KIIT University

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KIIT University
KIIT logo.svg
Motto सा विद्या या विमुक्तये
ସା ବିଦ୍ୟା ଯା ବିମୁକ୍ତୟେ
Sā Vidyā Yā Vimuktayē
Motto in English
Knowledge is that which liberates
Type Private, autonomous
Established 1992
Founder Achyuta Samanta
Chancellor N. L. Mitra
Vice-Chancellor P. P. Mathur
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students Over 30,000
Location Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
20°21′10″N 85°49′10″E / 20.35278°N 85.81944°E / 20.35278; 85.81944Coordinates: 20°21′10″N 85°49′10″E / 20.35278°N 85.81944°E / 20.35278; 85.81944
Campus Urban, 700 acres (2.8 km2), 20 independent distributed campuses,23 constituent schools

KIIT University, formerly Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, is a co-educational, university located at Patia, Bhubaneswar in the Indian state of Odisha. The University offers under-graduate and post-graduate courses in Engineering, Bio-technology, Medicine, Management, Law, Computer application, Rural management, Fashion, Film Studies, Journalism and Sculpturing. It was one of the youngest institutions to be awarded the deemed university status (under the section 3 of UGC act 1956[1]) in India and then the university status in 2004.

KIIT Convention centre

KIIT college of engineering has been ranked 5th among all National Level Self Financing Universities in India and Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a constituent of KIIT University, features among top 30 medical colleges of the country, according to a survey by Mumbai-based Mainline Media, The Pioneer in 2012. It has been ranked 18th among private engineering institutes and 7th in placement in 2008 by Outlook India.[2][3] KIIT School of Management has been nominated as the mentor institution by AICTE for conducting faculty development program in eastern India.[4] In 2016, the university was placed 32nd in the NIRF India Rankings 2016 organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.[5]


KIIT was established in 1992 as an Industrial Training Institute with only 12 students and 2 faculties.[6] This institution was the brainchild of Achyuta Samanta, who had envisioned a profound center of learning in India and so pursued to lay the foundation of KIIT. In 1997, the School of Technology and the School of Computer Application ([1]) was established. In 2004 it was conferred the status of university, becoming the youngest institute to get university status in India and KIIT entered the Limca Book of Records.[7]

The KIIT School of Biotechnology, School of Rural Management, School of Medicine and KIIT Law School were started in 2007.[8] In 2009, five new schools, School of Mass Communication, School of Fashion Technology, School of Film Studies, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and School of Sculpture were established. However, later the School of Mass Communication and School of Film Studies were merged to form School of Film and Media Studies, while School of Sculpture was renamed as School of Fine Arts and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management was discontinued. Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences and Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences came under the ambit of KIIT University in August, 2009. In 2013, three new schools were established  — School of Architecture, School of Leadership and School of Sports. In 2015, 3 more schools were added - School of Public Health, School of Chemical Technology and School of Yoga and Spiritualism. Currently more than 12000 students are enrolled in various courses of the university.

Academic profile[edit]

KIIT is an accredited institute having more than 20000 students into its various distinct streams.[6] Each academic program is functioning in different independent campuses. The university has signed several memorandums with foreign and national institutes of excellences. KIIT also became the youngest member of Association of Commonwealth Universities.[4]

Accreditation and ranking[edit]

KIIT has the distinction of becoming the youngest institute ever in the country to be declared a Deemed University by Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. All the academic programmes are accredited by NAAC of UGC and NBA of AICTE, which are benchmarks of excellence. NAAC has awarded KIIT the coveted "A" grade accreditation. KIIT secured a CGPA of 3.48/4 (87%), joining the league of 11 elite institutions like IITs, JNU, TISS and the likes.[9] UGC also awarded KIIT the highest grade "A".[10] Bar Council of India (BCI) has approved the courses of KIIT Law School which offers five years integrated courses in law. With its dynamic progress within a short span of time, KIIT is the youngest institution in India to receive accreditation by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) of UGC for its Degree in Engineering, MCA[11] and MBA programs.[7] The MBBS course is approved by the Medical Council of India and the Dental course is similarly approved by Dental Council of India.

It has been ranked as 16th in India, 5th among private universities, and 4th in the eastern region in the year 2009 by Times of India.[12][13] It has also been ranked 18 th among private engineering institutes and 7 th in placement in 2008 by Outlook India.[2][14] KIIT School of Management has been nominated as the Mentor Institution by AICTE for conducting faculty development program in eastern India.[4] It has been ranked 5th among private engineering colleges in India by The Pioneer in 2012.

Schools and courses[edit]

KIIT School of Technology 1st year block

KIIT has expanded from its original three schools to eleven schools in a very short span of five years,since its inception as a university. Most of the schools offers degrees from undergraduate to Ph.D. level.

The KIIT School of Technology offers undergraduate programs in seven distinct streams which includes; Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Electronics and computer science engineering, Electronics and instrumentation Engineering.[15] It also offers postgraduate programs in five streams and Doctoral degrees as well.[15] Five years dual degree Course of B.Tech and M.Tech. and B.Tech. and MBA has also been introduced from 2010.[16] School of Computer Application offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in computer application.[17]

The KIIT School of Management offers undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and diploma degrees in management.[18][19][20] It offers specialisation in fields like Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Information Technology Management, Operation Management & Decision Sciences, Business Environment, General Management and diplomas in Retail management and Banking and Insurance management.[21] The School of Rural Management offers postgraduate degree in rural management.[22]

The School of Law offers integrated law degree with humanities, management and science with honors specialization in 6 different streams of law.[23] The school offers postgraduate degree in law with specialization in corporate law and human rights.[24] It also offers doctoral degree and diploma in Information technology law and Corporate laws.[25]

The School of Biotechnology offers five year integrated degree in Biotechnology and two years postgraduate degree in biotechnology and microbiology.[26]

The School of Languages established in 2007, offers undergraduate courses in English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Corporate Communications and Education with or without study abroad facility.[27] It also offers various, certificate, advanced certificate, diplomas, language lab, postgraduate and doctoral degrees.[27]

The School of Fashion Technology offers undergraduate degrees in Fashion Design.[28] The School of Fine Art offers master's degree in Fine Arts (Sculpture) and the School of Film and Media Sciences offers bachelor's degree in Television and Film Production.[28]

The School of Medicine and School of Dental Sciences which offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Medicine and Dental Sciences respectively.[29]

KIIT Group of Institutions, also operates a polytechnic college, industrial training centre, science college, International School and Kalinga Institute of Social Science.[29]

Research and development[edit]

KIIT has a Research and Development wing headed by a Director along with other qualified faculty members who collaborate with various Research Organizations. Thrust of the R & D Wing of KIIT University is interdisciplinary research through multidisciplinary interactions. The vision is to unleash creative thinking and enable KIIT U to become a well-known technological university for research and development as well as for post-graduate education and doctoral research. Faculty members (spearheaded by Udai P. Singh) are currently pursuing research funded by organizations, such as, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Industry Institute interactions are also being strengthened through various funded schemes sponsored by AICTE, UGC and DSIR. In this context, a large number of MoUs have been signed with leading research organizations of the country and abroad for facilitating collaborative research and other academic activities. Currently offered in four broad areas, technology, biotechnology, management and humanities, the university has instituted 48 doctoral fellowships. The R & D wing has been actively supporting various National and International conferences hosted by the University like International Conference on Emerging Technology and International Conference on Distributed Computing & Internet Technology.[30] The wing actively collaborates with various educational, scientific, research and industrial organizations and has informal collaboration with faculty members of all IITs and corporate houses for specific problem and objectives. It has MoUs with organizations of repute in India and abroad for collaborative action.[31] KIIT has also established a Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to provide technical knowledge and facilities for starting technology driven enterprises as well as doing research for producing cost-effective techniques.[32]

In 2012, the University had organized the 99th Indian Science Congress.[33]

Admission and scholarships[edit]

Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programs are primarily done through the university's entrance examination KIITEE (KIIT Entrance Examination). Admission to the M.Tech program are also granted through GATE.[34] Students are admitted to the law school through a written all India common test known as KLSAT (KIIT Law School Admission Test). For the newly introduced courses of fashion, film studies, journalism and sculpturing the admission will be done on the basis of merit of previous qualifying examinations and additional experiences related to the concerned disciplines.[34]

The University also grants scholarships to meritorious and needy students every year. Among them, Pradyumna Bal Memorial Scholarship is awarded to two economically challenged but meritorious students and they are provided completely free education along with ancillary expenses.[35]

Campus and facilities[edit]

The institute is in twelve landscaped and eco-friendly campuses of 700 acres (2.8 km2) in the temple city of Bhubaneswar.[36]

Central library of the institute

Each of the campuses is named after a river of India. The classrooms are air conditioned and have state-of-the-art modern educational equipment like wireless LCD projectors to teach the students in a friendly manner.All the campuses have Wifi connection for easy access to the internet. The university has a central library consisting more than 141,819 books and journals on various topics and also have access to several renowned web libraries and journals.[37] Services provided to the users include, Current Awareness Service (CAS), Reference Service, Documentation Service, Reprographic Service, Digital Library and Web Library. Apart from the central library, every schools maintains its own library for assisting the students and teachers.

100ft Flag inaugurated by Naveen Jindal in KIIT Campus on 68th Republic day.

Separate hostel facilities are available for boys and girls with modern amenities and 24 hours internet connectivity. The canteens serves hygienic Indian and continental dishes to the students. The cafeterias within the campus offers snacks, soft drinks and beverages. Students can practice several sports like basketball, lawn tennis, hockey and cricket. Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium, established by KIIT, is one of the biggest indoor stadiums in the state next to Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium at Cuttack. It provides facility for all indoor games, including an air-conditioned billiards room. Twelve station Multi-gym, Billiards, Table Tennis, Badminton, Chess and Carom are the main attractions of the indoor stadium. Students and staff avail round the clock medical attention from Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, the medical wing of KIIT University which constitute a 1200 bedded hospital with ambulances and out patient department in case of need. KIIT also has buses, shuttle cars to meet the transportation need of the students and staffs. An in-house computerized Post Office is functioning from the Campus. All postal stationeries along with Speed Post facility are available at the post office. Banking services along with 24 hours ATM are available of Allahabad Bank, ICICI Bank, Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, United Bank of India and State Bank of India to the students. A computerized railway ticket counter is operational from within the campus.[38] Big Bazaar(super market)and Monginis (bakery) are very close to the campus. Along with it for refreshment of students a Cafe Coffee Day outlet is also present inside the campus. For 2016 graduating batch students, there were 3800 job offers and more than 2200 students got placed on day one .

Student life[edit]

Qutopia: Tata Crucible International Winner

KIIT provides on-campus residential facilities to its students, research scholars, faculty members and many of its staff.The students live in hostels throughout their stay in the KIIT, though its optional. There are in total 17 different hostels out of which six are for girls and rest are for boys. Hostel rooms have 24 hours Wifi internet connections . Most of the rooms in the hostels are designed to accommodate three student per room. The hostels are provided with a common room with plasma screen television which also acts as place of interaction.

There are different societies in KIIT University to choose from according to the interest and choice of the student. Some of the major societies of the college are Qutopia, the Quiz society; Kronicle, the Literary Society, the Social Responsibility Cell and Korus, the Music Society. Students from Kronicle have made a mark at various National and International Level students.Social Responsibility Cell aims at inculcating a sense of social responsibility in the hearts and minds of all the University students. The quiz society Qutopia[39] organizes a national level quiz competition, Udghosh every year.[40] The decenary edition of Udghosh was hosted by Vikram Joshi, winner of World Quizzing Championship. It also conducts an Intra-University Quiz competition "Launchpad" every year as a part of induction program. Qutopia is very well known in quizzing circles throughout the country and has produced quizzers who have not only conquered state and regional level quizzes, but also at national and international level, including the prestigious Tata Crucible Campus Quiz,[41] which is hosted by ace quizmaster Giri Balasubramanium, along with other high profile quizzes like Debasish Das Memorial (DDM) IT Quiz[42][43][44], Sweden India Nobel Memorial Quiz[45][46], and Mahindra AQ[47].

The KIIT chapter of Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY) established in 2003, promotes classical Indian music, dance, and culture among youth and have organised numerous musical concerts. Students can also join National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS).[40] There are other cultural, literary societies and interest groups. Several schools have their own societies based on the course of the school. The School of Technology, have the Robotic Society, which organizes meetings and workshops to expose the students about robotic concept and how to build and program them. The School of Law have Student Bar Association, which organises moot court competitions and make the students ready for the same.[48] National Cadet Corps (India)|The School of Management have forums based on marketing, HR, Finance and IT clubs which promotes and make the student aware on the latest happenings.[49]

Apart from the societies, which organises Intra School competitions, the university organizes different cultural and academic fest. The annual Techno-Management fest named KIIT FEST is organized every year which provides a platform for the progressive brains of our nation to interact, compete and display their creativity and talent.[40] Koncord is the annual cultural fest organized in KIIT. Some of the schools organize their own fest, like the School of Management organizes its own fest Kolosseum every year. Other celebrations include Independence Day, Republic day are organized with great enthusiasm. KIIT International MUN, although young, has grown to be one of the largest Model United Nations Conferences in India.

Students from various schools of KIIT University also come together to bring out "Kritika", the annual students' magazine of KIIT University.

THE KIIT TBI — Technology Business Incubator is an initiative of KIIT University supported by DST, Govt. Of India.It is set up to facilitate and encourage start-ups by providing them with the proper and conducive ecosystem. With more than 10 startup incubatees in KIIT TBI, it has a unique mix of startups pertaining to web 2.0, biotechnology, agriculture, healthcare & legal consulting. Autosports India, the renowned Automotive magazine commercial Website is start-up of KIIT University undergraduate students of Mechanical Engineering, 2014 batch.[50]


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