Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati is the first among the 3rd phase of IITs, announced in 2014, to have its foundation stone laid in March 2015. It started functioning with the support of it’s mentoring institute, IIT Madras from the academic year of 2015-16. Presently, it is operating from a temporary campus on Tirupati – Renigunta Road and plans are well underway to setup its own campus (about 530 acres) in the coming 2 to 3 years in Merlapaka Village, Yerpedu Mandal, Chittoor District, A.P.
The academic program was launched in August 2015 by admitting students in the B.Tech programme in the fields of Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The curriculum has emphasis on theoretical knowledge and practice oriented laboratories. Courses are planned to nurture innovation, creativity, quality, teamwork, communication skills, ethics and societal interaction. MS and PhD programmes will be started from academic year 2017-18.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh is nurturing Tirupati as knowledge hub of the State. The new IISER Tirupati permanent campus is to come up about
3 Kms from IIT Tirupati campus. Many established Institutions such as
Sri Venkateswara University, Sri Venkateswara Medical College,
Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Sanskrit University etc are located in Tirupati. An upcoming integrated business city “ Sri City” nearby and the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SHAR) in Sriharikota being close by, gives it a technical edge. Tirupati town being one of an important cites in Andhra Pradesh with its Airport and proximity to Chennai and Benguluru gives it an excellent connectivity.