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The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur is one of the leading academic institutions for science, engineering and technology in India, and possibly, in the world. Founded in 1951 at the infamous 'Hijli Detention Camp' to fulfill the new nation's need for trained technical personnel, IIT Kharagpur has grown to be one of the largest and most diversified technological institutions in India during the last 60 years imparting education of the highest standards in the country both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


The Agricultural and Food Engineering Department was established in 1952, as the Agricultural Engineering Department on the recommendation of the Dhar Committee appointed by the Board of Governors, IIT Kharagpur in 1950. Subsequently on the upgradation of its academic programme, the department was renamed as the Agricultural and Food Engineering Department in 1994. Among the sixteen IITs, IIT Kharagpur has the sole distinction of having an Agricultural and Food Engineering Department.


Sustainable food production through precision agriculture and mechanized food processing.


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Farm Machinery & Power

The discipline has developed modern Tillage & Traction lab, Tractor testing lab, Ergonomics lab and Biofuel lab. These labs are equipped with modern Data acquisition system, Gould recorder, Torque pick up, Breath analyser, Ergometers, Microprocessor based engine test facilities, Sound and vibration equipment, Operator work place simulator, Gasifier etc.

Land and Water Resources Engineering

The discipline has developed Irrigation and drainage lab, Surface and groundwater hydrology lab, Remote sensing lab and a unique Field water management laboratory. These labs are equipped with Hydrology study system, Agrimultimeter, Ground truth radiometer, Micro-irrigation equipment test set-up, Overland flow hydraulic flume, Pump testing rig, Automatic weather station, Rainfall simulator, Ion-chromatography as well as with various softwares: ANSWERS, AGNPS, SWAT, MIKE SHE, IDRISI, Arc-VIEW, SNNS etc.

Food Process Engineering

The discipline has developed vacuum dryers, recircualroty tray dryer, single screw extruder, rising film and scrapped surface evaporator, UHT milk sterilizer, aseptic packaging machine, continuous chhana, paneer and sandesh making machines and energy efficient ovens. The laboratories of this discipline are equipped with Karl Fisher titrator, freeze dryer, spray dryer, plate freezer, high pressure dairy homogenizer, laboratory evaporator and distillation column. The discipline has also acquired a state-of-the art High pressure food processing system, Prototype Satake rice mill and developed Dairy engineering lab, Physical and Thermal properties lab, Drying lab, Grain testing and grading lab, Product development lab, Food engineering lab, Food science & technology lab and Food packaging lab. These labs are equipped with Differential scanning calorimetry, Thermo gravimetric analyzer, Rheotron, Instron universal testing machine, Atomic absorption spectrophotometer, Microprocessor based single screw extruder, Twin screw lab compounder, CA storage system, Super critical fluid extraction system, Colorimeter, Texture analyzer, Micro-pulverizer, Brabender wheat mill, etc.

Aquacultural Engineering

The discipline has developed Aquacultural Engineering lab, Water quality management lab, Aqua processing lab, Fish culture and Fish biology lab. These labs are equipped with Single screw extruder, Twin Screw Extruder, Retort system for ready to eat foods. Power measurement panel, Variable speed drive system with Thyrister controlled unit, UV Spectrophotometer, Kjeldhal nitrogen analyzer, Multi parameter water quality monitoring system, Microprocessor based water analyzing kit, Ion meter, Advanced research microscope, Microbiological analysis facilities, Aerator testing facility, Recirculatory aquaculture system etc.