Interesting facts about IIT Kanpur:
- Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur is one of the top technical institutes of India. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur was established by an act of Parliament in 1959. The Institute commenced its operations in December 1959 in a room in the Canteen Building of the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute at Agricultural Gardens in Kanpur. IIT Kanpur moved to its present location in 1963.
- Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur was created with the assistance of a consortium of nine leading US research universities (namely M.I.T, University of California, Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Case Institute of Technology and Purdue University) as part of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP).
- Under the guidance of economist John Kenneth Galbraith, IIT Kanpur was the first institute in India to offer Computer Science education. The very first computer courses started at IIT Kanpur in August 1963, were on an IBM 1620 system. The computer education was initiated by the electrical engineering department, under the chairmanship of Prof. H.K. Kesavan, who was concurrently the chairman of Electrical Engineering and head of the Computer Centre.
- IIT Kanpur has set up the SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC) in collaboration with the Small Industries development Bank of India (SIDBI) to foster innovation, research, and entrepreneurial activities in technology-based areas. SIIC provides a platform to business Start-ups to develop their ideas into commercially viable products. SIIC conducted the Nettech Summer Program 2007 for engineering students from all over India at IIT Kanpur Campus.
- A team of students, working under the guidance of faculty members of the institute and scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have designed and built India's first nano satellite Jugnu, which was successfully launched in orbit on 12 Oct 2011 by ISRO's PSLV-C18.
- On 1 June 2013, a helicopter ferry service was started at IIT Kanpur run by Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited. In its initial run the service connects IIT Kanpur to Lucknow, but it is planned to later extend it to New Delhi. Currently there are two flights daily to-and-fro to Lucknow Airport with a travel time of 25 minutes. The service provides access to Lucknow Airport, which operates both international and domestic flights to major cities. IIT Kanpur is the first academic institution in the country to provide such a facility.
- N.R. Narayana Murthy: Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Infosys.
- K. Vijay Raghavan: Padma Shri, Director of National Centre for Biological Sciences.
- Lalit Jalan: CEO of Reliance Infrastructure Limited is a winner of Directors Honours and Deans List at Wharton. He was also showcased as one of the 15 achievers from the IIT system at the 1st PAN IIT meet in California in January 2003.
- Rakesh Agrawal: National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureate and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University.
- Amitabh Thakur: An officer of the Indian Police Service, social activist, writer.
- Anil K. Rajvanshi: Director, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute and winner of Jamnalal Bajaj Award 2001, FICCI award 2002, Globe Award 2009, University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award winner, 2014.
- Ashoke Sen: Fellow of Royal Society, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, string theorist.
- Muktesh Pant: CEO of KFC.