Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


IIT Kanpur was established by an Act of Parliament in December, 1959 in a room in the canteen building of the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute at Agricultural Gardens in Kanpur with the motto "Lead me from darkness to light".

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"To develop human potential to the fullest extent so that intellectually capable and imaginatively gifted leaders can emerge in a range of professions"

In 1963, the institute moved to its present location, on the Grand Trunk Road near the village of Kalyanpur in Kanpur district. The approximate area of the campus is 1200 acres. Atmosphere inside IIT campus is completely different from the outside town. The Campus is green, calm with many peacocks roaming around, which creates an atmosphere inside the campus enabling the fullest growth of all.

With 17 departments offering several different courses, about 300 faculty members and more than 4000 students, IIT Kanpur has fitting academic infrastructure. The institute has its own airfield, for flight testing and gliding. Few more advanced facilities for research include the National Wind Tunnel Facility, the Advanced Centre for Material Science and centres for research on Bio-technology, Electronic Systems, Display Technology, Mechatronics, Laser Technology, Computer and Internet Security, Ecological and Analytical Testing.
The P K Kelkar Library is an academic library of the institute with a collection of more than 300,000 volumes, and subscriptions to more than 1000 periodicals. It is housed in a three-story building, with a total floor area of 6973 square metres floor area.
Under the aegis of the Office of the Dean of Research and Development the students publish the quarterly NERD Magazine (Notes on Engineering Research and Development) which publishes scientific and technical content created by students which may be in the form of hobby projects, term projects, internships, or theses. Along with the magazine a student research platform PoWER(Promotion of work Experience and Research) with a budget of Rs 1.5 to 2 crore has been started. The students of IIT Kanpur also made Jugnu, an Indian technology demonstration and remote sensing satellite. This small satellite was given by President Pratibha Patil to ISRO for launch.
IIT Kanpur had a massive collaboration with USA through a specially created programme- KIAP (Kanpur Indo American Programme). It is said to be the largest ever academic assistance programme supported by U.S.A. Such close interaction brought fresh air, new ideas and novel thoughts into the academic programmes and academic administration.
IIT Kanpur was the first institute in India to offer Computer Science education.

Campus Life

The institute has more than 4,000 students including both the undergraduate and the graduate students. Students live in the hostels, officially known as 'Halls of Residence'. There are eleven hostels, nine are for boys (Hall 1-5, Hall 7-10) and two are for girls (GH1 and GH2 - previously known as Hall 6).

The Students Gymkhana, a democratically elected body, is the centre of all inter-hostel and intercollege activities that the students of IITK engage in. The President heads the student body, followed by general secretaries for the subdivisions. A number of secretaries head the smaller departments.

Inter Hall Events
IIT Kanpur organises Josh, the annual intra-institute sports festival, and the four annual inter-hall competitions: Galaxy, the cultural contest, Takneek the technology contest, Varchasva the sports contest and Spectrum the films and media competition. The best performer hall in each of the contest gets General Championship (GC).

The students participate voluntarily in social services and organisations, "Prayas" being one of them, where they involve local underprivileged children in educational activities during their free time, conduct awareness programs and provide for campus visits.

Campus News Paper
The students bring out a monthly newspaper, VoxPopuli, the college magazine Meander and NERD, a science and technology magazine.

Antaragni is the annual inter-collegiate cultural festival, held in October/November. The name of the festival was changed from Culfest to Antaragni in 1993. Like cultural-fests of other IITs, Antaragni is also all about more enthusiastic participation, high performance competitions, amazing pro shows, innovative workshops and attractive prizes.

Techkriti is the annual Technical and Entrepreneurship festival of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Over the years, Techkriti has grown into one of the largest collegiate festivals of its kind. Held every February for a period of four days, the event attracts primarily college students, mainly from Engineering and management backgrounds.

Udghosh is the annual sports festival which also attracts many colleges of North India, takes place in the month of September.


Aerospace Engineering
Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Industrial & Management Engineering
Materials & Metallurgical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Humanities & Social Sciences
Industrial & Management Engineering
Mathematics & Statistics


Ravi Sethi
Batch of 1968
Computer Scientist retired from Bell Labs and now president of Avaya Labs

Batch of 1969
Johnson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jagjeet S. Bindra
Batch of 1969
Director of Edison International and one of the United States' largest electric utilities, Southern California Edison

Anil Agarwal
Batch of 1970
Founder, Centre for Science and Environment

Sartaj Sahni
Batch of 1970
Department Chair CISE University of Florida

Umang Gupta
Batch of 1971
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Keynote Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: KEYN)

Anil K. Rajvanshi
Batch of 1972
Director, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute and winner of Jamnalal Bajaj Award 2001, FICCI award 2002, Globe Award 2009

Udai P. Singh
Batch of 1972
President, Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Mriganka Sur
Batch of 1974
Professor of Neuroscience, MIT

Pradeep S Sindhu
Batch of 1974
Co-founder, Vice-President and CTO, Juniper Networks

Ashok Jhunjhunwala
Batch of 1975
Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Sudhakar Kesavan
Batch of 1976
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ICF International

Gunjan Bagla
Batch of 1978
Founder and managing director of Amritt, Inc, a consulting firm based in Cerritos, California, and noted author of "Doing Business in 21st Century India"

Jitendra Malik
Batch of 1980
Professor in the Computer Science Division, Department of EECS, University of California, Berkeley

Manindra Agarwal
Batch of 1986
Clay Research Award, 2002, Godel Prize, 2006

Ashish Gupta
Batch of 1988
Co-Founder, MD, Helion VC

Debabrata Goswami
Batch of 1988
Scientist, famous for his "Adiabatic Quantum Computing" Work with Lasers; Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellow

Satyendra Dubey
Batch of 1994

N.R. Narayana Murthy
Batch of 1981
Co-founder and Chairman of Infosys and Padma Vibhushan

Muktesh Pant
Batch of 1976
President, Global Branding Yum! Brands

G. V. Loganathan
Batch of 1978
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Mohan Tambe
Batch of 1982
Managing Director, Innomedia Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Ramakrishna Desiraju
Batch of 1989
Vice President and Partner IBM Global Business Services


Kanpur, nestled on the banks of the river Ganga, is the tenth most populous city of India. It is of religious, historical and commercial importance. Being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, it prides on being one of the biggest producers of textile and leather products. It also houses one of the Software Technology Parks of India.

Kanpur features a humid subtropical climate resembling that of Delhi. Summers are long and very hot, with maximum temperatures possibly reaching 48 °C. The winters are shorter and experiences rainfall in the monsoon season.

The Green Park stadium, a 45,000 capacity floodlit stadium is located in Kanpur. It is an international cricket stadium that has hosted numerous ODIs and Test matches. Kanpur's malls provide a lavish shopping experience

Kanpur is well connected by rail to many important cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. Kanpur Central, one of the most important railway stations in the Delhi-Howrah Trunk Line, is the largest station of the North Central Railways. Flights are available from Kanpur Airport to Delhi six days a week, but air traffic to other places is yet to pick up. Currently, Lucknow's Amausi International Airport, an 85-km road travel away from the IIT Campus, fulfils the air travel needs of the Kanpurites.


Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur - 208 016

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