Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad

Coordinates: 25°25′48″N 81°46′19″E / 25.430°N 81.772°E / 25.430; 81.772
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Indian Institute of Information Technology
The logo signifies the confluence of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna at the Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj.[citation needed]
Mottoप्रज्ञानम् ब्रह्म (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
"Consciousness is Brahman"
EstablishedAugust 12, 1999 (1999-08-12)
ChairmanAnand Deshpande
DirectorMukul Sharad Sutaone
Academic staff
Location, ,
25°25′48″N 81°46′19″E / 25.430°N 81.772°E / 25.430; 81.772
CampusUrban, 100-acre (40 ha)

The Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-Allahabad), is a public university located in Jhalwa, Prayagraj district, in Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the twenty-five Indian Institutes of Information Technology listed by the Ministry of Education (India), and is classified as an Institute of National Importance.[1]


In 1998, the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry announced the establishment of the second "Indian Institute of Information Technology" of the country in Allahabad, which was the hometown of the then HRD Minister, Murli Manohar Joshi.[2]

The institute was established in 1999 and designated a "deemed university" in 2000. 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.[1]

An extension campus of the institute was opened in Amethi in 2005,[3] but was closed down in 2016.[4]

M. D. Tiwari was the first director of the institute,[5] and he remained in that position until December 2013, when the Allahabad High Court asked him to step down, dismissing Tiwari's plea who had challenged the chancellor's order to relinquish the post upon completion of tenure.[6]

IIIT-A hosted seven science conclaves from 2008 to 2014, which were attended by Nobel laureates like Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Douglas D. Osheroff, Ivan Giaever, and many others.[7][8][9][10]


The curriculum of the institute lays focus on information technology, electronics and communication and related fields such as computer vision, human computer interaction and their interdisciplinary applications across other domains.[11]


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;[12] which offer the following academic programs:[13]

Under the National Education Policy 2020, the institute will offer major degrees in information technology and electronics & communication, along with minor degrees in Indian knowledge system, entrepreneurship development, psychology, and legal knowledge. There will also be an option of multiple exit and entry for the students. If a student studies in the BTech program for one year, they will be given a certificate. Diploma will be awarded on two years of study and BS (Bachelor of Science) degree on three years of study. Finally, the BTech degree will be given on completion of four years of studies.[14]


University and College rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2023)[15]551-600
Engineering – India
NIRF (2020)[16]93
Outlook India (2020)[17]24
India Today (2020)[18]10

Internationally, IIIT-Allahabad was ranked 551–600 in Asia in the QS World University Rankings of 2023.[15]

In India, IIIT-Allahabad was ranked 103 among engineering colleges by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2020.[16]

It was also ranked 10 by India Today[18] and 24 by Outlook India in 2020.[17]


The 100-acre campus of IIIT-A is situated in Devghat, Jhalwa, on the outskirts of Prayagraj.[19]

In 2000, 10 rooms located on the ground floor of the Nehru Science Complex in Allahabad University were given to IIIT-A following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutes. At NSC, IIIT-A had five laboratories, eight computer labs, five lecture halls, and a library; which they vacated in 2011.[20]

Administrative Building

Since the first phase of construction of the current campus which started in 2001, academic buildings were designed on the basis of "Penrose geometry", styled on tessellations developed by the mathematical physicist Roger Penrose.[21]

Within the Penrose layout for the campus, a central zone was marked out for the academic core consisting of an administrative building, lecture theatre complex, electronic library, computer laboratories and research facilities, as student intake increased in 2009–2010.

Computer Center III or CC-III, 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.[22]

Central Library

The campus also has a state-of-the-art auditorium, and a sports complex that comprises a football ground with a pavilion, a swimming pool, and basketball, tennis, and squash courts. The Student Activity Centre (SAC) has a table tennis facility and a billiards room, and has clubrooms too for various student societies.[23]

There are accommodation facilities for faculty members, staff and students, with separate boys', girls' and visitors' hostels.[24]

In 2019, the open air theatre in the campus that houses the clock tower was dedicated to Murli Manohar Joshi, who was one of the founding members of IIIT-A, as Murali Manohar Muktangan.[25]

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Information Technology[edit]

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Information Technology (RGIIT) in Tikarmafi, Amethi (also called IIIT Amethi) was an off-campus centre of IIIT Allahabad, which was closed after a run of 11 years in 2016.[26]

Former campus of RGIIT (IIIT Amethi), which is now BBAU Satellite Centre

Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister at the time, justified the closure; mentioning that the campus was technically illegal as IIITs, under law, are not authorised to open extension centres. He added that the centre had no permanent faculty, and students were unhappy because of the inadequate facilities.[27]

148 students of the last batch of RGIIT were shifted to the Allahabad campus of IIIT-A. The Amethi campus was transferred to Babaseheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow for opening a satellite institute.[28]

Congress leader and former MP from Amethi, Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in "politics of vendetta" for the closure of RGIIT, along with several other projects in Amethi.[29] Rahul Gandhi's pet project "Discovery Park" was one of them, which was opened by RGIIT in 2009 for research and development, under which resource sub-centres for agriculture technology were set up in nearby villages. The project was closed in 2014 due to "fund crunch", as the Union government's Department of Science and Technology had reportedly halted its monetary grant.[30]

Student life[edit]

The institute has a students' body known as the Students' Gymkhana.[31]

Effervescence is the annual cultural festival of the institute. It lasts for three days and includes music, dance, drama, art, debate, photography, and other activities.[32]

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.[33]

Asmita is the annual sports festival of the institute, in which tournaments for aquatics, athletics, cricket, football, volleyball, basketball, squash, table tennis, kabbadi, kho-kho, carrom, chess, and powerlifting are held.[34][35]

The students and faculty members have also been engaged in helping the local community through various outreach programs like Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and Prayaas.[36]


Name Class Year Notability References
Harsha Suryanarayana B.Tech. (IT), 2006 Top-ranked competitive programmer [37]
Captain Davinder Singh Jass MBA, 2006-2007
(dropped out)
Kirti Chakra awardee [38]


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