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Waiting for a placement cell

education Updated: Jan 04, 2012 10:50 IST
Naresh Kumar
Naresh Kumar
Hindustan Times
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IIT-Mandi conducted classes for its first batch of BTech students in 2009, at the mentoring institute IIT-Roorkee, before moving to a transit campus in 2010, in Mandi, a small town located 150 km from Shimla. Presently, the institute functions out of buildings leased from state government departments. However, according to authorities, by 2013, the institute will have its own campus at Kamand, 15 km away from Mandi, where construction is currently underway. Stu-dents aren’t complaining, as the institute provides air conditioned classrooms, a well-equipped AV room with LCD projector, an HD television screen, digital cameras, microphones and desktops. Moreover, all the hostels have washing machines, LCD TVs and wi-fi connection.

Basic facts
* Opened on: February, 2009
* Highest rank to gain entry this year in the general category: No record maintained.
* Lowest rank to gain entry this year in the general category: No record maintained.
* Seats: 120 seats, no vacant seats.
* Previous years’ vacancies: Two in 2010.
* Faculty: It has 32 faculty members and 90 vacant seats.
* Students: 340; 315 boys, 25 girls
* Teacher-student ratio: 1:10

Infrastructure
* Campus: Housed in a transit accommodation in Vallabh Government College, Mandi
* Hostels: Four; three for boys and one for girls.
* Messes: Four; three for boys and one for girls.
* Labs: Five laboratories—one each for mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, physics and chemistry.
* Classrooms: Six classrooms, located in a four-storey building.
* Sports facilities: The campus has badminton, volleyball and tennis courts, and a room for table tennis.
* Placements: There is no placement cell as of now and the first batch students will only graduate in 2013.

Student life
Annual festival: ‘Naissance’ is the annual fest conducted in July and IIT-Mandi also celebrates February 24, as its foundation day.
Clubs: There are three major clubs dedicated to music, drama and robotics.

“By 2013, we will be ready to move in to a new campus, which is spread over 538 acre at Kamand. Our top priority is to build infrastructure at par with other IITs in the country.” RC Sawhney, registrar, IIT-Mandi

“We are able to interact with the professors on a one-on-one basis, as the student strength is very low. Also, we have been provided with adequate academic and accommodation facilities.” Saurav Jain, head of students’ representative body

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