School of Information Technology

School of Information Technology

Infobox University
name = School of Information Technology, Kolkata


established = 2000
type = College, Education and Research
city = Kolkata
state = West Bengal
country = India
motto = Liberating talent, enthusiasm and commitment.
director =
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postgrad =
faculty =
mascot =
campus = Urban
acronym = SIT website = [http://www.iiit.ac.in iiit.ac.in]

The School of Information Technology Kolkata (also SIT and formerly IIIT-C) is the Information Technology Department of the WBUT. The institution started as Indian Institute of Information Technology - Calcutta in 2000 with seed support from the Government of West Bengal in association with the IT Industry.

The vision of SIT was conceived as an apex institute for IT education, training and research. Its broad vision is to serve as a catalyst and an agent of change to steer the State of West Bengal towards integration with the global network society in the new millennium. A major goal of School of Information Technology is to impart a uniquely broad and interdisciplinary IT education of the highest academic quality. This is achieved through an integrated curriculum that consists of a highly diverse set of IT courses, interdisciplinary IT research projects, day-to-day interaction with industry, preparation in entrepreneurship and personality development courses.

The institute lays emphasis on research at the undergraduate level. This is probably what makes it different from the other leading engineering institutes in India like the IITs. The institute has highly focussed research centers in Computer Vision/Computer Graphics, VLSI and Communication, Databases, Information Retrieval and Algorithms. Under the leadership of its Head of the Department, Dr. Prof. Amitabha Sinha, the institute takes pride in being one of the foremost research hubs in the field of Information Technology.

Located in Salt Lake Sector-I, Kolkata, the Institute combines the freedom of an academic institution with the strength of the corporate sector. It enjoys the locational advantage of being close to the Salt Lake Sector V (a centre housing software development centres of companies like IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tata Consultancy Services, Cognizant Technology Solutions and Wipro) and the presence of IT majors from across the globe right on the campus through their schools and research centres.

The institute has well-equipped air-conditioned computer laboratories which are allocated batch-wise to students. The labs are equipped with modern hardware and software. The PC to students ratio is about 1:2. All computers are part of an intranet (1 Gbit/s Backbone). The institute has high bandwidth (8 Mbit/s) Internet connectivity round the clock. Research students have 24 hours access to the computer facilities. The students administer their own computer systems. The research centres and corporate schools provide specialised equipment for research and development.

Each year SIT holds it's annual cultural and technical festival Algorhythm [http://algorhythm2003.itgo.com/AboutUs.html] . Since its inception four years ago, Algorhythm has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most eagerly awaited college fests in Kolkata and the IT fraternity. Algorhythm attracts students from all major engineering and degree colleges across the country.Renowned bands like Strings [http://www.stringsonline.net] and Parikrama [http://www.parikrama.com] Algorhythm over the past few years.

SIT was ranked 4th among the top T-schools in East India in 2006, in a survey by the DataQuest Magazine. Current rankings can be seen at [http://dqindia.ciol.com/content/top_stories/2007/107062205.asp] .

Curriculum

SIT Curriculum can be said to be the best out of the engineering colleges in India specially at the Under Graduate level. Students have a variety of options available for them to choose in their first year of engineering and since students are not forced to study the subjects not applicable to their stream so they have less number of courses in their third and fourth years so that they can pursue their research oriented interests.

External links

* [http://www.sit.wbut.ac.in/ SIT Home Page]
* [http://www.wbut.ac.in/ WBUT Site1]
* [http://www.wbut.net/ WBUT Site2]


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