About IIT Kharagpur
The history of the IIT system dates back to 1946 when a committee was set up by Honorable Sir Jogendra Singh, Member of the Viceroy Executive Council, Department of Education, Health and Agriculture to consider the setting up of higher Technical Institutions for post war industrial development in India. IIT Kharagpur started its journey in the old Hijli Detention Camp where some of our great freedom fighters toiled and sacrificed their lives for the independence of our country. The history of IIT Kharagpur is thus intimately linked with the history of the Hijli Detention Camp. This is possibly one of the very few Institutions all over the World which started life in a prison house.
Pandit Nehru in his first convocation address in 1956 said Here in the place of that Hijli Detention Camp stands the fine monument of India, representing India future in the making. This picture seems to me symbolic of the changes that are coming to India. For more details, please visit http://www.iitkgp.ernet.in
...and the Central Library
The Central library has been catering to the needs of the undergraduates, postgraduate research scholars, faculty and staff member of the 30 departments and 7 centers of our institute. The book collection has been supported the teaching, research, development and other professional activities of these departments. The demands of the over-growing research areas multiple disciplines is being catered with the help of latest volumes, in almost all fields Engineering, science, Technology, Humanities and Social sciences and Management. For the details, please visit http://www.library.iitkgp.ernet.in
Kharagpur, situated 116 km west of Kolkata, India is know world over for the longest railway platform and the Indian Institute of Technology. It can be reached in 2hours by train from Howrah railway station of Kolkata or 3 hours by car from Kolkata airport. It is also connected by direct train services to most major cities of India. The Institute is 5 km from kharagpur railway station. (Kharagpur Rly stn.-IIT campus: Taxi fair Rs. 100 /-, Rickshaw Fair Rs. 40/-, Autorickshaw Fair Rs.55/-)