Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati is the sixth member of the IIT fraternity, was established in 1994. The academic programme of IIT Guwahati commenced in 1995.

At present the Institute has nine departments covering all the major engineering and science disciplines, offering B. Tech., B. Des., M. Tech., Ph.D. and M.Sc. programmes. A department of Biotechnology and a department of Chemical Engineering are being established with student intake from July 2002. Within a short period of time, IIT Guwahati has been able to build up the necessary infrastructure for carrying out advanced research and has been equipped with state-of-the-art scientific and engineering instruments.

IIT Guwahati’s campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares plot of land on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra around 20 kms. from the heart of the city. With the majestic Brahmaputra on one side, and with hills and vast open spaces on others, the campus provides an ideal setting for learning. While the campus construction programme will terminate at the end of the tenth five year plan, students’ hostels, faculty and staff quarters, and a guest house have already been built.

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Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

The Roorkee College was established in 1847 AD as the First Engineering College in the British Empire . The College was renamed as The Thomason College of Civil Engineering in 1854. It was given the status of University by Act No. IX of 1948 of the United Province (Uttar Pradesh) in recognition of its performance and its potential and keeping in view the needs of post-independent India . Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, presented the Charter in November 1949 elevating the erstwhile college to the First Engineering University of Independent India.

Since its establishment, the institute has played a vital role in providing the technical manpower and know-how to the country and in pursuit of research. The University ranks amongst the best technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological development. It has also been considered a trend-setter in the area of education and research in the field of science, technology, and engineering. The University is entering 150th year of its existence in one or other form in October 1996 and so, Sesquicentennial Celebrations are being organized during the period from October 1996 to October 1997. In this moment of jubilation, the University can surely look back with pride on the achievement of its alumni over the last century and half.

Bachelor’s Degree courses are offered in 10 disciplines in Engineering and Architecture; 55 Postgraduate Degree courses are offered in Engineering, Applied Science and Architecture and planning. The University has facility for doctoral work in all Departments and Research Centers .

The University admits students to B.E. and B.Arch. courses through a nationwide competitive entrance examination conducted at various centers all over India without any considerations for domicile. There are no consideration of domicile in the sphere of postgraduate education and research either.

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Indian Institute of Technology , Kanpur

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is engaged in carrying out original research of significance and technology development at the cutting edge. It imparts training to students so that they become competent and motivated engineers and scientists. The Institute celebrates freedom of thought, cultivates vision and encourages growth, but also inculcates human values and concern for the environment and the society.

The Institute awards Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in various branches of technology and science. It has been making special efforts to recruit talented faculty on a worldwide basis and to admit bright students from all over the country by a careful selection process (JEE). The Institute has about 1450 undergraduate and 850 postgraduate students, 300 faculty, and more than 1500 supporting staff. It has one of the finest scientific & technological library with an online information retrieval system over the campus LAN.

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Indian Institute of Technology , Kharagpur

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur was established way back in 1951, is the first among the seven IITs in India . In 1946 prior to India’s independence, the concept of establishing a chain of technical institutes on the lines of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in order to usher in post -war development in India, came up. This concept reached fructification in the shape of IIT Kharagpur. Beginning in a rather humble way in a dilapidated building, IIT Kharagpur has indeed come a long way and made key contributions to the scientific, technical and industrial development of India .

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Indian Institute of Technology , Madras

The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras , is among the foremost of institutes of national importance in higher technological education and in basic and applied research.

The Institute, with a self-contained campus of nearly 360 faculty, 4000 students, 1250 administrative and supporting staff, is located in a beautiful, wooded land of about 250 hectares in South Madras . It has been growing from strength to strength ever since it obtained its charter from the Indian Parliament in 1961 and has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country.

The Institute has several departments and advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and the pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organised on a unique pattern of functioning.

A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical and supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras.

The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras is an autonomous statutory organization functioning within the Institute of Technology Act . The six IITs (others being at Bombay , Guwahati, Kanpur , Kharagpur and New Delhi ) are administered centrally by the IITs’ Council, an apex body established by the Government of India. The Minister of Human Resource & Development, Government of India, is the Chairman of the Council. Each Institute has a Board of Governors responsible for its overall administration and control.

The Senate comprising all professors of the Institute decides the academic policy of the Institute. It controls and approves the curriculum, courses, examinations and results. It appoints committees to look into specific academic matters arising from time to time. The teaching, training and reseach activities of various departments of the Institute are periodically reviewed to improve faciliites and maintain standards. The Director of the Institute is the ex-officio Chairman of the Senate.

There are three Senate Sub-Committees, namely, Board of Academic Research, Board of Academic Courses and Board of Students to help academic administration and efficient functioning of the Institute.

The Finance Committee advises on all financial policy matters while the builiding and Works Committee advises on matters relating to buildings and works activities.

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Indian Institute of Technology , Bombay

A high-power committee of Govt. of India recommended in 1946 establishment of four higher institutes of technology of the level of their counterparts in Europe and United States to set the direction for the development of technical education in the country. These institutes were designed to provide the necessary dynamism and flexibility of organization in the light of expanding knowledge and changing socio-economic requirements of modern society.

Planning for the Institute at Bombay began in 1957 and the first batch of 100 students was admitted in 1958. The Institute campus at Powai extends over 200 hectares and is situated in picturesque surroundings with Vihar and Powai lakes on either sides and green hills strewn around.

In 1961, by an act of Parliament, the Institute was declared an institution of national importance and was accorded the status of a university with power to award its own degrees and diplomas.

IIT Bombay was established with the cooperation and participation of the UNESCO, utilizing the contribution of the Govt. of USSR. The Institute received substantial assistance in the form of equipment and expert services from USSR through the UNESCO from 1956 to 1973. The Institute received several experts (59) and technicians (14) from several reputed institutions in the USSR . The UNESCO also offered a number of fellowships (27) for training of Indian faculty members in the USSR .

Under the bilateral agreement of 1965, the USSR Govt. provided additional assistance to supplement the Aid Program already received by the Institute through UNESCO.

Objectives and Goals

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay seeks to establish traditions which will foster creativity and growth of excellence. The institute has the following broad objectives :

1. To provide the best possible educational facilities for training bright students for the careers in technology and science.

2. To provide a creative atmosphere in which higher studies and research thrive both amongst the students and the faculty.

3. To organize a short intensive courses, conferences and seminars on current technological developments which will be of benefit to the surrounding community.

4. To provide research and development consultancy which will promote contact with and be of service to industries and to government and Civic Organizations.

5. To organize quality improvement programmes for faculty members from various engineering colleges.

6. To provide leadership in curriculum design and development.

The Institute cherishes the hope that its graduates will be the leaders of tomorrow. Their education is patterned with this in view. Thus in the engineering curriculum, besides the professional courses, there is a strong emphasis on acquiring a thorough grounding in the basic sciences of mathematics, physics and chemistry and a reasonable knowledge in subjects like economics, English, philosophy and social sciences belonging to the Humanities and Social Science. The emphasis on the basic sciences removes to some extent the fear of rapid obsolescence, while studies in the Humanities help the students to interact more positively with the society in which he lives. Besides making available facilities for higher education, training and research in various fields of engineering and technology, the Institute contributes to the industrial development and economic growth of the country by preparing a cadre of engineers and scientists, who provide both man power and support R&D work for industries.

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Indian Institute of Technology , Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is one of the seven Institutes of Technology created as centres of excellence for higher training, research and development in science, engineering and technology in India, the others being at Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Bombay, Guwahati and Roorkee.

Established as College of Engineering in 1961, the Institute was later declared an Institution of National Importance under the “Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963″ and was renamed “Indian Institute of Technology Delhi “. It was then accorded the status of a deemed university with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees.

HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, laid the foundation stone of the Institute on January 27, 1959. The Institute was inaugurated by Prof. Humayun Kabir, the then Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs on August 21, 1961. The Institute buildings were formally opened by Dr.Zakir Hussain, the then President of India, on March 2, 1968.

Location :
IIT Delhi is situated at Hauz Khas in South Delhi, which is a landmark place in the colourful and chequered history of Delhi. Bounded by the Sri Aurobindo Marg on the east, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Complex on the west, the National Council of Educational Research and Training on the south, and the New Ring Road on the north, the Institute campus is flanked by Qutub Minar and the Hauz Khas monuments. Well connected to the major city centres by open and wide roads, the Institute campus is about 19 Km. away from the Delhi Main Railway Station, 14 Km. from the New Delhi Railway Station, 21 Km. from the Inter-State Bus Terminal and 10 Km. from Delhi Airport.

The objectives include:
> Offering instruction in engineering and applied sciences at a level comparable to the very best in the world.

> Providing best facilities for postgraduate studies and research.

> Providing leadership in curriculum planning and laboratory development.

> Developing programmes for faculty development both for its own staff and for teachers of other engineering institutions.

> Developing close collaboration with industry through exchange of personnel and undertaking consultancy projects.

> Developing strong collaboration links with other academic and research institutions in the country and abroad.

> Anticipating the technological needs for India and to plan and prepare to cater to men.

> Developing continuing education programmes.

> Preparing instructional resource material in the conventional as well as the audiovisual me video and the computer based modes.

> Catering to the development of a culture for maintenance and conservation.

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