March 16, 2023
The First Batch's Story
The very first batch of graduates from IIT Kharagpur completed in 1955 and had their convocation in April 1956. Prime Minister Nehru personally attended the celebratory event and handed out degrees to the graduates. There were 224 freshers and 42 teachers in August 1951 when the first session started at IITKGP. Since the IIT main building was not in existence at that time, the first batch had its initial classes in the Hijli Detention Camp which had been set up in 1930 to detain those participating in the Indian freedom struggle.
Read the stories of the 1955 alums Joginder Singh and Bal Krishan Kaplish.