Indian Institute of Technology - IIT PKD - IIT
The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) were established by the Government of India as Institute of National Importance through a Central Statute, the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961. The Act had provided IITs with special privileges: High level of autonomy, a well-structured system for academics and administration. The success of the five initially founded IITs at Kharagpur (1951), Bombay (1958), Madras (1959), Kanpur (1959) and Delhi (1961) in providing unmatched quality education and research in Science and Engineering led to the demand for establishment of more such institutions across our country. An IIT in the state of Kerala was proposed in the July 2014 union budget and on November 20, 2014 IIT Madras was designated as the mentor institute by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development. Prof. P. B. Sunil Kumar was appointed as the Professor in Charge of IIT Palakkad on January 01, 2015. Approximately 500 acres of land adjoining the Sahya mountain range, in Pudussery village of the Palakkad district, Kerala was identified as the site for the permanent campus on January 17, 2015. IIT Palakkad came into existence and is currently functioning from a temporary campus in the premises of Ahalia health, heritage and knowledge village, Kozhipara, Palakkad.
The academic activities at IIT Palakkad were formally launched, with a welcome Programme for the first batch of B.Tech students on August 03, 2015. Smt. Smriti Subin Irani, the then Honorable HRD minister addressed the gathering through video conferencing, with Shri. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder Infosys as the chief guest. IIT Palakkad was registered as a society under the 1860 Malabar societies registration act XXI, on December 30, 2015. The first meeting of the Board of Governors of the society was held on January 12, 2016. Lok Sabha passed a bill for the establishment of six new IITs on July 25, 2016. The appointment of the Directors for the five new IITs on January 07, 2017 and Prof. P.B. Sunil Kumar took charge as the First Director of IIT Palakkad on January 18, 2017.