About IIT Bombay
IIT Bombay, the
second in the chain of IITs, was set up in 1958. It was the first
IIT to be set up with foreign assistance. The funds came from
UNESCO in roubles from the Soviet Union. In 1961, the Parliament
decreed IITs as 'Institutes of National Importance'. Since then,
IIT Bombay has grown from strength to strength to emerge as one of
the top technical universities in the world.
Bombay has a total of 14 academic departments, six centres, one
school, and three interdisciplinary programmes. It is recognised
worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and
research. It is reputed for the quality of its faculty and the
outstanding calibre of students graduating from its undergraduate
and postgraduate programmes.
Over the last
fifty-three years, around 39,000 engineers and scientists have
graduated from the institute. It is noted for its strong research
groups in varied areas of science and technology that are making
substantial contributions to national projects. Educational
progammes here extend beyond the physical sciences and engineering
into humanities and social sciences such as Economics, English,
Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology and into management studies.
Over the years, the institute has also created a niche for its
innovative short-term courses through continuing education and
distance education programmes. In 2011, a total of 1846 degrees,
including 173 Ph.D., were awarded, which represents 9.2 per cent
increase in the total number of degrees awarded in the previous
year. The faculty of the institute has won many prestigious awards
and recognitions, including nine Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar awards.
Residents at IIT
Bombay have the twin advantage of being located at the financial
capital of India while enjoying the serene environs of the campus
located at Powai, situated in the northern suburbs of Mumbai, in
Western India. It is a fully residential institute, with all its
students staying on campus. The students are accommodated in 14
hostels with in-house dining and excellent amenities for sports and
other recreational facilities.