Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, the sixth member of the IIT fraternity, was established in 1994. The academic programme of IIT Guwahati commenced in 1995. At present the Institute has eleven departments and five interdisciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes. Within a short period of time, IIT Guwahati has been able to build up world class infrastructure for carrying out advanced research and has been equipped with state-of-the-art scientific and engineering instruments.Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati's campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares plot of land on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra around 20 kms. from the heart of the city. With the majestic Brahmaputra on one side, and with hills and vast open spaces on others, the campus provides an ideal setting for learning.
Research is an integral part of the activities of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. The Institute conducts research within its academic programmes under all the departments and the academic centres. Its faculty members also conduct research projects sponsored by various government agencies and companies. The aims of these sponsored researches are varied starting from the advancement of theoretical knowledge to development of new technology to solve practical problems.
The sponsored researches conducted till now has covered areas such as theoretical and applied aspects of core science (physics, chemistry and mathematics), social sciences, information and communication technology, electronics, artificial intelligence, material science, nanotechnology, biotechnology, alternative energy, environment, water resources, structural and earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering, chemical engineering, heat transfer, machine design, manufacturing, product design, etc.
Sponsored research in the Institute has contributed in terms of development in knowledge and technology. It has also helped to bring academia closer to the industry. In addition, it has added to the infrastructure of the Institute through acquisition of modern equipment for the research projects. The research projects have also acted as the training ground for the young post-graduates just out of the universities. The Research and Development Office is the wing of the Institute which facilitates, channelizes, records, and regulates as per the Institute rules all the sponsored research projects and consultancy works in the Institute. The Research and Development Section is administered by the Dean of Research & Development.