Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur is a public technical and research university situated in West Bengal. Established by the government of India in 1951, the institute is the first of the IITs to be established and is recognised as an Institute of National Importance. In 2019 it was awarded the status of Institute of Eminence by the government of India.
IIT Kharagpur was initially established to train scientists and engineers after India attained independence in 1947. However, over the years, the institute’s academic capabilities diversified with offerings in management, law, architecture, humanities, etc. Spread over a 2150-acre campus, IIT Kharagpur houses 22,000 residents with 11794 students, 781 academic staff and 1500 administrative staff.
Sprawling over a vast 2150-acre campus, the institute houses the main building in the central academic complex, in addition to which the Srinivasa Ramanujan Complex also has common academic facilities. In the S. R. Complex, the Takshashila building houses the G. S. Sanyal School of Telecommunication, the School of Information Technology and the Computer and Informatics Centre; and has facilities for conducting lecture classes as well. Vikramshila is another academic building in the S. R. Complex, having four lecture halls, several seminar rooms, and Kalidas Auditorium, which has a seating capacity of 850. The School of Medical Science and Technology is housed in the basement of the Vikramshila building.
The Jnan Ghosh stadium and Tata Sports Complex host large-scale sports competitions. The Tagore Open Air Theatre with its 6000-people capacity is used to host cultural programs. The Netaji Auditorium in the main building is used for official functions and events, and doubles as a cinema theatre on weekend nights, showing films to the IIT community at subsidised rates. The Science and Technology Entrepreneurs’ Park (STEP) provides infrastructure facilities to alumni who want to become entrepreneurs but lack infrastructure to start their own corporation.
IIT Kharagpur houses its central library located in the institute’s main building, housing a collection of over 350,000 books and documents, more than 1600 subscriptions and online journals and several volumes of periodicals, theses and audio-visual material. The library has six halls and a section exclusively for SC and ST students. The library’s transaction service is automated and online searches are possible through an Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). The Electronic Library section has a collection of databases, video lectures and miscellaneous other resources.
The college houses 22 student hostels located on either side of Scholars Avenue. There are ten hostels for undergraduate male students and two for undergraduate female students. There are a few post-graduate students’ hostels including four for women and hostels for research scholars and a separate hostel for scholars from the armed forces. The three earliest halls—Patel, Azad, and Nehru—together constitute the PAN loop or Old Campus located just next to Scholar’s Avenue.
Other facilities include film society, hospital and guest house. The gymkhana provides various outdoor and indoor sports facilities such as football, cricket, tennis and basket ball.
Integrated B.Tech. and M.Tech. (five-year dual degree)
M.Sc. (Five-year integrated)
The Career Development Cell of IIT Kharagpur conducts placement initiatives to ensure its students are market-ready and can get placed in the best companies across the country. Students are given placement training and made market-ready by being made to participate in various programmes to improve soft skills, professional communication and personality through career counselling by professional agencies/experts. Students are also assisted in preparing professional resumes by conducting resume writing workshops. Management development programs are conducted by experts. The Career Development Centre also assists the departments in organizing Industry oriented workshops, leadership talks, lectures, competitions, Curriculum Oriented Career Prospects (COCP) Workshops including specialized niche areas.
The IIT Kharagpur placement process is as follows:
Placement highlights 2020-21: A total of 2100 students registered for placements. In the first phase of 2021 placements, over 1500 students were interviewed by 220 companies among which about 1310 students got placed. A total of 1000 offers were made, with the average CTC recorded at INR 19 LPA and five offers more than a crore. 30 international offers were made, and 500 internship offers were recorded. Top recruiters included Uber, Microsoft, ICICI Bank, DHL Supply Chain, Barclays and Larsen & Toubro Constructions.
Undergraduate admission: B.Tech. and B.Arch.
Selection Criteria: JEE Main and Advanced scores/ranks, AAT (Architecture Aptitude Test) for B.Arch.
Eligibility: 10+2 with PCM from a recognised board with a minimum aggregate of 75% marks.
Postgraduate admission: M.Tech.
Selection Criteria: GATE scores, private interview.
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline/specialisation from a recognised university with a minimum aggregate of 60% marks/6.5 CGPA.
Postgraduate admission: M.Sc.
Selection Criteria: Joint Admission Test (JAM) scores and AIR
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline/specialisation from a recognised university with a minimum aggregate of 55% marks.
Doctoral admission: Ph.D./P.D.F.
Selection Criteria: Entrance test scores and personal interview.
Eligibility: Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in relevant discipline/specialisation from a recognised university with a minimum aggregate of 60% marks (55% for humanities/social sciences).
Fees: please contact the institute for detailed information on fees.
QS World Rankings 2020 ranked IIT Kharagpur 281 internationally, 56 in Asia in 2020 and 23 among BRICS nations in 2019.
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked IIT Kharagpur fifth overall as well as among engineering colleges in India.
IIT Kharagpur ranked third among several Indian government engineering colleges by India Today in 2020 and fourth among engineering colleges by Outlook India in 2019.
The college houses 22 student hostels located on either side of Scholars Avenue. There are ten hostels for undergraduate male students (MMM, LBS, RP, RK, MS, LLR, HJB, Patel, Azad and Nehru) and two for undergraduate female students (SN/IG and MT). There are a few post-graduate students’ hostels including four for women (RLB, Gokhle, Nivedita and SAM) and hostels for research scholars (BCR, VS, BRH and JCB) and a separate hostel for scholars from the armed forces. The three earliest halls—Patel, Azad, and Nehru—together constitute the PAN loop or Old Campus located just next to Scholar’s Avenue.