The Indian Institutes of Technology (popularly known as the IITs) are institutions of national importance established through
an Act of Parliament for fostering excellence in education. There are fifteen IITs at present, located in Bhubaneswar, Bombay
(Mumbai), Delhi, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras (Chennai), Mandi, Patna, Ropar,
Jodhpur and Roorkee. Over the years IITs have created world class educational platforms dynamically sustained through
internationally recognized research based on excellent infrastructural facilities. The faculty and alumni of IITs continue
making a huge impact in all sectors of society, both in India and abroad. Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU, now known as
IIT-BHU since 2012), Varanasi and Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad, are amongst the oldest institutions in India and
are known for their immense contributions towards society at large and for science and technology in particular.
The primary objectives behind such institutions are to:
All of the above help to prepare the students admitted to these institutions for successful professional and social lives. Today, alumni of these institutions occupy key positions in industry and academia in India and abroad.
Each institute has well-equipped modern laboratories, state-of-the-art computer network and well stocked technical library. Teaching methods rely on direct personal contact between the teachers and the students and the use of traditional and modern instructional techniques. Students live in a pleasant and intellectually stimulating environment with people having similar goals and aspirations, which is an exciting and unique experience.
Credit-based academic programmes offer flexibility to students to progress at their own pace. A minimum level of performance is necessary for satisfactory progress. The medium of instruction is English. These institutions offer courses leading to Bachelor's degree in a number of engineering, technological and scientific disciplines.
M.Sc. Integrated courses in pure and applied sciences and M.Tech. Integrated courses in a few disciplines are also offered by some of these Institutions. In addition, some IITs offer Dual-Degree M.Tech. programmes. The admissions to the Undergraduate Programmes at these institutions for all Indian and Foreign nationals are made through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
IIT Bhuvaneshwar, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Rajasthan, IIT Patna, IIT Punjab joined the elite list of the below seven premier technology institutions of the country and started operations in the year 2008. IIT Indore, IIT Mandi commenced their operations from the academic year 2009-2010.
IIT-BHU: IT-BHU is the Engineering School of Banaras Hindu University (BHU). BHU is one of the oldest and largest educational institutions in Northern India. It was formerly known as BENCO (Banaras Engineering College) and celebrated its Platinum Jubilee in 1994. It is located on the banks of the river Ganga in the holy city of Varanasi (Banaras), Uttar Pradesh. (http://www.iitbhu.ac.in/)
ISM Dhanbad: The Indian School of Mines was formally opened on 9th December 1926. the development of ISM for the last 75 years has been taking place both vertically and horizontally and it became a Deemed University in 1967. (www.ismdhannbad.ac.in)