Students of engineering often aim to pursue careers in areas and domains that are in high focus within industry. In recognition of their aspirations, the Institute is offering interdisciplinary programs, wherein students can opt for them either as regular degree programs or as Microspecializations.

This provides an academic opportunity for current and future students to gain competencies across disciplines and enables them to make career choices irrespective of their qualifying degree. Interdisciplinary subjects cover a wide range of highly relevant areas and use the unique diversity of academic units and research capability at IIT KGP.

Currently the Institute has two avenues of interdisciplinary academics


Switch Over to Interdisciplinary Dual Degree

Students admitted to the 4-year B. Tech.(Hons.) / 5-year Dual Degree Program through JEE(Advanced) are eligible for Switch Over to the Dual Degree Programs of Engineering Entrepreneurship, Financial Engineering and at the end of 2nd year. Students admitted to the 4-year B. Tech.(Hons.) / 4-year BS Program through JEE(Advanced) are eligible for Switch over to Dual Degree in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML) at the end of 3rd year.

Similar to Switchover to Interdisciplinary Dual Degree, students of Dual Degree & 5yr Integrated MSc & 4 yr BS students can switchover to Petroleum Engineering at the end of 2nd year. The students of B Tech in Mechanical Engineering/ Chemical Engineering/ Mining Engineering can switch over to M Tech in Petroleum Engineering with B Tech in parent department. b. The students of 5 yr Integrated MSc and 4 yr BS in Geology/Geophysics can switchover to 6 Year Integrated MSc-M Tech Programme (with MTech in Petroleum Engineering)


Interdisciplinary Dual Degree programs - Such a program offers interdisciplinary exposure while the student pursues two degrees which are awarded in a consolidated time period. While the B.Tech is undertaken in one major discipline the M.Tech can be undertaken in another discipline.

Students who have taken admission to a 4-year B.Tech/5 year Dual Degree program can opt for an Interdisciplinary Dual Degree at the end of their first year.

The placement record for Interdisciplinary Dual Degree students has been impressive over the years as the courses have proved to enhance their employability. At IIT KGP a student can do a B.Tech in any engineering discipline and pursue an interdisciplinary course in one of the following disciplines:

  1. M.Tech. in Financial Engineering
  2. M.Tech. in Engineering Entrepreneurship
  3. M.Tech. in Transdisciplinary Programme in Petroleum Engineering (TPPE) (to be introduced shortly)

In addition, the Dual Degree Program in Quality Engineering and Engineering Design is a unique program that offers two verticals, one in Mechanical Engineering and the other in Industrial Electronics.

The institute offer Microspecialization in following courses

Sl. No. Name of the Micro Specialization and Offering Department / Centre / School
1. Embedded Wireless Systems - G. S. Sanyal School of Tele- communications
2. Biomedical Devices and Instrumentation - School of Medical Science & Technology
3. Engineering Systems Reliability - Reliability Engineering Centre
4. Rubber Engineering – Rubber Technology Centre
5. Electronic Materials & Applications – Material Science Centre
6. BIOENERGY - School of Energy Science & Engineering
7. Entrepreneurship & Innovation - Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship
8. Drug Discovery - Chemistry & Bioscience
9. Micro Fluidics and Nano Patterning - Chemical Engineering/ Mechanical
10. PHOTONICS - Physics
11. Industrial Safety Engineering - Industrial & Systems Engineering
12. Intelligent Learning System Design - Centre for Educational Technology
13. Intellectual Property Rights - Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law
14. Optimization Theory and Applications - Mathematics
15. Rural Innovation and Management – Rural Development Centre
16. Simulation Methods And Applications – Centre for Theoretical Studies
17. Quality Engineering - Reliability Engineering Centre
18. Science of Happiness - Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness
19. Business Analytics - Vinod Gupta School of Management
20. Embedded Control and Software: Modeling and Design – Advanced Technology Development Centre

Other Avenues:

Minor Degree : All departments who offer Major Degrees also offer minor degree in the same discipline.

Additional Subjects: Students can take additional subjects as per their subject of interest from within or other departments in addition to the their regular curriculum.

Micro Credit: The institute also float micro-credit courses which are of very short durations

Entrepreneurship Break - For students coming up with big ideas during their stay here and would like to take a semester break to pursue entrepreneurship, IIT Kharagpur not only allows them to do that but provides all help possible to support their endeavor.

Professional grooming through exposure to Law, Management, Entrepreneurship and Finance is also provided. Focus on core competence through UG Thesis Project, Field Trips, Industrial Training

Students may opt for Microspecializations, Minor or Dual Degree courses in the above.