Indian Institute of Technology: IIT Kanpur

The Indian Institute of Technology among the other esteemed IIT colleges holds a significant place. Its competence with other engineering colleges is unquestionable. It is indeed among one of the best institutes of India. The college boasts of a panel of esteemed and experienced faculties which are known for their knowledge and expertise in the area of teaching.

IIT, Kanpur has an excellent placement record too and the students passing out if this institute are gifted with a bright future. Just like other IITs, it follows the same selection procedure for bachelor’s degree, wherein the students are selected on the basis of their IIT-JEE (Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination) scores.

Admission into MBA programs is possible by giving JMET (Joint Management Entrance Test) followed by GD (Group Discussion) and a personal interview and into M.Tech through GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) held yearly. Similarly, admission into M.Sc program can be taken through JAM (Joint Admission Test).

History of IIT Kanpur

This institute was established by Parliament through an act. Initially, it was established in Harcourt Butler Technological Institute’s canteen building and later was shifted to where today at Grand Trunk Road, it stands proud. The very first director of this institute was Dr. P.K Kelkar, on whose name today the Central Library runs. A fact, known by a few, is that this institute was the first one to initiate and encourage computer science education. Prof. H.K. Kesavan was the initiator of an independent academic program of computer science. Since those times IIT Kanpur is known for contributing towards technological development.

IIT Kanpur Campus

The campus of IIT, Kanpur stretches over 4.3 square kilometres of land. It has the second largest campus among all IITs. The campus is known for having rear species of birds. There are total of 11 hostels in the campus. 9 are for boys and 2 are for girls. These hostels are called ‘The halls of Residence’. Halls 1-5 and 7-10 are for boys and GH-1 and GH-2 are for girls. There are many small libraries in the campus for every department apart from Dr P.K Kelkar library which is the main library in the campus covering a total of 6973 m2 as the floor area. Each year almost 4500 books are added in this 3-storey library building. There are many centres too in the campus. They are:

  1. Advanced Centre for Material Science
  2. Bio-technology Centre
  3. Advanced Centre for Electronic Systems
  4. Samtel Centre for Display Technology
  5. Centre for Mechnatonics
  6. Centre for Laser Technology
  7. Prabhu Goel Research Centre for Computer and Internet Security
  8. Facility for Ecological and Analytical Testing

Moreover, the campus has an air field for flight testing and gliding and a National Wind Tunnel Facility too. The computers centre has around many super computers and it is available to the students to work round the year. The centre can comfortably be used for heavy computers-involving tasks and projects. They have also come up with a SIDBI Centre in collaboration with the SIDBI Bank for entrepreneurial tasks.

Other facilities and activities in IIT Kanpur

Every year many national, inter and intra level student festivals take place wherein musical bands famous on national and international level come to perform. The students too get to showcase their talents outside the curriculum. Students here publish their own campus newspaper, called the ‘Vox Populi’ apart from college magazine, ‘Meander’ and a science and technology magazine, the ‘NERD’ comprising of technical information given out by students themselves. Students also have a council of members who actively arrange fests and other activities and represent the students. This council is called ‘Students Gymkhana’ and it is divided into 5 groups mainly. They are:

  1. The Presidential Council
  2. The Games Council
  3. The Cultural Council
  4. The Science and Technology Council
  5. The Films and Media Council

Departments and programs offered in IIT Kanpur

 Undergraduate programs offered in IIT, Kanpur

  1. 4-years Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)
  2. 5-years Dual Degree Program to get degrees of B.Tech and M.Tech

Post graduate programs offered are:

  1. 2-years Masters of Technology (M.Tech)
  2. 2-years Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD)
  3. 2-years Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
  4. 2-years Masters in Science (M.Sc)
  5. 2-years Masters in Design (M.Des)

Departments and sub-departments in IITK

  1. Engineering Department in IIT Kanpur
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Sciences and Bio Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial and Management Engineering
  • Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering

Humanities in IIT Kanpur

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Management in IIT Kanpur

  • Industrial and Management Engineering

 Science in IIT Kanpur

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics

 Contact information of  IIT Kanpur:

 Address: IIT, Kanpur, Grand Trunk Road, Near Kalyanpur Village, Kanpur.

General Inquiries:


Telephone number: 0512-2590151

 Admission Inquiries

 Undergraduate Programs: Email- 

Telephone number 0512-2597335

Postgraduate Programs: Email-,,

Telephone mumber: 0512-2597470, 74127304, 2597203, 2596802, 2597249

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