Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

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Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
motto Knowledge is the supreme goal
founding July 25, 1958
Sponsorship state
place Mumbai
state Maharashtra
country India
Director and Chairman Subhasis Chaudhuri
Students 4,800

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay ( Hindi : भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान, मुंबई , Bhāratīya Praudyogitī Sansthān, Mumbaī), also called IIT Bombay or IITB , is a state technical university in Powai, a northern district of Mumbai .

The Indian Institutes of Technology are a group of universities directly administered by the Indian central government. They are considered to be the best universities in the country. The IIT Bombay is the second largest IIT and was India's best university in an international ranking in 2014.


The building of the civil engineers

The university has a technical and natural science focus and primarily offers engineering courses. The individual departments are organized as a department or center and usually each have a building on campus in which all lecturers' offices and lecture halls are housed.

Department Abbreviation German translation
Aerospace engineering AE Aerospace Engineering
Biosciences and Bioengineering Life Sciences and Engineering
Chemical engineering CL Chemical engineering
Chemistry CH chemistry
Civil engineering CE Civil engineering
Computer Science & Engineering CS Computer science
Earth Sciences GS earth sciences
Electrical engineering EE Electrical engineering
Energy Science and Engineering EN Energy engineering
Humanities & Social Science HS Social sciences
Industrial Design Center ID
Mathematics MA mathematics
Mechanical engineering ME mechanical engineering
Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science MM Metallurgy & materials science
Physics PH physics
Center Abbreviation
Center for Research in Nanotechnology and Science CRNTS
Center for Aerospace Systems Design and Engineering CASDE
Computer Center CC
Center for Distance Engineering Education Program C-DEEP
Center for Environmental Science and Engineering CESE
Center of Studies in Resources Engineering CSRE
Center for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas CTARA
Center for Formal Design and Verification of Software CFDVS
Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility SAIF


View over the campus during the drought before the rainy season

The campus is located in Powai, a northwestern part of Mumbai on the shores of Powai Lake, and was designed by Vanu G. Bhuta for Messers GM Bhuta & Associates.

Green campus

During the design, care was taken to leave as many trees as possible between the buildings and along the streets, so that one is mostly in the shade despite the tropical sunshine. Often, sidewalks were built around trees.

Because the campus is adjacent to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park , the air is not as polluted as in the rest of the city.

As in other urban areas in India, there are a lot of free-roaming animals on the site: mainly street dogs and cattle, but also cats and monkeys. But black panthers from the national park sometimes get lost on the site and gaviale (crocodiles) in the neighboring lake have been reported more often.

Sports facilities

The university has an outdoor pool as well as football , hockey , cricket , tennis , basketball, and volleyball courts .

Staff quarters

The campus is divided into different areas. Around the area with the administration and teaching buildings there are different residential areas, in which scientific staff, non-scientific staff, students and construction workers are housed separately from one another.

The quality of the quarters varies greatly. While professors are housed in neat multi-room apartments, construction workers live in typical corrugated iron huts on campus.

Student dormitories

Since the families of most students do not live in Mumbai, but in places that are sometimes far away and the rents in Mumbai are quite high, most students live in one of 14 student residences.

It is strictly separated according to gender. The dormitories with the numbers 10 and 11 are for female students. Between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., the students can visit each other in the dormitories, but only after entering in the "guest books" with the security staff and submitting the student ID of the inviting student who has to live in the dormitory visited.

In the first semesters you have to share a room with another student; there are also occasional four-person rooms with bunk beds. In the higher semesters you can move into single rooms. Master's students and foreign guest students get single rooms.

Because of the shortage of living space in the women's dormitories, foreign students are also accommodated in shared rooms. The common rooms have also been converted into beds.

The dormitories usually have their own cafeteria, copy shops, small snack bars, self-service laundry rooms, laundry and ironing services.

College guard

Mumbai local police are not allowed on campus. Since the campus does not belong administratively to the state of Maharashtra, the university guard is directly subordinate to the Indian central government.


The four-day Mood Indigo festival takes place annually in December, usually very close to or around Christmas. Nationally known musicians such as Shankar Mahadevan or Asha Bhosle performed at the music festival . There are also competitions and exhibitions.

At the biennial Techfest , the IIT presents itself to the city of Mumbai and the surrounding area and tries to entertain visitors and students with all kinds of events and invited research groups from all over the world. A side effect of the festivities is the cultural exchange with the research groups, who usually also present their university. According to the company, Techfest is the largest festival of its kind in Asia.


IIT Bombay was founded in 1958 as the second Indian Institute of Technology after IIT Karagpur with the support of UNESCO and the Soviet Union . UNESCO provided the technical equipment, the Soviet Union the technical experts, while the Indian government took responsibility for the construction of the buildings and the running costs.

On July 25, 1958, the first semester began in the temporary IIT quarter in the building of the Synthetic and Art Silk Mills Research Association (SASMIRA) in Worli, a district of Mumbai with 100 students. These students were selected from more than 3,400 applicants for admission to the undergraduate courses in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and metallurgy. One of the main goals was to establish institutes for study with a wide range of engineering sciences.

The 2.2 km² campus was laid out in Powai, 29 kilometers north of downtown Mumbai. On March 10, 1959, the foundation stone was laid by Jawaharlal Nehru , India's first prime minister.

Although the city of Bombay has now been renamed Mumbai, the university is still (as of 2017) IIT Bombay.

Placement in rankings

The IIT Bombay has achieved remarkable results in some rankings:

  • 3rd place in a ranking among Asian technical universities in 2000
  • 36th place in the category "Engineering and IT Universities" worldwide 2009
  • 30th place in the Times Higher Education-QS World University Ranking 2009 in the Engineering / Technology category

Web links

Commons : IIT Bombay  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  3. IIT Bombay emerges as India's top university in global rankings .
  4. List of departments and lectures
  5. Techfest website
  6. SP Sukhatme: The Growth of an Institute for Higher Technological Education . IIT Bombay. Archived from the original on October 13, 2010. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved September 25, 2010. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. | Asia's Best Universities 2000 | Overall ranking . Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved November 3, 2008. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. World's Best Colleges: Engineering and IT Universities . USNews. June 18, 2009. Archived from the original on June 30, 2009. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved January 4, 2011. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

Coordinates: 19 ° 7 ′ 59.1 ″  N , 72 ° 54 ′ 56.3 ″  E