Crucible of Excellence
Aside from technical excellence, IIT Kharagpur offers students the chance to develop their extra-curricular interests
ON A 2.2 KM LONG road, fondly referred to as Scholar’s Avenue, images of many of the country’s biggest names stand shoulder to shoulder. Jawaharlal Nehru, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose, Maulana Azad, Sardar Patel, Naidu and Rani Laxmi Bai are all there, each representing a hostel. So when Google’s chief executive officer Sundar Pichai visits his alma mater and shouts “Nehru ka tempo high hai”, he is greeted with a roar of applause as the students of his hostel make their approval known.
Welcome to one of the country’s premier engineering colleges—the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP). Spread over 2,100 acres of land, with lush green-
“IIT Kharagpur is not just a ‘techno organisation’. It is an institute which allows convergence of multiple disciplines” PARTHA P. CHAKRABARTI, DIRECTOR, IIT, KHARAGPUR