Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad (IIT Palakkad or IIT PKD) is a public autonomous engineering and research institute located in Palakkad, Kerala. Proposed in the 2014 Union budget of India alongside five other new IITs, IIT Palakkad was established in 2015 as an Institutes of National Importance by the Government of India.
IIT Palakkad was incorporated in the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961, through the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2016, in September 2016. In January 2017, Dr. P. B. Sunil Kumar, who was the Professor-in-charge, was appointed as the Director by then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.
IIT Palakkad currently functions in two campuses - the temporary campus and the Nila campus - which are separated by about 13 km. Both of them have on-campus housing facilities. The temporary campus is situated inside the Ahalia Integrated campus in Kozhippara, Palakkad, which is about 20 km from Palakkad city. The academic block of the temporary campus is 55,000 sq. ft. in area and consists of well-equipped academic classrooms, a seminar room, an auditorium, conference room, workshop, library, cafeteria, laboratories and faculty offices. It also provides hostel and sports and recreational facilities with access to high-speed internet.