From a modest beginning in 1997, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) has evolved into a multi-disciplinary University, respected worldwide for its culture of educational excellence. The excellent academic ambience, quality faculty, adherence to strict academic rigor and plethora of other academic activities led to grant of university status under Section 3 of UGC Act 1956 to the institute by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India in the year 2004, within just six years of its inception. In 2014, MHRD conferred Category ‘A’ status and NBA accredited it in Tier 1 (Washington Accord) for engineering, placing KIIT among the most elite universities of the country. It is also accredited in ‘A’ Grade by NAAC.
KIIT University’s cosmopolitan campus is proud to have more than 25,000 students from all corners of India and around 22 countries. It sprawls over 25 sq. km. area with 12 million sq. ft. of built up area. There are 28 constituent schools, contiguously located in impeccably landscaped and modern-technology-enabled campuses, offering graduate, post-graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral programmes in a wide range of disciplines. The University has taken steps to provide impetus to research and development activity – both by faculty and the students. More than 100 R&D projects are currently underway supported by several national and international agencies. Similarly, students’ projects have won high appreciation at all levels.
The institute's strong focus on research and academic collaborations has been drawing academics and scholars from around the world and has led it to alliance with over 140 globally reputed institutions abroad and membership in many national and international educational associations and bodies like International Association of Universities (IAU), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), University Mobility of Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), Eurasian Silk Road Universities Consortium (ESRUC), United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), etc.