Though IIT-Jodhpur officially opened in 2008, classes were initially held on the campus of its mentor institute, IIT-Kanpur. Last year, the students were moved to a transit campus in Mugniram Bangur Memorial Engineering College of Jodhpur. The campus does not have hostels, and the residential faculty and students have been housed in private apartments, about 12 kilometre from the college. The institute has organised buses for students to travel to and from the college.
“Around 800 acres of land have been allotted a few kilometres from Jodhpur for the campus. We are finalising the master plan and the construction will start in a few months,” says Vivek Vijay, assistant professor, IIT-Jodhpur. “One of our aims is to make sure that there is no wastage of energy or water on our new campus.Students have already started working on those projects. The institute has also installed solar panels on the roof of the temporary campus.”
Opened in: 2008
Highest rank to gain entry this year in the general category: 2000
Lowest rank to gain entry this year in the general category: 3500
Seats: 160 seats
Previous years’ vacancies: None
Students: 557; 60 girls, 497 boys
Teacher-student ratio: 9 to 1
Placements: The first batch of students is now in the fourth year. Campus recruitments started last month, with over 20 companies including Microsoft and Infosys visiting the campus.
Campus: The permanent campus building, which will be 18 kilometres from Jodhpur, will be ready in three years. Until then, IIT-Jodhpur is housed in Jai Narayan Vyas University’s engineering college. The institute has a modern computer centre, presently running on a gigabit LAN with 100 Mbps internet bandwidth. The academic area is wi-fi enabled and, in the near future, the centre will host a high performance computing cluster for scientific research. The central library is functional in the camp office located in MBM Engineering College campus. It supports teaching-learning and research activities and currently boasts of around 5000 books, including e-journals from Elsevier’s Science Direct, Springer Link, and Scopus database.
Hostels: The residential area is located on the outskirts of the city, on New Pali Road. The area is divided into several blocks for the students. The faculty also stays in the same residential area. The hostels also have courts for indoor and outdoor sports.
Mess: Two — one in the residential area and the other on the academic campus
Laboratories: IIT-Jodhpur has 20 laboratories, one each for chemical biology, microscopy, chemistry, energy, language, robotics, CAD/CAM, etc. These laboratories are also affiliated with research institutes and universities in other parts of India and around the world, such as the Riken Brain Science Institute in Japan.
Sports facilities: In addition to courts for indoor and outdoor sports, IIT-Jodhpur has active clubs for chess, carrom, skating and adventure sports.
Annual festival: Taksh is the annual socio-cultural fest at IIT-Jodhpur, with social initiatives, business-related events, a treasure hunt and other cultural competitions. IIT-J also conducts Varchas, an inter-college sports competition, with events in table tennis, badminton, athletics, cricket, lawn tennis, football, volleyball, etc.
Clubs: Active clubs include those for music, dance, drama, web design, animation and photography.