The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is one of the Indian Institutes of Technology set up in the city of Kanpur in 1960. IIT Kanpur has grown into one of the top technological institutes in India, primarily focused on research in engineering and science, and the teaching of undergraduates. Presently, the institute has around 4,000 students, with an equal distribution of graduate and undergraduate students. The President heads the student body, followed by general secretaries for the subdivisions. A number of secretaries head the various smaller departments. The Students' Senate is a decision making body which is presided over by the Convener. It has elected members who hold one year terms in office. Typically, one student for every hundred is elected into the senate.
Hostel Facilities

The campus is spread over an area of 1062 acres. Students at IIT Kanpur reside in the hostels, or 'halls of residence', there are eight hostels (Hall 1-5, 7-9) for boys and two for girls, called GH-1 and GH-2. The Institute has a number of facilities, including the National Wind Tunnel Facility. Other large research centres include 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. In addition, the various departments have their own smaller libraries. Apart from this, IIT Kanpur also has its own airfield, for flight testing and gliding activities.

Computer Lab

The Western Labs The Computer-Centre has about 100-150 Linux terminals and more than 100 Windows-NT terminals supported by the PARAM 10000 supercomputer, and is continuously available to the students for academic work and recreation. In addition, it hosts about 50 SUN workstations that are considered powerful workhorses for heavy computational tasks. It is a major intellectual, social and cultural hub in the campus. The IITs and BITS Pilani are among the first large academic institutions in India to be extensively networked, with an institute-wide LAN and Ethernet access to every student room in the residence halls.

Extra Curricular

The annual cultural festival is called Antaragni. The annual science and technology festival, Techkriti, is held at the end of February each year. The annual sports festival, Udghosh/IIT Kanpur Sportsmeet, is held around the end of September each year and Umang, the annual Film Festival, is held in early January. All four are amongst the most popular college events in North India[citation needed].The annual business festival Megabucks is also one of the landmark events in the IITK calendar. In addition to this,each hall has its own cultural festival. The students also bring out a monthly campus newspaper, "Vox Populi", the college magazine "Meander" and the first of its kind science and technology magazine of the campus "NERD". The Students Gymkhana, a democratically elected body, is the centre of all inter-hostel and intercollege activities that the students of IITK engage in. The Student Gymkhana has the following councils: The Presidential Council, The Games Council, The Cultural Council, The Science and Technology Council, The Films and Media Council.


The undergraduate students at IIT Kanpur are selected through the Joint Entrance Examination of the IITs. The Post Graduate students are selected through various entrance exams. Master in Business Administration (MBA) - Joint Management Entrance Examination (JMET); Master of Science (M. Sc.) - Joint Admission Test (JAM); Master of Technology (M. Tech.) - Graduate Aptitute Test of Engineering (GATE).
The application form and the information brochure for MTech and PhD admission are available at the . The application form must be submitted by 17th April, 2009. The candidates who fulfill the eligibility requirement will be shortlisted based on their GATE score. The list will be displayed on this website around 20th April


  • Humanities
  • Management
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial & Management Engineering
  • Materials & metallurgical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics
  • Inter Disciplinary
  • Inter Disciplinary programs offered at IIT Kanpur are:
  • Environmental Engineering & Management
  • Laser Technology
  • Master of Design
  • Material Science Program
  • Nuclear Engineering and Technology


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