IITs were built with a vision to provide technical personnel of international calibre, who would act as leaders of technology in independent India.
In 1958, with assistance from UNESCO and funds contributed by the Soviet Union, IIT Bombay was the second in chain and the first IIT to be established with foreign assistance. In 1961, the Parliament decreed IITs as "Institutes of National Importance". Since then, IIT Bombay has grown from strength to strength to emerge as one of the top technical universities in the world.
Powai was chosen as the site for the institute. The temporary location chosen when the construction work was underway was Synthetic and Art Silk Mills Research Association (SASMIRA) building in Worli. 100 students were selected from 3400 applicants and they enrolled into various undergraduate engineering programmes.
In early 1959, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone of the institute and thus Powai became the permanent address of IIT Bombay
Naturally beautiful campus
Located in the picturesque surroundings between Vihar and Powai lakes, draped in natural greenery, spread over 500 acres, IIT Bombay stands in pristine glory. The institute is a small township in itself. Consciously developed, the campus has retained and increased its green cover, rich in natural flora and fauna. All students live in the hostel on the campus that ensures a peaceful and comfortable stay and most faculties reside in the IIT staff quarters.
Great importance has been given for recreational activities. The campus has adequate facilities for swimming football, hockey, cricket, tennis, basketball, squash and volleyball. In fact IITB is a mini township with a bank, a shopping centre, two excellent schools for children, and a well equipped hospital.
Curriculum & Courses
With more than 42,000 engineers graduating from IITB since inception IIT Bombay is ranked among the top engineering colleges in India. Today IITB has a total of fifteen academic departments, six centres, one school and four interdisciplinary programmes. IITB is both a teaching and research Institute. The institute offers undergraduate, post graduate and PhD programs and continues to be the most sought-after destination for undergraduates and postgraduate education and attracts top performers in national examinations such as GATE, CEED, NET, JAM & JEE. In JEE 2012, 78 of the top 100 rankers joined IITB. Besides, the institute also has M.Des program offered by the Industrial Design Centre and the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management offers the M. Mgmt degree. One can also pursue Doctoral programmes offered in various disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Innovation through R & D
Like all premier educational institutes around the world, the pillar of IIT Bombay is the R&D department. The institute carries out R & D projects in all areas of science, engineering and social sciences. IIT Bombay has made concerted efforts to align its R&D focus with the national goal of achieving technological self-reliance.
The industrial Research and Consultancy centre (IRCC) co-ordinates and facilitates all research and development activities at the Institute. A large number of sophisticated equipment and advanced facilities/centres are available at IIT Bombay. Faculty & research students publish their work in the leading international journals in the respective disciplines. Its preeminent position at the cutting-edge of research is reflected in its impressive list of research projects, which cater to both our national needs and global developments.
The goal of the Institute is to provide a creative atmosphere in which higher studies and research thrive amongst the students and the faculty.. Needless to say, Research done at IITB is recognized by peer in the form of research awards and by the national & international patents awarded for intellectual property developed. IIT B has also introduced Research Internship awards to engage bright external students on it challenging research projects
Preventing 'Brain Drain' Over the years a number of engineering graduates go abroad not just seeking better employment opportunities but also for post-graduation and doctoral education. IIT Bombay is continuously working towards enhancing the overall quality of education right from the undergraduate level to doctoral and beyond.
Further, the investments made in R&D at the institute are improving every year. This year, IIT Bombay received a funding of Rs 300 crores for sponsored projects and consultancy (a 50% increase from last year). This enables the institute to offer better research facilities and the best of equipments to its faculty members and research scholars.
Interestingly, a large number of faculty members at IIT Bombay have pursued their post-graduation and/or PhD from abroad but have returned back and that has gone a long way in motivating students to follow the footsteps of their mentors to make a career in India.
Life beyond academics
The Students of IIT Bombay are highly active when it comes to organizing academic and co-curricular activities. Techfest is a very popular technical fest that is held in every year in the month of January. The long journey of Techfest commenced in 1998 with the motto of promoting technology, scientific thinking and innovation.
Over 16 golden years, Techfast has created an unmatched aura of a science and technology spectacle year after year at the campus of IIT Bombay at Powai, Mumbai. Today it is well established as Asia's Largest Science and Technology festival, with more than 100,000 people in attendance and a reach of over 2300 colleges across India and over 500 overseas.
In its endeavour to provide an international platform to the youth to showcase their talents and skill sets in fierce competitions, display cutting edge technology and research from all over the globe, interact with world renowned personalities, motivate the youth and promote solutions to alleviate the common man of his ordinary yet significant problems, Techfest strives for one and all to get inspired and look up to.
MOOD INDIGO, or MoodI, as it is fondly called, is the popular annual cultural festival of IIT Bombay. Held towards the end of December every year, it attracts a whopping 88,000 students from more than 700 colleges all over the country. The festival offers an eclectic mix of literary and cultural events. Competitions cover all the genres of art - Dramatics, Literary arts, Fine arts, Music, Dance, Visual arts and Film and Media.
A number of celebrated names like Asha Bhosle, R.D. Burman, KK, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Shaan, Hema Malini, Sonu Nigam, Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan, Shahid Kapoor, Saroj Khan, Ram Gopal Varma, Anupam Kher, Kabir Bedi, Neha Dhupia, and Raageshwari have been associated with Mood Indigo.
Some other major events of IIT Bombay include Eureka, Avenues, E-Yantra Robotics Challenge and Nexus.
Indeed IITB is the jewel in the crown of Powai