(IIT Kharagpur) : Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
About IIT Kharagpur:
The history of the IIT system dates back to 1946 when a
committee was set up by Hon'ble Sir Jogendra Singh, Member of the Viceroy's
Executive Council, Department of Education, Health and Agriculture to consider
the setting up of Higher Technical Institutions for post war industrial
development in India. The 22 member committee headed by Sri N.R.Sarkar, in its
report, recommended the establishment of four Higher Technical Institutions in
the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern regions, possibly on the lines of
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, with a number of secondary
institutions affiliated to it. The report also urged the speedy establishment of
all the four institutions with the ones in the East and the West to be started
immediately. The committee also felt that such institutes would not only produce
undergraduates but they should be engaged in research, producing research
workers and technical teachers as well. The standard of the graduates should be
at par with those from first class institutions abroad. They felt that the
proportion of undergraduates and postgraduate students should be 2:1.
With the above recommendations of the Sarkar committee in
view, the first Indian Institute of Technology was born in May 1950 in Hijli,
Kharagpur, in the eastern part of India. Initially the IIT started functioning
from 5, Esplanade East, Calcutta and very soon shifted to Hijli in Sept. 1950.
The present name 'Indian Institute of Technology' was adopted before the formal
inauguration of the Institute on August 18, 1951, by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
IIT Kharagpur started its journey in the old Hijli Detention Camp where some of
our great freedom fighters toiled and sacrificed their lives for the
independence of our country. The history of IIT Kharagpur is thus intimately
linked with the history of the Hijli Detention Camp. This is possibly one of the
very few Institutions all over the world which started life in a prison house.
The Institute thrives to life of every citizen of the country
and to be acknowledged as the best in the world. The institute makes every
effort to focus towards national interest.
1. To provide broad based education where students are urged
to develop their professional skills
2. To draw the best expertise in science, technology, management and law to
impart overall training to students in visualizing, synthesizing and executing
3.To incubate a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in passing out
4. To undertake sponsored research and provide consultancy services in
industrial educational and society relevant areas.
1. To be a center of excellence in education and research
producing global leaders in science, technology and management
2. To be a place where knowledge is created in frontier areas of national and
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
India - 721302
Phone : +91-3222-255221
FAX : +91-3222-255303
Courtesy: IIT Kharagpur