Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (also known as IIT Kanpur or IITK) is a public engineering institution located in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. It was declared to be an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India under the Institutes of Technology Act.
Established in 1959 as one of the first Indian Institutes of Technology, the institute was created with the assistance of a consortium of nine US research universities as part of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP)
IIT Kanpur is to open an extension centre in Noida with the plan of making a small convention centre there for supporting outreach activities. Its foundation was laid on 4 December 2012 on 5 acres of land allocated by Uttar Pradesh state government in the sector-62 of Noida city, which is less than an hour`s journey from New Delhi and the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The cost of construction is estimated to be about 25 crores. The new campus will have an auditorium, seminar halls for organising national and international conferences and an International Relations Office along with a 7-storey guest house. Several short-term management courses and refresher courses meant for distance learning will be available at the extension center
The Students' Placement Office (SPO) is run and managed by an efficient team of office staff & students and handles all aspects of placements at IIT Kanpur. Right from contacting companies to managing all logistics of arranging for tests, pre-placement talks and conducting final interviews the SPO team provides it's best possible assistance to the recruiters. The hospitality and the functioning of SPO is applauded and well received by the visiting recruiters every year.
Internationally, IIT Kanpur was ranked 283 in QS World University Rankings for 2019. It was ranked 59 in QS Asia Rankings 2018 and 21 among BRICS nations. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it 501-600 globally in the 2018 ranking 81 in Asia and 32 among BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017.
In India, among engineering colleges, it ranked third by India Today in 2017, fourth in India by Outlook India and fifth by The Week. It was ranked fifth among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018, and seventh overall.
The Department of Industrial and Management Engineering was ranked 17 among management schools in India by NIRF in 2018.
Undergraduate admissions until 2012 were being done through the national-level Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). Following the Ministry of Human Resource Development's decision to replace IIT-JEE with a common engineering entrance examination, IIT Kanpur's admissions are now based on JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) -Advanced level along with other IITs.
Postgraduate admissions are made through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering and Common Aptitude Test.