Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
|Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur|
|Motto||तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय (tamaso mā jyotirgamaya)
|Motto in English||Lead me from darkness to light|
|Location||Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Campus||1,055 acres (4.27 km2)|
The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (commonly known as IIT Kanpur or IITK) is a public engineering institution located in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. It was declared to be Institute of National Importance by Government of India under IT Act.
Established in 1959 as one of the first Indian Institutes of Technology, the institute was created with the assistance of a consortium of nine leading US research universities as part of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP).
IIT Kanpur was established by an Act of Parliament in 1959. The institute was started in December 1959 in a room in the canteen building of the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute at Agricultural Gardens in Kanpur. In 1963, the institute moved to its present location, on the Grand Trunk Road near the village of Kalyanpur in Kanpur district.
During the first ten years of its existence, IIT Kanpur benefited from the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP), where a consortium of nine US universities (namely M.I.T, University of California, Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Case Institute of Technology and Purdue University) helped set up the research laboratories and academic programmes. The first Director of the Institute was [] (after whom the Central Library was renamed in 2002).
Under the guidance of economist John Kenneth Galbraith, IIT Kanpur was the first institute in India to offer Computer Science education. The earliest computer courses were started at IIT Kanpur in August 1963 on an IBM 1620 system. The initiative for computer education came from the Electrical Engineering department, then under the chairmanship of Prof. H.K. Kesavan, who was concurrently the chairman of Electrical Engineering and head of the Computer Centre. Prof. Harry Huskey of the University of California, Berkeley, who preceded Kesavan, was instrumental in providing the impetus for the computer activity at IIT-Kanpur. In 1971, the institute initiated an independent academic program in Computer Science and Engineering, leading to M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees.
In 1972 the KIAP program ended, in part because of tensions due to the U.S. support of Pakistan. Government funding was also reduced as a reaction to the sentiment that the IIT's were contributing to the brain drain. Since then IIT Kanpur has increased collaboration with industry and has achieved a reasonable level of stability.
IIT Kanpur is located on the Grand Trunk Road, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of Kanpur City and measures close to 420 hectares (1,000 acres). The campus can be reached from Lucknow airport in two hours. IIT Kanpur is about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from the Kanpur Central Railway Station. This land was gifted by the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1960 and by March 1963 the Institute had moved to its current location.
The institute has around 5,400 students with 3,400 undergraduate students and 2000 postgraduate students.
Academic Area 
Institute's Academic Area comprises academic buildings, various departments, facilities like PK Kelkar Library, Computer Centre, National Wind Tunnel Facility and SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre. It also houses faculty offices, laboratories and administrative buildings. The academic area is well connected by a long corridor which links all the major buildings. The academic area is set up in vicinity of Hostels to provide quick accessibility to students.
Halls of Residence 
IIT Kanpur has 9 boys' hostels and 2 girls' hostels called the 'Halls of Residence'. Every hostel is equipped with excellent sports facilities like Basketball, Badminton and Volleyball courts along with Table-Tennis Tables, pool and computing facilities. Each hostel has its own mess, a canteen, a reading room for periodicals and newspapers, a TV room and a few shops (barber shop, travel, telephone, photocopy, and shop for purchasing common commodities and stationary. Hostels are spacious and have lots of open spaces and greenery; a key feature of institute architecture in general. Each hostel has a Hall Executive Committee (HEC), an elected student body that takes care of the various administrative affairs of the hostel
Students' Activity Centre (SAC) 
SAC is the hub for most of the major extra-curricular activities. There are two SAC buildings, the older building(Old-SAC) and the other (New-SAC), which was recently built. New-SAC also has an open air theatre (OAT) with capacity of over 1400 people. The SAC is maintained and managed by the Students' Gymkhana at IIT Kanpur with the President, Students' Gymkhana being the warden of the SAC.
Sports Facilities 
The Institute provides excellent facilities and infrastructure for promoting sports activities on the campus. The facilities include -
- Main Stadium
- Cricket Field
- Football Field
- Hockey Field
- Olympic size Swimming Pool
- Synthetic Tennis courts
- Badminton Courts
- Basketball Courts
- Volleyball Courts
- Skating rink
- Squash courts
- Taekwondo arena
- Yoga hall
- Artificial rock climbing
Other Miscellaneous Facilities: The institute has a railway reservation counter by Indian railway. A refilling station is there to cater to the fuel needs of the vehicles in the campus. There is a post office with speed post facility. A telephone exchange of BSNL is there to provide mobile, land line and internet services. There are two banks i.e. State Bank of India and Union Bank of India. There 4 ATMs (2 SBI and 2 UBI) with facility for transfer of mess dues and institute tuition fee. There is a good shopping complex with book store, sweet store, restaurant, laundry,etc. The institute has its own air stip for its use as well as for the gliding club.
Undergraduate admissions until 2012 are being done through the national-level Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). Following the Ministry of Human Resource Development's decision to replace IIT-JEE with a common engineering entrance examination, IIT Kanpur's admissions will be based on JEE-Advanced level(Joint Entrance Examination)along with other IITs.
Student life 
Student festivals 
National events 
- Antaragni: Annual cultural festival held over 4 days in October.It is one of the most popular college festivals in India. The festival draws the best talents of India to its competitions, covering areas ranging from music and drama to literary games and quizzing. There are several events focused on building social responsibility amongst the youth. Professional shows and workshops by groups and prodigies from all over the world are an added attraction.
- Techkriti: Techkriti is the annual inter-collegiate Technical and Entrepreneurship festival of IIT Kanpur. It was started in 1995 with an aim to encourage interest and innovation in technology among students and to provide a platform for industry and academia to interact. Megabucks (a business and entrepreneurship festival) used to be held independently for some time but was later merged with Techkriti in 2010. Speakers at Techkirti have included APJ Abdul Kalam, Vladimir Voevodsky, Douglas Osheroff, Oliver Smithies and Richard Stallman.
- Udghosh: Udghosh is annual inter-college sports meet held in September. It witnesses participation from around 1000 students in various sports and informal events.
Intra-IITK events 
Various Intra-IITK events are organised throughout the calendar to instil cultural and technological values in the students of Institute, as well as to promote competition.
- Galaxy: Annual inter-hall cultural championship.
- Takneek: Annual inter-hall technology championship.
- Inferno: Annual inter-hall sports championship.
- Spectrum: Annual inter-hall films and media competition.
- Green Opus: Energy Saving Competition
Apart from this, each year Josh,an open intra-IIT Sports festival is organised to create a fun filled atmosphere for students to enjoy sports.
Students' Gymkhana 
The Students' Gymkhana is the students' government organization of IIT Kanpur. Established in 1962, the Gymkhana seeks to cultivate qualities of leadership amongst students to foster a corporate life and to advance the general cause of the student body of the student body of the Institute.
The Students' Gymkhana functions mainly through the Students' Senate, an elected student representative body composed of Senators elected from each batch and the five elected executives:
- President, Students' Gymkhana.
- General Secretary Cultural Council.
- General Secretary Films and Media Council.
- General Secretary Games and Sports Council.
- General Secretary Science and Technology Council.
The number of Senators in the Students' Senate is around 50-55. A senator is elected for every 100 students of IIT Kanpur.
The meetings of the Students' Senate are chaired by the Convener, Students' Senate, who is elected by the Senate. The Senate lays down the guidelines for the functions of the executives, their associated councils, the Gymkhana Festivals and other matters pertaining to the Student body at large.
The Students' Senate has a say in the policy and decision making bodies of the institute. The President, Students' Gymkhana and the Convener, Students' Senate are special Invitees to the Institute Academic Senate. The President is usually invited to the meetings of the Board of Governors when matters affecting students are being discussed. Nominees of the Students' Senate are also members of the various standing Committees of the Institute Senate including the disciplinary committee, the Undergraduate and Postgraduate committee, the scholarship committee etc. All academic departments have Departmental Undergraduate and Post Graduate Committees consisting of members of the faculty and nominees of the Students' Gymkhana.
Presidential Council 
The aim of the Presidential Council shall be to help the President in discharging his/her duties and any other duty assigned by the Senate. The council consists of the following sub groups:
- Gymkhana Lectures and Discussion Club
- Book Club
- The Entrepreneurship Cell
- Vivekananda Samiti
Cultural Council 
The aim of the Cultural Council is to organize and promote all cultural extracurricular activities and any other duty assigned by the Senate. The council consists of following clubs and hobby groups:
- Quiz Club
- Music Club
- Dance Club
- Dramatics Club
- Fine Arts
- English Literary Society
- SPIC MACAY
- Hindi Sahitya Sabha
Sports and Games Council 
The aim of the Games Council is to organize and promote all extracurricular activities in the field of games and any other duties assigned by the Senate. The Council primarily looks over the following events and clubs:
- Inter-IIT Sports Meet
- Taekwondo Club
- Adventure Sports Club
- Chess Club
- Skating Club
Films and Media Council 
The aim of the Films & Media Council is to organize and promote all Cinematic activities on behalf of the Students’ Gymkhana and any other duty assigned by the Senate. The FMC is responsible to look over the following:
- The Campus Magazine
- Animation Club
- Photography Club
- Movies Club
- FILM Club
- Design Club
Science and Technology Council 
The aim of the SnT council is to organize and promote all scientific and technological activities. Science and Technology Council is a part of Student's Gymkhana and provides opportunity and a platform for students to pursue their hobbies in field of science and technology.The Council currently comprises 8 clubs and a Rubik's Cube hobby group.
- Astronomy Club
- Business Club
- Electronics Club
- Programming Club
- Gliding Club
- HAM Club
- Aeromodeling Club
- Robotics Club
Student publications 
The students bring out a student magazine,a monthly newspaper, Vox Populi and NERD, a science and technology magazine. And there is no restrictions for days limitation.
Student voluntary services 
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.
Every year convocation is held in the month of June, where degrees are awarded to graduating students.
|University and college rankings|
|General – International|
|Engineering – India|
Internationally, IIT Kanpur was ranked #278 in the QS World University Rankings of 2012, and 47th in the QS Asian University Rankings of 2012. In India rankings, among engineering colleges, it ranked first by India Today in 2012 and fourth by Outlook India in 2012. In the Mint Government Colleges survey of 2009 it ranked second.
Academic Bodies and Activities 
IIT Kanpur offers four-year B.Tech programs in Aerospace Engineering, Biological Sciences and Bio-engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The admission to these programs is procured through Joint Entrance Examination. A five-year dual degree B.Tech/M.Tech is offered in some of the areas as well. IIT Kanpur also offers four-year B.S. Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in particular) and in Economics.
New academic system 
From 2011, IIT Kanpur has started offering a four-year BS program in sciences and has kept its B.Tech Program intact. Entry to the five-year M.Tech/MBA programs and Dual degree programme will be done based on the CPI of students instead of JEE rank. In order to relieve students from high number of exams, IIT Kanpur has also abolished the earlier system of conducting two mid-term examinations. Instead, only two examinations, one between the semester and other towards the end of it would be held from the academic session starting July 2011 onward as per Academic Review Committee's recommendations.
Postgraduate courses in Engineering offer Master of Technology (M.Tech) and Ph.D. degrees. The institute also offers M.B.A. (2 years), M.Sc. (2 years) and M.Des degrees. Admissions to M. Tech is made once a year through Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. Until 2011, admissions to the M.B.A. program are accomplished through the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), held yearly, and followed by a Group Discussion/Personal Interview process. In 2011 JMET was replaced by Common Admission Test (CAT).
The academic departments at IIT Kanpur are:
|Engineering||Humanities and Social Sciences||Inter Disciplinary|
Laboratories and other facilities 
The campus is spread over an area of 4.3 square kilometres (1,100 acres). Institute facilities include the National Wind Tunnel Facility. Other large research centres include the Advanced Centre for Material Science, a Bio-technology centre, the Advanced Centre for Electronic Systems, and the Samtel Centre for Display Technology, Centre for Mechatronics, Centre for Laser Technology, Prabhu Goel Research Centre for Computer and Internet Security, Facility for Ecological and Analytical Testing. The departments have their own libraries.
The institute has its own airfield, for flight testing and gliding.
PK Kelkar Library (formerly Central Library) is an academic library of the institute with a collection of more than 300,000 volumes, and subscriptions to more than 1000 periodicals. The library was renamed to its present name in 2003 after Dr. P K Kelkar, the first director of the institute. It is housed in a three-story building, with a total floor area of 6973 square metres floor area. The Abstracting and Indexing periodicals, Microform and CD-ROM databases. technical reports, Standards and thesis are part of the collection. Each year, about 4500 books and journal volumes are added to the collection.
The Computer Centre has about 200-300 Linux terminals and more than 100 Windows-NT terminals supported by the PARAM 10000 supercomputer, and is continuously available to the students for academic work and recreation. It hosts about 50 SUN workstations. The IITs (and especially IIT Kanpur) and BITS Pilani are among the first large academic institutions in India to be networked, with an institute-wide LAN and Ethernet access to every student room in the residence halls.
IIT Kanpur has set up the SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre(SIIC) in collaboration with the Small Industries development Bank of India (SIDBI) to foster innovation, research, and entrepreneurial activities in technology-based areas. SIIC provides a platform to business Start-ups to develop their ideas into commercially viable products. SIIC conducted the Nettech Summer Program 2007 for engineering students from all over India at IIT Kanpur Campus.
A team of students, working under the guidance of faculty members of the institute and scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have designed and built India's first nano satellite Jugnu, which was successfully launched in orbit on 12 Oct 2011 by ISRO's PSLV-C18.
Research is controlled by the Office of the Dean of Research and Development. Under the aegis of the Office the students publish the quarterly NERD Magazine (Notes on Engineering Research and Development) which publishes scientific and technical content created by students. Articles may be original work done by students in the form of hobby projects, term projects, internships, or theses. Articles of general interest which are informative but do not reflect original work are also accepted.
Along with the magazine a student research platform PoWER (Promotion of Work Experience and Research) has been started. Under it several independent student groups are working on projects like the Lunar Rover for ISRO, alternate energy solutions under the Group for Environment and Energy Engineering, ICT solutions through a group Young Engineers, solution for diabetes, green community solutions through ideas like zero water and zero waste quality air approach. A budget of Rs 1.5 to 2 crore has been envisaged to support student projects that demonstrate technology.
The students of IIT Kanpur made a nano satellite called Jugnu, This small satellite was given by president Pratibha Patil to ISRO for launch. . Jugnu is an Indian technology demonstration and remote sensing satellite which will be operated by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. It is a nanosatellite which will be used to provide data for agriculture and disaster monitoring. It is a 3-kilogram (6.6 lb) spacecraft, which measures 34 centimetres (13 in) in length by 10 centimetres (3.9 in) in height and width. Its development programme cost around 25 million rupee. It has a design life of one year. Jugnu's primary instrument is the Micro Imaging System, a near infrared camera which will be used to observe vegetation. It also carries a GPS receiver to aid tracking, and is intended to demonstrate a microelectromechanical inertial measurement unit.
The institute is part of the European Research and Education Collaboration with Asia (EURECA) programme since 2008.
Centers and programs 
- Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy
- Center for Education Research and Development
- Center for Environmental Research
- Center for Industrial Research and Development
- Center for IT and Software Research
- Center for Integrated Science
- Center for Nuclear Engineering
- Center for Research and Innovation
- Center for Technological Innovation
- Center for Urban Research and Planning
- Center for Ocean Engineering
Notable Alumni 
- Rakesh Agrawal, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureate and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University
- N.R. Narayana Murthy, founded the software corporation Infosys
- Pradeep Sindhu, founder - Juniper Networks
- Jitendra Malik, Arthur J. Chick Professor of EECS University of California at Berkeley
- Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Padma Shri and Professor, Dept of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras)
- Abhay Bhushan, author of File Transfer Protocol
- Amitabh Thakur, an officer of the Indian Police Service, social activist, writer
- Anil K. Rajvanshi, Director, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute and winner of Jamnalal Bajaj Award 2001, FICCI award 2002, Globe Award 2009.
- Ashoke Sen, FRS and Padma Shri, string theorist
- Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, scientist in the area of NMR and biological membranes
- Chandra Kintala, Professor and Director of Software Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology; Director(Retd.), Bell Labs, USA
- Debabrata Goswami, scientist, famous for his "Adiabatic Quantum Computing" Work with Lasers; Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellow
- Duvvuri Subbarao, 22nd Governor of Reserve Bank of India
- Jainendra K. Jain, condensed matter theorist
- K. VijayRaghavan (Director of National Centre for Biological Sciences) - 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner
- Manindra Agrawal, Nitin Saxena, and Neeraj Kayal (proved with their AKS primality test that primality testing has a polynomial time algorithm, a major result in theoretical computer science). Clay Research Award, 2002, Godel Prize, 2006
- Mriganka Sur, neuroscientist), Sherman Fairchild Professor of Neuroscience, Head, Dept of Brain and Cognitive Science MIT, Fellow of Royal Society
- Rahul Ram, Indian bass guitarist, social activist and music composer, Indian Ocean (band)
- Rajeev Motwani, computer scientist), Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. Helped back companies such as PayPal and Google
- Rajesh Gopakumar, physicist and string theorist at HCRI, Allahabad
- Rajiv Dixit, social activist
- Satyendra Dubey, whistle-blower whose murder shocked the nation
- Shiraz Minwalla, a string theorist at TIFR who was awarded ICTP Prize for his contribution to theoretical physics
- Utpal Bhattacharya, expert on financial ethics
- Umang Gupta, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Keynote Systems, Inc.
- Ved Arya, Chief Executive Officer of Srijan .
- Prof. Rajat Moona, Director General, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing
- Dr. Rajit Gadh, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
- Prem Das Rai, the first IIT and IIM educated member of Parliament Lok Sabha.
See also 
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