Overview of the Department

Set up in 1974 as an interdisciplinary program, the Department of Industrial and Management Engineering (IME) at IIT Kanpur was one of the first in the country to leverage the analytical education of engineers in the training of management professionals. The program subsequently evolved as a full-fledged department in 1988. Under the aegis of IIT Kanpur, known for its vibrant academic culture, the IME department has become one of the well regarded departments of industrial engineering and management in India.

The department currently has 19 faculty members with PhDs from reputed universities within and outside India, having interests in diverse fields such as quantitative and statistical decision modelling, operations and supply management, manufacturing systems, finance, marketing, economics, analytics, infrastructure, IT, Innovation, Intellectual Property Management and knowledge management. In keeping with the overall academic ethos of IIT Kanpur, teaching and research are pursued with passion and dedication. Faculty members are also engaged in a diverse set of activities including industry consultancy, management development programs and public sector projects. Some senior faculty members from this department have gone on to leadership roles in several Indian universities, or gained other recognitions such as: President of the Operations Research Society of India, Vice Chancellor of UPTU, Director of IIM Lucknow, Director of IIIT Bangalore, , and. Director of NITIE.

The department encourages active collaboration with industry as well as other academic institutions. The department receives several faculty applications every year from candidates interested in its research oriented environment. The aim of the department is to continue to excel in its research and training programs, promoting both technical and managerial skills as well as higher ethics and values.

The curriculum at the department comprises state-of-the-art techniques to plan, design, implement and manage integrated systems of people, material, capital, information and technology. The subjects taught provide a well-rounded coverage of the methods to manage and improve productivity, customer satisfaction and profitability of industrial, information and infrastructural (service) systems. In today's competitive era these methods have rapidly become relevant for engineers in all disciplines. Consequently, fresh engineering graduates as well as practicing professionals in fields ranging from computer science to aerospace engineering and architecture to electronics engineering regularly enroll in IME's postgraduate programs.

The department currently offers Dual Degree (for B-tech students only), Ph. D., M.Tech. and M.B.A. programs in Industrial and Management Engineering. The Ph. D. program is widely regarded as one of the best programs in management research in India. Candidates with master’s degrees from diverse academic backgrounds go through a rigorous selection process to gain admission to the Ph. D. program. Research scholars undergo courses in management disciplines such as Quantitative and Statistical Decision Modelling, Operations and Supply Management, Manufacturing Systems, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Innovation, Intellectual Property Management, Quality Models, Service Science & Management, E-Governance etc. Doctoral students from IME have found faculty positions at reputed universities such as University of Florida, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, IIIT Jabalpur and IIM Calcutta.

The M.Tech. program is the earliest program offered by the department. It provides a perfect blend of coursework in industrial engineering and management sciences. Admission is selective, a high GATE score being a prerequisite. Students take a year of course work followed by a year-long dissertation on a thesis topic. The intervening summer internships are used for practical project work in industries. Several alumni of the M.Tech. program have done our department proud in both the corporate world and academia with careers in reputed companies such as HSBC Analytics, Citibank, Symphony, GENPACT, IBM, Oracle, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Reliance, Texas A&M University and IIMs.

The MBA program was started in 2001, keeping in mind the growing need for managers with a strong technical background. Admission is through the Common Admission Test (CAT) followed by personal interview and group discussion. The syllabus includes several core courses in the first year that provide a broad foundation in management and include a strong practical component, with industrial projects incorporated in the courses. In the second year, students have the flexibility to choose among several electives depending on their individual interests and career goals. Conscious effort is made to keep the course content relevant to the Indian scenario. The case study method is used extensively to encourage participatory learning. The program has a mandatory two month summer internship component. Specialization offered in MBA in area of Service and Manufacturing and functional areas of Operations, Systems, Marketing, and Finance. Recent graduates of the MBA program have been placed in reputed Indian and multinational companies such as GENPACT, Accenture, ICICI Bank, ABN AMRO, Ashok Leyland, ACC, Citibank, Honda, LG, Maruti Udyog, Siemens, and TCS.

In order to be able to offer state-of-the-art academic programs, the department seeks to collaborate with reputed Asian, European and US universities. This will enable the department to globalize its academic research and teaching paradigm. At present the department has collaborations with RPI, USA, and METEC Defence University College (Ethiopia).


The Department of Industrial & Management Engineering (IME) at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), INDIA was established with the aim of synergizing technology with management in a comprehensive manner so that the knowledge gained may be used for the benefit of the society at large. The journey started in 1988 with the Ph.d and M.Tech programmes, and in 2001 the department introduced the MBA programme. The focus of the department is to develop techniques and the skills sets relevant to students with diverse backgrounds, and who may wish to subsequently pursue a career in academics or in different technical and managerial positions in Industrial & Management Engineering related industries. The department covers a whole gamut of areas in Industrial & Management Engineering, that includes Operations Research, Operations Management, Production & Supply Chain Management, Quantitative Methods & Decision Making, Marketing/Services Management, Business/Social Media Analytics, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Organizational/Human Resource Management, Business Economics, Infrastructure & Public Systems, Financial Markets and Models, Enterprise Information and Knowledge Systems, etc.

From HOD's Desk

Greeting from the Industrial & Management Engineering Department!! The world is going through a tremendous positive transformation, and in education its effects are clearly discernible. We in the IME department want to be part of this positive change utilizing our core strengths in Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Operations Management, Data Analytics and Management Science. Our tryst with Industrial & Management Engineering started way back in 1974, when the Industrial & Management Engineering (IME) programme was initiated to teach methods to plan, design, implement and manage production and services. Starting 1988, the IME department began the Ph.d and the M.Tech program and since 2001 it incorporated the MBA programme in its curriculum also. Being an integral part of an institution of the stature of IIT Kanpur naturally helps the department and its programmes imbibe all the values and ethos that have made the institute an epitome of excellence.

The rigorous education and training which the Ph.d, M.Tech and MBA students get, helps them to tackle the complexity of the engineering and business environment as they are able to unshackle themselves from the confines of mere technical competencies and assume the role of a complete techno manager. The Ph.d, M.Tech and MBA courses in the IME department are uniquely designed to train students with a holistic outlook. With a carefully designed syllabus, we keep up to the true IIT Kanpur tradition of sensitizing ourselves with the latest trends in the industry. The emphasis of the training in the IME department is on building technical as well as people skills, which is indispensable for each of our students to do well in their life. The class being a heterogeneous mix of academically motivated graduate engineering/masters in sciences students from diverse, yet related fields naturally enriches the learning environment, turning it into a fountainhead of vibrant ideas.

The response from both academic institutes as well as industry has been very enthusiastic and encouraging. This bears testimony to the fact that our Ph.d alumni have made us proud by assuming faculty positions in reputed institutes like IIT Delhi, IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur, IIM Kashipur, IIM Sambalpur, IIIT Gwalior, XLRI, MDI Gurgaon, etc. The placement of the M.Tech as well as MBA students has been equally encouraging as they have joined UPSC services and companies like Barclays, Tata Motors, Nomura, Amazon, CRISIL, Mu-Sigma, McKinsey, Reuters, HSBC, etc.

All these achievements of the department would not have been possible without the enthusiastic and dedicated work of our past and present faculty members. IME faculty members are exceptionally dedicated set of teachers and at the same time top notch researchers in their field of study publishing on regular intervals in journals like ORL, EJOR, Networks, JBF, QF, ISR, COR, etc. They have also done the department extremely proud by holding exalted academic positions like Director NITIE, Director IIIT Bangalore, VC UPTU, Director IIM Lucknow, Deans at different levels in IIT Kanpur, etc. Many of the faculty members of the department have also won and have been conferred many prominent awards/fellowships like Lanchester Prize, Fellow INAE, IUSSTF Fellowship, INAE Outstanding Teacher Award, ERUSMUS Fellowship, DAAD Fellowship. IME department has also been in the fore front of industry interaction and has worked and is still involved with projects related to Indian Railways, IOCL, Indian Armed Forces, Syndicate Bank, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, different MSME, etc.

We are supremely confident that in years to come IME department with its rigorous and regularly updated syllabus, top notch research, innovative teaching techniques and active participation with industry will enforce the reputation of itself as well as that of IIT Kanpur as an enviable seat of higher learning.

Dr. Raghu Nandan Sengupta
(Head, IME Department)

Mission and Values

The Department of Industrial and Management Engineering (IME) at IIT Kanpur has focused various points:

  • Research in cutting edge interdisciplinary areas of management

  • Fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and intellectual asset management

  • Increase the faculty strength in some key areas to compliment our current faculty strength

  • Strengthen PhD, M. Tech and MBA programs with more admissions

  • Build strong ties with industry

Department Administrators

Head of the Department
NameDr. R. N. Sengupta
Phone:+91-512-259-6607 (O)
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DPGC Convener
NameDr. Sri Vanamalla V.
Phone:+91-512-259-6608 (O)
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DUGC Convener
NameDr. Subhas Chandra Misra
Phone:+91-512-259-7430 (O)
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Department Placement Co-ordinator
NameDr. Devlina Chatterjee
Phone:+91-512-259-6960 (O)
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Department Outreach, Alumni & Industry Interaction Activities In-Charge
NameDr. Anoop Singh
Phone:+91-512-259-7679 (O)
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Department Conference, Guest Lecture and Seminar In-Charge
NameDr. Subhas C. Misra
Phone:+91-512-259-7430 (O)
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Computer Systems and Laboratory In-Charge
NameDr. Deepu Philip
Phone:+91-512-259-7460 (O)
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Department Website In-Charge
NameDr. Amit Shukla
Phone:+91-512-259-6876 (O)
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Admissions In-Charge (Ph. D.)
NameDr. Shankar Prawesh
Phone:+91-512-259-6182 (O)
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Admissions In-Charge (M. Tech.)
NameDr. Anoop Singh
Phone:+91-512-259-7679 (O)
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Admissions In-Charge (M.B.A.)
NameDr. Faiz Hamid
Phone:+91-512-259-6431 (O)
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Student Representatives

DPGC Representative [PhD]
NameShivam Kushwaha
DPGC Representative [M.Tech.]
NameAyush Tiwari

DPGC Representative [M.B.A]
NameShruti Dadhwal
Placement Coordinator [M.Tech.]
NameAyush Tiwari

Placement Coordinator [M.B.A]
NameSuryanshu Sinha
Alumni Relations [M.B.A]
NameGughapriyan M

Award & Honors

Outstanding Teacher Award
Dr. Kripa ShankerRecipientDr. Kripa Shanker
AwardINAE Outstanding Teacher Award for the year 2015
Distinguished Scientist Award
Dr. R.R.K. SharmaRecipientDr. R.R.K. Sharma
AwardDistinguished Scientist Award (Engineering / Industrial Management ) - VIFRA 2015
Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. Subhas C. MisraRecipientDr. Subhas C. Misra
AwardOutstanding Faculty Award (Engineering / Industrial Management ) - VIFRA 2015
Membership Award
Dr. R.R.K. SharmaRecipientDr. R.R.K. Sharma
AwardMembership award for contribution to the IBAE's (International Academy of Business and Economics, Las Vegas) mission of the advancement of research through international exchange of ideas -2015

Contact Us

Industrial & Management Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur,
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (India).
Pin Code: 208016
Email: head_ime@iitk.ac.in
Tel: +91-512-259 7376
Fax: +91-512-259 7553