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International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIIT-H or IIIT Hyderabad) is a higher-education institute deemed to be university, focused on information technology and other fields such as computer science, electronics and communication, and their interdisciplinary applications across other domains. It is autonomous, founded as a not-for-profit public private partnership (N-PPP) in 1998, and is the first IIIT in India under this model. Over the years, the institute has evolved research programmes in various areas, with an emphasis on technology and applied research.

IIIT Hyderabad
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad logo.png
TypeDeemed to be University
ChairmanRaj Reddy
DirectorP. J. Narayanan[1]
Location, ,
17°26′44″N 78°20′59″E / 17.4456°N 78.3497°E / 17.4456; 78.3497Coordinates: 17°26′44″N 78°20′59″E / 17.4456°N 78.3497°E / 17.4456; 78.3497
MascotJagruti - The Banyan Tree


IIIT Hyderabad was set up in 1998 under the public private partnership model,[2] with the state government supplying a grant of land and buildings.[3] As special officer for IIIT Hyderabad and Secretary IT for the state government, Ajay Prakash Sawhney was responsible for shaping the conceptual model and overseeing initial development of the institute.[4][5] Prof. Rajeev Sangal designed the syllabus and served as the first director of the institute until 10 April 2013.[6]


The institute is in Gachibowli, Hyderabad, which is about 20 km from the old city and the central railway station. It is close to knowledge center HITEC City, which houses Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, IBM, Deloitte, ServiceNow, Qualcomm, Capgemini, Wipro and Infosys.

Governing councilEdit

The institute is governed by a governing council, which is currently headed by Turing Award laureate Raj Reddy. Other notable members are Turing Award laureate Vint Cerf and Narendra Ahuja.[7] Day-to-day operation is managed by a Director, currently P. J. Narayanan, assisted by a Dean of Research and a Dean of Academics.[7]


IIIT Hyderabad offers undergraduate, postgraduate and dual degree programmes. Undergraduate programmes award either Bachelor of Technology (BTech) or BTech (Honors) in Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Civil Engineering (dis-continued), while postgraduate programmes award either Master of Technology (MTech), Master of Science (MS) or Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.). Dual degree Programmes award BTech+MS by Research. The Dual Degrees offer MS in Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computational Natural Science, Building sciences [MS in specialized courses of civil], Computational Linguistics and Exact Humanities (dis-continued) along with a BTech in Computer Science. PhD degrees and post-graduate diplomas are also given.

IIIT Hyderabad also offers MSIT program in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, US.[8] The institute lays great importance on "human values" and professional ethics.


Admission to undergraduate programmes is based on one of five acceptance modes: Joint Entrance Examination (Main) (JEE (Main)), the institute's own Undergraduate Engineering Entrance Examination (UGEE) and interview, representing India in the International Olympiads during class XI and XII (including International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), International Biology Olympiad (IBO), International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO), International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) / Paninian Linguistics Olympiad (PLO), Direct Admissions for Students Abroad (DASA) and lateral entry admissions to dual-degree programmes through entrance examination and interview.[9]

Admissions for postgraduate studies are on the basis of the Postgraduate Entrance Exam (PGEE) conducted by IIIT Hyderabad. Admissions to the MSIT programme run at this institute are based on a test conducted every year from April to May.[10]


University and college rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[11]101–150
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[12]98
Engineering – India
NIRF (2018)[13]38
India Today (2017)[14]14
Outlook India (2017)[15]11
The Week (2017)[16]16

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad was ranked 71st among universities in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018[12] and in the 101–150 band overall.[11]

Among engineering colleges, IIIT Hyderabad ranked 14th by India Today in 2017,[14] 11th by Outlook India[15] and 16 by The Week.[16] It was ranked 38 among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018.[13]

Research centersEdit

Unlike other institutions which are partitioned into departments, IIIT Hyderabad has research centres to facilitate cutting edge research and trans-disciplinary domains.

Kohli Centre on Intelligent SystemsEdit

Kohli Center on Intelligent Systems (KCIS) was established in 2017, with funding from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to act as an umbrella organization and to strengthen the existing research, facilitate new activities in areas related to the current research at the institute and give a fillip to the research, training and entrepreneurship in the broad area of intelligent systems.


  • Signal Processing & Communications Research Center (SPCRC)
  • Center for Data Engineering (CDE)
  • Language Technologies Research Center (LTRC)
    • Search and Information Extraction Lab (SIEL)
    • Speech Processing Lab (SPL)
  • Robotics Research Center (RRC)
  • Center for Security, Theory & Algorithmic Research (CSTAR)
  • Software Engineering Research Center (SERC)
  • Center for Visual Information Technology (CVIT)
  • Center for VLSI and Embedded System Technologies (CVEST)
  • Computer Systems Group (CSG)
    • Computer Architecture
    • Compilers
    • Parallel/Concurrent Programming
    • Internet of Things (IOT)


  • IT for Agriculture & Rural Development (ITARD)
  • Center for IT in Building Science (CBS)
  • Cognitive Science Lab (CogSci)
  • Center for Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics (CCNSB)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC)
  • Center for IT in Education (CITE)
  • Lab for Spatial Informatics (LSI)
  • Center for Exact Humanities (CEH)
  • Research Center for eGovernance

Development centersEdit

  • Engineering Technology and Innovation Center (ENTICE)
  • Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)
  • Center for Open Software (COS)


The area of the institute campus is 66 acres (approx. 267,000 m²). Four buildings house the corporate schools and research centers. In addition to this, the academic building has the lecture halls, tutorial rooms, computer and electronics labs and offices of the administration and faculty. The buildings are named after the mountain ranges, Nilgiri, Vindhya and Himalaya.

All students are provided hostel rooms. First-year and second-year students who have enrolled in a bachelor's or dual-degree program are required to share rooms (double occupancy), whereas from the third-year onwards, the students have single occupancy.[citation needed] The institute has a guest house with four air-conditioned suites. Two hostels for men and one for women have a total of about 1200 rooms. An optical fiber network connects all buildings on campus including the hostels.

The institute has air-conditioned computer laboratories, allocated batch-wise to students. The PC-to-student ratio is about 1:2. All computers are part of an intranet (1 Gbit/s backbone). The institute has high bandwidth (100 Mbit/s) Internet connectivity round the clock. Students undertaking research can access computational facilities 24/7. All notices and information are sent over the campus email. From couriers to mess registration, everything is notified via specific portals (internal sites). Some areas of the institute, like a few parts of Himalaya, Nilgiri and library, are connected by Wi-Fi.

IIIT-H also hosts T-Hub,[17] which is said to be India's biggest incubation center, in collaboration with Indian School of Business and Nalsar University of Law. Its aim is to provide a supportive environment, along with financial and mentorship support to new startups in the region.


  • IASNLP (IIIT Hyderabad Advanced Summer School on NLP) is an annual two-week school on natural language processing with lectures and project guidance by internationally renowned researchers in the area.
  • Robocamp is a national level robotics workshop conducted by IIIT Hyderabad Robotics Club (IRC) every summer since 2006. In 2011 one of the workshops was organised by the second year students of IRC.[18][19] 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006
  • Tech Ease, a national workshop for students and professionals on innovation, design and user experience, was organised in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • R & D Showcase is the research and project exhibition showcasing the research work and projects carried out in the institute.[20][21]
  • ExOR (Excitement of Research) encourages students to take up research in academics and in career.

Student lifeEdit

With about 1800 students, IIIT Hyderabad has cultural and athletic activities throughout the year. Clubs include Quiz Club, Literary Club, Movie Discussion Club, Theory Reading Club, Chess Club, Astronomy Club, Arts Society, Campus Canine Management Cell (CCC), Dramatics Club,Programming club, Photography Club and Music Club.

The students are divided into four houses upon their intake in the college: Agni, Akash, Prithvi and Vayu. All cultural and sport competitions are based around the house system where the houses battle it out for the top position.


Each February the institute holds its annual cultural and technical festival, Felicity. This is one of the most eagerly awaited college festivals in Hyderabad. It attracts students from all major engineering and degree colleges across the country.


Sports are allotted two compulsory credits, and students must take part in Physical Training for four semesters to achieve these four credits.

Sports credits include games such as football, basketball, hockey, table-tennis, tennis, volleyball and handball. Students must take one credit each in yoga and martial arts. IIIT Hyderabad has a gymnasium and facilities for sports.

The institute has understanding with the neighbouring Gachibowli Stadium for other sports facilities like swimming pool, hockey ground and indoor badminton arena.[citation needed]

Students' parliamentEdit

The student representatives of each batch constitute the student parliament of IIIT Hyderabad, which forms laws regarding student life. The constitution of the college was drafted by the students's' parliament. It is the students governing body. Student issues are addressed to the administration through the parliament.


Students run an independent magazine called PING![22] Content ranges from creative writing to journalistic pieces on campus issues.

Controversy surrounding an article related to ragging[clarification needed][23] pushed the editors to take the Ping website outside the IIIT domain and to explore independent funding sources.[24]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ NAAC IIIT-H Report
  2. ^ "At a Glance". IIIT Hyderabad. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  3. ^ "NAAC report". February 2018.
  4. ^ "News Article".
  5. ^ "Interview with Rajeev Sangal".
  6. ^ "BRIEF BIO-DATA of Director of the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU)" (PDF). IIT BHU.
  7. ^ a b "Governing Council". IIIT Hyderabad. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Welcome to MSIT Program". Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Undergraduate Admissions". International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Postgraduate Admissions-International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad". International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad.
  11. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  12. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  13. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Engineering)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  14. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2017: Engineering". India Today. 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Top 100 Engineering Colleges In 2017". Outlook India. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  16. ^ a b Singh, Abhinav (18 June 2017). "The Week - Hansa Research Best Colleges Survey 2017: Top Engineering Colleges - All India". The Week. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  17. ^
  18. ^ Students develop low-cost smoke detector. (12 June 2011). Retrieved on 9 October 2013.
  19. ^ "Creative skills come to the fore". The Hindu. 12 June 2011.
  20. ^ The Hindu : Telangana / Hyderabad News : Skills to the fore at IIIT Hyderabad R&D showcase Archived 5 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 9 October 2013.
  21. ^ "Skills to the fore at IIIT Hyderabad R&D showcase". The Hindu. 28 February 2011.
  22. ^ PING!
  23. ^ "Ragging or the "Acceptable" Sexual Harassment – PING!". Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Ping! is on the Internet Again! – PING!". Retrieved 29 October 2018.

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