FAQs

General Information:


1. When was IIT Gandhinagar founded?
IIT Gandhinagar is one of eight IITs that were established by the Government of India in 2008. The Institute started with undergraduate programs in Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in 2008. Presently, IIT Gandhinagar offers Bachelor of Technology programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Material Science and Engineering (MSE) and Computer Science and Engineering (CSE).

2. Where is IIT Gandhinagar located?
The 400-acre permanent campus is located in Palaj, on the banks of river Sabarmati. The Institute had shifted to its permanent campus on 8th July 2015.

3. How close is the nearest airport and railway station? How do I get to IIT Gandhinagar from there?
The permanent campus is approximately 24km from Ahmedabad Airport and 30km from Ahmedabad Junction (Kalupur) Railway Station. The common modes of transportation available are auto rickshaws and taxis from Airport and Railway Station to the Institute. However, the Institute’s shuttle service facility from VGEC (i.e. IIT Gandhinagar’s temporary campus) to the new campus is very convenient. One can reach VGEC campus and catch shuttle from there for the permanent campus. Link to Google Maps

4. How to reach temporary campus of IIT Gandhinagar (VGEC campus)?
Earlier the Institute was functioning from the premises of Vishwakarma Government Engineering College, Visat-Gandhinagar Highway, Chandkheda, Ahmedabad – 382424, Gujarat. It is approximately 10 km from Ahmedabad Airport and 14 km from Ahmedabad Railway Station. A taxi ride would cost about Rs. 250 from the airport. A rickshaw ride would cost about Rs. 150 from the airport (day charges). Typical fare from Ahmedabad railway station to VGEC campus is Rs. 150. After reaching VGEC Campus, you can catch IIT Gandhinagar shuttle and reach the permanent campus.

5. What is the climate like in Gandhinagar?
Gandhinagar has generally a dry climate apart from the monsoon months of June to September where the atmosphere remains slightly humid and warm. March to June are hot summer days with average maximum temperature of about 38°C while the months of November to February are winter with temperature ranging between 15°C to 30°C, which can occasionally drop to 5°C.

Hostels:


1. How many hostels are there in IIT Gandhinagar?
Currently we have five boys hostels namely Beauki, Chimair, Duven, Emiet, Firpeal and one girls hostel named Aibaan.

2. What are the basic amenities in hostels?  
Hostels of IIT Gandhinagar are fully furnished with facilities such as 24*7 wifi, Lan connections in every room, single seater rooms, double seater rooms, sick rooms, 24*7 electricity, common room , washroom, specially designed washroom for specially abled, hot water supply, security service 24*7, drinking water cooler, laundry service, elevators, fridge, microwave oven, induction cooktop in pantry area etc.

3. How far are the hostel blocks from Academic area?  
The hostel blocks are at walking distance of about 500 meters from the Academic area.

4. What are the arrangements of food?  
For mess, food services are being given to top caterers of the city. There are two Dining halls in the campus run by these caterers in parallel. A committee comprising of students manages the mess and ensures that the students are provided with healthy food. Apart from mess, there are several stores such as Amul, Southern Platerz (Night Canteen), Tea –post, Nuti Rich (Bakery) also available for the students at different timings.

5. What will be the living expenditure?  
The expenditure pattern is similar to that of metro cities. Apart from the Institute fees, which are, payable every semester, the anticipated expense per month should be about Rs.5000 excluding mess charges.

6. What about medical facility?  
IIT Gandhinagar has a medical dispensary to provide medical care and advice to students, staff and faculties. Dispensary remains open from 9am to 7 pm (Monday-Sunday). We have one doctor 24*7 hours for medical help. Medical kits for minor injuries are being kept with security guards of each hostel.

7. What to do in case of medical emergency? Whom to contact?  
One can call to health secretary or health committee members. Contact details of committee members are available on the notice board of each hostel. In case of minor injury, you can take prescription from in-campus doctor. If case of major injury and emergency, we have a 24*7 hour vehicle facility. The SAL hospital Ahmedabad is in the institute’s panel of approved hospitals. Hospitalization expenses of all students are covered under a medical insurance policy.

8. How can I avail emergency vehicle facility? 
The contact numbers of the drivers available were there on any of the notice board of hostel area.

9. Is there any bank facility in campus?  
Yes, we have a branch of Canara Bank in campus which operates from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (Monday to Friday). We have an operational ATM machine available in academic block 24x7.

Academics:


1. In what way is IIT Bombay associated with IIT Gandhinagar?  
Each of the new IIT that were established were to be mentored by an existing IIT. IIT Gandhinagar was mentored by IIT Bombay till 2011 and has been functioning independently since then. However, the Institute retains a very warm and active relationship with IIT Bombay and whenever appropriate our students and faculty access the facilities at IIT Bombay.

2. Does IIT Gandhinagar have the same curriculum as IIT Bombay?  
The curriculum is similar; over time IIT Gandhinagar has introduced innovative changes in the undergraduate curriculum for which it was awarded the World Education Award 2013 by the World Education Summit in April 2013.

3. How good is the academic infrastructure? What kind of Labs does IIT Gandhinagar have?  
The basic infrastructure is in place at IIT Gandhinagar. We have our own well setup Labs for each department. Besides these, there are student run labs to promote innovation and research in the college. A design and innovations lab is in place for students wishing to prototype ideas developed as a part of projects.

4. What facility is provided by library at IIT Gandhinagar?
The Central library of IIT Gandhinagar has rich collection of over 21000 books and subscription to over 8000 journals (including both electronic and print format). It has an excellent arrangement with all IIT, IIM and IISER libraries for resource sharing.

5. What is the opening hours of IIT Gandhinagar Library?
Library opening hours are from 9.00 am to 2.00 am (Monday – Friday) and 9.00 am to 9.00 pm (Saturday, Sunday& holidays) during semesters, 9.00 am to 9.00 pm (Monday – Sunday& holidays) during vacations. Library opens for 24x7 for two weeks during Mid-sem and End- sem exams.

6. What are the policies and criteria of library for IIT Gandhinagar students on the following perspective?
a) How many books one can get issued at a time and what is the allowed days for returning of books?
A person with a valid IIT Gn Library membership can issue 6 books and 8 books in a semester (for 15 days each book) respectively, 1 loose magazine/journal (for 5 days) and two children’s books (for 15 days).

b) Is there any type of late fees if someone returns the borrowed (issued) book after the stipulated days for returning of books?
Yes. There are certain fines for late submission of issued books as well. For General Books, CDs/DVDs and Loose Issues Journals etc ,Rs. 2.00 per day (for first 7-days) and Rs. 5.00 per day (from 8th day and onwards). For Short loan books (Course reading), Rs. (5.00 per day) and Rs. 10.00 per day (from 8th day and onwards).

7. What are the undergraduate/postgraduate programs offered at IIT Gandhinagar?  
Undergraduate:
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering.
Post-Graguate:
1. M.Tech
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
2. D.IIT
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
3. M.Sc.
Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Cognitive Sciences.
4. M.A.
M.A. in Society and Culture.
PhD:
Basic Sciences, Biological Sciences and Engineering, Cognitive Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering (disciplines stated above) and Humanities & Social Sciences.

8. What is Dean’s List, How can I become eligible for?
Dean’s list is awarded to those students who achieve certain level of academic excellence in an academic semester. A letter of appreciation from Dean of Academic activities is provided to such students on days of National Importance i.e Republic Day(26th January) and Independence Day(15th August). Criteria for students to get dean’s list are below.