Founding Director's Message


A very warm welcome, virtually, to IIT Palakkad. It is my pleasure to introduce you to this institute that has evolved immensely since its beginnings in 2015, and is slowly but surely growing in stature. The Institute which began with bachelors programs (B.Tech) in four disciplines, now also has masters (M.S by Research, M.Sc and M.Tech) and doctoral (Ph.D) programs in various disciplines. 

An institution is only as good as its people are, and onboarding excellent human resources to facilitate and guide learning and practice is something that is pursued with hallmark IIT zeal. The student community drawn from all over the country has grown, and will continue to grow in strength and diversity. The dream to make  a creative, multidisciplinary institution which delivers quality education, original research and practice, is what drives the academic community here. 

The year 2019 was special for us as we proudly witnessed the graduation of our first batch of students, and sent them on their way to improve the world through the application of technology and skills. Research undertaken at IIT Palakkad has gained momentum with faculty and students publishing widely in peer reviewed journals and making their presence felt at conferences and workshops, within the country and abroad. 

The Technology Innovation Foundation, launched in 2021, is the innovation, incubation and startup vehicle of IIT Palakkad. It was set up as a collaborative company formed for innovation and incubation of ideas that emanate from us and our collaborators. Periodic Industry-Academia Conclaves and a strong emphasis on industry internships represent a few other instances of our commitment to a strong education-industry interface. The mandate of our Career Development Centre, as the name indicates, goes far beyond coordinating campus placements. 

From its beginnings on the rented premises of the Ahalia group of institutions to slowly making our way in stages to our picturesque permanent home on Nila campus, IIT Palakkad has embraced evolution with élan. Development of robust infrastructure is a priority here, and the Institute has state of the art centers and facilities for research and development in areas like data science, computational imaging, high performance computing, micro-nano fabrication, materials and manufacturing, and instrumentation. 

As you explore our website, I hope you are able to find all the information you are looking for, and more, about this vibrant learning community that is socially engaged as well. If you are a prospective student or potential colleague, and have any specific queries or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.  Our motto is ‘Nurturing minds for a better world’, and I do hope that you have reason to partner us in this endeavour, in whatever way you can.

Tenure as Director : January 18, 2017 to October 12, 2022