History of Inception
An Act of Parliament established the Institute in the year 1959. The University started functioning from December 1959, in a room in the Canteen Building of the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute at Agricultural Gardens in Kanpur. Gradually the activities of the University expanded and it became the leading institute in technology in India.
Sprawling over an area of 4.3 square kilometres, the Institute has several large research centres namely, the Advanced Centre for Material Science, a Bio-technology centre, the Advanced Centre for Electronic Systems, and the Samtel Centre for Display Technology, Centre for Mechatronics, Centre for Laser Technology, Prabhu Goel Research Centre for Computer and Internet Security, Facility for Ecological and Analytical Testing. With its ultra modern equipments and state of the art technological facilities, the Institute has produced some of the best brains in the country. The P K Kelkar library of the Institute is a storehouse of textbooks, journals and other research materials. The Institute also has its own airfield for testing flights and gliding activities.
The campus life in IIT Kanpur revolves around fests, sports meet and cultural activities. The annual cultural fest is called Antaragni, the annual science and technology festival is called Techkriti. The annual sports meet is called Udghosh. In addition to these activities the students of the Institute bring out a monthly Enewsletter called Avant Garde. The English Literary Society is one of the popular clubs in the Institute, which conducts, extempore, word games and other such activities.
Biological Sciences and Bioengineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Humanities and social sciences
Industrial and Management Engineering
Mathematics and Statistics
Environmental Engineering and Management
Master of Design
Materials Science Program
Nuclear Engineering and Technology
Extra Curricular Events Held in College
Antaragni: Annual cultural festival held over 4 days in October.
Techkriti: Annual technology and business festival held over 4 days in February.
Udghosh: Annual inter-college sports meet held in September.
Josh: Annual intra-institute sports festival.
Galaxy: Annual inter-hall cultural competition.
Takneek: Annual inter-hall technology competition.
Varchasva: Annual inter-hall sports competition.
Spectrum: Annual inter-hall films and media competition.
The Institute has trained manpower who can take up challenges at the national and international level. It has contributed a large number of eminent personalities to the nation in the field of technology.