Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur forms a part of the league along with eight new IITs proposed by the MHRD, Government of India. The seven old IITs are located in Kharagpur, Bombay, Madras, Kanpur, Delhi, Guwahati, and Roorkee. With the plan to set up eight more IITs in the states of Rajasthan, Bihar (Patna), Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad), Himachal Pradesh (Mandi), Orissa (Bhubaneshwar), Madhya Pradesh (Indore), Gujarat (Gandhinagar) and Punjab (Rupnagar), the total number of IITs will be increased to 15. The new institute was established by MHRD, Govt.of India in the year 2008. The classes for the first academic session held at IIT Kanpur, which had been designated as the mentor IIT for looking after the incubation activities of the new IIT in Rajasthan. The first academic session in IIT Jodhpur commenced in August 2008. Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan, popularly referred to as IIT Jodhpur, is one of the prestigious IITs of India. The initiative of establishing the institute was taken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, in 2008. The first academic session of the college was started in 2008, within the premises of its mentor institute IIT Kanpur, with four-year B Tech programme in three branches of engineering.