Institute Overview


Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, established in 1959, 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.


Pic: Vikram Gupta

Vision Statement

"To create, disseminate and translate knowledge in science, engineering and allied disciplines that will best serve the society."


Pic: Vikram Gupta

Mission Statement

"To pursue excellence in education, research and innovation by

  • Enabling a creative and dynamic learning environment,

  • Developing sustainable research solutions for the benefit of the nation,

  • Building bridges between the academia, industry and society,

  • Fostering entrepreneurial spirit and skill,

  • Nurturing leadership qualities with sense of commitment and accountability, and

  • Inculcating values and ethics in thought, expression and deed."




तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय

Transliteration: Tamaso mā jyotirgamaya

Translation: Lead me from darkness to light




Undergraduate students: 3938

Graduate students: 2540




Area: 1055 Acres

No. of buildings: 108

Nearly all IITK students live on campus.



Number of publications (average, per faculty) in 2013: 2.58

Number of PhD students registered (average, per faculty) in 2013: 3.32

Research funding (average, per faculty) in 2013: Rs.1.9 million

Number of patents filed in 2013: 57


Pic: Manoj Srivastava


Faculty members: 413

Faculty awardees: Our faculty are the recent recipients of major National and International awards. These include Padma Shri, Infosys Prize, Humboldt Research Award, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, TWAS Prize, National J.C. Bose Fellowship, Fulkerson Prize, Goedel Prize, National Academy of Sciences (NASc), Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Indian Academy of Science (FASc), Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Swaranajayanti Fellowship.

Students to faculty ratio: 15.96

Pic: Dean, Research and Development


The Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP) from 1962 to 1972 at IIT Kanpur was set up to collaborate closely with the outside world and thereby keep pace with the ever changing world of science and technology. Under the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (1962-1972), the Institute received technical assistance under KIAP from a consortium of nine leading institutions of U.S.A. The institutions are listed below:

  • California Institute of Technology

  • Carnegie Institute of Technology

  • Case Institute of Technology

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Ohio State University

  • Princeton University

  • Purdue University

  • University of California at Berkley

  • University of Michigan

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