In August 2015, eighteenth Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- the Kerala’s first IIT started functioning from its temporary campus near Ahalya Group of Educational Institutions in Palakkad district, Kerala. At that time itself, it was notified that it’s shifting to 500-acre permanent campus at Puthussery would take place afterwards. Fulfilling its commitment, the state government has finally decided to hand over 70 acres of land at zero cost in Palakkad district for setting up the permanent campus of Indian Institute of Technology.
The decision to assign 70.02 acres at Pithiest west village in the district was taken in the meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. In the meeting, it was also decided to stop all revenue recovery proceedings on loans taken by farmers from various financial institutions till May 31, 2017, due to the severe financial crisis faced by farmers due in the state.
Another announcement made at the meeting is the formation of the Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board, a common recruitment board for appointments in Devaswom Boards, which manage a majority of Hindu shrines and aided institutions. Rajagopalan Nair would be the chairperson and G S Shylamani and P C Raveendranath the members of the Board.
117 students admitted to the first batch and their parents were addressed through video conferencing from New Delhi by the then Union HRD Minister Mrs. Smriti Irani. Most of the students admitted in the first batch were from North India and 12 students were from Kerala. Ten faculty members were designated by IIT Madras. Students from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan made up the majority of the student community.
IIT Palakkad initially offers four B.Tech courses of Civil engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, with students capacity of 117.