The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, the first of fifteen IITs set up by the Government of India, is celebrating its diamond jubilee during 2011-12. It is located at Hijli near Kharagpur in the Midnapore (West) district of West Bengal. The institute campus grew around the once infamous Detention Camp of Hijli and sprawls over an area of 2100 acres of land. The student population has increased from 224 in 1951 to about 10,000 in 2011, the faculty strength from 42 to about 550. The institute is completely residential. There are twenty halls of residence for students, including four for girls. There are two outdoor stadiums, a swimming pool, a student centre with a gymnasium, an indoor stadium and six canteens catering food from all regions of India, a large open air theater and two spacious air conditioned auditoriums, a hospital and a shopping centre. The Technology Students’ Gymkhana coordinates sports, games and cultural activities to cultivate the spirit of constructive cooperation, leadership qualities and organizational abilities among the students.

The Central library of IIT Kharagpur is one of the largest libraries in science, technology, medical science and management in Asia, having an excellent collection of 3.8 lakh documents, and subscribing to 1250 print journals, 40,000 e-books, and providing online full text access to 10,000 e-journals of the major publishers. The library has access to all Springer e-books published during the year 2005, 2006 and 2007. It is accessible for fourteen hours a day.

The institute provides instruction leading to degrees in various branches of science, technology, medicine, management, architecture and law. It awards graduate, postgraduate and research degrees in various branches covering the above spectrum. It also provides short-term professional courses for executives and technologists from industries and various Government departments.

The objective of the institute is to foster in its students a spirit of free and objective enquiry, to instill into the minds of young learners a sense of purpose and to help them develop a balanced and integrated personality. The postgraduate courses train students for careers in research and development. The research programmes of the institute encompass a wide spectrum ranging from applied industrial problems to those of fundamental nature. Special emphasis is laid on inter-disciplinary programmes. Deep involvement of IIT Kharagpur in research is evident from the fact that the faculty is publishing around 1800 papers per year in international journals. Additionally, around 1000-1200 papers are presented annually in national and international conferences. Yearly the institute is awarded around 150 sponsored research projects valued around Rs.150 crore.

Apart from formal lectures, there is adequate provision for fieldwork, seminars, tutorials, and guided studies to promote a habit of independent thinking. Regular tests/examinations are conducted to monitor student’s academic progress as well as overall carrier development.

The Training and Placement section of the institute is very vibrant and it coordinates with the individual departments so that the students are suitably placed at reputed companies / organizations.

From the session 2009-10 IIT Kharagpur has introduced Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. programmes in Chemistry, Geology, Geophysics (currently in abeyance), Mathematics and Physics instead of M.Sc. Two Year programmes. The admissions to these programmes in 2012 will be through JAM-2012. A student admitted to a Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme will be eligible for consideration to take admission in to Ph.D. programme provided the student obtains a certain minimum CGPA at the end of the fourth semester. Otherwise the student will have to leave with a M.Sc. degree. A student may also on his/her own, decide not to continue with the Ph.D. programme and leave with a M.Sc. degree after successful completion of all the academic requirements for the first four semesters.

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry with its multifaceted research activities and excellent facilities provides one of the best academic environments in the country. The department is pursuing research in both basic and applied areas of Chemistry. Over 120 students are currently enrolled in the Ph.D. programme and about 80 students are pursuing their Masters degrees. The average number of publications in highly reputed international journals from the department exceeds 150 per year. The faculty members are engaged in a large number of sponsored research grants from extramural agencies. The department is equipped with state of the art instruments inclusive of single crystal X-ray diffractometer, high resolution NMR, micro Raman and high performance computational facilities.

The department offers (i) M.Sc. Integrated 5-year programme in Chemistry, and (ii) Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme in Chemistry. A major highlight of the integrated M.Sc. programme is a judicious amalgamation of science and engineering subjects with core chemistry courses and a research intensive final year project, while that of the Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme is that it offers a borderless course structure with opportunity to pursue cutting edge interdisciplinary research. The Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme has course work for the first two years with a research project from the third semester.

Every year the department attracts a good number of students with high JAM ranking from reputed colleges all over the country. The Masters and Ph.D. graduates from this department find placement in high ranking universities/institutes in India, USA and Europe as well as in industry.

Department of Geology and Geophysics

The Department of Geology and Geophysics offers Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme in (i) Geology and (ii) Geophysics. The aim of these two courses is to groom students to enter upon careers in the field and in the laboratory. Currently, the Joint M.Sc. Ph.D. programme in Geophysics is kept in abeyance. Over the years a large number of graduates of this Department have come to occupy important positions in professional organizations like the ONGC, GSI, AMD, etc., in several universities and research organizations both in India and abroad. The Department counts among its faculty and alumni one Padma Shri, five Bhatnagar Prize winners, two Vice-Chancellors, one Director General of GSI, Directors of AMD and ONGC, and fellows of the National Academies of Science and Engineering. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities of the Earth Science Study Circle, which promotes both curricular and extra-curricular activities.

The Department is actively engaged in carrying research wok in the field of Paleoclimatology, Isotope Geology, Groundwater geology- and geophysics, Seismic Reflections and Refractions, Numerical Modeling and inversion of geophysical data, Seismic and Electrical Tomography, Seismic and Electromagnetic wave propagation, Earthquake and Engineering Seismology, Radionuclide Pollution and modeling, Gravity, Magnetics, Magnetotellurics, deep crustal studies, Electrical and Electromagnetics, Structural Geology, Precambrian Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Ore-Geology, Geochemistry, Environmental Earth Science, Sedimentary Geology, Remote-sensing and GIS, Sequence Stratigraphy, Biostratigraphy, Vertebrate Paleontology, Well-logging, etc. The Department has high end equipments such as stable isotope mass spectrometer, EPMA, SEM and LA-ICP-MS. Other facilities include AMS and global seismological network with a broadband seismological observatory. The Department runs a collaborative research and training programme with Cambridge University (U.K.). The Department has contributed textbooks to the national and international Earth Science community.

Department of Physics

The Department of Physics and Meteorology started its academic programmes right from the inception of IIT Kharagpur. The distinctive character of this department has made it especially conducive to post­graduate studies and research. There are 26 faculty members, two research associates and about 65 research scholars pursuing Ph.D. in the department. The department offers (i) Five-year integrated M.Sc. Programme in Physics, (ii) Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programme in Physics, (iii) Two-year M. Tech Programme in Solid State Technology, and (iv) Ph. D. in Physics.

In the initial two years of the Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme, students are offered basic courses (Theory/ Laboratory) on classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, electronics, electrodynamics, mathematical methods, nonlinear dynamics, computational methods, modern optics, nuclear and particle physics, condensed matter physics, atomic and molecular spectroscopy etc. Besides the above basic courses, electives from the variety of areas of physics, such as, astrophysics and cosmology, superconductivity and magnetism, soft condensed matter physics, nanoscience and technology, nonlinear instabilities, complex systems, gravitation, frontiers of radiation science and technology, high-energy physics, non-linear optics, photonics, semiconductor physics, surface physics, quantum field theory etc. are also offered to bring the students up-to-date with the current status of these areas.

In the second year of the Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme, students are required to undertake one year long project (either theoretical or experimental), which involves investigative work leading to a dissertation. Also, the students are trained to use various experimental equipments like spectro-photometer, diffracto-meter, Gamma ray spectrometer, impedance analyzer etc. It is observed that such training helps the students in acquiring a placement in research and development (R & D) sector of the different industries in India and abroad. The department has excellent infrastructural support including modern computers and modern instruments in different teaching laboratories.

Advanced research facilities are available in the department. The advanced research facilities of the other departments are also available for uses whenever needs arise. The faculty of the department is actively engaged on a broad range of research activities, almost evenly distributed between experimental and theoretical areas of research. The major research areas however, include Atomic Physics, Atmospheric Sciences, Astrophysics and Cosmology, Biophysics and Complex Systems, Chaos and Non-Linear Dynamics, Condensed Matter Physics, Ferroelectrics, Gravitation, High-energy and Particle Physics, Hydrodynamics and Pattern-forming instability, Magnetism including Spintronics, Nanotechnology, Nuclear Physics, Photonics & Optoelectronics, Quantum Computation and Information, Quantum and Non-Linear Optics, Renewable Energy sources, Semiconductor Devices, Surface Physics and Thin Films, and String Theory. There exists very good intra- and inter—departmental interaction leading to a healthy research environment. Faculty of the department is involved in various R & D projects in the above mentioned areas, which have both national and international collaborative elements. The department has a number of theoretical and experimental projects in different branches of physics funded by various national agencies under the supervision of different faculty members.

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Department of Mathematics

Since its inception in 1951, the department has been offering different undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as per the need of the time and availability of its expertise in different topics of Mathematics, Statistics and Theoretical Computer Science. Over the years it has pioneered in publishing internationally acclaimed research articles in different topics of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Theoretical Computer Science. Today many of its alumni are occupying very high positions in reputed educational/ R & D institutes in India and abroad.

The department offers (i) Five-year Integrated M.Sc. in Mathematics and Computing (ii) Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. in Mathematics, (iii) Two year M.Tech. in Computer Science and Data Processing, and (iv) Ph.D. in Mathematics.

The department has four computer labs with several UNIX based powerful workstations and all these systems are connected to the institute LAN. Also Department has a Library with reasonably good number of books.

The major thrust areas of the department are Functional Analysis, Fluid Mechanics, Optimization and Numerical Analysis, Decision Theory and Queueing Theory. Moreover, the faculty and the research scholars of the department are engaged actively in various other frontier areas of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Theoretical Computer Science. The department is involved in various research projects funded by different sponsoring agencies like CSIR, DST, ISRO etc.

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  1. Merit-cum-means scholarship of Rs. 1000/- p.m. for 25% of the students.

  2. SC/ST students whose parental income is not more than Rs. 50,920/- per annum are entitled to free hostel accommodation, free basic menu and Rs. 250/- p.m. as pocket allowance for ten months.

  3. All admitted students will be given waiver of tuition fee for the first two years.

  4. Students not covered under items (i) and (ii) will be paid scholarship of Rs. 1000/- p.m. for the first four semesters provided they give an undertaking to continue with the Ph.D. programme if selected based on the prescribed criteria.

  5. A student enrolled for Ph.D. programme will get a fellowship of Rs. 12,000/- p.m. for the first two years of his Ph.D. programme and Rs. 14,000/- p.m. for the next two years.

Fees and other payments*:

Caution Money


One time fee


Semester fee


Hostel charge (includes mess advance)


Training and Placement


Student Welfare Policy


Student Brotherhood Fund



Rs. 30,250/-

* Tentative and subject to change.

Students may note that IIT Kharagpur does not consider open university and correspondence course degrees for admission to Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D.