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kaThe Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur(Hindi: भारतीय पौदोिगकी संसथान कानपुर) (known as

IIT Kanpur or IITK) is one of the Indian Institutes of Technology, set up in industrial city of
Kanpur in 1959. IIT Kanpur has grown into one of the top technological institutes in India[1],
primarily focused on research in engineering and science, and the teaching of undergraduates. IIT
Kanpur has a sprawling campus spread over an area of approx. 4.3 square km, just north-west of the
city. Among all IITs, IIT Kanpur has the second largest campus (1,055 acres), first being the IIT
Kharagpur.
The campus is a self-contained community, with residences for students, faculty, and regular staff.
There is a hospital, sports fields, and a swimming pool. Schools are provided for campus children,
and an 'Opportunity school' supported by alumni, serves the children of local day and occasional
workers.

History
IIT Kanpur was established by an Act of Parliament in 1959. The institute was started in December
1959 in a room in the Canteen Building of the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute at
Agricultural Gardens in Kanpur. In 1963, the Institute moved to its present location, on the historic
Grand Trunk Road near the village of Kalyanpur in Kanpur district. During the first ten years of its
existence, IIT Kanpur benefited from the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP), where a
consortium of 9 US universities namely M.I.T, University of California, Berkeley, California
Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of
Michigan, Ohio State University, Case Institute of Technology and Purdue University helped set up
the research laboratories and academic programmes.[2] The first Director of the Institute was Dr. P.
K. Kelkar (after whom the Central Library was renamed in 2002).
Under the guidance of economist John Kenneth Galbraith, IIT Kanpur was the first institute in India
to offer Computer Science education. The earliest computer courses were started at IIT Kanpur in
August 1963 on an IBM 1620 system, a novelty then even in many North American and European
universities. The initiative for computer education came from the Electrical Engineering
department, then under the chairmanship of Prof. H.K. Kesavan, who was concurrently the
chairman of Electrical Engineering and head of the Computer Centre. Prof. Harry Huskey of the
University of California, Berkeley, who preceded Dr. Kesavan, was instrumental in providing the
impetus for the computer activity at IIT-Kanpur. In 1971, the institute initiated an independent
academic program in Computer Science and Engineering, leading to M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees.
In the late 1960's unrest developed among the lower classified staff and laborers, many of whom
came from the village that had been on the grounds where the IIT Kanpur campus was built. In
1972 the KIAP program ended, in part because of tensions due to the U.S. support of Pakistan.
Government funding was also reduced as a reaction to the sentiment that the IITs were contributing
to the brain drain. Since then IIT Kanpur has increased collaboration with industry and has achieved
a reasonable level of stability, especially since it is recognized that India now profits from job
creation in the industries that it supports.

[edit] Academics
IIT Kanpur Faculty Building.

[edit] Undergraduate
Undergraduate courses in engineering are traditionally 4 year Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and
5 year Dual Degree Programs. The Dual Degree program leads to a B.Tech along with an M.Tech
degree. In addition to this, the Institute also offers 5 years Integrated Master of Science degrees in
the areas of Pure and Applied Sciences and a new program in Economics. The Economics program
aims to bridge the gap between students of engineering and humanities, with the students of the
program having numerous courses in mathematics, computer science and other engineering and
pure science courses in addition to pure economics courses.

[edit] Postgraduate
Postgraduate courses in engineering offer Master of Technology (M.Tech) and Ph.D. degrees. The
institute also offers M.B.A. (2 years), M.Sc. (2 years) and M.Des degrees. Admissions to M. Tech is
made once a year through Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. Admissions to the M.B.A.
program are accomplished through the Joint Management Entrance Test, held yearly, and followed
by a Group Discussion/Personal Interview process.

[edit] Departments
Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur.
IIT Kanpur has the following academic departments:

[edit] Engineering
• Aerospace Engineering
• Biological Sciences and Bioengineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Science and Engineering
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur offers academic programs
leading to the BTech, MTech and Ph.D. degrees. Its faculty conducts research in Theoretical
Computer Science, Graph Theory, Algorithms and many other fields. The initial computer-related
courses were started at IIT Kanpur in August 1963 on an IBM 1620 system. When installed this was
the nation's first "computer classroom" a novelty then even in many North American and European
universities. Prior to formal establishment of the department, Computer Science courses were
offered in the Electrical Department. The department was formally established in 1984.
• Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering is the largest department of IIT Kanpur. It offers which offers
B.Tech, M.Tech, Dual-Degree (i.e. B.Tech + M.Tech) and PhD programs in Electrical Engineering.
• Environmental Engineering and Management
• Industrial & Management Engineering
• Laser Technology Program
• Materials & Metallurgical Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Nuclear Engineering

[edit] Humanities
• Humanities & Social Sciences

[edit] Management
• Industrial & Management Engineering
[edit] Science
• Chemistry
• Mathematics & Statistics
• Physics

[edit] Laboratories and other facilities

Samtel Research and Development Building, at IIT Kanpur.


The campus is spread over an area of 4.3 square kilometres (1,100 acres). 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.
P K Kelkar Library (formerly Central Library) is an academic library of the institute with a
collection of more than 3,00,000 volumes and subscriptions to more than 1000 periodicals. The
library was renamed to its present name in year 2003 after Dr. P K Kelkar, the first director of the
institute. It is one of the best libraries in the nation housed in a three-story building with the total
6973 m². floor area. The Abstracting and Indexing periodicals, Microform and CD-ROM databases.
technical reports, Standards and thesis are important part of this collection. Each year, on an
average 4500 books and journal volumes are added to the collection.

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 especially IIT Kanpur) and BITS Pilani are among the
first large academic institutions in India to be extensively networked[citation needed], with an
institute-wide LAN and Ethernet access to every student room in the residence halls.
A team of students, working under the guidance of faculty members of the institute and scientists of
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are set to launch India's first nano satellite 'Jugnu'.[3]

[edit] Students

PK Kelkar Library, IIT Kanpur, designed by Achyut Kanvinde


The undergraduate students at IIT Kanpur are selected through the Joint Entrance Examination of
the IITs. The Post Graduate students are selected through following entrance exams.
• Master in Business Administration (MBA) - Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET)
• Master of Science (M. Sc.) - Joint Admission Test (JAM)
• Master of Technology (M. Tech.) - Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
At present the institute has around 4,000 students with an equal distribution of graduate and
undergraduate students. Students at IIT Kanpur live in the hostels officially known as 'Halls of
Residence'. There are a total of eleven hostels out of which nine are for boys (Hall 1-5, Hall 7-10)
and two are for girls (GH1 and GH2 - previously known as Hall 6).

[edit] Student festivals

[edit] National events


• Antaragni: The annual cultural festival held in October
• Techkriti: The annual technology and business festival held in February
• Udgosh: The annual sports meet held in September

University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore


History
The rulers of Mysore kingdom (The Wodeyars) felt the need to establish research units in the field
of agriculture and donated about 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land to set up an Experimental
Agricultural Station at Hebbal, then on the outskirts of Bangalore. What began on a 30-acre
(120,000 m2) land in 1899 was soon extended to about 1,300 acres (5.3 km2). The increasing
reputation of this experimental station as a training center led to the foundation of the Mysore
Agricultural College at Hebbal in 1946 affiliated to the Mysore University. This was soon followed
by the Agricultural College at Dharwad in 1947 which was then affiliated to Karnataka University.
In 1958, veterinary science as a discipline was started with the establishment of the Veterinary
College at Hebbal also affiliated to Mysore University.

Administrative building at G.K.V.K.


With growing impetus given by the Indian Government for the agricultural sector, leading to what
has been termed the Green revolution, many agricultural universities were established throughout
the country. The then Mysore State Government through its Act No. 22 passed in 1963 provided for
the creation of the University of Agricultural Sciences. The university came into existence on
August 21, 1964 with operational jurisdiction over the entire state of Karnataka. It included the
agricultural colleges at Hebbal and Dharwad, Veterinary College at Hebbal and 35 research stations
located in different parts of the state along with 45 ICAR projects which were with the State
Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries.
Later on the Marine Product Processing Training Centre (MPPTC) at Mangalore and Krishi
Vignana Kendra, Hanumanamatti, Dharwad district were also transferred to the university.
The university established the Fisheries College at Mangalore in 1969 to provide degree level
training and the Agricultural Engineering Institute at Raichur in the same year to offer a three year
diploma course in Agricultural Engineering. The Home Science College was started to impart
education on rural based home science at Dharwad campus in the year 1974, besides establishing a
College of Basic Sciences and Humanities and College of Post Graduate Studies at Hebbal.
The phenomenal growth of the university, the differences in agroclimate in the parts of the state, led
to the bifurcation of the university into two agricultural universities. An amendment to the
University of Agricultural Sciences Act in 1986 saw the birth of the second university for
agriculture in the state. The University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore was entrusted territorial
jurisdiction over 15 southern districts of Karnataka comprising nearly fifty percent of the total area
of the state, while the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, was given jurisdiction over the
remaining area in the northern districts of the state.
In 2005, with the needed to provide better autonomy to the veterinary education and research in the
state, the Veterinary and Animal sciences faculty was bifurcated form both the Universities of
Agricultural Sciences - Bangalore and Dharwad and placed under the single university - Karnataka
Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University with its headquarters in the northern district of
Karnataka, Bidar by the passing of the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences
University Bill, 2004 in the Legislative Assembly on February 10, 2004 (Deccan Herald).
The University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore currently has administrative head quarters at the
Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra (GKVK) on the Bangalore-Hyderabad Highway.
It has the following campuses
1. College of Agriculture, Bangalore at GKVK
2. College of Agriculture, Shimoga
3. College of Agriculture, Mandya
4. College of Agriculture, Hassan
5. College of Forestry, Ponnampet
6. College of Sericulture, Chintamani
7. College of Basic Science and Humanities, Bangalore at GKVK

[edit] Degrees offered

Achyut Kanvinde & Rai were the architects of the main building complex
The university had two-degree programmes covering broadly agriculture and veterinary disciplines.
Over the years, attempts have been made to diversify agricultural education by starting specialized
undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in various branches of agricultural sciences.
Presently the university offers nine-degree programmes covering Agriculture, Veterinary, Fisheries,
Horticulture, Dairy Sciences, Agricultural Marketing and Co-operation, Forestry, Sericulture and
Agriculture Engineering disciplines and Masters degree programmes in 47 disciplines and Ph.D.
programmes in 34 disciplines.
The following Bachelors Degree are awarded: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc.(Ag.))
Bachelor of Science in Sericulture Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (B.Sc.(Hort.)) Bachelor in
Technology in Dairy Technology (B.Tech.(D.T.)) Bachelor of Science in Forestry Bachelor of
Science in Home Sciences
Campuses and Degree offered by UAS, Bangalore
Campus College Degree offered Year of start
B.Sc(Agri)B.Sc(Ag. MaCo)
GKVK Campus, College of 1965, 1976 ,1996,
B.Tech(Ag. Engg) Agri Business
Bangalore Agriculture 2008 respectively
Management
College of
Mandya Campus B.Sc(Agri) 1991
Agriculture
College of
Shimoga Campus B.Sc(Agri) 1990
Agriculture
Chintamani College of
B.Sc(Seri) 1982
Campus Sericulture
Campus College
Ponnampet B.Sc(Forestry) 1985
of Forestry
B.Sc.(Agri) , B.Sc.(Biotech),
Hassan Campus College of Hassan 2006
B.Tech.(Food science)

[edit] Employee facilities


The university provides housing for thousands of its employess in form of Staff Quarters.The
university has dedicated Water,Electricity,Diary departments to cater to employee needs.A on
campus school - "U.A.S.Campus School" has also been established for children of employees.