About IIT Kharagpur

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, founded in 1950 with a few other departments, has grown to its present size with 19 departments, 7 centers and 9 schools. Today, the institute provides instructions to about 3400 undergraduate, 1600 postgraduate students, and 1400 research scholars, a number that is expected to increase substantially in the near future. The teaching community comprises nearly 500 faculty members and 1270 non-academic staff.

The motto of IIT Kharagpur is "Yoga Karmashu Kaushalam" . The motto literally translates to "Excellence in action is Yoga" essentially implying that doing your work well is (true) yoga. It is sourced to Sri Krishna's discourse to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita. This quote in its larger context of Gita urges man to acquire equanimity because such a soul endowed with the mind of equanimity allows him to shed the effects of his good and evil deeds in this world itself. Equanimity is the source of perfection in Karmic endeavors while leading to Salvation..

IIT Kharagpur, the oldest, largest and the most diversified of all IITs, has a rich history of excellence created over more than 60 years of its existence. It has a very impressive and long list of alumni who have made a significant impact on all sectors of academia, industry and society.