Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has eleven departments covering all the major engineering and science disciplines, offering B.Tech., B.Des., M.A., M.Sc., M.Tech., M.Des., and Ph.D. programmes. Also there are, three interdisciplinary academic centres offering Ph.D. programmes. With a calm and quiet campus tucked away from the city in a beautiful natural setting, the Institute provides an ideal environment for learning and research. Within a relatively short period of time, IITG has built up world class facilities for carrying out advanced research.

IIT Guwahati is situated on a sprawling campus on the bank of the river Brahmaputra around 17 km away from the heart of the city by road. With hillocks, ponds and lush greenery, the campus qualifies as one of the most beautiful educational campuses in the country. The campus has all the amenities required for residents viz. market, restaurants, hospital, banks, post office, Internet facilities at hostels and quarters, gymnasium, indoor and outdoor sport facilities, and swimming pool. The students have several clubs to nurture their hobbies.

The Institute has a well-stocked library with on-line subscriptions of many journals.

The Institute has a Central Instruments Facility, which have instruments such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer (400 MHz), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer, DSC-Thermogravimetric Analyzer, FE-Scanning Electron Microscope, Liquid Helium Plant, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope etc. for use by all the departments.

Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry is a vibrant centre for research in the cutting edge areas of chemical sciences. The 2-year M.Sc. programme offered by the department of Chemistry has no specialization. The core curriculum emphasizes to provide a comprehensive learning of all branches of Chemistry and related multidisciplinary sciences. In addition, several electives are offered in the 4th semester to enable the students to develop skills in their respective areas of interest. The final semester also includes a research project where students will be working on multifaceted areas of contemporary chemistry involving not only fundamental and applied chemistry but also interdisciplinary chemistry. At the end of the programme, students will have a sound knowledge and expertise in the emerging areas of chemistry, which will facilitate them to craft their careers in industry, research laboratories and academics. In the year 2006, the department also introduced a B. Tech. programme in Chemical Science and Technology for which the admission is through JEE.

The research laboratories of the department are equipped with state­-of-the-art instruments to carry out both experimental research and advanced computational calculations. Single crystal X­-Ray crystallography machine, powder x-ray diffractometer, FTIR spectrometer, UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometer, Gas chromatograph, High-­pressure and medium-pressure liquid chromatography systems, GC Mass and High Resolution Mass spectrometer (HRMS), UV-visible and fluorescence spectrophotometers, Time-resolved fluorescence spectrophotometer, Langmuir-Blodgett film maker, Magnetic balance, differential scanning calorimeter, ion meter, electrochemical analyzer, elemental analyzer, thermogravimetric analyzer, cryocoo1ers and several other commonly used instruments. Students can also avail the infrastructure and equipment facilities available at Central Instruments Facility of the institute.

The department is acknowledged nationally and internationally for its achievements in teaching and research. Funding agencies like the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) support research projects of the department. Academic-industrial joint ventures are also being pursued by the department.

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati offers a 2-year M.Sc. programme in Mathematics and Computing. This programme blends relevant mathematics and computer science courses covering theoretical, computational and practical aspects. The laboratory based courses give students the exposure and training in application-oriented practical subjects. Students are exposed to advanced research topics through a mandatory one-semester project work.

At the end of the programme, students acquire sound analytical and practical knowledge to formulate and solve challenging problems and are well prepared to take up jobs in software industries or to pursue higher studies. Round the-clock access to computer labs and a large up-to-date library help students to supplement their knowledge. The department has a state-of-the-art computing laboratory equipped with several PCs and servers, which are connected to the cluster supercomputer of the institute. Regional Library of the National Board for Higher Mathematics is also housed at lIT Guwahati.

Besides the 2-year M.Sc. programme in Mathematics and Computing and a Ph.D. programme, the department also offers a B.Tech. programme in Mathematics and Computing for which admission is made through JEE.

Department of Physics

The Department of Physics offers a 2-year MSc, four year B. Tech. Engineering Physics and PhD programs. The Department is engaged in carrying out research in pure and applied areas of Physics and strives to train students to make them competent and motivated physicists, scientists and engineers. The department has several state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories and they are upgraded regularly.

In addition to the regular core and utility courses, the MSc programme offers advanced elective courses in the chosen area of specialization. The advanced physics and electronics laboratories are equipped with modern equipments to train the students in various experimental skills. Two semester project work in experimental and theoretical areas gives great exposure to the current research in physics and allied areas.

A state-of-the-art numerical and computing laboratory of the department provides extensive exposure to various aspects of computer applications and numerical analysis.

Intense research activities are going on in the areas of Condensed matter Physics (colossal magnetoresistance materials, defects in ionic materials, electronic structure theory, magnetic materials, nanoparticles, quantum computation, semiconductors, photovolatic materials and devices, shape- memory alloys, superconductors, etc), Laser and Photonics (fiber and integrated optics, laser matter interactions, interferometry, nanophotonics, photonic glasses, nanolithography, non linear optics etc), and Theoretical Physics (higher dimensional bosonization, high ­energy physics phenomenology, correlated electrons and statistical physics, string theory, etc).

The faculty members of the department are involved in several sponsored research projects and the research laboratories are equipped with several state-of-the art and sophisticated equipments. The department has received several major projects including the grant under DST-FIST programme.

Major research facilities available in the department are ­A.C. Susceptibility Set up, Atomic Force Microscope, Ball Milling set-up, Closed Cycle He Refrigerators, Computational Laboratory, Differential Scanning Calorimeter, Fibre Optics Communication Set-up, Fiber Fusion Splicer, FT-IR Spectrometer, High Temperature Furnaces, Hot Press, Rotary and Planetary Ball Mills, Laser Ablation Set up, Laser Raman Set up, Low Temperature Resistivity Set-up, Monochromator and CCD, Multiple Beam, Interferometry Set-up, Optical Spectrum Analyzer, Photoacoustic Spectrometer, Photo-luminescence Fluorescence Spectrometer, Prism Coupler, Powder X-ray Diffractometer, Q Switched High Power Nd:Y AG Laser, Sophisticated Test and Measurement Equipments, Stylus profilometer, Various thin Film Coating Units and Stylus Profilometer, Ultraviolet- Visible-Near Infrared Spectrophotometer, vibrating sample magnetometer.


The institute offers three kinds of scholarships:

  1. Merit Scholarship: Given to one candidate starting from his/her second year who secures highest CPI in his/her first year. The candidate gets Rs. 500 per month and Tuition Fee is waived.

  2. Merit-cum-Means: Given to candidates with family income less than Rs. 4,50,000/- and with a CPI of 6.5 (or 60%) or above in his/her B.Sc. For general candidates the stipend is Rs.1000/- per month and Tuition fee is waived. For SC/ST candidates, they get Rs.250/- per month as pocket allowance and the Mess bill is also waived.

  3. Based on the first year's performance, female students may be selected for a stipend from Indian Women's Association, Bonn (IWAB). The scholarship amount is one-time and currently fixed at Rs.15,000/-.

Career Opportunities:

The Placement Cell of IIT Guwahati assists students to secure suitable jobs during campus recruitment. Most of the students secure jobs in reputed companies through campus recruitment. Many students opt to undertake research studies and join PhD programmes in the IITs and universities in India and abroad.

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