Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Gwalior was established by Govt. of India through a cabinet decision taken in October 1995 based on a report of a working group (May 1995) of All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE) constituted, consisting of eminent professionals, academicians and policy makers in the areas of Information Technology, Management and Communication, to deliberate on the issue of IT integration . The working group prepared a basic document underlining the need of establishing a National Centre in the area of IT.
Government of Madhya Pradesh allotted land free of cost, first at the village Sonjana, on 16th January 1996. The foundation Stone of the Institute was laid on Jan 17, 1996 by Late Shrimant Madhav Rao Scindia, the then Minister of Human Resource Development. Govt of India.
. The first meeting of IIITM Gwalior Society was held on 17th January 1997 at Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi. The society was registered on 30 January 1997.
Consequently, the Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management (IIITM) was established at Gwalior as a centrally funded autonomous institution registered under the Societies’ Registration Act and sprawled over 60 hectares of land to build the Institute campus. The primary objectives of the institute are to create facilities for education, training, research, consultancy and professional development in the areas of Information Technology and Management in an integrated manner. The objectives of the institute were framed so as to create facilities for education, research, consultancy and professional development in the cusp area of IT and management through seamless integration. The institute was founded to bridge the gap between the technocrats and the managers and produce the new generation of entrepreneurs
The first director Prof DP Agrawal, joined the institute in October 1998. The first course of the institute started in July 1998, PGDMIT with intake of 30 students. Subsequently PGDIT in 1999 with an intake of 15, Ph.D. Programme in July 2000 and 5-Yr. Dual degree PG programme also in July 2000. Full time faculty joined in August 1999. .The institute was conferred, by the Ministry of HRD on the recommendation of the UGC, Deemed-to-be-University status in March 2001.
In the starting the classes of the institute were held in Madhav Institute of Science and Technology, Gwalior. The MITS had provided nearly 15,000 sq. feet covered area in the high voltage laboratory complex of MITS without charging a monthly rent with a proviso that the permanent fixtures created shall become the property of MITS. There after the construction of the campus the classes were shifted to institute in July 2002. In the starting the institute was named as Indian institute of information technology and management (IIITM) Gwalior. In December 2002 ABV was added to its name on the birthday of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, then prime minister of India by decision of Government.