"Large infrastructure projects require strong, interdisciplinary technical and management skills. It has therefore become imperative that Institutes bestowed with solid foundations in engineering, architecture, and management skills should initiate academic programmes to develop trained manpower in this upcoming area of infrastructure design and management. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has a vantage position with regard to its existing faculty and academic programmes in the areas of engineering, architecture and management. The institute, with its numerous academic departments, centers and schools with academic programmes in such wide ranging areas such as law, management, architecture and engineering, is in a uniquely advantageous position to contribute to the nation's goal of building world-class infrastructure."
The Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management has been started by IIT Kharagpur in the year 2008 as a result of the joint initiative of the institute and Mr. Ranbir (Ron) Singh Gupta, an alumnus (1970 batch B.Arch, IIT Kharagpur) of this Institute. The School is also focusing on strengthening their partnership with the industry by organizing an Invited Lecture Series, where industry partners will impart valuable field knowledge to the students.
The school has also initiated an innovative venture on Social Infrastructure interfacing MoUD, the govt. of West Bengal and IIT's Center for the Science of Happiness, and has been awarded a major R & D project, with Dr. Arkopal Goswami as PI.