The Institute commenced its academic session from August 2015. The Institute is currently operating out of its transit campus housed in the IT Park in Hubballi with well-equipped classrooms, laboratories and a library.IIIT Dharwad is keen to develop its permanent campus in a plot of 61 acres allotted by the Government of Karnataka at Tadasinakoppa village between Hubballi and Dharwad cities. As a not-for-profit institute of higher learning in the area of Information Technology (IT), the primary objective of IIIT Dharwad is to address the skill gap in high-end information technology and thereby enable India to retain its global leadership role in IT and allied areas. To achieve this objective, IIIT Dharwad currently offers B.Tech. Degree programmes in Computer Science and Electronics & Communication.
“As the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of IIIT Dharwad, I would like to share a slice of wisdom with the young generation around us: Vision without action is merely a dream; action without vision is merely passing time; but vision and action together can change the world. We can give our children only two things in life which are essential – strong roots and powerful wings. Afterwards, they may fly anywhere and live independently; of all the luxuries in life, the greatest one is getting freedom of the right kind. To come up in life, the young generation requires talent, hard work, drive, and ability to communicate genuinely with people. With my experience in life, I feel that having good relationships, compassion, and peace of mind is much more important than achievements, awards, degrees, or money. Hence, we should always have a definite aim in life which we must try to achieve while being of help to others. I wish IIIT Dharwad great success in shaping young minds into professionals with the best of skills coupled with the highest of values.”
"One of the key strengths of this young Institute is its highly qualified and committed faculty with expertise in a wide range of areas of information technology and with PhDs and research as well as industry experience from reputed institutes in India and abroad. As a young institute, IIIT Dharwad has a unique opportunity to make a difference not only to Indian IT industry and the academic research community, but also the people of the entire region of North Karnataka. The twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad are already a recognized centre for educational institutes of repute including engineering, medical, law and other colleges, universities and an Indian Institute of Technology. With this environment and rapidly improving connectivity to the IT capital Bengaluru, IIIT Dharwad is strategically positioned to develop into one of the best institutes of national importance. I consider it my duty and privilege to place on record the guidance, direction and support provided by the Board of Governors. I also thank the faculty and staff for their continued energy, enthusiasm and efforts in providing state of the art education to our students for their overall growth. In conclusion, I deem it our privilege to work in this fledgling institution."