International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

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IIIT Hyderabad
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad logo.png
Type Deemed university
Established 1998
Affiliation UGC, NAAC, NBA, AIU, AICTE
Dean Prof. Jayanthi Sivaswamy (Academics) Prof. Vasudeva Varma (R&D)
Director P. J. Narayanan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 1522
Undergraduates 959
Postgraduates 337
Location Hyderabad, Telangana, India
17°26′44″N 78°20′59″E / 17.4456°N 78.3497°E / 17.4456; 78.3497Coordinates: 17°26′44″N 78°20′59″E / 17.4456°N 78.3497°E / 17.4456; 78.3497
Campus Urban, 66 acres (26.7 ha)
Mascot Banyan Tree
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The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT Hyderabad) is an information technology research university based in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was the first autonomous public private institute of its kind to be established in 1998. The institute runs Computer Science courses and research projects and is focused on research.


IIIT Hyderabad was set up in 1998 under the public private partnership model,[1] where the state government supplying a grant of land and buildings."NAAC report". February 2018.  As Special officer for IIIT Hyderabad and Secretary IT for the state government, Ajay Prakash Sawhney was responsible for shaping the conceptual model and overseeing initial development of the institute.[2][3] Rajeev Sangal designed the syllabus and served as the first director of the institute until 10 April 2013.[citation needed]


The institute is in Gachibowli, Hyderabad, which is about 20 km from the old city and the central railway station. It is close to Knowledge center HITEC City, which houses Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, IBM, Facebook, Qualcomm, Motorola, Capgemini and Infosys.

Governing Council[edit]

The institute is governed by a governing council, which is currently headed by Turing Award laureate Raj Reddy. Other notable members are Turing Award laureate Vint Cerf and Narendra Ahuja.[4] Day-to-day operation is managed by a Director, currently P. J. Narayanan, assisted by a Dean of Research and a Dean of Academics.[4]


IIIT Hyderabad offers undergraduate, postgraduate and dual degree programmes. Undergraduate programmes award either Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) or B.Tech (Honors) in Computer Science, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Civil Engineering, while postgraduate programmes award either Master of Technology (M.Tech), Master of Science (MS) or Master of Philosophy (M.Phil). Dual degree programmes award B.Tech/MS. The dual degrees offer MS in Computer Science, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computational Natural Science, Building sciences [MS in specialized courses of civil], Computational Linguistics and Exact Humanities along with a B.Tech in Computer Science. PhD degrees and post graduate diplomas are also given. IIIT Hyderabad also offers MSIT program in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, USA.[5] The institute lays a great importance on "Human Values" and professional ethics.


Admission to undergraduate programmes is based on one of five acceptance modes, namely Joint Entrance Examination (Main) (JEE (Main)), the institute's own Undergraduate Engineering Entrance Examination (UGEE) and interview, representing India in the International Olympiads during class XI and XII (including International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), International Biology Olympiad (IBO), International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO), International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) / Paninian Linguistics Olympiad (PLO)), Direct Admissions for Students Abroad (DASA) and lateral entry admissions to dual-degree programmes through entrance examination and interview.[6]

Admissions for postgraduate studies are on the basis of the Postgraduate Entrance Exam (PGEE) conducted by IIIT Hyderabad. Admissions to the MSIT programme run at this institute are based on a test conducted every year from April to May.[citation needed]


University and College rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[7] 101–150
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[8] 98
Engineering – India
NIRF (2018)[9] 38
India Today (2017)[10] 14
Outlook India (2017)[11] 11
The Week (2017)[12] 16

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad was ranked 71 among universities in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018[8] and in the 101–150 band overall.[7]

Among engineering colleges, IIIT Hyderabad ranked 14th by India Today in 2017,[10] 11th by Outlook India[11] and 16 by The Week.[12] It was ranked 38 among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018.[9]


The institute is divided into research centers:

Combined Research Center[edit]

Kohli Center on Intelligent Systems (KCIS) was established in 2015, with funding from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to act as an umbrella organization and to strengthen the existing research, facilitate new activities in areas related to the current research at the institute and give a fillip to the research, training and entrepreneurship in the broad area of Intelligent Systems.


  • Signal Processing & Communications Research Center (SPCRC)
  • Center for Data Engineering (CDE)
  • Language Technologies Research Center (LTRC)
    • Search and Information Extraction Lab (SIEL)
    • Speech and Vision Lab (SVL)
  • Robotics Research Center (RRC)
  • Center for Security, Theory & Algorithmic Research (CSTAR)
  • Software Engineering Research Center (SERC)
  • Center for Visual Information Technology (CVIT)
  • Center for VLSI and Embedded System Technologies (CVEST)
    • Computer Architecture
    • Compilers
    • Parallel/Concurrent Programming


  • IT for Agriculture & Rural Development (ITARD)
  • Center for IT in Building Science (CBS)
  • Cognitive Science Lab (CogSci)
  • Center for Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics (CCNSB)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC)
  • Center for IT in Education (CITE)
  • Lab for Spatial Informatics (LSI)
  • Center for Exact Humanities (CEH)
  • Research Center for eGovernance

Development Centers[edit]

  • Engineering Technology and Innovation Center (ENTICE)
  • Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)
  • Center for Open Software (COS)


The area of the institute campus is 66 acres (approx. 267,000 m²). There are four buildings that house the corporate schools and research centers. In addition to this, the academic building has the lecture halls, tutorial rooms, computer and electronics labs and offices of the administration and faculty. The buildings are named after the mountain ranges, Nilgiri, Vindhya and Himalaya.

All students are provided hostel rooms. First-year and second-year students, who have enrolled in a Bachelor's or Dual-Degree program, are required to share rooms (double occupancy) whereas from the third-year onwards, the students have single occupancy.[13] The institute has a Guest House with four air conditioned suites. Two hostels for men and one for women have a total of about 1200 rooms. There is an optical fiber network connecting all buildings on campus including the hostels.

The institute has air-conditioned computer laboratories, allocated batch-wise to students. The PC-to-students ratio is about 1:2. All computers are part of an intranet (1 Gbit/s Backbone). The institute has high bandwidth (100 Mbit/s) Internet connectivity round the clock. Students undertaking research can access computational facilities 24/7. All the notices and information are sent over the campus email. From couriers to mess registration, everything is notified via specific portals(internal sites). Some areas of the institute, like a few parts of the Boys' Hostel, Nilgiri and Library are connected by Wi-Fi.

IIIT-H also hosts T-Hub,[14] which is said to be India’s biggest incubation center, in collaboration with Indian School of Business and Nalsar University of Law. Its aim is to provide a supportive environment, along with financial and mentorship support to new startups in the region.


  • IASNLP (IIIT Hyderabad Advanced Summer School on NLP) is annual two week school on Natural Language Processing with lectures and project guidance by internationally renowned researchers in the area.
  • Robocamp is a national level robotics workshop conducted by IIIT Hyderabad Robotics Club (IRC) every year in summers since 2006. In 2011 one of the workshops was organised by the second year students of IRC.[15][16] 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006
  • Tech Ease a national workshop for students and professionals on innovation, design and user experience, was organised in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • R & D Showcase - The research and project exhibition showcasing the research work and projects carried out in the institute.[17][18]
  • ExOR Excitement of Research encourages students to take up research both in academics and in career.

Student life[edit]

With about 1500 students, IIIT Hyderabad has cultural and athletic activities throughout the year. There are clubs like Literary Club, Movie Discussion Club, Dramatics Club, Photography Club and Music Club.

The students are divided into four Houses upon their intake in the college. The houses are: Agni, Aakash, Prithvi and Vayu. All the cultural and sport competitions are based around the house system where the houses battle it out for the top position.


Each year the institute holds its annual cultural and technical festival Felicity, in February. Felicity is one of the most eagerly awaited college festivals in Hyderabad. Felicity attracts students from all major engineering and degree colleges across the country.

Music bands like Strings, Parikrama, Motherjane, Indian Ocean, Ganesh & Kumaresh, Euphoria, Demonic Resurrection, Bombay Vikings, Sledge have performed at Felicity over the past few years.[when?]

There have been solo performances by Mohit Chauhan of Masakali Fame and Kumar Vishwas, a comic poet (hasya-kavi).


Sports are allotted two compulsory credits and students must take part in Physical Training for four semesters to achieve these four credits. IIIT Hyderabad has a gymnasium and facilities for sports.

Students' Parliament[edit]

The student representatives of each batch constitute the student parliament of IIIT Hyderabad, which forms laws regarding student life. The constitution of the college was drafted by the students parliament. It is the governing body for the students. Student issues are addressed to the administration through the parliament.


Students run a monthly newsletter called PING. Content has mostly been restricted to creative writing, though the need for a change in editorial policy has been realized recently. In 2015, PING went through a long overdue design makeover and shifted primarily to an online magazine.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "At a Glance". IIIT Hyderabad. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "News Coverage". 
  3. ^ "Interview with Rajiv Sangal giving credit to Mr. Sawhney". 
  4. ^ a b "Governing Council". IIIT Hyderabad. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to MSIT Program". Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  6. ^ "Undergraduate Admissions". International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Engineering)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018. 
  10. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2017: Engineering". India Today. 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Top 100 Engineering Colleges In 2017". Outlook India. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Singh, Abhinav (18 June 2017). "The Week - Hansa Research Best Colleges Survey 2017: Top Engineering Colleges - All India". The Week. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
  13. ^ Citation Needed
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  15. ^ Students develop low-cost smoke detector. (2011-06-12). Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  16. ^ "Creative skills come to the fore". The Hindu. 12 June 2011. 
  17. ^ The Hindu : Telangana / Hyderabad News : Skills to the fore at IIIT Hyderabad R&D showcase Archived 5 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  18. ^ "Skills to the fore at IIIT Hyderabad R&D showcase". The Hindu. 28 February 2011. 

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