Interesting Quick Facts About 18 IITis

Interesting Quick Facts About 18 IITis

When it comes to engineering IIT is the first word we talk about in India. Its central government owned autonomous educational institutes in India providing quality education since 1950s. Few facts about IIT:

  • IIT get around 100-200 million grant from government each year. Other funding’s include alumni help and fees
  • Around 75,000 per annum is the fees now. (Many scholarship schemes are also available).
  • IITs got freedom to lay their own kind of syllabus and free from any kind of bureaucratic and political intervene.
  • Academic policies are decided by senate and it comprise student representatives and professors.
  • Normal timing is 7.30am  to 5.30pm

Here i am trying to list out all IITs for a quick reference.

1:IIT Kharagpur:

  • State: West Bengal.
  • Year of establishment: 1951.
  • Departments: 29.
  • Total area: 8.5 square kilometer (2100 acres).
  • Faculties: 450
  • Under gradates: 3000.
  • Post graduates: 2500
  • Research scholars: 950
  • Hostels: 17 (called halls of residence)

Some Rare Facts:

  • With a huge area of 8.5 SqKM, IIT Kharagpur is larger than three times the area of Vatican City and Monaco put together.
  • The tower of the main building has a steel tank with 10,000 imperial gallons of water capacity for emergency supply needs.
  • There is a house named “Bomb house” in the campus (near the Prembazar entrance gate) which was used to store bombs during the World war by the Britishers. Although it looks quite commonplace from exterior, it has very thick walls and a reinforced underground storage chamber beneath. Since formation of IIT Kgp, it is being used as a staff quarter.


  • (set up with the assistance from UNESCO and the erstwhile soviet union.).
  • State: Maharashtra.
  • Year of establishment: 1958.
  • Departments: 24.
  • Total area: 2.23 square kilometer (550 acres).
  • Under graduates: 2200
  • Post graduates: 3500.
  • Hostels: 13.


  • (Received technical assistance from Germany in early stages).
  • State: Tamil nadu.
  • Year of establishment: 1959.
  • Departments: 16.
  • Total area: 2.5 square kilometer (620 acres).
  • Faculties: 450
  • Under gradates: 2500.
  • Post graduates: 2000
  • Hostels: 17

Some rare facts:

  • Australian cricket team came for net practice at the Chemplast  IIT -M while at Chennai.


  • State: utter Pradesh.
  • Year of establishment: 1959.
  • Departments: 16.
  • Total area: 4.85 square kilometer (1200 acres).


  • State: Delhi (union territory)
  • Year of establishment: 1963.
  • Departments: 26.
  • Total area: 1.3 square kilometer (320 acres).

Some rare facts:

  • The roof of Dogra Hall at IIT Delhi is a  specially designed hyperbloc parabolid.


  • State: Assam.
  • Year of establishment: 1994.
  • Departments: 14.
  • Total area: 2.85 square kilometer (700 acres).


  • State:
  • Year of establishment: 2001
  • Departments:
  • Total area: 1.44 square kilometer (356 acres).

8:IIT-Bhubaneswar: (development ongoing)

  • State: Orissa.
  • Year of establishment: 2008
  • Departments:
  • Total area:


(also called IIT-PUNJAB):got high rank in recent survey.

  • State: Punjab
  • Year of establishment: 2008.
  • Departments:
  •  Total area:


  • State: Andhra Pradesh.
  • Year of establishment: 2008
  • Departments:
  • Total area

12:IIT-Gandhi Nagar:

  • State: Gujarat
  • Year of establishment: 2008
  • Departments:
  • Total area:


  • State: Bihar.
  • Year of establishment: 2008
  • Departments:
  • Total area:


  • State: Rajasthan.
  • Year of establishment: 2008
  • Departments:
  • Total area:


  • State: Madhya Pradesh.
  • Year of establishment: 2009
  • Departments:
  • Total area:


  • State: himachal Pradesh
  • Year of establishment: 2009.
  • Departments:
  • Total area: 520 acres.

Other 2 institutes which stand on par with IITs in quality is:

  1. IT-BHU:

Some More facts:

  1. Significant percentage of the students would only be studying for marks, instead of learning.
  2. IITians are equally concerned/afraid at the time of placement, like any regional college student. (Though non-IITian believe that IITians are never worried about placements)
  3. Many IITs are facing acute shortage of faculty.
  4. Most of time Standard good books are not referred. Neither by the professor nor by the students. Here are some examples of the books students refer:
  • Book by Balaguruswamy for C/C++
  • Book by Yashwant Kanetkar for C/C++
  • Book by Deitel & Deitel for C++ (As Text-Book in class & Reference book as well)
  • Book by Sanjoy Dasgupta for Algorithms (Not Cormen)
  • Data Structures by Sartaj Sahni

Abul kalam  about IIT:

This is snippet of what he prepared for IIT reunion function.

  • He said he first called a professor of Indian origin in the US. “He was frank enough to say that it conveyed immediately nothing. He said 20 million children are born in India every year. Only one per cent joins the IIT. They are the best children in India. Wherever you put them they will do very well. The value addition by IIT is very low to the students, he pointed out.”
  • The professor felt that, there may be many hidden Ramanujans and Einsteins amongst the vast majority of the students, which the IIT system does not touch.
  • “The greatest challenge for the Pan IITians and the nation is to find a mechanism to identify those needles in the haystack,” the President said. He urged the IITians to look for hidden Ramanujans and bring them to the mainstream.
  • The President’s next call was to an Army General who said they have nothing to do with the IITs. “While we see many engineering grads join the army we are yet to see any IITian the last two decades,” the General had told the President.
  • The President said, while a professor from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore said that it is a great challenge for the professors to teach the students at IIT, as they are the ‘cream of the cream’, an IIT director said the institute stands for ‘excellence and discipline’.
  • The President told the gathering that a friend told him that IIT takes the best students and delivers the best to the world, but the direct benefits for the nation in terms of knowledge products and intellectual property is rather minimal.
  • Kalam was quick to add that since they (IIT) selected the cream, the ‘output is also cream’. The cream of the cream, he said, goes to the US and they become the best. “The best in and best out.”
  • However, in a somber note he added that it is ironical that the IIT, which is mandated to produce the best minds for teaching and research is unable to attract the best faculty today.
  • The President emphasised the need for PanIITians to expand the spirit of IIT to touch every technical university in the country. “This will create a vast number of quality students and faculty. This is particularly important not only for taking care of the faculty needs of IITs but also for taking up the challenges of development that would be thrown open by the vision of the nation to become a developed one.”
  • Continuing with what people from different walks of life has to say about IIT, the President said that a senior government officer had a significant point to make. “IIT stands for Brand India. However, of late it has become an exclusive institution in a world, which should become more and more inclusive and converging.
  • “Today more children from urban affluent families who can afford to pay Rs 10,000 per month on education alone could dream of joining the IIT.
  • “There are around 8 per cent of girl students in IIT, while the general average over 30 per cent in engineering.
  • “Many institutions of the same caliber as IIT in the western world, have been contributing much more to the industry than the IITs in India.”
  • The industry-IIT interaction, he said, has to become an icon to put their brand on many products that will be used by the public on a daily basis. The President said there should be a little bit of IIT in every Indian. Since the Pan IITians have been in IIT, have been in India, seen the best of educational institutions and industry across the world, they can work with our present IIT system to bring this transformation of making ‘IIT inside’ in all of us Indians and in India, he added.
  • He urged the IITians to think over the independent views expressed and reinforce the niche and unique place that IIT occupies.

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