IIT Dharwad

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Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad
Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad Logo.svg
सा विद्या या विमुक्तये (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Knowledge is one that liberates
TypePublic technical university
Established2016 (5 years ago) (2016)
ChairmanVinayak Chatterjee
DirectorProf. Seshu Pasumarthy[1]
Mentor instituteIIT Bombay
Location, ,
Coordinates: 15°27′30″N 75°00′30″E / 15.45833°N 75.00833°E / 15.45833; 75.00833
CampusMain campus – 470 acres
Temporary – Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI)

Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad (IIT Dharwad or IIT DH) is an autonomous engineering and technology institute in Dharwad, Karnataka, India. IIT Dharwad started functioning from July 2016 in a temporary campus, previously of the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) in Belur village, on the outskirts of Dharwad city.[3] It was formally inaugurated on 28 August 2016.[4] For the academic year 2016–2017, the institute offered B.Tech courses in three branches, viz. Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering.[5]

As part of the mentorship plan, IIT Bombay is the mentor institute for IIT Dharwad. The HRD Ministry has set up an IIT monitoring cell at IIT Bombay. The committee members were designated as officials on special duty to supervise the process of setting up IIT Dharwad.[6][7]


The late Union Human Resources Development Minister S. R. Bommai had moved the proposal to the Centre seeking an IIT in Dharwad in the 1990s. In 1998, a committee headed by former ISRO chairman and space scientist Udupi Ramachandra Rao submitted its report recommending an IIT in Hubballi-Dharwad.[3][8] Union finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the 2015-16 union budget, sanctioned a budget for IIT for Karnataka state and the state government suggested three locations. The short-listed cities were Dharwad, Mysuru, and Raichur.[9]


IIT Dharwad is initially functioning out of the campus of the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) in Dharwad near the Karnataka High Court Bench. A permanent building is coming up at Chikkamaligawad village.

Around 500 acres belonging to KIADB near Mummigatti on the Pune-Bangalore National Highway off Dharwad was identified for the IIT campus, but that deal was cancelled due to legal hurdles. The State Cabinet decided to allot 470 acres of land at Kelageri village adjunct to Mammigahtti Industrial Area in Dharwad district.[10] The historic Kittur Fort is 20 kilometers from the campus.[2] The city also houses educational institutions like Karnataka University, Karnatak Science, Arts and Commerce College, University of Agricultural Sciences, SDMCET and Karnataka state Law University.[11] Also, new institutes like the IIIT Dharwad[12] are coming up in the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad.[2] There is also the NTTF tool and die making educational institute at Dharwad.

There is an airport at Gokul Road, Hubballi, the twin city of Dharwad. The airport has air services connecting to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hindon-Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kannur, Kochi, Mumbai and Tirupati. There is a railway station at Dharwad through which trains from Bengaluru to Goa run. Hubballi Junction is the major railway junction which has train connections to Kochuveli, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Howrah, Chennai, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Kolhapur, Solapur, Vijayawada and Vasco among others. Also Hubballi city is the headquarters of South Western Railway zone of Indian Railways.

Organisation and administration[edit]

Departments, centers, and schools[edit]

Nearly 60[13] seats each in the streams of BTech in Computer Science, Electrical, and Mechanical engineering are available at the institute. Classes began on 15 July 2016, along with the other IITs across the country.[14]

A new B.Tech programme in Engineering Physics with ~15 seats has been started in the Autumn 2021 Semester.



The institute conducts educational programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.), Master of Science (MS) and Ph.D. in the following areas:

Degree Specialization
Bachelor of Technology (BTech) Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics
Master of Science (MS) Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. Bio Sciences and Bio Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics


As the institute is new, it has not yet been included in any rankings.

Student life[edit]

Cultural and non-academic activities[edit]

The twin city of Hubballi-Dharwad offers opportunities to enjoy classical music (Sawai Gandharva, Mallikarjun Mansur, Gangubai Hangal and Bhimsen Joshi hail from this region), fine arts and theatre (dramatics).[2] The city is home to many literary personalities like Girish Karnad, D.R. Bendre, Vinayaka Krishna Gokak — all Jnanpith Award winners — to name a few. The twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad have many theatres which show films in Kannada, Marathi, Hindi and English languages. The Kali Tiger Reserve ( Anshi National Park ) is 90 km from Dharwad. Many dams ( Hydro-Electric projects ) constructed across river Kali can be visited within this Anshi National Park ( Kali Tiger Reserve ). UNESCO World Heritage Sites Pattadakal along with historical sites like Badami and Aihole are 150 km from Dharwad.

The twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad host the manufacturing plants of Tata Motors, Kirloskar Electric and Elmeca, among others. Infosys has a campus near to Hubli Airport. Several sugar manufacturing factories are located in and around Dharwad. There are many small scale medium industries within Hubballi-Dharwad area. Kaiga atomic power plant run by NPCIL is 135 km from Dharwad. Indian Navy's naval base INS Kadamba at Karwar is 160 km from Dharwad. There are many casting and hydraulics industries at Belagavi which is 75 km from Dharwad by road.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Seshu to head IIT Dharwad".
  2. ^ a b c d "Joint Seat Allocation Authority 2016 - Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad".
  3. ^ a b S, Amit; Upadhye. "IIT-Dharwad WALMI Campus Restoration a Mammoth Task". The New Indian Express. Karnataka, India. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  4. ^ "IIT-Dharwad Inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar". Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  5. ^ "IIT-Dharwad to admit 250 students next year".
  6. ^ N. DINESH NAYAK. "IIT-Dharwad to start functioning from July". The Hindu. DHARWAD, India. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  7. ^ S, Amit; Upadhye. "Dharwad IIT: renovation done on WALMI campus". The New Indian Express. Karnataka, India. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  8. ^ TNN. "Dharwad will host first IIT of Karnataka". The Times of India. Bengaluru, India. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  9. ^ DNA WEB TEAM. "Karnataka: Protests against appointment of nodal officer for IIT Dharwad". DNA. India. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  10. ^ The Hindu. "470 acres for IIT Dharwad at Kelageri". Karnataka, India. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Karnataka State Law University". www.kslu.ac.in. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  12. ^ "IIIT-DWDharwad". iiitdwd.ac.in. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  13. ^ "IIT Dharwad". www.iitdh.ac.in. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  14. ^ TNN. "Seat allocation for IIT Goa begins". The Times of India. Goa, India. Retrieved 14 June 2016.

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