IIT Gandhinagar has taken a unique approach to emerge as a leading institution on two fronts, one, its pursuit to establish a holistic, well-rounded, and modern undergraduate curriculum, and two, its student-centric approach to help establish a nurturing, safe, and vibrant ecosystem for its students.
IIT Gandhinagar believes that in addition to a strong foundation in engineering fundamentals, the key distinguishers for long-term success of students are achieved through a holistic approach including project-based and hands-on learning, flexibility in the curriculum to pursue one’s interests, breadth in the curriculum with wide range of diverse courses that promotes critical thinking, opportunities for students to connect with Indian society as well as experience international cultures, opportunities to cultivate one’s leadership and communications, and opportunities for overall development beyond the curriculum.
a five-week immersive foundation program (that all undergraduates undergo) designed to nurture creativity, communication skills, ethics, teamwork, social engagement and physical fitness,
an international internship program that results in more than 40% of our undergraduates receiving international exposure before they graduate,
a flexible and broad-based curriculum that let students pursue topics and streams of their interest (including liberal branch change policy, numerous elective courses, interdisciplinary minor programs, dual major and dual degree programs),
a unique explorer fellowship program that enables students to travel the length and breadth of the country in teams to experience India intimately at the grassroots,
a 24-hour tinkerers lab managed by students with state-of-the-art tools for students to work on projects of their interest,
several advanced pedagogical initiatives including active learning and learning-by-doing approaches in several courses, a creative learning centre, curricular-wide project-based learning, a writing studio, etc.
On the other hand, IIT Gandhinagar’s student centric approach is also being widely recognized for helping create a nurturing, safe and vibrant environment for its students.
modern and excellent hostel facilities including air conditioning in all rooms, various conveniences and facilities (including shops, cafes, student lounge, mini library) in the hostels along with a dedicated set of hostel caretakers stationed in the hostels,
liberal financial aid and scholarship programs (beyond the government scholarships) to support both students with financial need and student excellence including full-tuition fees scholarship (Rs. 1 Lakh per semester) for all top 1000 JEE advanced rank holders, and a host of other scholarships and interest-free loans to support international internships, special projects, academic requirements (such as books and supplies), etc.
a highly responsible student body achieved by promoting responsibility, independence, and ethics at various levels and in various policies of the institute. This has also helped maintain a ragging-free campus, and a high level of ethical conduct in exams and overall conduct,
recent recognition from fssai as an exemplary (5-star) Eat Right Campus that promotes hygiene, safety, quality of ingredients, local and seasonal foods, close monitoring, and sustainability in its student messes (dining halls) and all eateries and cafes around campus,
a high emphasis on student emotional wellbeing with its very pro-active counselling services office along with a set of professional counsellors, faculty advisors, student guides that keep in touch with every student often times multiples times in a semester,
a number of recognitions for its outstanding campus designs and green initiatives including the five-star GRIHA LD rating (the first campus in India to do so), number of HUDCO awards including the green campus award, and Yes Bank Eco Campus award. The campus on the banks of the river Sabarmati was completed (phase 1) in July 2015 and has been occupied ever since,
heavy emphasis on sports, physical fitness, and extra-curricular activities including numerous student clubs,
opportunities for students to participate in social and leadership initiatives including an ad-hoc school for construction workers children that is fully run by students and running computer literacy programs for nearby village youth, leadership in various institute fests, etc.
IIT Gandhinagar offers 4-year BTech programmes in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science, and Materials Science & Engineering. The institute also offers 2-year MSc programme in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry, a 2-year MA programme
in Society and Culture, MTech, PGDIIT and PhD programmes in several disciplines in Engineering, Sciences and Humanities & Social Sciences. The Institute has introduced a futuristic undergraduate curriculum keeping in mind the urgent need to develop engineers and problem solvers for the 21st century that focuses on the overall development of students and has a significant component of humanities and social sciences, compulsory coursework in the life-sciences, exposure to design and creativity, and provides flexibility to students with several options to explore their interests.
Flexibility is built into the curriculum with a large number of elective courses that students can choose based on their interest, liberal branch change policies, minor programs in various topics including interdisciplinary areas, and large number of short courses offered by guest scholars. In addition, students can sign up for the Dual Major Programme during their course of study to earn an additional BTech degree in a second branch of their choice. For example, a student admitted to Chemical Engineering can opt for a second major in any one of Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering. Students enrolled in this programme will have to complete all the compulsory courses as defined by the second discipline (usually by spending an extra year) in addition to the minimum credit requirement of their parent discipline. Students can also choose to sign up for the Dual Degree Programme that enables students to get an MTech/MSc/MA degree in a branch of their choice (possibly different from their BTech branch) in addition to the BTech degree within a reasonable duration (again by usually spending an extra year). Students with a CPI ≥ 8.0 are eligible for fellowship. Separate BTech and MTech degrees will be awarded upon successful completion of the requirements.
The academic program is complemented by a flagship Foundation Programme for Self-Development that helps students set the foundation for ultimately shaping them as well-rounded human beings, outstanding engineers and responsible citizens. This programme focuses on nurturing creativity, communication skills, ethics, teamwork, and includes various activities, workshops on theatre, appreciation of architecture, arts, etc. The academic program is also supported by a unique Peer-assisted learning programme to help those first year BTech students who face difficulties in adapting to new culture and medium of instruction in their coursework. It is built on the philosophy of engaging students in learning outside the classroom by seeking help from peer educators. The students engage with their seniors in active conversations on topics related to their curriculum.
IIT Gandhinagar has outstanding faculty members including both senior academicians and young PhDs. The Institute has recruited its full-time faculty from some of the world’s leading institutes, such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, Cambridge, Michigan, Imperial College,
Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Cornell, Illinois, Max Planck, Harvard, Warwick, and IITs. A vigorous visiting faculty program and a flexible short-course structure exposes students to scores of prominent scholars and professionals from all over India, as well as the United States, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, etc.
All students are accommodated in one of the six fully furnished hostels on campus. Accommodation for girl students is in a separate hostel. Dining facilities are available on campus by two different caterers.
Convenience shops and eating joints which serves verity of cuisine, snacks, and daily needs
Mini Library (which provides reading zone to the students within the hostel premises)
Nighttime air conditioning in all hostel rooms
A laundry facility included in the “Mess and Laundry” charges with unlimited washing and ironing facility
A pantry on each floor of each hostel equipped with refrigerator, microwave oven and induction stove
Student lounge which includes recreation facilities such as a snooker table
IITGN has excellent computing infrastructure and state-of-the-art internet connectivity with all hostels and academic blocks fully WiFi enabled. The institute has computational labs with networked multi-core desktop computers and a high performance computing (HPC) platform for advancing research and teaching in computational science and engineering.
IIT Gandhinagar’s Central Library possesses a rich collection of books, research journals, and electronic resources in Engineering, Sciences, Humanities and the Social Sciences. Library electronic resources are accessible from anywhere on campus and the library, like the rest of campus, is Wi-Fi enabled.
The Institute has cutting edge teaching and research laboratories in numerous areas, including electronics, mechanics, robotics, physics, chemistry, image processing, fiber-optics, biomedical design, VLSI, power systems, soil mechanics, material sciences, nanotechnology, etc., to expose students to the latest research in different areas of science and engineering.
A highly qualified physical education instructor and several sports coaches and a gym instructor are available to train students. Grounds are available for football, cricket, volleyball and basketball, as well as indoor facilities for badminton, table-tennis, etc., and a modern multi-purpose gym staffed with instructors. Participation in sports activities is highly encouraged at IITGN and its students have been exceedingly competitive and successful in Inter IIT Meets.
IITGN campus is the first campus in the country to receive a five-star GRIHA-LD rating for the numerous sustainability, green campus, and energy efficiency measures. IITGN is also one of the first campuses to be awarded a five-star Eat Right Campus award from fssai for its various initiatives to promote hygienic, safe, healthy, nutritious, local & seasonal food.
Four qualified medical practitioners are available on the institute premises for several hours on working days to provide medical care and advice to students, staff and faculty. Hospitalization expenses of all students are covered under a medical insurance policy. Two trained male nurses are on staff full-time to provide emergency first aid and routine medical services. A fully equipped Physiotherapy Centre with the services of a trained physiotherapist and physiotherapy assistant has also been made operational on campus. A campus ambulance is available for emergencies.
Students Life at Institute
Students are major stakeholders of educational institutions and IIT Gandhinagar is becoming known for its student-centric approach emphasizing student responsibility and independence and their academic, social and emotional wellbeing. A high level of emphasis is placed
on ethics and responsibility. IITGN prides itself in maintaining a ragging-free campus, and the student body maintains a high level of ethical conduct supported by various initiatives including the student honour code. Along with rigorous academic training, students are encouraged to pursue curricular and extracurricular activities (through large number of student clubs and various other initiatives). IITGN is liberal in its outlook, informal in its interactions and uncompromising on its values. The students are encouraged to have convictions and opinions; take decisions and be responsible for it. IITGN ensures that all students have opportunities for holistic development.
Student Emotional Well Being: Student emotional wellbeing is a high priority at IIT Gandhinagar. The Institute has a very pro-active counselling services office along with a set of professional counsellors, faculty advisors, student guides and other supporting mechanisms to keep in touch with student mental well-being. These measures provide great support to the student body to help keep study stresses and pressures under check. Counselling services are available on all days, and comprehensive viva voce for each student are conducted every semester.
The Institute offers government grants and merit-cum-means scholarships to undergraduate students. In addition, the Institute has established scholarships for outstanding students (irrespective of their parental income) who distinguish themselves in academics,
sports, cultural, social, and leadership activities. Such excellence scholarships include a scholarship of Rs. 1 Lakh per semester (equivalent to the tuition fees) for all top 1000 JEE advanced rank holders for all eight semesters subject to the student continuing to maintain a reasonable academic record and ethical conduct. In addition, IIT Gandhinagar offers a host of other scholarships and interest-free loans to support international internships, special projects, academic requirements (such as books and supplies), etc. for both students with financial need and student excellence (such as financial rewards for undergraduate publications).
The IITGN Explorer Fellowship is an annual summer program that enables students, organised in small teams, to undertake a six-week adventure across the country. The program empowers students to plan (with a limited budget) and to set off on a journey of discovery, wherein they observe India intimately and the grassroots level and encounter diverse cultures and lifestyles.
IIT Gandhinagar Gram Fellowship was introduced with the aim to encourage students to immerse them in the experience of village life. During the fellowship stay, the students are expected to engage with the village community they are staying with to understand their concerns, welfare, values and beyond. The students also get a chance to understand prevailing socio, political, economic, cultural and humanitarian factors in the community.
The Earn-while-you-learn program allows the students to be self-reliant and meet their own expenses. Students can enroll to contribute to a number of Institutional activities [assistance in running library, computer centre, external relations, grading assignments etc] and gain professional experience while earning a reasonable financial compensation. This has helped in students developing appreciation of dignity of labour, and enhancing their own self esteem through partial financial independence.
Training & Placement
The Career Development Services at IITGN focuses on five important aspects of a student’s academic journey: career counselling, industry visits, higher education, placements and internships. CDS strives to provide appropriate career education to students
so that they can make an informed decision about their future upon completion of their degree at IITGN. During the course of their degree, students receive excellent internship and industry visit opportunities. More than 1/3rd of the students go to top universities around the world for research internships and others take up challenging internships at Indian institutions or industries. Our students take up jobs in a variety of sectors such as core, education, marketing, banking, software, etc. Many of our students pursue entrepreneurial ventures, mentored and guided by our incubation cell. About 20% of our students are headed abroad to some of the world’s finest research institutions, including CalTech, Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan, Houston and Imperial College, for higher education after graduation. To facilitate better decision making and to promote the culture of “pursuing one’s passion”, CDS has a unique deferred placement policy through which, a student may explore alternative career paths (which may sometimes be uncertain and/or high risk) with a reasonable safety net.
Backed by the training and support of the institute’s Career Development Cell, students at IITGN regularly interact with experts in the industry and IIT alumni, thus staying abreast of the needs of the job market. The Placements Cell brings companies spanning management, research and IT, in addition to core engineering, to meet the diverse aspirations of students.
Alumni of IITGN play a significant role in developing an ecosystem wherein our existing students gain from their experience. Alumni engagement is high and growing rapidly. IITGN Alumni association conducts annual meet, wherein Alumni are invited to spend
some time at the campus. Career planning sessions with specific focus areas are arranged between alumni and students of IITGN. Some of the recent events include preparation for Indian civil services, career in banking, and higher studies. Achievements of our alumni are also featured in our periodic Alumni newsletter. Every year, we also have a separate session wherein our alumni address the first year students in their starting month.
Recreational/Extra Curricular activities
The students and faculty of IITGN show an extraordinary level of enthusiasm and participation in institute affairs. Some recent examples are outlined below.
Founded in 2010, Amalthea is the annual technical summit of IITGN. It focuses on spreading technical knowledge and suffusing enthusiasm in the minds of the students to develop technology for the greater good of humans. This two-day conclave and technical summit attracts thousands of students and faculty from colleges all over India. Amalthea is supported by major companies like, ONGC, GPCL, Reliance, ITC, and Apple, in the form of sponsorships, exhibitions, etc. Eminent speakers such as Shri Narendra Modi, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Dr. R. Chidambaram, and Mr. Dilip Chhabaria, have shared their knowledge and vision with students at the conclave.
Blithchron, the two-day cultural festival of IITGN is an event that acts as a catalyst for budding talents from various universities, colleges and institutes from across the country. The fest showcases events like fashion shows, “The Butler Did It”, Antarangee, Panache, Jobless, the rock competition “String Theory”, a dance competition “Synchronize” and much more.
Hallabol is an all-night intra-institute sports Festival at IITGN. The highlight of the event is that it encourages not only students but also the staff and faculty to participate in every game. The games played with modified rules are Futsal, Tug of War, Frisbee, Touch Rugby, Foot Volley, Gully Cricket, 7 Stones, 3 a side Baddy, Basky, Dodge ball and Kho-Kho.
An Intra Institute fest, celebrated to bring the whole IIT Gandhinagar family together to experience, relive, share and admire the beauty of technology through fun, amusing activities and events which shows that science and engineering could be fun if viewed from different perspectives. Apart from exhibiting creative ideas, there are also various games for whole IITGn family.
The Institute is strongly committed to sensitizing students to the needs of society and to motivate them to make socially meaningful contributions from an early age. Nyasa is a student-run programme to address the health and education needs of construction workers and their families on campus. Nyasa organizes an ad-hoc school for children of construction workers, and in addition, organizes community lunches and clothes collection drives, and distributes woolen clothes in winter.