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No signs of a permanent campus

The temporary property may be one of the best among the new IITs, but construction at the permanent campus has not started since the institute’s inception in 2008

education Updated: Feb 01, 2012 10:41 IST
Mahesh Langa
Mahesh Langa
Hindustan Times

Students of IIT-Gandhinagar have been waiting to move into the promised 400-acre campus on the banks of the river Sabarmati in Palej village near Gandhinagar, but there has been no sign of construction activity at the proposed site since 2008, when the college was first set up. The college currently functions from Vishwakarma Government Engineering College on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, a temporary set-up with no facilities of hostels or faculty residences. Students currently live in private apartments situated at a walking distance from the college. The classrooms are air-conditioned, the mess provides food recommended by a nutritionist and sports is compulsory for first-year BTech students. “Even though, it is just a three-year-old institute, it provides high standard facilities. Students get a chance to do internships with leading companies. The institute also has various courses in humanities and languages such as Urdu and French. Says student Akshay Jain, “Besides studies, the institute places importance on extra-curricular activities like sports. What we don’t have is a campus of our own, but I’m sure that will come up in few years.”

Basic facts
* Opened on: August 2, 2008
* Highest rank to gain entry this year: 4076 for chemical, 3164 electrical, 3455 for mechanical
* Lowest rank to gain entry this year: 2956 score for chemical, 2369 electrical, 2122 mechanical
* Student vacancies after first round of admissions: 4
* Seats: 120 seats, 116 took admission this year, 4 are vacant
* Faculty: 60 members of which 60% are permanent
* Students: 490 students: 51 girls and 439 boys
* Teacher-student ratio: 8:1

* Campus: Currently functions from the Vishwakarma Government Engineering College, Ahmedabad
* Hostels: Some facilities are available on the campus. The institute has also rented private apartments at walking distance.
* Messes: The college has a mess that provides a diet prescribed by a nutritionist.
* Labs: One each for mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering, and a civil and chemical lab.
* Sports facilities: Students have to engage in formal sports activities at least five days a week for the first two semesters.
* Placements: The first BTech batch will graduate in May 2012. The institute has invited nearly 100 companies including Flipkart, Larsen & Toubro, Adani, Siemens, and the Tata group.

Student life
* Annual festival: The inter-college cultural festival, Blithchron, was held last year, which saw a footfall of over 15,000 students. It also organises a two-day science conclave, Amalthea once in two years.

First Published: Jan 31, 2012 11:11 IST