations, construction and infrastructure companies, power sector units, educational institutions, health and pharmaceutical industries and financial institutions.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, ROORKEE (Visit Website)
IIT Roorkee, was converted from the University of Roorkee in September 2001. The Institute has its main campus at Roorkee (365 acres) and a smaller campus at Saharanpur (25 acres), 50 kms away from Roorkee.
IIT Roorkee offers a wide range of academic programmes. The Institute presently offers B. Tech./B. Arch, dual degrees (B. Tech. + M.Tech) programmes, Postgraduate programmes (M.Tech./MBA/MCA/ M.Sc.), and Ph.D. programmes in various branches of Engineering & Science. There is one academic centre (AHEC) and three centres of excellence (Nanotechnology, Disaster Mitigation and Management, and Transportation system).
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, HYDERABAD (Visit Website)
IIT, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh started functioning from the academic year 2008-09 through its temporary campus at Ordnance Factory, Medak, Hyderabad. IIT, Madras is the mentoring IIT of the Institute. The various academic departments in the institute offer course based degree programmes and also degree programmes that are inclined towards research.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, JODHPUR (Visit Website)
IIT, Rajasthan at Jodhpur started functioning from the academic year 2008-09 from the Campus of IIT, Kanpur. IIT, Kanpur is the mentoring IIT of the Institute.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, ROPAR (Visit Website)
IIT, Ropar, Punjab started functioning from the academic year 2008-09 from the Campus of IIT, Delhi. The Institute currently operates from the premises of Government Polytechnic College for Girls (Ropar). IIT, Delhi is the mentoring IIT of the Institute.
The institute is committed to providing state-of-the-art technical education in a variety of fields and also for facilitating transmission of knowledge in keeping with latest developments in pedagogy.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MANDI (Visit Website)
IIT, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh started functioning from the academic year 2009-10 from the Campus of IIT, Roorkee. IIT, Roorkee is the mentoring IIT of the Institute. The foundation stone of the permanent campus of the IIT, Mandi was laid on February 24, 2009. It was registered as a Society on June 20, 2009. The vision of the Institute is to spearhead cutting edge research and development of technologies needed by the world in the years to come.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, INDORE (Visit Website)
IIT, Indore, Madhya Pradesh started functioning from the academic year 2009-10 through its temporary campus at Institute of Engineering & Technology, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Inodre. IIT Indore aims to play an active role in this task of propelling India on her growth-trajectory by focusing on education, research and development.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, PATNA (Visit Website)
IIT, Patna started functioning from the academic year 2008-09 through its temporary Campus at Government Polytechnic, Patliputra. IIT, Guwahati is the mentoring IIT of the Institute.
The classroom teaching facilities in IIT, Patna are comparable with those available in any high class Institute in the country. Each classroom is well equipped with LCD, white screen, white board and audio visual facilities.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, GANDHI NAGAR
IIT, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat has started functioning from the academic year 2008-09 through its temporary campus at the Vishwakarma Government Engineering College, Chandkheda, Ahmedabad. IIT, Bombay is the mentoring IIT of the Institute.
The Institute has excellent facilities in terms of classrooms, laboratory spaces, faculty offices, etc. The various academic departments in the institute offer course based degree programmes and also degree programmes that are inclined towards research.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, BHUVANESHWAR
IIT, Bhuvaneshwar, Odisha was established on July 22, 2008 under the mentorship of IIT Kharagpur. Exactly a year later the institute started functioning at the temporary campus of IIT Bhubaneswar in Samantapuri, Bhubaneswar.
The Institute has full fledged facilities for academic endeavors of all kind with help from Central Tool room and Training Centre, Bhubaneswar. Moreover, there are video conferencing rooms equipped with modern technology to ensure interactive teaching between students and eminent faculties from other premier institutes. A library with a wide collection of books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias ensures the academic environment is complete in all regard.