The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up in 1963 by the Government of India (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) as an autonomous organization to help professionalize the country's foreign trade management and increase exports by developing human resources, analyzing and disseminating data and conducting research. IIFT started out as a center to provide foreign trade advice to government bodies and has since played an instrumental role in conducting research in trade policy formulation. In recognition of its rich contributions, IIFT was conferred the status of Deemed to be University in 2002.
Over the years, IIFT has emerged as the national university which focus on International Business and Development, and such focus is reflected in all three major activities of the Institute: Research, Training and Education.
IIFT Kolkata Campus
IIFT Kolkata was established in 2006. The campus is located in the East Kolkata of EM Bypass in a sprawling area of around 7 acres. The campus is developed as a green and fully integrated campus with independent blocks for academic, administration and student living areas with all modern amenities. There are centrally air-conditioned modern lecture halls, syndicate rooms, common area, auditorium, open-air theatre, common courtyard in its academic and administration blocks on exemplary design to create a great learning environment.