IIT Guwahati is one of the leading technical institutions of the country. The student strength is just over 4400 in August 2012. Currently there are 310 faculty. About 570 papers were published in journals and about 580 were presented in conferences in 2011-12. The number of PhD students on campus is nearly 1000. There are more than 350 sponsored projects being undertaken at present. There is therefore a strong R&D atmosphere in the Institute. This enhances the teaching process.
IIT Guwahati is committed to excellence in all spheres of its activities. It is conscious that the brand IIT sustains itself mainly due to this commitment to excellence. We always strive to do better. The students graduating from this institute are all very bright. They have entered the institute by proving themselves in their earlier place of learning and by successfully competing with their peers.
Our institute provides them quality education both in the classroom, and outside it. We have extensive facilities for sports and cultural activities. We know we have to mould the bright minds so that they can tackle the challenges of nature, of society, and of the marketplace. Our emphasis is on education, rather than training. So prospective employers may find that a particular student is not up-to-step with some new technology or methodology. They should assess if the student's fundamentals are strong or not. If the answer is yes, than he or she will be able to pick up the necessary details without any problems. We are also aware that there is scope for improving the soft skills of students. We are doing what we can. At the same time, we must recognise that since the students are bright, they upgrade these skills very fast while on the job.
I invite all prospective employers of our students to visit IIT Guwahati and to participate in the on-campus placement process.
Prof. Gautam Barua,
Director, IIT Guwahati