Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad

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Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad
Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad Logo.png
MottoGo forth to serve the nation
ChairmanRavi Kant
DirectorR. S. Verma
Academic staff
Location, ,
25°25′48″N 81°46′19″E / 25.430°N 81.772°E / 25.430; 81.772Coordinates: 25°25′48″N 81°46′19″E / 25.430°N 81.772°E / 25.430; 81.772
CampusUrban, 100-acre (40 ha)

Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-Allahabad) is a public university located in Jhalwa, Allahabad (Prayagraj), in Uttar Pradesh, laying focus on Information Technology, Computer Science and related fields such as Electronics and Communication, Computer Vision, Human Computer Interaction and their interdisciplinary applications across other domains[1] It is classified as an Institute of National Importance.[2]


The institute was established in 1999 and designated a "Deemed University" in 2000. It is one of the nineteen Indian Institutes of Information Technology listed by the Ministry of Education (India). In 2014 the IIIT Act was passed, under which IIIT-A and four other Institutes of Information Technology funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development were classed as Institutes of National Importance.[2]

The first director of the institute was M. D. Tiwari, from 1999 to 2013. After Tiwari was asked by Allahabad High Court to step down,[3] G. C. Nandi served as director in-charge on the first four months of 2014, until Somenath Biswas took over the directorship and served from May 2014 to July 2016.[4] After another stint by Nandi as Director (Officiating) that lasted until May 2017,[4] P. Nagabhushan was appointed director.[5]

Nagabhushan tendered his resignation in January 2022 before the end of his term, to take over as the Vice Chancellor of Vignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology and Research.[6] However, he was asked to continue till April 2022. In April, R. S. Verma, Director of MNNIT Allahabad took over additional charge as Director of IIIT Allahabad.[7]



The institute has four departments, viz. Department of Applied Sciences, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Department of Information Technology, and Department of Management Studies;[8] which offer the following academic programs:[9]


IIIT-Allahabad was ranked 119 among the universities of BRICS nations in QS University Rankings of 2019.[12] It ranked 451-500 in Asia[11] and 1001-1200 in the world in the QS World University Rankings of 2022.[10] In QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, IIIT-A ranked 501-550 for the subject of Computer Science and Information Systems.[16]

IIIT-Allahabad was ranked 103 among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2020.[13] It was also ranked 10 by India Today[15] and 24 by Outlook India in 2020.[14]


Penrose tiling on the floor in CC-3

The 100 acre campus of IIIT-A is situated in Devghat, Jhalwa, on the outskirts of Prayagraj.[17] Since the first phase of construction which started in 2001, academic buildings were designed on the basis of "Penrose Geometry", styled on tessellations developed by the mathematical physicist Roger Penrose.[18]

Within the Penrose layout for the campus, a central zone was marked out for the academic core consisting of an administrative building, lecture theater complex, electronic library, computer laboratories and research facilities, as student intake increased in 2009-2010. Computer Center 3 or CC-3, also known as C. V. Raman Bhavan, is a six-storied structure which was designed as a "micro campus" in itself, having classrooms, faculty rooms, research areas and computer labs under one roof.[19]

The campus also has a state-of-the-art auditorium, sports complex, and accommodation facilities for faculty members, staff and students.[20]

Student Life[edit]

The institute has student societies dedicated to music, dance, drama, literature, fine arts, photography, sports, technology and philanthropy. These societies organize co-curricular activities throughout the year, especially during college festivals.

College Fests[edit]

Effervescence is the annual cultural festival of the institute. It lasts for three days and includes music, dance, drama, art, debate, and other activities.[21] Aparoksha is the annual technical festival of the institute. It consists of a number of events like Hack In The North — the biggest student held hackathon of North India — and various coding, designing, and robotics contests and workshops.[22] Asmita is the annual sports festival of the institute, in which tournaments for cricket, volleyball, swimming, athletics, chess, squash, etc. are held.[23]

Logo significance[edit]

The institute is located in the city of Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) which is famous for the Triveni Sangam, the confluence of the two major rivers of North India, Ganga and Yamuna. The logo signifies the confluence of the two rivers in the city.

Notable Alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Joint Seat Allocation Authority 2016". Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  3. ^ "HC asks IIIT Allahabad Director M D Tiwari to step down". The Economic Times. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Former Directors". Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Nagabhushan is Director of IIIT, Allahabad". The Hindu. 16 May 2017. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  6. ^ "IIIT-Allahabad director resigns, to be new VC of Andhra deemed univ". Hindustan Times. 13 January 2022. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  7. ^ "MNNIT director takes additional charge of IIIT-A". The Times of India. 3 April 2022.
  8. ^ "IIIT-Allahabad | Academics | Department".
  9. ^ "IIIT-Allahabad | Academics | Programs".
  10. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings 2022". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  11. ^ a b "QS Asia University Rankings 2022". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2021.
  12. ^ a b "QS BRICS University Rankings 2019". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018.
  13. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Engineering)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  14. ^ a b "India's Top Engineering Colleges In 2020". Outlook India. 29 August 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Best ENGINEERING Colleges 2020: List of Top ENGINEERING Colleges 2020 in India". Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  16. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: Computer Science and Information Systems". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2022.
  17. ^ "IIIT-Allahabad | Institute | Infrastructure".
  18. ^ "Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad". ArchNet.
  19. ^ Joshi, Ajit Kumar; Joshi, Ashutosh (1 February 2019). "Creating an Academic Fervour..." Architecture+Design – via PressReader.
  20. ^ "IIIT-Allahabad | Student Corner | Campus Facilities".
  21. ^ "Blazing start to Effervescence". The Times of India. 2 October 2012. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013.
  22. ^ "IIIT-Allahabad to host Aparoksha 19 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  23. ^ Jadhav, Anurag (12 February 2021). "ASMITA 2021: Biggest Meet Of Sports Fanatics Of North India | IIIT Allahabad". Campus Times Pune. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  24. ^ "IIIT-A holds condolence meet". The Times of India. 19 June 2014.

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