IIT Palakkad

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Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad
Logo of IIT Palakkad
TypePublic engineering school
Established2015 (7 years ago) (2015)
DirectorP. B. Sunil Kumar[1]
Academic staff
Location, ,
Coordinates: 10°47′38″N 76°49′36″E / 10.79389°N 76.82667°E / 10.79389; 76.82667
CampusNila Campus: IIT PALAKKAD, Nila Campus, Near Gramalakshmi Mudralayam, Kanjikkode, Kerala 678623
Temporary campus: Ahalia Integrated Campus, Kozhippara, Palakkad, Kerala 678557

Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad (IIT Palakkad or IIT PKD) is a public autonomous engineering and research institute located in Palakkad, Kerala. Proposed in the 2014 Union budget of India[2][3] alongside four other new IITs, IIT Palakkad was established in 2015 as an institute of national importance by the Government of India under the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961. The institute started functioning in August 2015 from a temporary site located inside the Ahalia Integrated Campus, Palakkad.[4][5] In February 2019, academic activities commenced in the transit campus, also known as the Nila campus.[6] The Nila campus is nestled in a corner of the upcoming 500-acre permanent campus at Kanjikode. The institute has 94 faculty, 978 students, and 63 non-teaching staffs.[7]


IIT Palakkad was founded in 2015 with the Director of IIT Madras, Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi as the mentor Director. IIT Madras deputed a batch of experienced professors including the ones recently retired, former deans and heads of various departments to the new campus as both permanent and visiting professors.[8] In January 2017, Dr. P B Sunil Kumar, who was the Professor-in-charge, was appointed as the Director by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.[9]

Campus and location[edit]

Temporary campus of IIT Palakkad

IIT Palakkad currently functions in two campuses - the temporary campus and the Nila campus - which are separated by about 13 km. Temporary campus is at Ahalia Integrated campus in Kozhippara, Palakkad, which is about 20 km from Palakkad town. Temporary Campus is 55,000 sq. ft. in area and consists of well-equipped academic classrooms, a seminar room, an auditorium, conference room, workshop, library, cafeteria, laboratories and faculty offices. It also provides hostel and sports and recreational facilities with access to high-speed internet.[5] Nila campus is set up in 30 acres out of the 504 acres allotted to the permanent campus site in Kanjikode.[6] It houses two batches of undergraduate students. Facilities here include two boys hostel and a girls hostel, classrooms, library and research labs.[10] The construction of phase I of the permanent campus is ongoing.[6]



IIT Palakkad currently offers four-year Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and two years MS programmes in different engineering disciplines. Similar to the other IITs, admission to undergraduate programmes is based on qualification through the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). In addition to that, Ph.D programme is also offered in all the disciplines of Science and Engineering. It is also offering Master of Technology (M.Tech) in two disciplines from the year 2019 in which candidates having valid GATE {Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering} scores are eligible to apply. From 2019, M.Sc programmes in Physics and Chemistry will also be offered. The admissions to these programmes are through IIT-JAM.

IIT Palakkad is currently functioning with 8 disciplines.[11][12]

Grading Scheme

Each student is awarded a final letter grade at the end of the semester, for each course undertaken. The letter grades and the corresponding grade points are as follows:

Grade Grade Points Remarks
S 10
A 9
B 8
C 7
D 6
E 4
U 0 Fail
P - Pass, Completed successfully and credits not included for GPA / CGPA calculations
W 0 Mandatory repeat of the course due to insufficient attendance
I 0 Incomplete / withheld, to be resolved
X 0 Completed successfully
Y 0 Incomplete

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "President nod for appointment of 5 new IITs directors". 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Continental India Joins Hands with the IIT-Palakkad for a Joint Research Program". Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  3. ^ http://indiabudget.nic.in/budget2014-2015/ub2014-15/bh/bh1.pdf Archived 9 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 28 June 2015, 13:17 IST.
  4. ^ "Palakkad IIT to start functioning from August". The Hindu. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Temporary Campus". IIT Palakkad.
  6. ^ a b c "കേരളത്തിന്റെ ഐ.ഐ.ടി. സ്വന്തം ക്യാമ്പസിലേക്ക്; 2020ഓടെ യാഥാര്‍ഥ്യമാകും". Mathrubhumi. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  7. ^ IIT Palakkad | IIT Palakkad. iitpkd.ac.in. Retrieved on 2019-03-01.
  8. ^ "IITs in Tirupati, Palakkad now Open for Intake". The New Indian Express. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  9. ^ "President nod for appointment of 5 new IITs directors". The Indian Express. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  10. ^ Transit Campus | IIT Palakkad. iitpkd.ac.in. Retrieved on 2019-03-01.
  11. ^ "IIT temporary campus to open on August 3". The Hindu. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  12. ^ "IIT Palakkad Offers Free, Online 12-Week Artificial Intelligence Course for Students". Retrieved 25 July 2022.

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