Established in 1986 as an Engineering College, KITS envisions to be an institution with social concern to address the problems of humanity through technical education, research and development, products, patents, and extension. The institute raises students to serve humanity by attaining high levels of academic excellence and professional competence with exemplary values and social concern. KITS was granted autonomous status in 1999 and declared Deemed-to-be University in 2004 by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in recognition of its scholastic distinction by the Ministry of Human Resources Development under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. In the three decades of service to higher education, KITS has made significant progression in teaching-learning, research and consultancy, innovation & transfer of technology, community service, and value education. Translating the vision of the Founders into action, the institution is currently engaged in finding solutions to human problems in the four major areas of social concerns such as Water, Food, Healthcare and Energy through scientific and technological interventions for a secure tomorrow.
It is a well-documented fact that research plays an important role in the social & economic growth of a country, therefore several initiatives have been taken to foster societal research through industry-academia collaboration, development of professional & vocational skills, seed money for short-term research, promotion of joint ventures in project execution, paper publication, consultancy and development of products & patents. To augment research in trending technologies, KITS has signed MoUs and MoAs with renowned universities in Israel, Germany, Canada, USA & Taiwan and leading industries such as Boeing, Siemens, IBM, Microsoft, Larsen &Toubro, Novell, CISCO, Salzer Electronics, SUSE, Jasmin InfoTech, EMURGO, IVSE, Test and Verification Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Trident and Pneumatics Pvt. Ltd., AMZ Automotive and Central Manufacturing Technology Institute to name a few.
With an excellent research ambience and infrastructure, the faculty members at KITS are engaged in R&D activities and publish research papers in national and international journals with high impact factor. In the last three years, faculty members have received research grants to the tune of Rs. 34 crores from Government and other funding agencies such as DST, DRDO, DBT, NTRF, BRNS, BRFST, ISRO, MoEF, ICMR and NRB. With 90% of the faculty having a doctorate degree and many of them from reputed institutions like IIT, IIM, NIT with post-doctoral experience in universities abroad, the teaching learning ambience of KITS is on par with premier universities across the globe. Since many faculty members are industry certified and have collaborative research and consultancy assignments with institutions and organisations across the continents, the quality of teaching and quantum of research is commendable.
The industry & society-driven curriculum designed by industry experts and academicians of high repute, equips the students to comprehend the problems prevailing in urban, peri-urban and rural communities and provide solutions to abate & mitigate their effects. With a centralised Innovation and Design Studio at Computer Technology Centre for entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property Cell (IPR) and several departments having one or more Centres of Excellence in specialised areas of Research, students have ample opportunities to pursue real time projects & internships, establish start-ups to incubate their innovative ideas and equip themselves for better career prospects. The University has also provided students with internships in industries and institutions across 40 different countries – United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Poland, Israel, etc. for cross cultural experience in academics, research and community service.
To combat the unprecedented challenges in education owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, Online classes are being conducted since March 2020 till date, on an in-house virtual platform designed and developed by an expert team in the Computer Technology Centre (CTC) on Campus. Laboratory sessions are however conducted through a virtual lab. In recognition of the contribution of KITS to the student community during the lock down period, the International Agency QS I-Gauge has awarded E-Lead (E-Learning Excellence for Academic Digitisation) Certification to the University for its Innovations in digital teaching and learning through state-of-art Karunya Online Classroom.
To transfer the innovative technologies, processes and products in the areas of water, food, health and energy from our labs to the field, KITS has established 21 Technology Missions. As part of the missions, faculty and students work with local communities in capacity building activities, training workshops and awareness programs through participatory approach.
About Dr Paul Dhinakaran, Chancellor, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences
Dr Paul Dhinakaran is an academician and educationist in his own right. He is also an evangelist who comforts millions of people through his ministry of love and hope. He heads Jesus Calls International Ministry with its outreach programs all over the world. His dynamic leadership and farsighted vision have helped the institution take great strides along the path of progress.