About IIT Bhubaneshwar
IIT Bhubaneshwar was established by the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development),
Government of India in 2008. A major advantage of this IIT is its location at Bhubaneshwar,
an emerging education hub, that is being promoted as an Information Technology Investment
Region (ITIR) by the government. Other advantages of IIT Bhubaneshwar include the
presence of major steel, power, petrochemicals and other heavy industries, major
ports including the one at Paradip. IIT Bhubaneshwar became the first of the new
IIT's to become operational. The first batch of undergraduate students were admitted
for the academic year 2008-2009. The institution has been operating at a temporary
location at IIT Kharagpur's Bhubaneshwar extension campus, while the permanent campus
is under construction.
The permanent IIT campus is being set up in Argul, in the outskirts of Bhubaneshwar.
A total of 935 acres of land has been allocated towards the self contained campus
for 10,000 students and 1,100 faculty. A science park is being set up as a part
of this institution to support industry oriented research activities. The Orissa
state government is constructing a four lane expressway directly from National Highway
No.5 (a part of the Golden Quadrilateral) to this new IIT for increased connectivity.
Furthermore, Khurda Road railway station is merely 4km away from the campus and
the Biju Patnaik airport is 25km away. A new international airport is being constructed
even closer to the IIT campus at a distance of 12km.