IIT Kharagpur- the Missing Link to India’s Glorious Fight to Freedom




It is the week of Independence and here we are celebrating it. Come, 15th August and the country waves elegantly with the tricolors- saffron, white and green. Our Institution is no exception; the campus rejuvenates with not only the colors but also with the sweet little tots and talented teenagers as well, dancing and singing with the rhythm of  independence. Joy is the very essence of such a celebration. 

The Director of IIT Kharagpur hoisting the National Flag on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day of India.
The Director of IIT Kharagpur hoisting the National Flag on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day of India.


These little tots from Mongrace Montessori House won the heart of the audiences by their cheerful performances.
These little tots from Mongrace Montessori House won the heart of the audiences by their cheerful performances.

But we, the IITKGPians are a part of something even bigger. The spirit of freedom runs through the very veins of this quintessential campus. It stands as a fossil, as a missing link, to the pre-independence era. The campus evocates and honors the struggle of our freedom fighters all throughout the year. 

Homage to Lala Lajpat Rai.
Homage to Lala Lajpat Rai.

The Nehru Museum or the old Administrative building stands in place of the pre-independence Hijli detention camp. It is now turned into a museum of science and technology showcasing the history of the first ever IIT of India. It also bears the footprints of the then freedom fighters. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Khudiram Bose, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and many more were held captive here and their saga is still reflected through the (renovated) prisons. A new museum is built alongside the jail with the clay carvings hung on the wall depicting the chronological revolution that led to the present day free India. 

The figurines of the museum depicting the freedom fighters. Here reflected the statute of Matongini Hazra.
The figurines of the museum depicting the freedom fighters. Here reflected the statute of Matongini Hazra.


The figurines protruding out of the frames.
The figurines protruding out of the frames.


The statues depicting Dandi March
The statues depicting Dandi March 


The series of wall figures showing the history of Modern India.
The series of wall figures showing the history of Modern India.




The Hijli Detention Camp for Men.
The Hijli Detention Camp for Men.

Besides the jail and museum, there exists another vestige that is not known to many. Secluded from the main campus, there is this relic of the women’s jail, though not a frequent visitor of the community. The road to the rural development center links the main campus to it. Representing and highlighting the women of our modern Indian history, the place is well hidden in plain sight.

Withing the area of Hijli Detention Camp for Women.
Withing the area of Hijli Detention Camp for Women.


The shredded jails for the Women of our History.
The shredded jails for the Women of our History.

Reminiscing and cherishing every bit of the freedom that we enjoy today and every day, this is how IIT Kharagpur is different in celebrating independence.

IIT Kharagpur- the Missing Link to India’s Glorious Fight to Freedom
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