Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad (IIT Palakkad) is a public technical and research university located in Palakkad, Kerala, India. It is one of the eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India under The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011. IIT Palakkad offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in engineering, technology, sciences, and humanities. The institute is currently functioning from its temporary campus in Ahalia Integrated Campus, Palakkad, Kerala. The permanent campus is being developed on a 500 acres land in Kanjikode, Palakkad, Kerala. The institute has collaborations with many reputed international and national institutes to promote research and academic programs.
IIT Palakkad was established in 2015 as one of the eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India under The Institutes of Technology
(Amendment) Act, 2011. It started its first academic session in 2015-16 with undergraduate programs in Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
The IIT Palakkad campus is currently functioning from its temporary campus in Ahalia Integrated Campus, Palakkad, Kerala. The permanent campus is being developed on a 500 acres land in Kanjikode, Palakkad, Kerala. The campus is designed to be eco-friendly and sustainable, with features such as solar power, rainwater harvesting, and a waste management system.
Since its establishment, IIT Palakkad has grown significantly and now offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in various fields such as engineering, technology, sciences, and humanities. The institute has also established several research centers and collaborations with reputed national and international institutions to promote research and academic programs. The institute also conducts various workshops, seminars, and conferences to provide a platform for knowledge sharing and learning.
The academic course programs (BTech/MTech/MSc) are the responsibility of individual departments, which will also run minor streams in some cases. The research specific to disciplines that are part of the department shall also be conducted therein. The thematic interdisciplinary research centres have a major focus on research and will also run MTech programs and offer minor courses/electives for BTech programs. The departments/centres at IIT Palakkad with the corresponding heads are as follows.
The distinguishing features of the academic administration at IIT Palakkad are the following.
Faculty members are allowed to hold multiple affiliations
Graduate research programs (MS/PhD) are administered centrally by the Graduate Research Council.
The structure hinges on the philosophy of freedom and mobility of faculty members and students across different departments/centres with the research student administration and research infrastructure being opaque to these departments/centres. Every faculty
member will have a primary affiliation, with either a department or an interdisciplinary research centre, and can have a secondary affiliation in another department or interdisciplinary centre. Faculty members
who have a primary affiliation with a centre must necessarily have a secondary affiliation with a department. It is possible for faculty members to change or add to their affiliation any time during their career.
The Head of Department (HoD), appointed for a term of three years, will be the chairperson of the Departmental Consultative Committee (DCC) and will provide guidance to the faculty on teaching, research and administration. The Head of the Centre (HoC), who is appointed for a term of five years, will administer the research and teaching activities with the help of the Centre Consultative Committee (CCC).
IIT Palakkad offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in various fields such as engineering, technology, sciences, and humanities. The institute currently offers the following undergraduate programs:
- B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering
- B.Tech in Electrical Engineering
- B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering
- B.Tech in Civil Engineering
- B.Tech in Chemical Engineering
- B.Tech in Materials Science and Engineering
- B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science
- B.Tech in Physics
- B.Tech in Chemistry
The institute also offers postgraduate programs such as M.Tech, M.Sc, and MBA. The institute also offers various doctoral programs in different fields of engineering, sciences, and humanities.
The academic curriculum at IIT Palakkad is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in their respective fields and to prepare them for a career in industry or research. The curriculum includes a mix of theoretical and practical courses, and also includes various opportunities for students to conduct research and engage in hands-on projects. The institute also encourages students to participate in internships, co-op programs, and study abroad programs to gain real-world experience and exposure to different cultures. The institute also has a strong focus on interdisciplinary education and research, offering programs and activities that bring together students and faculty from different disciplines to work on common projects.
IIT Palakkad's campus is located in Palakkad, Kerala and the permanent campus is being developed on a 500 acres land in Kanjikode, Palakkad, Kerala. The temporary campus is located in Ahalia Integrated Campus, Palakkad, Kerala. The campus is designed
to be eco-friendly and sustainable, with features such as solar power, rainwater harvesting, and a waste management system.
The campus comprises of various academic and research buildings, hostels, sports facilities, and residential areas for faculty and staff. The academic area comprises of several modern buildings for classrooms, laboratories, and offices. The library, which is one of the main academic resources on campus, has a collection of over 1,50,000 books and subscriptions to several national and international journals.
The campus also has several research centers and labs that support the research activities of the institute. Additionally, the campus also has several amenities for students such as computer centers, a health center, and a campus store. The campus also has a variety of recreational facilities, including sports fields, a gym, and a student activity center.
The hostels are equipped with all necessary facilities such as mess, common room, and 24*7 security. The campus also has a guest house for the faculty, staff, and visitors. The campus is well-connected to the city and has good transportation facilities with regular bus service and auto-rickshaws.
IIT Palakkad, being a new IIT, is still in the process of building its reputation and record in the industry and as a result, there is not much information available about the placement statistics. However, the institute's placement cell is responsible
for coordinating and conducting the placement process for students. The institute is working on building its reputation and industry connect, which will help in attracting a large number of recruiters from different
sectors like IT, core engineering, consulting, finance, research and development, and management.
The placement process typically begins in the seventh semester for undergraduate students and the fifth semester for postgraduate students. The institute also provides training and internships to students to help them prepare for the placement process. The percentage of students placed varies from year to year and it depends on the batch strength and the job market scenario. However, the placement rate is expected to be high, and the majority of the students are expected to get placed with good packages.