The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT Hyderabad) is an information technology research university based in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was the first autonomous private institute of its kind to be established in 1998. The institute runs Computer Science courses and research projects and is focused on research.IIIT Hyderabad was set up in 1998 under the public private partnership model,where the state government supplying a grant of land and buildings. As Special officer for IIIT Hyderabad and Secretary IT for the state government, Mr Ajay Prakash Sawhney was responsible for shaping the conceptual model and overseeing initial development of the institute. Rajeev Sangal designed the syllabus and served as the first director of the institute until 10 April, 2013.