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Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad

Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad
Type Engineering education and research institution
Established 2016
Mentor institute IIT Bombay
Undergraduates 120[1]
Location Dharwad, Karnataka, India
Campus Main campus – 470 acres
Temporary - Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI)
Acronym IIT-DH

Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad (IIT Dharwad) is an autonomous premier engineering and technology university located in Dharwad. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Dharwad started functioning from July 2016 in a temporary campus, previously of the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) in Belur village on the outskirts of Dharwad city.[2] It was formally inaugurated by India's Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, on 28 August 2016.[3] For the academic year 2016-2017, it offered B.Tech courses in three core branches namely Electrical, Computer Science and Mechanical.[4]

As part of the mentorship plan, IIT Bombay is the mentor for IIT-Dharwad. The HRD Ministry has set up an IIT monitoring cell at IIT Bombay and the committee members have been designated as officials on special duty to supervise the process of setting up IIT Dharwad.[5][6]


With the Ministry of Human Resource Development giving its green signal for setting up of an IIT in Dharwad, the 17-year long wait ended. It was the late Union Human Resources Development Minister, S. R. Bommai, who had moved the proposal to the Centre seeking an IIT in Dharwad in the 1990s. In 1998, a committee headed by former ISRO chairman and space scientist U R Rao submitted its report recommending an IIT in Hubballi-Dharwad.[2][7] In the 2015-16 union budget, an IIT was sanctioned for Karnataka state and the state government suggested three locations for IIT in Karnataka. The short listed cities were Dharwad, Mysuru and Raichur.[8] The high powered committee appointed by the HRD ministry chose Dharwad city, after visiting all the three short listed cities. Leaders from all political parties, plus a few prominent citizens, including a few ex-NRIs from Dharwad city put a lot of efforts to get this prestigious institute to Dharwad city, as there was a lot of competition among cities to get this premier institute of technology.

Campus and location

IIT Dharwad is initially functioning out of the campus of the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) in Dharwad near the Karnataka High Court Bench. The permanent building is coming up at Chikkamaligawad village. Earlier, around 500 acres belonging to KIADB near Mummigatti on the Pune-Bangalore National Highway off Dharwad was identified for the IIT campus, but that deal was cancelled due to legal hurdles. The State Cabinet decided to allot 470 acres of land at Kelageri village adjunct to Mammigahtti Industrial Area in Dharwad district.[9] The historic Kittur Fort is just 20 kilometers from the campus.[1] The city also houses educational institutions like Karnataka University, Karnatak Science, Arts and Commerce College and University of Agricultural Sciences, Law University.[10] Also, new institutes like the IIIT Dharwad[11] are coming up in the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad.[1] There is also the NTTF tool and die making educational institute at Dharwad. There is an airport at Gokul Road, Hubballi, the twin city of Dharwad. The airport has a service connecting to Bengaluru. There is a railway station at Dharwad through which trains from Bengaluru to Goa run. The twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad host the manufacturing plants of Tata Motors, Kirloskar Electric and Elmeca, among others.

Cultural and non-academic activities

The twin city of Hubballi-Dharwad offers opportunities to enjoy classical music (Sawai Gandharva, Mallikarjun Mansur, Gangubai Hangal and Bhimsen Joshi hail from this region), Fine Arts and Theatre (Dramatics).[1] The city is home to many literary personalities like Girish Karnad, D.R. Bendre, Vinayaka Krishna Gokak - all Jnanpith Award winners, to name a few. The twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad have many film theaters which show films of Kannada, Hindi and English languages.

Departments, centers, and schools

Forty seats each in the streams of Computer Science , Electrical and Mechanical engineering are available at the institute and classes began in July 15, 2016, along with the other IITs across the country.[12]



The Institute conducts educational programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) in the following areas:

Degree Specialization
Bachelor of Technology (BTech) Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering


As the institute is new, it has not yet been included in any rankings.

Development activities


Prof. P. Seshu, Professor and Director [joined on 7 March 2017]. Prof. Devang V. Khakhar, Professor, Mentor Director [till Prof. Seshu joins as Director] and Director of IIT Bombay. Prof. Siva Prasad, Professor and In-charge of IIT Dharwad [till Prof. Seshu joins as Director]. Prof. N. S. Punekar, Professor and Dean (Academics). Prof. S. V. Prabhu, Professor. Prof. N. S. Narasimha Sastry, Professor. Prof. Milind Sohoni, Professor. Prof. Deepankar Choudhury, Professor. Prof. C. V. Tomy, Professor. Prof. Himanshu Bahirat, Assistant Professor.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Joint Seat Allocation Authority 2016 - Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad". 
  2. ^ a b S, Amit; Upadhye. "IIT-Dharwad WALMI Campus Restoration a Mammoth Task". The New Indian Express. Karnataka, India. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "IIT-Dharwad Inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar". Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "IIT-Dharwad to admit 250 students next year". 
  5. ^ N. DINESH NAYAK. "IIT-Dharwad to start functioning from July". The Hindu. DHARWAD, India. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ S, Amit; Upadhye. "Dharwad IIT: renovation done on WALMI campus". The New Indian Express. Karnataka, India. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ TNN. "Dharwad will host first IIT of Karnataka". The Times of India. Bengaluru, India. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ DNA WEB TEAM. "Karnataka: Protests against appointment of nodal officer for IIT Dharwad". DNA. India. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ The Hindu. "470 acres for IIT Dharwad at Kelageri". Karnataka, India. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Karnataka State Law University". Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  11. ^ "IIIT-DWDharwad". Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  12. ^ TNN. "Seat allocation for IIT Goa begins". The Times of India. Goa, India. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 

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