Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, History, Research, Academics, Rankings 

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar is a public institute of higher education which is situated in  Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India and also it declared by the government that it is the national importance. It was established in the year 2008, and Dr.Baldev Raj is the chairman of the Institute.

History of IIT Gandhinagar:

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has established eight IITs from which IIT-Gandhinagar is one of them. The government of India declared that the eight IITs with a conversation of Institute of Technology and Banaras Hindu University to IIT under the Institute of Technology ACT,2011 which was passed in Lok Sabha on 24th March 2011 and in Rajya Sabha on 30th April 2012.

At Vishwakarma Government Engineering College, Chandkheda the Institute began to function in the temporary campus which was controlled by the India Institute of Technology Bombay. In Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering the first batch students were admitted.

Near Palau Village on the bank of Sabarmati River, there is the permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. In the inaugural speech at the Amalthea technology summit in 2011 for the new permanent campus, the chief minister Narendra Modi spoke of the land saying, “ at the token amount of only one rupee the land will be given on contract for 99 years for setting up the new permanent campus, this has been decided by the state government. In August 2012, the Institute took 400 acres of land. Also the classes other things initiate to built-in July 2015. The new campus is imagined as the pollution-free zone also the campus run on solar power.

Organization and Administration of IIT Gandhinagar:

Board of Governors:

The first chairman of IIT-Gandhinagar was Dr.Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, and the current chairman is Dr.Baldev Raj. Board of governors controlled the Institute. Industrial leaders, administrators,  academicians, and researchers are all on the boards.


In IIT the academic policies are decided by the Senate which is selected by the election of the universities and all professors of IIT and student representatives. The Senate approves and controls the courses, examination, results and appoints a committee to look after the specific universities matters. To maintain the educational and university standard, the Senate looks after the teaching and research programs of the Institute. The ex-officio Chairman of the Senate is the Director of an IIT.

The main person in the institute’s activities is the Director and Deputy Director who are helped by the Dean who is from the Ministry of Research and Development, Dean who is from Planning Department, and Dean who is from Student Affairs and the head of all department and the centers of universities. On April 5, 2010, the current constitution of IIT-Gandhinagar was formed.

Academics of Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar:

Bachelor of Technology Programs such as Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering all this are provided by IIT-Gandhinagar. Through the JEE entrance exam admission is taken. The studies of Masters and Ph.D. in various fields such as in engineering, sciences and humanities, and social sciences are also provided by the Institute. Through written tests or interviews the admission is taken for the graduate programs.

 M.Sc.-  Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Cognitive Science.
Ph.D.-  Humanities & Social Sciences (Psychology, Social Epidemiology and Sociology, Cognitive Science, English, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Language & Literature, Political Science, and other disciplines).

B.Tech.- Chemical-, Civil-, Electrical-, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering.

M.A.- Culture, and Society.

M.Tech.-  Chemical,  Civil, Electrical,  Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.

A total of 134 applicants were admitted to the 2013 batch, and 117 applicants were admitted to the 2012 batch. The graduate programs to get admission to IIT-Gandhinagar is more tuff than the undergraduate programs. For all the new undergraduate students a five-week immersion Foundation program is held in IIT-Gandhinagar, in July 2011. On 19 July 2011, the inauguration is done by Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy.  

The applicant takes about 20 percent of their coursework in the social sciences and the humanities also the required courses in life sciences and the design. By the world education summit, the IIT-Gandhinagar was awarded the  World Education Award 2013 for transforming in higher education in April 2013. Almost more than half of students in IIT-Gandhinagar get the chance abroad studies during their time.

Convocation of IIT Gandhinagar:

At the temporary campus, the first conference of IIT-Gandhinagar was held on 22of July 2012. A total of 86 applicants was graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical, Chemical, and Electrical Engineering. Shri N. R. Narayana Murthy was the chief guest of the occasion.  Chief Mentor of Infosys Ltd. Mr. Murthy spoke about patriotism in his conference, and also Dr.Mashelkar was handed out the performance awards. The first presents the gold medal of IIT-Gandhinagar that was received by the Swetava Ganguli.


India-Ki-Khoj is a program to understand and appreciation of India through field visits and lectures. This program is for ten days, and it was held in December 2011. The program also comprises the discussion of poetry and films, modern India’s economic trends, culture and history, caste and community structures and enables participants to appreciate a country.

Global health and development:

The event was cooperatively arranged by the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and IIT-Gandhinagar,  with the help of Gujarat Chemicals Limited (GACL) and Alkalies. On June 12, 2015, at IIT-Gandhinagar an event was held called Summer Institute for Global Health and Development, at which about 40 applicants learned who to contribute to global health and development.

Rankings of IIT Gandhinagar:

In April 2016 the Ministry of Human Resource Development has ranked the IIT-Gandhinagar as 8th by the National Institute.

Research of IIT-Gandhinagar:

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the IIT-Gandhinagar and the Physical Research Laboratory in 2011, to corroborate and share between the two institutions for the advanced Ph.D. programs such as Astro-Physics, Atmospheric Science and Theoretical Physics. The research ideas program were exchanged between faculties and Ph.D. applicants of both the institution.

A 10 kW roof-top solar photovoltaic (PV) system is provided to the Institute by Gujarat Energy Development Agency, Japan, Gandhinagar and NTT Facilities. The system available by (GEDA) Gujarat Energy Development Agency contains forty-four multi-crystalline silicon modules that were produced by the Jain Irrigation system also the system available by NTT Facilities contains sixty-four thin-film modules produce by Solar Frontier, Japan. About 15000 kWh of electricity is expected to be produced by each PV system also it decreases the release of COabout 28 tones. To decrease the electricity bill, this system has already started by the  Institute.

Socio-Cultural-Outreach of IIT-Gandhinagar:

Sarkar: The IIT-Gandhinagar students have initiated this to developed interest in science and math between school girls from class 6 to 9. These efforts are taken by the students to destroy the fear of science and math from student’s minds by simplifying the concepts of subjects. The Sarkar is not to force the students for math and science, but it is to increase the level of students so they can take science and math.

Nyasa: In 2011, the IIT-Gandhinagar community initiated this to promote the well-being of campus construction Workers and their families. More than 100 woolen winter clothes are given to the children, and they also arrange the lunch for 400 construction workers and their families this all has done on 26th  January (Republic Day).

Amalthea Technical Summit:

It is the annual summit for IIT-Gandhinagar. The Amalthea comprises of four activities which are as follows:

  1. Events
  2. Symposium
  3. Exhibition
  4. Conclave

Events: the events get changed every year, but it contains competitions and quiz with awards.
Symposium: it is a platform to share information on technological advances and academic research.

Exhibition: in this the display case of technology and products of public interest.

Conclave: it is a platform where speakers from the cooperative world come to share their knowledge and experience.


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