KIIT was established in 1992 as an Industrial Training Institute with only 12 students and 2 faculties. This institution was the brainchild of Achyuta Samanta, who had envisioned a profound center of learning in India and so pursued to lay the foundation of KIIT. In 1997, the School of Technology and the School of Computer Application was established. In 2004 it was conferred the status of university, becoming the youngest institute to get university status in India and KIIT entered the Limca Book of Records.
The KIIT School of Biotechnology, School of Rural Management, School of Medicine and KIIT Law School were started in 2007. In 2009, five new schools, School of Mass Communication, School of Fashion Technology, School of Film Studies, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and School of Sculpture were established. However, later the School of Mass Communication and School of Film Studies were merged to form School of Film and Media Studies, while School of Sculpture was renamed as School of Fine Arts and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management was discontinued. Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences and Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences came under the ambit of KIIT University in August, 2009. In 2013, three new schools were established — School of Architecture, School of Leadership and School of Sports. In 2015, 3 more schools were added – School of Public Health, School of Chemical Technology and School of Yoga and Spiritualism. Currently more than 12000 students are enrolled in various courses of the university.
KIIT has the distinction of becoming the youngest institute ever in the country to be declared a Deemed University by Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. All the academic programmes are accredited by NAAC of UGC and NBA of AICTE, which are benchmarks of excellence. NAAC has awarded KIIT the coveted “A” grade accreditation. KIIT secured a CGPA of 3.48/4 (87%), joining the league of 11 elite institutions like IITs, JNU, TISS and the likes. UGC also awarded KIIT the highest grade “A”. Bar Council of India (BCI) has approved the courses of KIIT Law School which offers five years integrated courses in law. With its dynamic progress within a short span of time, KIIT is the youngest institution in India to receive accreditation by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) of UGC for its Degree in Engineering, MCA and MBA programs. The MBBS course is approved by the Medical Council of India and the Dental course is similarly approved by Dental Council of India.
It has been ranked as 16th in India, 5th among private universities, and 4th in the eastern region in the year 2009 by Times of India. It has also been ranked 18 th among private engineering institutes and 7 th in placement in 2008 by Outlook India. KIIT School of Management has been nominated as the Mentor Institution by AICTE for conducting faculty development program in eastern India. It has been ranked 5th among private engineering colleges in India by The Pioneer in 2012.
KIIT has expanded from its original three schools to eleven schools in a very short span of five years,since its inception as a university. Most of the schools offers degrees from undergraduate to Ph.D. level.
The KIIT School of Technology offers undergraduate programs in seven distinct streams which includes; Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automobile Engineering and Electronics and instrumentation Engineering. It also offers postgraduate programs in five streams and Doctoral degrees as well. Five years dual degree Course of B.Tech and M.Tech. and B.Tech. and MBA has also been introduced from 2010. School of Computer Application offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in computer application.
The KIIT School of Management offers undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and diploma degrees in management. It offers specialisation in fields like Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Information Technology Management, Operation Management & Decision Sciences, Business Environment, General Management and diplomas in Retail management and Banking and Insurance management. The School of Rural Management offers postgraduate degree in rural management.
The School of Law offers integrated law degree with humanities, management and science with honors specialization in 6 different streams of law. The school offers postgraduate degree in law with specialization in corporate law and human rights. It also offers doctoral degree and diploma in Information technology law and Corporate laws.
The School of Biotechnology offers five year integrated degree in Biotechnology and two years postgraduate degree in biotechnology and microbiology.
The School of Languages established in 2007, offers undergraduate courses in English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Corporate Communications and Education with or without study abroad facility. It also offers various, certificate, advanced certificate, diplomas, language lab, postgraduate and doctoral degrees.
The School of Fashion Technology offers undergraduate degrees in Fashion Design. The School of Fine Art offers master’s degree in Fine Arts (Sculpture) and the School of Film and Media Sciences offers bachelor’s degree in Television and Film Production.
The School of Medicine and School of Dental Sciences which offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Medicine and Dental Sciences respectively.
KIIT Group of Institutions, also operates a polytechnic college, industrial training centre, science college, International School and Kalinga Institute of Social Science.