I am very glad to be leading IIIT-Dharwad in its growth from a small institute at present into a place of choice for learning information technology. As a young institute, IIIT-Dharwad has a unique opportunity to make a difference not only to Indian IT industry and the academic research community, but also the people of the entire region of North Karnataka. The twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad are already a recognized center for educational institutes of repute including engineering, medical, law and other colleges, universities and an Indian Institute of Technology. With this environment and rapidly improving connectivity to the IT capital Bengaluru and the business capital Mumbai, IIIT-Dharwad is strategically positioned to develop into one of the best institutes of national importance in the country, under able and caring mentorship by IIIT-Bangalore. In the coming years, with the support of its eminent Chairperson and Board of Governors, the Institute will make every effort to construct and move to its spacious permanent campus located in a pristine setting near Dharwad. One of the key strengths of this young Institute is its highly qualified and committed faculty with expertise and experience in a wide range of areas of information technology. As its first batch of students aim to graduate in 2019, IIIT-Dharwad is keen to push an effective research agenda and enhance its academic offerings by adding postgraduate and research programmes as well as more specializations of current relevance in undergraduate studies.