The Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology (KReSIT) aims at moulding the future leaders of the Indian IT industry by imparting world class IT education to them. The school formally started operation with the first batch of M.Tech students on July 19, 1999.
The Indian IT industry is expanding rapidly and is expected to grow tremendously over the next few years. While the current education in India has been producing high quality 'workers' for the IT industry, there is a distinct lack of people who are trained to be leaders in this industry: people who will shape its future. There is also the disturbing trend of extreme compartmentalization that has gradually crept into the engineering sciences, especially in academic circles. While this may promote research in each of those fields themselves, it must be acknowledged that there are hardly any real problems that can be dealt with in isolation by any one 'compartment' of engineering. These were some of the issues noticed by Prof. D.B. Phatak and others, and a proposal was made in March 1998 to start a School of IT in IIT Bombay. The focus of the school was to be a close interaction with the industry, research with focus on integration of the various 'compartments', and entrepreneurship. The proposal was accepted and funding for starting the School came from two alumni of IIT Bombay, Nandan Nilekhani and Kanwal Rekhi, both of whom made generous contributions. Read more on this here.
The effort expended in creating suitable ambience and amenities to foster creative thinking
and exploratory learning is evident from the KReSIT building, which was designed by Architects
M/s Madhiwala and raised by M/s L&T, covering an area of over 100,000 square feet, comprising
of a four story building in Modern Composite (metal framework and concrete structures) style of architecture.
KReSIT houses several facilities including ten well equipped research laboratories, six class rooms with data
projectors and public address systems, a lecture hall, a multipurpose circular hall for up to 150 persons,
a seminar hall, a 220-seater auditorium, a 30-seater conference room, and a growing library. The School has 40
offices for research scholars, managers and faculty. Pantries at every floor, a lounge for graduate students,
covered parking space, and sprawling lawns around the building add to the unique ambience of the infrastructure.