The Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad (IIIT-A) was established in 1999, as a center of excellence in Information Technology and allied areas. The institute was conferred the "Deemed University" status by Govt. of India in the year 2000. The Institute thus became empowered to have a perpetual seal and award degrees subsequent to the conduct of its own examinations.
The Institute has been conceived with the ambitious objectives of developing professional expertise and skilled manpower in Information Technology (IT) and related areas. This will enable the country to exploit efficiently emerging opportunities, and meet economic challenges being thrown up by the rapid global IT revolution, which is influencing virtually every area of development and social activity. As an apex nucleating institute in the area of IT, the establishment of IIIT-A, is a major step of Govt. of India towards strengthening the indigenous capability necessary for exploiting profitably and harnessing multi-dimensional facets of IT at all levels, and attaining expertise to enable the country to emerge as a leading player in the global arena.
The institute owes its existence to the vision and untiring efforts of Hon'ble Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Science and Technology and Ocean Development, GoI. Realizing the vital significance of IT in the years to come, Prof. Joshi, himself a reputed academician, has been instrumental to getting this prestigious project conceived, initiated and executed in record time.The beautiful 100 acre campus, situated at Deoghat, Jhalwa, designed meticulously on the Penrose Geometry pattern, is being further topped by fine landscaping to give an all round soothing effect to create a stimulating environment to indulge in the true pursuit of excellence in the field of Information Technology and Allied Sciences. The campus is envisaged to be a fully residential one, with all its faculty, staff and students housed in different pockets. All academic and residential areas are connected to the Institutes's network.
The syllabi and courseware are designed to be flexible and wide-ranging, incorporating the cutting edge as well as ensuring a firm grasp of core fundamentals. A modular course design, along with several opportunities for industry training, gives students the freedom to tailor their learning experience. The grading system is broadly based on the pattern of other IITs.
Education here is an enriching experience in more ways than one. With regular sporting, cultural and other extracurricular activities an IIITian has opportunities to develop multiple facets of his personality and achieve excellence in varied fields.
Collaborations with industry: An Indo-Russian Center of Biotechnology specializing in bioinformatics is operational, and an Indo-US facility for a Universal Digital Library is being set up. A videoconferencing facility for networking with leading institutions in India as well as abroad is also in the works.
- 1. Maple Leaf India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
- 2. M/s. corinex, Canada
- 3. Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC)
- 4. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Mumbai
- 5. Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO), Kanpur, Govt. ofIndia
- 6. FORTIS Hospiral, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
- 7. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Bangalore
- 8. Zensar Technologies Ltd., Pune
- 9. Indian Oil Corporation, Faridabad
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The Prime Minister of India constituted
a National Task Force on IT and Software Development in 1998. The
purpose of this committee was to make specific recommendations for
the establishment of IT institutions that would produce a skilled IT
workforce. The vision was to bring India to the frontier of the field
of information technology.
The Ministry of Human Resources Development through its order of 1st July 1998 constituted the Rame Gowda Committee. This expert committee was to submit a project report regarding the feasibility and logistics of setting up a National Institute of Excellence in Information Technology with Allied Sciences. This Institute would carry out pioneering research and development with an emphasis on industry linkages and networking at national and international levels.
This Expert Committee met a number of times and discussed the vision and scope of the institute against the backdrop of technological innovations, particularly in the field of Information Technology. Accordingly, the decision was taken that it was an opportune moment for India to exploit and harness IT at all levels, from grass-root applications to top-notch software development.
The national task force on IT had suggested a wide spectrum of recommendations spanning from wired-village concepts to $50-billion software development programs within 6-8 years. To achieve this target, there was an urgent need for massive manpower generation. Towards this end, the Task Force had called for a number of front-ranking IT centers of excellence, of which the first was to be established in Allahabad.
The Expert Committee then proposed the profile of an institute with all the relevant details with regard to location, funding and governance. It also came up with a budget of Rs. 41.70 crores for the establishment of an institute at Allahabad. It was the hope of the members of the Committee that the setting up of this institute would usher in an era of establishment of such centers across the country. Furthermore, this institute was expected to emerge as a national center of excellence in IT along with like sciences and technologies.
For financial and administrative approval, these recommendations were placed before the Expenditure and Finance Committee at its meeting on the 30th of December, 1999.
The mission of IIIT, Allahabad is to be a unique and world class nucleating "Apex Center of Excellence" in the area of Information Technology and Allied Sciences, so as to enhance India's Technological strength in IT and for become a pace-setting institution for other similar institutes to be established in the future. IIIT seeks to derive its strength from a linkage with sound Indian traditions of centuries past, and sets out to create knowledge-based resources in regional languages.
To train and educate, at certificate,
diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, engineers of
outstanding ability, who may become leaders in the IT industry and
To carry out advanced research and development in leading edge technology areas in computer Hardware & Software, which can be useful on a comparatively long term basis.
To develop and promote national and international linkages by way of adjunct faculty, partnership in research, student exchange, credit transfer and joint degrees.
To work for the creation and development of resource databases, associated software and courseware for all important applications, so as to ensure future availability of newer software technologies for English, Hindi and other Indian languages.