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Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) are autonomous public institutes of higher education, located in India. They are governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 which has declared them as institutions of national importance and lays down their powers, duties, and framework for governance etc. The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 lists twenty-three institutes (after the last amendment in 2016). Each IIT is an autonomous institution, linked to the others through a common IIT Council, which oversees their administration. The Minister of Human Resource Development is the ex-official Chairperson of IIT Council. As of 2018, the total number of seats for undergraduate programmes in all IITs is 11,279.

The first Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) was set up in Kharagpur in 1951, and soon later in Bombay (1958), Madras (1959), Kanpur (1959) and Delhi (1963). An Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) was then established in Guwahati in 1994.

The University of Roorkee was converted to IIT Roorkee in 2001. Eight new IITs were set up in Gandhinagar, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Indore, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Ropar, and Mandi in 2008-09. Following same selection process since 1972, finally in 2012 the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University was given IIT status. Another six new IITs in Tirupati, Palakkad, Dharwad, Bhilai, Goa and Jammu, approved through a 2016 bill amendment were established in 2015-16, along with the conversion of ISM Dhanbad to IIT Dhanbad.

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Indian Institutes of Technology ( IIT )

Indian Institutes of Technology

Admission Process of Indian Institutes of Technology

The Indian Institutes of Technology IITs have a common admission process for undergraduate admissions, the Joint Entrance Examination – Advanced, formerly called the IIT-JEE until 2012. JEE Advanced admits students according to their ranks in the exam. The post-graduate level program that awards M.Tech., MS degrees, and the doctoral programme that offers Ph.D. in engineering is administered by the older IITs. M.Tech. and MS admissions are done on the basis of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). Additionally, IITs also award other graduate degrees such as M.Sc in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, MBA, etc.

Admission to these programs of IITs is done through Common Admission Test (CAT), Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) and Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED). Indian Institutes of Technology Guwahati and Indian Institutes of Technology Bombay offer undergraduate design programmes as well. Joint Seat Allocation Authority conducts the joint admission process for a total of 23 IITs, that offer admission for 10,962 seats in 2017.

List of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in India

No. Name Of IITsShort NameFoundedState/UT
1 IIT KharagpurIIT-KGP1951West Bengal
2 IIT BombayIIT-B1958Maharashtra
3 IIT MadrasIIT-M1959Tamil Nadu
4 IIT KanpurIIT-K1959Uttar Pradesh
5 IIT DelhiIIT-D1961Delhi
6 IIT GuwahatiIIT-G1994Assam
7 IIT RoorkeeIIT-R1847Uttarakhand
8 IIT RoparIIT-RPR2008Punjab
9 IIT BhubaneswarIIT-BBS2008Odisha
10 IIT GandhinagarIIT-GN2008Gujarat
11 IIT HyderabadIIT-H2008Telangana
12 IIT JodhpurIIT-J2008Rajasthan
13 IIT PatnaIIT-P2008Bihar
14 IIT IndoreIIT-I2009Madhya Pradesh
15 IIT MandiIIT-Mandi2009Himachal Pradesh
16 IIT (BHU) VaranasiIIT-BHU1919Uttar Pradesh
17 IIT PalakkadIIT-PKD2015Kerala
18 IIT TirupatiIIT-TP2015Andhra Pradesh
19 IIT DhanbadIIT-ISM1926Jharkhand
20 IIT BhilaiIIT-BH2016Chhattisgarh
21 IIT GoaIIT-GOA2016Goa
22 IIT JammuIIT-JM2016Jammu and Kashmir
23 IIT DharwadIIT-DH2016Karnataka

The highly competitive examination in the form of IIT-JEE has led to establishment of a large number of coaching institutes throughout the country that provide intensive, and specific preparation for the IIT-JEE for substantial fees. It is argued that this favours students from specific regions and richer backgrounds. Some coaching institutes say that they have individually coached nearly 800 successful candidates year after year. According to some estimates, nearly 95% of all students who clear the IIT-JEE had joined coaching classes. Indeed, this was the case regarding preparation for IIT entrance exams even decades ago.

Courses in Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)

Undergraduate Education

The Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree is the most common undergraduate degree in the IITs in terms of student enrollment, although dual degrees integrating Master of Science or Master of Arts are also offered. The BTech course is based on a 4-year program with eight semesters, while the Dual Degree and Integrated courses are 5-year programs with ten semesters. In all IITs, the first year of BTech and Dual Degree courses are marked by a common course structure for all the students, though in some IITs, a single department introduction related course is also included.

The common courses include the basics from most of the departments like Electronics, Mechanics, Chemistry, Electrical and Physics. At the end of first year (the end of first semester at Indian Institutes of Technology Madras, Indian Institutes of Technology Hyderabad and Indian Institutes of Technology Roorkee), an option to change departments is given to meritorious students on the basis of their performance in the first two semesters. Few such changes ultimately take place as the criteria for them are usually strict, limited to the most meritorious students.

From the second year onwards, the students study subjects exclusively from their respective departments. In addition to these, the students have to take compulsory advanced courses from other departments in order to broaden their education. Separate compulsory courses from humanities and social sciences department, and sometimes management courses are also enforced. In the last year of their studies, most of the students are placed into industries and organisations via the placement process of the respective IIT, though some students opt out of this either when going for higher studies or when they take up jobs by applying to the companies directly.

Postgraduate & Doctoral Education in Indian Institutes of Technology

Master’s Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas

The IITs offer a number of postgraduate programs including Master of Technology (MTech), Master of Business Administration (MBA) (only for engineers and post graduates in science), and Master of Science (MSc). Some IITs offer specialised graduate programmes such as Master of Design (M.Des.), the Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT), Master in Medical Science and Technology (MMST), Master of City Planning (MCP), Master of Arts (MA), Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law (PGDIPL), and the Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Operation & Management (PGDMOM).

Some of the IITs offer an M.S. (by research) program; the MTech and M.S. are similar to the US universities’ non-thesis (course based) and thesis (research based) masters programs respectively. Admissions to masters programs in engineering are made using scores of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), while those to masters programs in science are made using scores of the Joint Admission Test to MSc (JAM).

Several IITs have schools of management offering master’s degrees in management or business administration.Bachelors-Masters dual degrees. The IITs also offer an unconventional BTech and MTech integrated educational program called “Dual Degree”. It integrates undergraduate and postgraduate studies in selected areas of specialisation. It is completed in five years as against six years in conventional BTech (four years) followed by an MTech (two years).

Integrated Master of Science programs are also offered at few IITs which integrates the Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies in Science streams in a single degree program against the conventional University system. These programs were started to allow IITians to complete postgraduate studies from IIT rather than having to go to another institute.

The IITs also offer the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) as part of their doctoral education programme. In it, the candidates are given a topic of academic interest by the professor or have to work on a consultancy project given by the industries. The duration of the program is usually unspecified and depends on the specific discipline. PhD candidates have to submit a dissertation as well as provide an oral defence for their thesis. Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Research Assistantships (RA) are often provided. The IITs, along with NITs and IISc, account for nearly 80% of all engineering PhDs in India. IITs now allow admission in PhD programs without the mandatory GATE score.

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