Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad is earliest among the 3rd group of IITs, announced in 2014 by the Govt. of India. IIT Palakkad started functioning with the support of its mentoring institute, IIT Madras from the academic year of 2015-16. The academic program was launched by admitting students in the B.Tech course in the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. At the Gateway of Kerala, adjacent to the Sahya Mountains and within a few kilometers from the Palakkad railway junction, in about a 500 acre land is planned for the permanent Campus of IIT Palakkad. As of now, the Institute is functioning at the Ahalia integrated campus and is already equipped to meet all the needs of the students, faculty and staff.