Genesis: Kharagpur - a town tucked away in the eastern corner of India, famous in colonial times as home of the longest railway platform in the world - was chosen by a newly independent nation in 1951 to witness an epic experiment: the creation of an Institute of Technology at par with the best in the world. Kharagpur, it turned out, would never be the same again. Spurred by the success of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, four youngers IITs sprouted around the country a decade later, and from these five came thousands of IITians, the brand ambassadors of modern India. It was the success of this one institution at Kharagpur that wrote India's technological odyssey. Growth: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, fondly referred to as IITKGP by its kin, started its journey with 224 freshmen, 42 teachers and 10 departments,in the old Hijli Detention Camp in Kharagpur, where some of the country's great freedom fighters toiled and sacrificed their lives for India's independence. IITKGP today is a confluence of multidisciplinary courses, an engine of academic and corporate research, a thriving hub of entrepreneurship and an enabler of best-in-class placement. Today: There are 42 academic units, 12000 students, 650 full-time and about 100 adjunct faculty members. The past seven decades have continually witnessed new and pioneering developments at IITKGP: expansion from core engineering and basic sciences to architecture, management, law, medical sciences and the liberal arts; introduction of interdisciplinary studies in enterpreneurship, climate change, infrastructure design, quality, energy and the science of happiness; and collaboration with the best institutes in India and the world.
Area of Excellence
Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural and Food Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Mining Engineering, Ocean Engineering & Naval Architecture, Architecture and Regional Planning, Chemistry, Geology & Geophysics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Quality and Reliability, Rubber Technology, School of Medical Science & Technology, Water Resources, Advanced Technology Development, Energy Science & Engineering, Management, Humanities & Social Sciences, Intellectural Property Law, Educational Technology, Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Science, Theoretical Studies, Cryogenic Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Materials Science, Rural Development, Bio Science, Environmental Science and Engineering, Telecommunication, Nano Science and Technology, Engineering Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure Design and Management
Research Capability and Focus Area
Food security, future of cities, innovative infrastructure, geosciences for future of earth, digital convergence, advanced manufacturing, affordable healthcare, signals and systems for life sciences, transportation technologies, science and heritage interface
Notable Research / Publication