IIT Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur was the first campus of the Indian Institutes of Technology, founded in 1951.

Today I visited the School of Information Technology (and met some people in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering) at IIT Kharagpur, in north-east India (location: 120km west of Kolkata).

The School of Information Technology. IIT Kharagpur.
Main building of IIT Kharagpur.

IIT Kharagpur (see also wikipedia)  is the largest of the IITs, both in physical size (2,100 acres) and student population (about 2,700).  It is also the first IIT, founded in 1951 on the site of a prison camp used by the British to detain dissidents who were arrested during the non-cooperation movement for independence.

I spent my time in the School of Information Technology, although they have significant overlap with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (indeed, both are chaired by the same professor).  I enjoyed meeting MS and Ph.D students who were engaged in research on security, cryptography, ad hoc networks, and sensor networks. 

In a walk around campus, I took some photos.

This post was transferred from MobileMe to WordPress in 2020, with an effort to retain the content as close to the original as possible; I recognize that some comments may now seem dated or some links may now be broken.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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