Established in 1992 and opened five years later as a centre for higher learning, KIIT is today one of the most prestigious universities in India. Its commitment to teaching excellence led to the grant of university status under Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956 by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India in 2004, within only seven years of its inception. KIIT is relatively young, but prizes excellence and ambition. The contributions of KIIT’s faculty, students and alumni have been earning national and international recognition.

It serves more than 27,000 students through its 19 Schools imparting globally recognised bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programmes in 100 plus disciplines, spanning engineering, medicine, management, biotechnology, law and more. Apart from global recognition and pedagogical excellence, the University provides the best possible academic and non-academic grooming and empowerment that enable one to become a global citizen and make an impact in the global workplace.

KIIT is an internationally-focussed university and welcomes students from all corners of the globe. With international students enrolled from around 45 countries, it prides itself on being a cosmopolitan and multicultural campus. Laying claim to a global mindset, the university actively partners with other leading higher education institutions around the world to provide international opportunities to its students and faculty. With tie-ups with 140 leading institutions of the world, KIIT has a presence in over 80 countries, including USA, UK, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea and Kenya.

KIIT is a multi-campus university. Its 23 campuses span 25 sq. km. and have a built up area of 12 million sq. ft. Apart from academic blocks, administrative blocks and student residences, attractions on campus include a Rose Garden, Art Gallery, Sculpture Garden,Tribal Museum and a 35000-capacity multisport stadium.

KIIT emphasises close collaborations between faculty and students to address academic, technological and societal challenges. A strong and effective tutor-mentoring system is among many innovative teaching-learning and student-friendly initiatives taken by KIIT. Students of the University have not only gone on to join some of the world’s most successful companies, but also excelled in fields of their choosing, including participating in Olympic games as a member of Indian

KIIT is unique in integrating professional education with social concern. Its protégé, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), provides holistic education from KG to PG, food accommodation, health care and all basic necessities absolutely free to 27,000 poorest of the poor tribal children.

Intellectual Capital & International Recognition

The institute also has other recreational and intellectually stimulating facilities like Sculpture Park, Art Gallery, Tribal Art Gallery, Rose Garden, Medicinal Herbs garden, etc. The hostels, the food courts dotting the campus and other essential amenities like banking, postal services, transport, currency exchange counters, healthcare support, makes the campus very livable and world class.

KIIT is a structured and decentralized institution. It is perhaps the only self-financing institution in the country where top functionaries, including Chancellor and Vice Chancellor, are renowned academicians. Each school is headed by a distinguished academician. KIIT has a healthy student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, with 1800 faculty members offering a rigorous curriculum and access to varied learning opportunities and hands-on research. The faculty are drawn from institutions of repute such as IITs, IIMs, XLRI, IISc, JNU, etc. The quality is amply demonstrated by the patents held by various faculty members, the-state-of-the-art labs, the research grants coming from various agencies both in India and abroad, national and international conferences, symposiums and workshops held here and hundred percent placement record.

Faculty members of KIIT actively involve themselves in consultancy projects from various industries. Currently nearly 100 research and consultancy projects funded by various national and international funding agencies like UBS Promedica Foundation, Switzerland; Karolinska Institute, Sweden; DST, DBT, MNRE, Govt. of India, etc. are ongoing with substantial budget outlay. During the past one year, faculty members and research scholars of KIIT published around 700 research papers in peer reviewed journals and around 300 papers were presented in national and international seminars/ conferences. Over 600 of the research papers have been indexed in international databases like Scopus.

KIIT actively promotes students research and projects. Students have the distinction of being appreciated at national and international forum, including selection for the prestigious Indian Science Congress.

National & International Recognition

In order to promote knowledge sharing and collaborative research, KIIT has embraced memberships of various prestigious world bodies, accreditation boards and associations. Each of these bodies has large number of member Universities. Members benefit from exchange, degree equivalence, fellowships and research grants in furthering the cause of higher education amongst themselves.

KIIT has embraced memberships of several important institutions including :

  • International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • University Mobility in  Asia and the Pacific (UMAP)
  • International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)
  • Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP)
  • European Association of International Education (EAIE)
  • International Institute of Education (IIE), New York
  • United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)
  • Eurasian Silk Road Universities Consortium (ESRUC), Turkey 

Centre for Innovation & Research
Research and Development is one of the significant activities in KIIT, and given a high priority. The University has taken steps to build and nurture a culture of research & development and innovation. It has established a Centre for Scientific Research with seed money of US$ 1.2 million, the only private University in the country to establish such a centre. The multidisciplinary research work has been attracting financial support to the tune of few million dollars every year. Further, a Central Advanced Research Centre (CARC) has been established in 1 lakh sq. ft. built up area with sophisticated equipments for advanced research.

An Illustrious History

1992 (June)

KIIT Society registered
KIIT- ITI Set-up


KIIT Polytechnic Set-up


Took shape as an institution
Degree Engineering programme started


Declared Deemed University by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India


Setting up of:
Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS)
Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS)
School of Rural Management
School of Biotechnology
School of law Set-up


Setting up of:
School of Fashion Technology
School of Film & Television Production
KIIT Media School


Conferred Category ‘A’ Status by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India
Achieved ‘Tier 1’ Accreditation (Washington Accord) by NBA
KIIT University is also accredited by NAAC in ‘A’ Grade


Ranked 49 by NIRF, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Accredited by Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), UK

KIIT at a Glance

  • Established in 1997 as an institution and declared as  Deemed to be University (U/S 3 of UGC Act, 1956) by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India in 2004 – within only 6 years of its inception
  • Founded by Noted Social and Educational Entrepreneur, Achyuta Samanta
  • Located in an idyllic setting in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, India
  • ‘A Category’ University as per notification of Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India
  • ‘Tier 1’ Accreditation (Washington Accord) by NBA
  • Accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ Grade
  • Accredited by Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK
  • Odisha’s 1st private deemed to be University to enter QS BRICS University rankings
  • All academic programmes recognized by the respective Statutory Bodies of the Govt. of India
  • Well-known among student community for its student friendly policies and focus on education with human touch
  • It sprawls 25 sq. km. aesthetically built up area. There are 19 constituent schools
  • Over 27,000 full-time students in more than 100 academic programmes
  • Own entrance examination (KIITEE 2018) for admission into most of the academic programmes
  • Students from all States of India and over 45 foreign countries
  • Cent percent placement in all the academic programmes since inception
  • 1800 faculty, scientists and researchers from 13 countries
  • Academic partnership with more than 140 world-class universities from across the world
  • 23 World class campuses for each stream of education, replete with academic block, residential block, open air theatres, auditorium, sports complex and cafeteria
  • First university in India to implement SAP (Big Bang approach)
  • Sports Facility: Modern stadium (seating capacity of 35,000), Indoor Stadium and 10 sports complex
  • Amenities like branches of all major banks, departmental stores, Post Office and Railway Reservation Centre in the campus
  • 3300 CCTV cameras monitoring all parts of KIIT and its vicinity
  • Excellent ambience for national and international conferences in Central Convention Centre Complex
  • International standard multi-purpose stadium with seating capacity of 35000
  • One of the largest in-campus Indoor Stadium in the country
  • 25 Food Courts specializing in cuisines from all over the world
  • Several academic events and national & international conferences organized round the year
  • KIIT has presence in more than 80 countries
  • As many as 15 Nobel Laureates and Ambassadors from 80 countries have visited KIIT, among other high level dignitaries from all over the world