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.
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.
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?
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering.
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Cognitive Sciences.
M.A. in Society and Culture.
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.
- Minimum SPI of 8.5 in that semester.
- There should be no Fail/Non-Pass/Not-Completed grade in that semester.
- Grades in all Credit courses must be : B- (BC) or higher.
- Student must not be placed under any probation.
- • 16 Pixels| Photography Club
- • Abhinaya| Drama Club
- • Cinematheque| Movie Club
- • Palette| Art Club
- • Sargam| Music Club
- • Step Up|Dance Club
- • The Literary Society
- • Vinteo| film-making Club
- • Orenda| Gender and sexuality Club
- • Metis| Coding Club
- • Mean Mechanics| robotics Club
9. What are the different awards distributed by the Institute for the academic excellence?
There are many fellowships, scholarships, Internships etc. for UG and PG students who performs well in academic year or semester. For more information you can follow this link.
10. More details about faculty at IIT Gandhinagar?
IIT Gandhinagar has outstanding faculty members including both senior academicians and young PhDs. The faculty of IITGN are highly qualified having their doctoral degrees and masters from some of the most reputed universities of the World. The faculty is young and vibrant and is highly approachable. The institute has high number of visiting faculty, which are renowned in the world for their proficiency in the subjects, and the conglomeration of visiting foreign faculty, research scholars enriches the learning experience among students. For specific details click here.
11. What are the branch change policies?
IIT Gandhinagar has adopted a very liberal branch change policy based on academic performance. IIT Gandhinagar believes that students should be able to pursue the branch of study they are interested in, and that they should be allowed to change their decision after the completion of the first year (the complete first year UG curriculum is common across different branches of engineering).
12. What is GPS system and what are the criteria for a student who is under GPS to come out of it?
Guided provided scheme (GPS) is a set up for student those who have low performance in academic area. Students who fall under this provision are regularly monitored by their faculty adviser throughout the semester. These students are advised to clear their backlog first and then taking other courses by permit of a fix number of 21 credits. This plan has proved to be very effectively by completion of program for many students who fall under this provision.
13. How many maximum total credits one can take in a semester (a normal student) and a student in GPS?
A Normal student is allowed to take maximum of 28 credits in a semester whereas a GPS student is allowed to take maximum 21 credits.
14. Do we have Honours and Minors? What are some of the other innovations in Education that IIT Gandhinagar has initiated?
Yes, Institute also offers minors in Computer Science, Management, Humanities, Materials Science, Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical engineering to undergraduate students to improve interdisciplinary knowledge of the students. Honours are also offered to undergraduate students in their respective branches. The institute has also started a concept of short courses and workshops that provide students with additional information inside and outside their branch.
15. What is ‘SELF LEARNING MODE’?
Institute doesn’t have any compulsory attendance. Attendance issues are left on the instructor’s discretion. Instructor decides attendance policy for his/her course. But students those who are absenting themselves for more than three classes in first week or six classes in first five weeks are fall under this mode where they are not allowed to submit any assignments, not allowed to appear in quizzes and mid-sem exam. If he/she do so his/her assignments etc. would not be graded. Student in this mode is only allowed to appear in end-sem exam and his/her grade in that particular course would be only decided by end –sem score alone with compare to other students.
16. What is ‘Peer assisted learning (PAL)’?
Peer assisted learning (PAL) is a unique initiative is taken by IIT Gandhinagar to help first year student who find difficulty to adapt English as the medium of curriculum. In this initiative a group of first year’s student those who are struggling with English are assigned to peers educators. These peers engage students to interactive discussion in English and curriculum related topics. This program is also extended to second year students who may require more assistance for their institutional level.
17. What are the differences between regular and elective courses?
Apart from regular branch courses a student have to complete 4 HSS(Humanities and Social Sciences) courses, 2 (BS) Basic Science courses and 4 open electives (which may or may not be related to your branch) during his/her end of B.tech program. One can do minor in any branch by completing a fix number of courses. His /her 4 open elective can be counted for minor degree as well.
18. What are short courses? Can these credits be used in final credits required for graduation claim?
Short courses are a series of lectures apart for regular curriculum. Each short course worth one credit and it will be displayed on the final grade sheet. These lectures are conducted by guest lecturers on different. Each short course has duration of 8-10 hours for 1-2 days.
19. What is the full process to add/drop a course?
A student can drop any courses during his/her semester if he/she is finding difficultly with it or timing of course is clashing with other courses. In place of dropped courses he/ she can add any courses which have no clash with other course. There is a period of 8-10 days in starting of semester and after mid-sem exam in which you can avail this facility.
20. How many maximum course one can convert to Pass/Fail option and what are the criteria related to this process?
Pass/fail is a policy of institute in which a student can submit request to convert his/her earlier registered courses with passing grade(s). Each student will have maximum two courses for this option in his/her entire program. The tagged courses will be dropped from CPI calculation.
1. How are the sports facilities?
One highly qualified physical education instructor is on the staff to train students. Grounds are available for football, cricket, volleyball and basketball.. A modern multi-purpose gym is available along with a gym instructor. Students play some of their own favorites such as Gully cricket and Frisbee in their free time.
2. How involved are the students in extracurricular activities?
The institute believes in all-round development of the student and hence the students are encouraged to participate in various extra-curricular activities that interests' them like music, dance, drama, arts, social-welfare, etc.
3. Are sports compulsory for the first years?
Yes. The institute believes that sports play a major role in the development of personality of the students. Hence, all the first year students are required to devote a minimum no. of hours towards sports for their NSO course (which is for both the semesters of first year)to achieve the pass grade).
4. Do we have indoor facilities?
We do not have indoor facility but currently second phase construction is going on where sports complex for various indoor sport facilities such as wooden badminton court, squash court, snooker, volleyball etc. will be constructed.
5. Are sports equipments updated timely?
Yes, each year funds for various sports equipments are released from institute. Equipments are regularly being checked by secretary of respective game and sports coordinator as well.
6. Do we have instructors available for various sports?
Yes, we have coaches available for all sports from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm (Monday to Friday).
7. Do we participate in local tournaments?
Yes, teams from various sports participate in local and state tournaments; inter college sport festivals, intra college sports festivals, Inter-IIT sports meet etc.
8. Do we get funding from institute to participate in various tournaments?
Yes, Institute financially support teams from various games to participate in tournaments and inter-IIT sports meet.
9. Is it allowed to change sport at any time we wish to?
Yes, IIT Gandhinagar’s policy is very liberal toward sport selection. A student can jump from one sport to another whenever he/she wants to prior to that the students are given one week of practice session on the chosen sport before they finalize their choice.
10. Do we have proper authority to look for sports fields?
Yes, we have one overall sport coordinator and two grounds men for maintenance of sports fields. Also we have one faculty advisor for sport section who keeps records of all sport facilities.
11. Do we have student council for sports?
Yes, we have sport council for sports as well, where one secretary and one captain for each sport (for both boys and girls team). You can find more details for sports council here.
12. Which are the current clubs at IIT Gandhinagar?
There are cultural and technical clubs at IIT Gandhinagar.
For more info, click here.
13. How to be a member of a club/organization at IIT Gandhinagar?
At the start of every academic year secretary of each club share an invitation form to student community. A student is free to choose any club from cultural or technical club by filling invitation form.
14. How many clubs can I join in a semester?
A student can join as many clubs as he/she wants. But it is often suggested that he/she does not join more than 2 clubs in a semester considering academic courses as well.
15. Can I start my own club?
Yes, you can start your own club .For that you need to start with an interest group or hobby club then find a good number of people who are interested in your proposed club. Then you have to draft a proposal considering aim of your club to student senate and after approval from authorities, you can declare it officially.
16. How can my club get financial assistance for organizing an event?
The club secretary have to first make a request to your respective club secretary by giving him/her appropriate reason for organizing of event. Then the request will be approved by cultural/technical secretary followed by Dean of Student Affairs. The entire requests for financial assistance are accomplished by the DoSA (Dean of Student Affairs).
17. How can I become the secretary of a club?
At the start of every academic year nomination form is shared to whole student community. The selection of the secretary of a club is done by the cultural or Technical Secretary on the basis of an interview which includes remark by the outgoing secretary of the club.
18. What kind of Student Initiatives has been taken in IIT Gandhinagar?
The institute highly encourages and promotes students initiatives. In fact, all the major activities around students are initiated by them, for example the intra-college sports festival Halla-Bol, intra-college cultural festival Jashn, cultural festival Blithchron, Technical summit Amalthea etc. intra-college science and technology fair - Ignite are student run. You can read more about the student life here.
Placements and Internships:
1. What is the situation on placements and internships so far?
IITGN students have been placed in a number of lucrative companies. For more information regarding placements click here. The institute has collaborations with many foreign institutes providing students great internship opportunities of working at best institutes and companies across the world.
1. I want to speak to a student at IIT Gandhinagar to know more. Who should I contact?
You can find a list of students you can contact, here