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Aerospace Engineering[edit | edit source]

Aerospace Department IIT Kharagpur
Aerospace Department IIT Kharagpur

The department was set up in 1965 leading to B.Tech (Hons.) degree after a high power committee appointed by GOI stressed the need for manpower training in the field of Aeronautical Engineering. Over the years, the department has built up laboratories in the areas of aerodynamics, structures and propulsion. A Centre of Excellence for Composite Structures Technology, funded by ARDB, has been established in 1999. Some major thrust areas of the future are Aerospace Control Systems, Aero-Servo-Elasticity, Aerothermo-Mechanics, Industrial Aerodynamics, Air Breathing Propulsion, Composites, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Non-destructive testing and Wind Energy. Currently, the research efforts of the faculty are supported by a large number of projects sponsored by ARDB, ADA, ISRO, DST, AICTE, MHRD and many other organisations

Research Areas[edit | edit source]

Smart and Composite Structures
 Uncertainty Quantification in Aircraft Analysis & Design
 Jet controls.
Aerospace structures
 Nonlocal elasticity
Smart Structures
 Composite materials and nano-composites
 FGM Plates and Shells
Composite and Smart Structures
 Structural Dynamics & Aeroelasticity
Design & Development of MR fluid damper & Landing Gear Dynamics
 Structural Health Monitoring
Composite Structures
 Micro Air Vehicle
Computational Aerodynamics Experimental Aerodynamics
Fluid Mechanics
Large Eddy Simulation
 Fluid-Structure Interaction
Computational fluid dynamics and flight mechanics
 Flight Dynamics Controls System-Identification Neural Networks
Combustion and propulsion
 Fault Detection and Isolation
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
 Combustion of Solid Fuels and Energetic Particles
Path Planning of Autonomous Vehicles
 Droplet and Spray Combustion
Experimental Methods in Combustion
Atomization and Sprays
System Identification/Parameter Estimation - Neural Networks
Flight Dynamics & Control and Flight Testing
Design Guidance and Control of Rockets Parafoil UAV MAV WIG-Craft etc.
Numerical simulation of compressible and chemically reacting flows
Combustion Driven Shock Tunnel
Laser spectroscopy (new field)
Two-Phase Flow Computations
Compressible turbulence
Turbulence-radiation interaction
Turbulent reacting flows
high performance computing
Solid Mechanics
Shock-Boundary Layer Interactions.
Radiative heat transfer
Trajectory Optimization
Dubins Vehicle
Obstacle Avoidance
Estimation Theory

Agricultural & Food Engineering[edit | edit source]

The department, the first of its kind in the country was set up in 1952 on the recommendation of the Dhar Committee appointed by the Board of Governors. As one of the larger departments of IIT Kharagpur, it covers a wide range of areas dealing with Post-Harvest Technology, Dairy and Food Engineering, Farm Machinery and Power Workshop, Aqua-Cultural Engineering. Sponsored research projects and development activities deal with Integrated Rainwater Management, Soil Tillage, Utilisation of Fly ash, Ergonomic Database for Agricultural Equipment, Integrating Remote Sensing Data with Distributed Hydrological Models, Model Pilot Plant for producing industrial enzymes etc. The department has filed several patent application based on its developmental work.

Research Areas[edit | edit source]

Microalgal Biofuel
Biodegradable Polymers (Polyhydroxyalkanoates) from Cyanobacteria
Bioremediation with Microalgae
Bioactives from Microalgae
Recirculatory Aquacultural Systems
Post Harvest & Food Process Engineering
High Pressure Processing of High Value Perishable Commodities
Design Optimization
Farm Machinery & Power
Ergonomics & Safety
Watershed Management
Non-point Source Pollution of Soil & Water
Climate Change Effect on Agriculture
Rainwater Managment
Post Harvest Engineering
Mechanized Food Processing and Food Engineering
Dairy and Food Process Engineering
Cage for mariculture
Hydrological modelling & Watershed management
Crop yield modelling
Climate change analysis & applications in water and crop management
Micro Irrigation
Greenhouse Technology
Flood Forecasting
Design Flood Estimation
Flood Inundation Modeling and Hazard Assessment
Remote Sensing and GIS Applications in Surface Water Hydrology
Hydrological Modeling
Value based education
Functional Foods
Starch based edible and biodegradable film
Diversion from phenolics to volatile terpenoids biosynthesis in transformed roots of carrot
Development of farm Implements
Biofuel production and hybrid power generation
Rice Transplanter
Tea Process Machinery
Irrigation and Water Management
Hydrological Modelling
Groundwater Management using RS-GIS and MCDM Techniques
Basin-wide Simulation-Optimization Modeling of Groundwater Systems
Inverse Modeling for Aquifer Parameter Estimation
Rainwater Harvesting and Artificial Recharge
Utilisation and isolation of bioactive component from food waste
Digital soil mapping and hyperspectral remote sensing
Water and solute transport
Unsaturated zone hydrology
Aeration Technology
Water quality modelling and management
Biofiltration Technology
Sustainable & Precision Production Agriculture
Climate Change Adaptations & Mitigations
Crop Growth & Yield Simulation
Algal Food Biotechnology
Food Biotechnology
Enzymology & its Biotechnological applications
Protein Chemistry
Dairy & Food Process Engineering
Development of low cost - farm level processing equipment
Grain Storage Technology
Rural and cottage industries machinery
RTE Health Foods & Nutraceuticals
Innovative Food Processing Technologies
Horticultural & Plantation Crop Products Processing
Food Safety & Quality Control
High pressure processing of high value perishables
Integrated Land and Water Resources Planning and Management
Water Conservation and Reuse for Climate Resilient Agriculture
Cold Storage
CA and MA storage of fruits and vegetables
Irrigation System Mangement
Development and Transfer of Rural Technnlogy
Soil Science & Plant nutrition
Soil less culture Organic farming Tea production and processing
1 Tractor power systems 2. Traction modelling 3. Precision agriculture
By-product utilization
Tillage and Traction
Heat and Mass transfer during drying of food products
Mathematical modeling and simulation in food drying process
CO2 mitigation in solar dryers
CO2 capture and storage
Process Systems Analyses and Simulations
Remote Sensing & GIS Applications in Water Resources and Watershed Management
Food Science and Technology
Cryogenic grinding of spices
Soil-Tool Interaction
Precision Agriculture
Understanding molecular oscillations of scent volatiles emission in evening blooming flowers
Artificial Intelligence and Evolutionary Algorithms
Evaluating metabolic perturbations in genetically-engineered root cultures of tobacco
Waste utilization in aquaculture
Ecology and environmental pollution
Chemical-free farming
Mind and consciousness
Stress management and control
Discrete Element Analysis of grinding
CFD analysis of temperature distribution in precooler
Identification of flavour trait(s) in Darjeeling tea accessions by targeted metabolomics
Food Process Engineering
Plant Tissue Culture Engineering

2.Post-harvest Technology

3.Forest Weed & Water Management

4.Food Laws & Standards

Agricultural water and waste management
Irrigation hydraulics and modeling
Nonpoint source agricultural pollution
Nanomaterials in Agriculture
Grain Storage Structures and Stored Grain Quality
Traction and tillage performance improvement in walking tractor
Groundwater Investigation-Recharge Analysis and Seawater Intrusion
Non-thermal Methods of Food Processing
Aquacultural Engineering
Selection of superior scented rice cultivars through targeted metabolomics
Plant Image Analysis
Impact of LED on Plant Morphogenesis
Vibration based Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
Farm Machinery and Renewable Energy
WSN in Water Management
Water and Energy Conservation in Food Processing Industries
Cyanobacterial Biofertilizer
Microwave application in popping of grain
Pneumatic polishing of rice
Improvement of floral scent in evening-blooming plants by induced mutagenesis
Ultrastructural analysis of floral tissues for understanding scent volatiles emission
Measurement and modeling in agricultural systems
Contaminant transport
Transport Processes in Food Engineering
Packaging and Storage Studies
Numerical Modelling
Sustainable Agricultural Production
Design and Developments of Products
Field Investigation and Modeling of Flow and Transport Processes in Vadose-Zone Systems

Architecture & Regional Planning[edit | edit source]

Biotechnology[edit | edit source]

Chemical Engineering[edit | edit source]

Chemistry[edit | edit source]

Civil Engineering[edit | edit source]

Computer Science & Engineering[edit | edit source]

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, was formed in 1980. Since its inception, the department has been recognised all over the world for excellence in research and teaching. The department has a thriving research environment with active research groups in the areas of Algorithms and Theory, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Complex and Social Networks, Data and Web Mining, Formal Methods, Information and System Security, Software Engineering, and Systems and Networking. Graduates from the department are heavily recruited by both academia and industry, and alumni of the department occupy top positions in both academia and industry all over the world.

You can refer to the Department of Computer Science & Engineering's wiki to get more information.

Cryogenic Engineering[edit | edit source]

Center for Educational Technology[edit | edit source]

Electrical Engineering[edit | edit source]

Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering[edit | edit source]

G S Sanyal School of Telecommunications[edit | edit source]

Geology & Geophysics[edit | edit source]

Starting in 1952, the department expanded to allied areas of applied geology,  and exploration geophysics. The department recorded commanding achievements through collaborative work with various organisations like ONGC, GSI, OIL, UCIL, DAE etc. The sponsored projects undertaken by the department include crustal evolution and geochronology of Singbhum, central, Rajasthan and southern Indian cratons, experimental petrology, gold and uranium mineralisation, mineral magnetics, Himalayan orogeny and sedimentation, stable isotopes in Phanerozoic climate change, evolution of Ganges delta, hydrology of Bengal basin and coastal aquifers, seismic tomography and deep crustal structure, seismic hazard and microzonation, near surface geophysics, archaeology of eastern India and Indus valley civilisation, planetary investigation of meteorites and mars, and consultancy projects in ground water assessment, river chemistry, seismic hazard and mining geology. The department hosts two DST national facilities of stable isotope and electron probe micoanalysis, and a state of the art non-traditional and radiogenic MC-ICP MS laboratory. Besides, the department hosts a spectrum of modern analytical and field equipment namely,  X-ray diffractometer, Raman laser, FTIR, gas and ion chromatographs, liquid scintillation counter, fluid inclusion stages, magnetic susceptibility Kappa bridge etc. The geophysics laboratory hosts  magneto-telluric, and array of geophysical equipment including gravimeter and resistivity meters, radiation dosimeters, large number of seismometers and a nationally networked broadband seismic observatory. The department has  well equipped engineering geology and remote sensing laboratories. The department has made fundamental contributions in dating oldest rocks in India, Precambrian orogeny and metamorphism, Himalayan evolution and Cenozoic climate change, arsenic pollution in Bengal basin, crustal structure below Himalayas, sesimic microzonation of major cities, geotechnical properties of rocks, coastal geomorphology, theoretical electromagnetics, discovering martian analogues and unravelling the oldest roots of Indus valley civilisation. The faculty members are fellows of national science academies, recipient of national geoscience award, and in editorial boards of prestigeous international journals

Humanities & Social Sciences[edit | edit source]

Industrial & Systems Engineering[edit | edit source]

Information Technology[edit | edit source]

Materials Science[edit | edit source]

Mathematics[edit | edit source]

Mechanical Engineering[edit | edit source]

Medical Science & Technology[edit | edit source]

Metallurgical & Materials Engineering[edit | edit source]

Mining Engineering[edit | edit source]

Department of Ocean Engineering & Naval Architecture[edit | edit source]

Department of Ocean Engineering & Naval Architecture
Department of Ocean Engineering & Naval Architecture

Being the first of its kind in the country, the department was established in 1952. during the last 60 years of its existence, the department has made significant contributions to the development of shipbuilding and shipping industries in the country including the Indian Navy, Indian Coastal Guard, DRDO and other allied organisations. The department and its alumni have important and strategic links with universities round the world and major shipyard and dock organizations in our country. In addition to teaching and training at the various levels of bachelors, masters and doctoral programs, the Department is also actively involved in various research and industrial projects sponsored by government, research organizations and industry. Some of the sponsored projects include Standard Hull Design for Mechanised Craft, Energy Audit of Ships and Scheduling of Propeller Maintenance, Development of Design Rules for Composite Ships and Boats, Computation of 3D Ship Motion and Sea Load. Ocean Engineering & Naval Architecture is a discipline that embraces diverse areas of engineering sciences. In a broad sense, this discipline is concerned with design, development, operation and planning of systems that operate in the marine and ocean environment. Areas of study under this include marine vehicles for cargo and passenger transportation, offshore activities, ocean mining, ocean and marine hydrodynamics, harnessing of non-conventional energy sources etc., reflecting the diversity of the field. In order to provide a multidisciplinary knowledge base, the course curriculum is framed by integrating many disciplines in engineering sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, humanities and management. The academic programs prepare students for a highly rewarding career in this rapidly expanding field. The academic and research programs are designed emphasizing on cutting edge knowledge in the subject areas of marine structures, hydrodynamics, ocean environment, hydroelasticity, offshore technology, design of marine vehicles & systems, coastal engineering, marine production and planning, coastal processes. Various laboratories of the Department provide opportunity to the students to gain valuable practical `on-hand’ experience. Laboratory work and design projects are incorporated extensively throughout the academic curriculum by means of the core and elective courses.


Research Areas[edit | edit source]

Ship dynamics

Mathematical modelling

Coastal Hydrodynamics

Wave and Tidal Energy

Computational Weld Mechanics and Welding Technology

Ship Structures Structural Engineering Composite Materials Naval Architecture.

Free Surface Hydrodynamics

Marine Hydrodynamics

Marine Structural Engineering

Wind-Wave Modeling

Marine Acoustics

Coastal Processes

Coastal Sediment Dynamics

Physical & Dynamical Oceanography

Marine Design and Production

Wave past porous structures

Marine Dynamics



Port & Harbour Engineering

Ocean Wave Climate Projections

Dynamics of Marine Vehicles

Seakeeping and Maneuvering

Boundary value problems

Wave-Structure Interaction

Wave Energy Converters

Hydroelasticity of Floating Structures and Ships

Turbulence Modeling in Oceanography

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Marine operation for subsea installation

Structural vibration control

Wave Structure Interaction

Structural Health Monitoring

Fluid Structure Interaction

Composite Structures

Tidal energy


Thrust Areas[edit | edit source]

CFD, Coastal Marine Hazards, Marine and Ocean Hydrodynamics, Numerical Hydrodynamics, Ocean Structures, Marine structural analysis, Ocean Wave & Circulation Modeling, Marine Design, Coastal Processes, Storm Surge Prediction & Tsunamis, Suspended Sediment Dynamics, Hydroelasticity, Marine Acoustics.


Facilities[edit | edit source]

1 Ship Hydrodynamics Laboratory - The laboratory consists of a towing tank 150m long, 4m wide and 2.5m deep and equipped with a towing carriage of maximum speed of 6m/sec. The towing carriage has resistance and propulsion dynamometers with NI based hardware to control the carriage speed and Labview based data acquisition system. A 2D wave maker, single paddle, wetback type with AWACS (Automatic Wave Absorption and Control System) that can generate regular and irregular waves up to 40cm wave height and up to 3 sec wave period is installed at one end of the towing tank. The laboratory has a GPRS linked, Motion Recording Unit (MRU) that can record all 6 DoF. The hydrodynamics laboratory conducts resistance, propulsion and seakeeping experiments for ship models. The laboratory also has a 3-D velocity component measuring unit (acoustic type) for measuring flow dynamics around submerged body /sediment flow. The laboratory has underwater load cells for measuring mooring loads on floating structures

2 Circulating Water Tunnel - A circulating water tunnel with a test section of 6m long, 2m wide, 1.5m deep and water speed of 1m/sec with flow control facilities enables studies of flow around floating and submerged bodies as well as measurement of sediment transportation.

3 Welding and Marine Construction Laboratory - This laboratory is equipped with various welding units, namely submerged arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, friction stir welding and gas welding. The laboratory also has a set up plate forming using line heating. The welding units have suitable computer support for data acquisition and analysis. Work carried out in this laboratory is in the area of welding simulation, residual stress, weld induced distortion and control.

4 Structure and Vibration Laboratory - The laboratory is equipped with a 50kN Universal Testing Machine complete with all accessories to carry out experiments with tensile, compressive and bending loads. The equipment also has a multipoint digital strain data logger.

5 Model Making Workshop - To support the experimental activities for the above mentioned laboratories, the Department has a well-equipped workshop to fabricate ship models and other accessories for experiments. The models are made of wax, wood, fibre glass, perspex, foam, etc.

6 The Department also has a Computational Hydrodynamics Laboratory (sponsored by Naval Research Board) and a CAD Laboratory. In addition, there are two more RS and MTech laboratories. Each research scholar is provided with a desktop computer along with required accessories including internet connection. The laboratories of the Department are equipped with various softwares like WAMIT, ORCAFLEX, NAPA, MAXSURF, MULTISURF, SHIPFLOW, CD-ADAPCO, STAAD, ANSYS Aqua, SIMO, Symbols Grapher, Rhinoceros, FLUENT, Midas Civil for structural analysis, Photomodeler for programmatic measurements, ADCIRC, SACS etc. The Department is continuously upgrading the hardware and software facilities of all the laboratories with state of the art instruments and data acquisition systems.


Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences[edit | edit source]

Physics[edit | edit source]

Quality Engineering Design and Manufacturing

P K Sinha Centre for Bio Energy[edit | edit source]

Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship[edit | edit source]

Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law[edit | edit source]

The Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law was born in 2006 within the precincts of the 2200 acre lush, green campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. This school enjoys the rare distinction of being the only law school within the IIT system. It offers a 3 year residential LLB course with an Honors in Intellectual Property Law. In the three years of stay the students receive a firm grounding in general laws and are exposed to intellectual property laws from the second year onwards. The laws relating to Copyright, Patents, Trademarks and Designs are as much a part of the curriculum as the Commercial Laws, Corporate Laws or Criminal Law. Students are well equipped in practical aspects of Patent drafting, Patent search, legal research, legal drafting, mooting etc. A minimum of Three months of internship is mandatory and most of the students have completed quality internships at notable firms and companies. Nine students from the current placement and internship batch have even cleared the Patent agent exam. Students actively participate and bring laurels in debate and moot court competitions.

Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management[edit | edit source]

"Large infrastructure projects require strong, interdisciplinary technical and management skills. It has therefore become imperative that Institutes bestowed with solid foundations in engineering, architecture, and management skills should initiate academic programmes to develop trained manpower in this upcoming area of infrastructure design and management. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has a vantage position with regard to its existing faculty and academic programmes in the areas of engineering, architecture and management. The institute, with its numerous academic departments, centers and schools with academic programmes in such wide ranging areas such as law, management, architecture and engineering, is in a uniquely advantageous position to contribute to the nation's goal of building world-class infrastructure."


Ankhi Banerjee

Arkopal Kishore Goswami

Bharath Haridas Aithal

Swati Maitra

Reliability Engineering Centre[edit | edit source]

Rubber Technology Centre[edit | edit source]

Rural Development Centre[edit | edit source]

School of Bioscience[edit | edit source]

School of Energy Science[edit | edit source]

School of Environmental Science and Technology[edit | edit source]

School of Nano-Science and Technology[edit | edit source]

School of Water Resources[edit | edit source]

Vinod Gupta School of Management[edit | edit source]

Rajiv Gandhi Shcool of IP Law