About IIT Kharagpur

The history of the IIT system dates back to 1946 when a committee was set up by Honorable Sir Jogendra Singh, Member of the Viceroy Executive Council, Department of  Education, Health and Agriculture to consider the setting up of higher Technical Institutions for post war industrial development in India. IIT Kharagpur started its journey in the old Hijli Detention Camp where some of our great freedom fighters toiled and sacrificed their lives for the independence of our country. The history of IIT Kharagpur is thus intimately linked with the history of the Hijli Detention Camp. This is possibly one of the very few Institutions all over the World which started life in a prison house.