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Temporary campus, but excellent facilities

The institute is located far away from the city centre, but it is working toward becoming a leader in R&D

education Updated: Jan 11, 2012 11:07 IST
Ashok Das

Launched in 2008, IIT-Hyderabad was officially inaugurated by Sonia Gandhi on February 27, 2009. The campus is currently located in a quiet, residential colony on the Ordnance Factory campus at Yeddumailram in Medak district, and is far out from civilisation. The hour-and-a-half journey leads to a narrow side road full of potholes that goes on for a bumpy 30 minutes.

The temporary 40-acre campus is located next to the gigantic defence department workshop responsible for rolling out Vijayanta and other battle tanks. The campus abounds in greenery, thanks to the OF that has taken it upon itself to maintain the environment and planted thousands of trees.

The students are quite satisfied with hostel facilities. “The hostel is better than any of the old or new IITs. The rooms are much bigger and only two students share a room,” says Swasthi Rai, an MSc student. Shiv Govind Singh, assistant professor in the electrical department, adds, “This is as good as any major campus. The only hitch is that we know that it is not our own and we have to move.” The new, permanent campus that will be spread over 580 acre is coming up in Kandhi, in the same district, by mid-2013.

While many of the new IITs are plagued by infrastructure and other problems, IIT-H has severed its umbilical cord with its mentor, IIT-Madras since August, and has ventured into creating its own space in R&D. The Japanese government has been a major catalyst by funding six buildings in the new campus and collaborating with IIT-H in research projects.

IIT-H has started a fraction credit system, the first among the IITs to do so. The institute is also starting a BTech course in engineering sciences soon.

Infrastructure
* Campus: It is temporarily housed on the Ordnance Factory campus at Yeddumailram in Medak district. The new campus is coming up seven kilometers away, in Kandhi.
* Hostels: 270 rooms for boys and 60 rooms for girls
* Messes: Two messes for boys; one mess for girls
* Laboratories: 20 department laboratories, including 10 research labs
* Classrooms: 28 air-conditioned and WiFi enabled classrooms across two buildings
* Sports facilities: Students have football, basketball hockey and cricket, shuttle and lawn tennis courts, and the institute will have a swimming pool in a month’s time
* Placements: The placements for the first batch started earlier this month, and 55 companies, including Philips, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, and GE responded. Five students were offered jobs, including two by Microsoft before the placement process started.

Student life
*Annual festival: ELAN, which had 1,000 people, including 700 students last year.
*Clubs: Students manage various clubs under the tech, cultural and literature societies. Popular clubs include Robo Club, a robotics society, and Range De Manch (drama).

Basic facts
*Opened: June 2008
*Highest rank to gain entry this year: 1500
*Lowest rank to gain entry this year: 3506
*Seats: 140 seats, 139 took admission this year and one seat is vacant
*Previous years’ vacancies: Nil in 2010, 8 in 2009 (both out of 120)
*Faculty: 80 academic staff and no vacancies
*Students: 761 including 100 women
*Teacher-student ratio: 1:9

We have focussed on R&D from the beginning. Today, we have 35 sponsored research projects with a total budget of Rs 45 crore. We will always offer an environment where one is not afraid to experiment with high-risk ideas -UB Desai, director, IIT-H