The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are Institutions of national importance established through an Act of Parliament. The IITs are well known the world over for quality education in engineering and science, and research in frontier areas. The IITs aim to:
build sound foundation of knowledge,
enhance creativity, in intellectually stimulating environment.
The Master of Science and other post-B.Sc. programmes at the IITs offer high quality post graduate education in respective disciplines, comparable to the best in the world. The current pace of advancement of technology needs a coherent back up of basic science education and research. The vibrant academic ambience and research infrastructure of the IITs motivate the students to pursue R&D careers in frontier areas of basic sciences as well as interdisciplinary areas of science and technology.
From the Academic Session 2004-2005, Indian Institutes of Technology have started conducting a Joint Admission Test to M.Sc. (JAM) for admission to M.Sc. and other post-B.Sc. programmes at the IITs. The main objective of JAM is to revive and consolidate ‘Science’ as a career option for bright students from across the country and provide them a single step opportunity for admission to some of the postgraduate programmes offered at the IITs. In due course, JAM is also expected to become a benchmark for normalizing undergraduate level science education in the country.
IITs have well equipped modern laboratories, efficient computer networks and state of the art libraries. The curricula for M.Sc. and other post-B.Sc. programmes are designed to provide the students opportunities to develop academic talent leading to challenging and rewarding professional life. The curricula are regularly updated at each IIT. Interdisciplinary content of the curricula equips the students to utilize scientific knowledge for practical applications. The teaching process is structured to promote close and continuous contact between the faculty and the students.
Credit based academic structure of the IITs allows students the flexibility to pursue the programme at their own pace, though a minimum level of performance is expected of all students. The medium of instruction in all the programmes is English. A number of financial assistantships and freeships are available to SC/ST and other deserving and meritorious students at individual Institutes.