About IIT Kanpur

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is one of the premier institutions established by the Government of India. The aim of the Institute is to provide meaningful education, to conduct original research of the highest standard and to provide leadership in technological innovation for the industrial growth of the country. From its very inception, IIT Kanpur has been striving to develop itself into an institution of excellence in education and research in consonance with the contemporary and future needs of India. In meeting this challenge, the Institute has always been making special efforts to recruit talented faculty on a world-wide basis and to admit brilliant students from all over the country by a careful selection process. Continuous efforts have been made to provide the faculty with well-equipped facilities to enable them to participate in national endeavors in Science and Technology in a major way.

In addition to offering formal Undergraduate and Post-graduate Programs, the Institute has been involved in Continuing Education and Research & Development in areas of value toboth the Industry and the Government. Not only, has the Institute acted as the breeding ground for ideas and talent, it also has recognised and honoured scholars of distinction

An Academic Programme Renowned Globally

In its continual endeavor to achieve excellence in both undergraduate and postgraduate education and research, the institute has earned a superb academic reputation in the global arena.

B. Tech

  • Students admitted through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)
  • Comprises of 8 semester academic curriculum
  • Offered in all core engineering branches
  • Consists of a core programme common to all students providing a strong base of general education Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering Sciences, Technical Arts, and Humanities and Social Sciences. With advancement, more and more professional courses come into picture. In the final year, there is a project in the chosen branch of specialization.


  • Students admitted through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)
  • The curriculum aims at developing the basic knowledge of sciences, engineering and specializing over the field
  • The curriculum is similar to that of the B.Tech. programme.
  • The degree also involves an undergraduate project to be done under the guidance of a faculty-member.
  • The students can also avail of an optional minor in another department.


  • Students take minors to gain specialization in a specific field of a department, different from the parent department; which helps in instilling logical ability and foundation knowledge towards the field.
  • Example: B.Tech in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Management.

B.Tech. - M. Tech Dual degree

  • Students admitted through JEE
  • Two degrees ( B.Tech and M Tech) are awarded at the end of 5 year course for qualifying students. B. Tech. degree is awarded in the branch of the department while M Tech degree will be awarded in the specialization that is decided at the time of admission.
  • Academic core program up to third year is common with the four year B Tech program. Fourth year onwards electives for Dual Degree students will be in the area of their specialization.

Double Major

  • Student completes all the departmental courses of two majors, one in their parent department and the second in any other department of their choice, in duration of 5 years.On successful completion of these core courses, the student has comprehensive knowledge required to understand both departments in dept, and hence receives double major from the institute.
  • Example: B.Tech in Electrical Engineering with second major in Computer Science and Engineering.

Interdepartmental Dual Degree

  • Allows student to pursue M.Tech/M.S. in a department different from their parent department.
  • Example: B.Tech in Chemical Engineering with a M.S. in Economics.

Integrated M. Sc.

  • Students admitted through JEE
  • Comprises of 10 semester academic curriculum
    offered in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Scientific Computing and Economics.
  • The program is at par with BTech and Dual degree programs. The first two semesters is common to all students doing their B.Tech / M.Sc (Int.). Then the courses started diverging into more department specific paths . It is designed to equip the undergraduate students with basic engineering knowledge, besides inculcating enthusiasm and expertise for research in basic sciences, enabling them to excel in diversified environments.

M. Tech.

  • Admissions are made through an all-India examination, called GATE.
  • Comprises of 4 semester academic curriculum
  • Besides the core engineering branches, M. Tech. Programs are also available in the interdisciplinary areas such as Nuclear Engineering, Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Laser Technology, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, and Industrial and Management Engineering
  • Acquaints the students with the various aspects of engineering through several courses, both introductory and in the specialized area followed by research, leading to a thesis on a topic in the area


  • Offered in Sciences, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences and Management.
  • Aimed at helping the student acquire proficiency in the chosen area through course work, followed by doctoral research. At the end of the course work the student will appear for the Ph.D. comprehensive examination, and continue his research towards completion of his Doctoral Thesis.

M.Sc.-Ph.D. dual degree program

  • M.Sc. students of The Department of Physics are allowed to continue for a Ph.D


  • Students with B.Sc. (Hons.) background are chosen through a rigorous selection process, called JAM.
  • Comprises of 4 semester academic curriculum
  • Offered in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics


  • Admissions are made through the all-India examinations, JMET
  • Comprises of 4 semester academic curriculum
  • Carefully structured and integrated with class room teaching, case discussions, hands-on industry experience with internship and  project work. Continuous industrial interaction, seminars and live projects are a part of the curriculum.

Master of Design (M.Des.)

  • Students are selected through the all-India examinations, CEED
  • Comprises of 4 semester academic curriculum
  • The programme is interdisciplinary in nature with a strong emphasis on a balanced curriculum of theory and practice. The programme has three sub groups: Product Design, User Interface Design, and Visual Communication Design. Students are required to conduct a project and prepare a thesis as a part of their curriculum. Various workshops are also held to broaden the outlook of students and also in helping them in deciding their career

Graduating Batch Demographics

Click here for the Demographics of the Graduating Batch of 2016


IIT Kanpur has more than 350 faculty members having degrees from the renowned universities across the world. The Faculty at IIT Kanpur are involved in cutting-edge research both in the industry and within IIT Kanpur and also holds positions as varied as editors of various international journals, visiting faculty in many universities, advisors to government and industry.

The contribution of the Faculty has been recognized frequently and have been honored with the awards such as:

  • Padma Vibhushan
  • Padmashree
  • S. S. Bhatnagar (more than ten in number)
  • Fellowship of Indian Academy of Engineering
  • Fellowship of Indian Academy of Science
  • Fellowship of National Academy of Science
  • Humboldt and JSPS Fellowships


Student Research

Abhyast (with Boeing): Abhyast is an autonomous vehicle being undertaken as a joint activity of IIT Kanpur and Boeing Corporation. The objective is to develop a robot which acts as an aid to the operator in carrying specific task rather than an entity which is in need of continuous attention of operator. Its a 30cm x 30cm x 30cm robot capable of navigating from source to destination using various local and global sensors and is capable of communicating to the user using pre-established GSM network

Jugnu: Jugnu is one of the world's tiniest Nano satellites, weighing only three kilograms. Designed and fabricated by the mechanical engineering department, it was a part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of IIT Kanpur. Developed using indigenous technology and manpower (students and professors only) this satellite (34cm long) was developed at a cost of 2.5 crores. Launched by ISRO's PSLV C-18 on 12th Oct 2011, it has been continuously monitored and controlled by the Ground Station located at IIT K campus. Development of JUGNU started in the year 2008 with a team of 3 students and few professors, which gradually grew to a team of more than 50 students ranging from 1st year undergraduates to final year postgraduates along with 14 professors from different disciplines to complete this challenging mission

National Funding Agencies

  • • DST (Department of Science and Technology)
  • • DBT
  • • DRDO (defence)
  • • AR&DB (aerospace)
  • • MCIT
  • • MNES (energy)
  • • MEF
  • • MIT (information technology)
  • • BRNS (nuclear)
  • • DOE (electronics)
  • • CSIR
  • • ISRO (space; space technology cell)

Culturals and Extra Curriculars

IIT Kanpur provides an environment that nurtures leaders in addition to sound engineers. Students independently manage several club activities, national level festivals, administration of hostels and thus emerge as winner not only in national level competitions but also in their corporate life as well. This provides a platform to the students to hone their inter-personal skills and provides a holistic education.


The National Festivals of IIT Kanpur budget around 1.5 crore provide a unique opportunity where the students can experience management lessons first hand. Right from the stage of conceptualization to final implementation the students manage everything on their own. The organizing team gets to interact and deal with corporate, celebrities and hence inculcate managerial and inter-personal skills.

  • Techkriti: The Global techno-entrepreneurial festival of IIT Kanpur attracts the best talent from all across the world in its competitions. Several high profile dignitaries from the field of science and technology also attend the festival.
  • Antaragni: The festival in its 43rd year has evolved as the biggest cultural festival in North India which witnesses more than 6000 participants. Some of the best known artists in the country from the field of music, dance, theatre and arts have been a part of the festival in the past. A team of more than 600 students works for around nine months to put up the show.
  • Udghosh: The national level sports festival of IIT Kanpur sees participation from all corners of the country. The festival provides a platform for the participating teams and the organizers to inculcate a sense of team work and leadership.

Inter-Hostel Competitions

The inter hall competitions see the best of friends turn into the fiercest of competitors and hence bring out the best of talents in the students.

  • Galaxy: The cultural championship.
  • Varchasva: The sports championship.
  • Takneek: The science and technology championship.
  • Impressions: The cultural event for post graduate students.

Club Activities

Club activates are managed by the students under the aegis of Students’ Gymkhana. Club activities provide the learning outside the classroom which sensitizes students to other aspects of life. Clubs organize several workshops and competitions all around the year in addition to representing IIT Kanpur at national level competitions.

  • Science and Technology Clubs: The Science and Technology Council has several clubs like the Astronomy Club, Business club, Electronics club, Programming club, Gliding club, Ham club, Aeromodelling Club, Photography club, Robotics Club.
  • Cultural Council: Cultural Council provides platform to every cultural taste through the Dance Club, Dramatics Club, Fine Arts Club, Music Club, Quiz Club, English Literary Society, Hindi Sahitya Sabha, Vivekananda Samiti and SPIC MACAY Society.
  • Films and Media Council: The FMC Council manages Vox Populi-the students’ newspaper of IIT Kanpur, Meander - The Student’s Magazine, Animation club, Student’s Television Society.
  • Games and Sports council: In addition the several sports and games teams the institute also has Adventure club, Tae-Kwon-Do Club, Nature club, Bridge Club and Chess club
  • Presidential Council: Book Club, GLDC, Prayas (Student run social group). An Entrepreneurship Cell has been established and our annual Science and Technological festival (Techkriti) has been transformed to a Technology and Entrepreneurship festival which includes a number of Business idea games and events.


The alumni of IIT Kanpur have undoubtedly made their mark on the Global professional fronts. Most of them occupy leading positions in corporate, academia & the government. Some of the most notable alumni that IIT Kanpur boasts of producing are :

  • N.R Narayana Murthy - Founder of Infosys
  • Pradeep S. Sindhu - Founder, Vice Chairman & CTO - Juniper Networks
  • Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala - Padma Shri & Professor of Electrical Engg at IIT Madras
  • Dr Ashoke Sen - FRS & Padma Shri , Famous String Theorist
  • Subir Bose - Managing Director - Berger Paints
  • Mahesh Behari Lal - Chairman & MD, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
  • Satish Kumar Kaura - Chairman - MD Samtel Colour Limited
  • Vijay Mahajan - Former Dean of the Indian School of Business
  • Duvvuri Subbarao - 22nd Governor of Reserve Bank of India
  • Pawan Kumar Goenka - Chief Operating Officer(COO) of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
  • Late Professor Rajiv Motwani (Stanford University) - Backed the founders of Google & Paypal
  • Manindra Agarwal, Nitin Saxena & Neeraj Kayal - Gave the first deterministic primality-proving algorithm famously known as AKS Primality Test. Authors received the 2006 Godel Prize & the 2006 Fulkerson Prize for this result
  • Prof. Arvind - JOHNSON Professor , MIT, USA
  • Rajeev Chawla - Secretary of E-governance, Govt. of Karnataka