Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, popularly known as IIT Bombay or IITB, is an autonomous university located in Powai, in north central Mumbai (formerly Bombay). It is the second-oldest campus of the Indian Institutes of Technology system and the largest National Institute in the state of Maharashtra.


IIT Bombay was the second IIT to be established in 1958 with assistance from UNESCO and with funds contributed by the Soviet Union. UNESCO agreed to provide equipment and technical experts mainly from the Soviet Union, while the Government of India accepted the responsibility for all other expenses including the cost of the building project and recurring expenses.

The site chosen for the institute was Powai, eighteen miles (29 km) from the city of Bombay (Mumbai), with an area of 550 acres (2.2 km2) which was given by the then Bombay State Government. While construction was being completed, the first academic session of the Institute opened on July 25, 1958, in its temporary home at the Synthetic and Art Silk Mills Research Association (SASMIRA) building in Worli (Bombay) with 100 students. These students were selected from over 3,400 applicants for admission to the first year undergraduate programmes in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineering. One of the main objectives of establishing the Institute was to develop facilities for studies in a variety of specialised engineering and technological sciences. The need for establishing adequate facilities for postgraduate studies and research was kept uppermost in mind in the founding years.

While the Institute was functioning provisionally at Worli, an effort was made to expedite the progress of the building project at its permanent location. When Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone of the Institute at Powai on March 10, 1959, water and electric supply lines were just being laid and one approach road to the site was under construction.

Today, nearly fifty years later, IIT Bombay continues to contribute significantly to the advancement of science and technology in India in a number of ways. It has produced world class engineers and scientists, and alumni of IIT Bombay are achieving success in various capacities as entrepreneurs, managers, technocrats, consultants and advisers, and as faculty members and researchers, in India and abroad.It is frequently rated as one of the best technical institutes in the world.

At the institutional level, IIT Bombay is governed by a Board of Governors with a Chairman nominated by the Visitor, the Director as a member and the Registrar as secretary. Besides this, there are four persons having specialised knowledge or practical experience in respect of education, engineering or science nominated by the Council. Two professors are nominated by the Senate. Additionally, one technologist or industrialist of repute is nominated by the Government of each of the States of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

For all academic matters, the Senate is the authority having control and responsibility for the maintenance of standards of instruction, education and examinations and all other allied academic matters. The Senate is mainly constituted of all the professors of the Institute and the Director is the Chairman.

The key people in the execution of the Institute’s activities are the Director and Deputy Director who are assisted by Dean (Research and Development), Dean (Planning), Dean (Students Affairs), Dean (Academic Programmes) and Dean (Resources Development), and the Heads of the Departments, Centres and Schools. The Administration is managed by the Registrar, with senior administrative officers being assigned for specific areas such as Estate Management, Materials Management, Personnel Management, Finance and Accounts, and Academic Affairs.

Academic Office

The Academic Office of the institute exists to facilitate, initiate and co-ordinate the academic work of the Institute, particularly the teaching and assessment of students. It acts as the repository of grades and academic records of all students, both past and present. It provides administrative support to the Senate, which is the highest academic body of the Institute

The Head of the Academic Office is the Dean of Academic Programmes, who is a senior professor of the Institute. The Dean is helped by a permanent administrative set up headed by a Deputy Registrar (Academic). Academic Office closely interacts with the Dean of Student Affairs (DOSA), who looks after all non-academic problems of students. The DOSA, as the ex-officio President of the Student Gymkhana, coordinates various co-curricular activities of the students.

The Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management

IIT Bombay Heritage Fund (IITBHF) and IIT Bombay Alumni Association (IITBAA) are the two official organizations for alumni of IIT Bombay. The alumni website at was amongst the earliest alumni websites for an Indian university. The IIT Bombay Heritage Fund (IITBHF) is a public charitable organization under US Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), whose mission is to fund and promote education and research among students, faculty and alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. The IIT Bombay Alumni Association (IITBAA), registered under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act, 1956, works for strengthening the connections between alumni, enhance ties to their alma mater, and provide services to alumni.

As the official alumni association, IITBAA plays a key role in building the alumni network and supporting the local Chapters which are all over the world, from Bangalore to Boston to the Bay Area. IITBAA staff work with IITBHF volunteers in maintaining the alumni website and the Alumni Directory which allows 30,000-plus IIT Bombay alumni to stay in touch with each other and with their alma mater.

As the Alumni Fund of IIT Bombay, IITBHF has raised over $20 Million for IIT Bombay over the past decade, and helped fund major infrastructure projects and new schools on campus including the Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology (KReSIT), Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJSOM) and key projects such as the renovation of the hostels (dormitories) on campus.

Departments, Centres and Schools

IIT Bombay has 14 departments, 10 multi-disciplinary centres, and 3 schools of excellence. The academic departments in IIT Bombay include the following:

1. Aerospace Engineering([1])
2. Chemical Engineering
3. Chemistry
4. Civil Engineering
5. Computer Science & Engineering
6. Earth Sciences
7. Electrical Engineering
8. Energy Science and Engineering
9. Humanities & Social Science
10. Industrial Design Centre
11. Mathematics
12. Mechanical Engineering
13. Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science
14. Physics

The following multi-disciplinary centres are located in IIT Bombay:

1. Advance Center for Research in Electronics (ACRE)
2. Computer Aided Design Center (CAD)
3. Centre for Research in NanoTechnology and Sciences (CRNTS)
4. Centre for Aerospace Systems Design and Engineering (CASDE)
5. Centre for Research in Entrepreneurship (CARE)
6. Centre for Distant Engineering Education Programme (cDEEP)
7. Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE)
8. Centre for Studies in Resources Engineering (CSRE)]
9. Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA)
10. Centre for Formal Design and Verification of Software (CFDVS)
11. Regional Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre (RSIC)

The three schools of excellence in IIT Bombay are:

1. School of Biosciences and Bioengineering (Bioschool)]
2. Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology (KReSIT)
3. Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM)

In addition to above, IIT Bombay also offers inter-disciplinary programs in six fields that include:

1. Biomedical Engineering
2. Corrosion Science & Engineering
3. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR)
4. Reliability Engineering
5. Systems and Control Engineering (SysCon)

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  1. shashikumar says:

    for admission in IIT Mumbai for B.Arch and B.des is it necessary to sit for the Aptitude test and JEE or only the Aptitude test.

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