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IIT-B: Not just a techie haven
Ketav Mehta, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, September 04, 2012
First Published: 15:56 IST(4/9/2012)
Last Updated: 18:28 IST(4/9/2012)
From rearing earthworms to decompose wet waste, to using the heat generated by air conditioners to warm water, the IIT Bombay Green Campus Initiative launched last year. (Prasad Gori)

If you thought an IIT student’s life on campus features only fat books and complicated projects, you might want to know the truth from the horse’s mouth. Here’s a low-down on what makes our huge campus a hub of entertainment. 
1 Welcome to the Jungle: IIT Bombay not only shares borders with the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, but is also inhabited by a variety of species from the animal kingdom. Monkeys, crocodiles, snakes, mongooses, crab, spiders (humongous ones)can be found here, provided you know where to look. We are also frequently visited by leopards from across the fence, the latest such event occurring just a few days back when two of them actually decided to spend a few days in our friendly abode.

2 class apart: Who says convocations halls are just for listening to boring speeches and distributing degrees? With a capacity of over 2,000 people, our halls are way too cool to be left unused. So we often organise screenings of sporting events like the Cricket and Football World Cups and the Euro Cup.Recently, we also had an eight-hour long Lord Of The Rings movie marathon and screened the Batman series as well.

3 Campus with a view: We are probably the only students in Mumbai fortunate enough have access to a water body. The Powai lake is just a stone’s throw away from the college premises. We also have a hill inside the campus — a favourite spot for trekking enthusiasts.

4 revel in style: We take a lot of pride in our annual cultural fest, Mood Indigo, where maestros like Asha Bhosle, RD Burman, Zakir Hussain, Kailash Kher and Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy,  among many others, have performed. The cultural extravangaza has also hosted global talent, from sumo-wrestling matches to international dance troupes.

5 Put on the dancing shoes: The girls to boys ratio at IIT Bombay is one of the lowest in the country. And guess what is its unfortunate consequence? At a salsa workshop held recently on campus, guys paired up with other guys so they could learn the dance form.

6 hostel woes: In stark contrast to the world-class infrastructure on campus, we still live in primitive hostels. The twin-sharing 10 ft by 10 ft rooms have wooden cots for beds and a chair. Put two such beds in a room and challenge a fat guy to enter it. But on the brighter side, our hostels have no crazy restrictions. Even girls are permitted inside boys’ hostels till 10 pm.

— Ketav Mehta is a fourth year B.Tech (Energy Science and Engineering) student at IIT-B

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