Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur completes 65 years

How the IITs saga started, creating best engineers since 1951

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August 21, 2016

/ By / New Delhi



IIT Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur

Founded as Easter Higher Technical Institute, and later renamed as Indian Institute of Technology, India’s best technology institution began its journey in 1950. The first foundation stone was laid at Kharagpur in West Bengal, Eastern India, paving the way for many other IITs across the country.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), an autonomous institution, is India’s one of the most prestigious institutes and the best institution of technology. As of 2015, there are 18 IITs functioning in different states. Hundred of thousands of students toil to study at IIT by getting through the intense entrance examination, IIT-JEE (Joint Entrance Examination). The institution has delivered excellence in terms of education and alumini.

On the occasion of 66th Foundation Day, IIT Kharagpur introduced Staff Excellence Award and honored three staff members. Also, the Institute presented the Nina Saxena Excellence in Technology Award to M. Jeen Britto, ISRO Scientist, for his exemplary innovation in the field of Cryogenics Instrumentation and Automation.

”With the history of a political detention camp where freedom fighters, of the age of first year IIT students, gave their lives, the IIT system has become one of the finest brands that independent India offered to the world”, said Partha Pratim Chakrabarty, Director of IIT Kharagpur, as quoted by Indian daily, The Times of India . Professor J C Ghosh joined the institution as the First Director in 1950.

Equal opportunity to all

The idea is now to make the institution’s resources accessible to people outside the institute. As far as online material is concerned, The National Digital Library (NDL) portal being hosted by IIT Kharagpur just started offering access to educational material ranging from primary to post-graduate levels, more than 40 types of learning resources, over 13,00,000 items in 70-plus languages,, as part of an initiative of the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry.

Furthermore, on August 19, IIT Kharagpur was host to South Point School and their teachers at the science exploration room and laboratory specially created for schools, so that children can carry out experiments at the institution. The facility was inaugurated a day before, on the institution’s Foundation Day itself.

With aims to further the bounds of education, the institutions will now conduct a Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to provide the eligible foreign students to study in the top ranked engineering colleges in India, thus improving the international standing of the premier institutions.

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