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Indian Institute of Technology Mandi
Indian Institute of Technology Mandi Logo.png
MottoScaling the heights!
TypePublic technical university
Established2009; 12 years ago (2009)
ChairmanPrem Vrat[1]
DirectorAjit Kumar Chaturvedi[2]
Academic staff
158[3]
Location, ,
31°46′26″N 76°59′42″E / 31.77389°N 76.99500°E / 31.77389; 76.99500Coordinates: 31°46′26″N 76°59′42″E / 31.77389°N 76.99500°E / 31.77389; 76.99500
CampusSpread over 520 acres (2.1 km2) along river Uhl in Kamand, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
Websitewww.iitmandi.ac.in

Indian Institute of Technology Mandi (IIT Mandi) is a public technical and research university located in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.

Since the first batch of 97 students joined in July 2009, IIT Mandi has grown to currently host 125 faculty, 1,655 students (enrolled in various undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes) and 1,141 alumni. Since the inception of the Institute, IIT Mandi faculty have been involved in over 275 Research and Development (R&D) projects worth more than Rs. 120 crore. In the past 10 years, the Institute has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with as many as 11 international and 12 national universities.[4]

History[edit]

IIT Mandi's permanent campus (about 14 km from Mandi) is fully functional on the left bank of the Uhl River at Kamand and Salgi villages in Mandi . Timothy A. Gonsalves is the founding Director (15/1/2010-30/6/2020) of IIT Mandi and R. C. Sawhney served as the first Registrar.[5] Prof. Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee took charge as Acting Director from 1 July 2020.[6]

IIT Mandi is one of eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2008 under The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011 which declares these eight IITs as well as the conversion of Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University to IIT.[7] The Act was passed in the Lok Sabha on 24 March 2011[8] and by the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012.[9] IIT Mandi was initially mentored by IIT Roorkee, which hosted the first batch of students.

Valued image seal.svg Construction in the South Campus, Dec '12

The Foundation Stone was laid on 24 February 2009.[10][11] IIT Mandi was registered as a society in Uttarakhand on 20 June 2009. Classes started in IIT Roorkee, the mentoring IIT, on 27 July 2009.[12] The transit campus at Government Post graduate College, Mandi was handed over by the Himachal Pradesh Government on 16 November 2009.[13]

On 12 April 2012, the ground-breaking ceremony was held in the Kamand campus to mark the start of construction. On 25 April 2015, IIT Mandi became the first of all the new IITs to completely shift B.Tech. students to its permanent campus in Kamand.[14]

Campus[edit]

Valued image seal.svg View of IIT campus from Griffon Peak, Jan 2020. South Campus in front right, North Campus in left middle.

Having started its journey in 2009 with 510 acres (210 ha) of grassland on the banks of river [Uhl River/ Uhl] in the village Kamand of Himachal Pradesh, 460 kilometres (290 mi) away from New Delhi, the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi has made impressive and rapid strides towards creating a remarkable and unique campus in the challenging yet serene Himalayan setup.[15][16] The campus is split up internally in two halves namely, the North Campus and the South Campus. Proper communication has been facilitated by the college for students, staffs and faculty for communication between north and south campus.

Sports, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are also of high importance for the Institute. In addition to the existing indoor badminton courts, swimming pool, table tennis hall, football and cricket fields and gymnasium, the Institute is creating a one of its kind pavilion, a hockey ground with kiosk, and also setting up new tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. The Institute has a medical unit in the South campus and a Health Care Center with 3 Medical officers, an ENT specialist, and a Pediatrician, in the North campus. It also includes a Procedure Room, a Minor Operation Theater and Physiotherapy Center.

The Institute has also set up within its campus important support services, such as creches, a botanical garden with a rich diversity of local plants, children’s parks, stationery shops, a campus school, canteens, cafes, banks and ATMs, for the convenience of campus residents. Library and book-nooks are also present in both North and South Campus. The auditorium is used for various occasions and programs organised at IIT Mandi.

Technologically Enhanced Services[edit]

The Construction and Maintenance Wing of IIT Mandi uses a web-based project management tool developed in-house by students with an open-source platform to monitor the progress of construction. It also uses an online Ticketing System to manage maintenance services. The Institute has established an advanced IT infrastructure including high-speed links of 1 GBPS capacity based on an optical backbone and more than 200 Wi-Fi access points.

The Institute has also established a High-Performance Computing Cluster with 160 nodes based on 3000 cores (CPU+GPU) and this continues to grow steadily. Future plans include establishing the Eduroam services (a global service that enables students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain internet connectivity across campus when visiting other participating institutions), Unified Threat Management infrastructure and to extend the backbone infrastructure to 10 GBPS besides developing a disaster recovery site. IIT Mandi has established National Knowledge Network Facilities including Virtual classrooms of 100 plus capacity and Conference Halls in all academic blocks. The academic blocks have spacious classrooms with a capacity ranging from 30 to 300.

The institute houses a Main library with a collection of 18,948 books and a fully automated and Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) enabled Satellite library with 20,000 online resources for students, faculty and staff. Future plans include creating a virtual classroom of 250 capacity and professional Recording Studio besides three conference rooms.

Green Activities[edit]

Efficient waste-management practices are held in high priority for the campus. The waste generated at each source is segregated through the active participation of residents. A Bio-gas Generator of 150 kg feed capacity has been installed for the digestion of biodegradable wastes. Sewage Treatment Plants have been set up to ensure that all waste-water generated in the campus gets suitably treated before discharge and reuse. Special efforts have also been put towards the identification of local flora and fauna, and in ensuring that the campus growth continues to be in harmony with them. Future plans include reuse of treated waste-water, development of plant nursery, better segregation and in-house composting.[17]

The South Campus[edit]

South Campus from Griffon Peak, Apr 2017

IIT Mandi was the first among all the new IITs to shift residential and academic facilities on the main campus.

The total area of IIT Mandi is 510 acres of which about 200 acres is flat-land while the rest is mountainous. Work was entrusted to CPWD and NBCC[18]

A Faculty and Staff Recreation Club in the South Campus was also inaugurated on 29 October 2016.[19] The master plan for the complete development of the campus is ready and intends to cater for 5000 students, 600 faculty and associated staff.

The South Campus at IIT Mandi in Kamand is projected to host all the research facilities in the long run. Some of the sites of the South Campus are :

Residential Complexes[edit]

  1. Prashar : Boys Hostel
  2. Nako : Boys Hostel
  3. Suvalsar : Boys Hostel
  4. Chandra Taal : Girls Hostel
  5. Faculty/ Staff Quarters: Residence for some of the faculty and staff in the south campus.

Academic Buildings[edit]

  1. A1 : Houses an NKN classroom, some faculty offices, and other small-sized classrooms.
  2. A2 : The building is known as the AMRC, or the, Advanced Material Research Centre, which is a multi-disciplinary hub for research facilities at IIT Mandi[20]
  3. A3 : Houses some of the faculty offices and the office of the Dean (Academics).
  4. A4 : Houses some of the faculty offices and a medium-sized conference room with NKN connectivity.
  5. A5 : Currently houses the Central Library, 3 PC labs, and a few small-sized classrooms.
  6. A6 : Apart from housing some of the faculty offices, the building primarily hosts the BioX Centre.[21]
  7. A7 : Hosts the Director's Office, the Registrar's Office, the Finance and Accounts office, and some faculty offices
  8. A9 : Houses a big classroom with a capacity of around 200 students.
  9. SC-NKN : Stable Complex – NKN, or SC-NKN as it is called, the building has a small classroom (having NKN connectivity) along with some other laboratories
  10. Mechanical Workshop

Student dining Hall[edit]

  1. Cedar Mess : is situated at the center of the campus
  2. Maple Mess : is situated in the southern part of the campus, catering to the students of the hostels nearby

Eateries[edit]

  1. Sir C.V. Raman Canteen : Usually open from 9 am to around 11.30 pm, the canteen is located near the bus stop of the South Campus.
  2. Daily Dose Cafe : Situated at the ground floor of the Maple (D2) mess, the newly opened joint serves a variety of snacks (ranging from Pizza, Pasta, Waffles and Doracakes)
  3. The Priya Canteen : Located inside the Cedar (D1) mess, the canteen mostly serves ready-to-eat items.

Other Offices / Amenities[edit]

  1. Dean (Students) Secretariat
  2. Cricket Ground
  3. Football Ground
  4. Sports Complex

The North Campus[edit]

Top View of North Campus
North Campus

The North Campus is to host all the students in the long run (with the South Campus catering to the residential and research requirements of the research scholars). At present, all the undergraduate students reside in the North Campus, with some of the postgraduates students also living here.

The North Campus has the following sites :

Residential Complexes[edit]

  1. Beaskund : Boys Hostel
  2. Dashir : Boys Hostel
  3. Gaurikund : Girls Hostel
  4. Faculty Housing and Staff Quarters

Academic Buildings[edit]

  1. A9 Innovation Hub: This 5-storey hub-shaped building has a Design & Innovation Lab and Exhibition area on the ground and 1st floors. Above this is the Registrar's and other Administrative offices. Next is a Satellite Library and research labs. The top floor houses the Director's Office, Board Room, and research labs. Radiating up the valley from the hub are the A10-A13 and A11-A14 academic spines.
  2. A10 : The 4 story building which houses some of the faculty offices apart from many medium to large sized classrooms.
  3. A13 : The building hosts the 300 seater classroom in addition to other small to medium-sized classrooms.
  4. A16 : The Central Library of the institute

Student Dining Hall[edit]

  1. Pine Mess : Located near the A10 block.
  2. Oak Mess : Catering mostly to the residents of the Dashir Hostel blocks, the Oak Mess is situated on the eastern side of the North Campus.

Eateries[edit]

  1. Sunrise Canteen
  2. Jassi Canteen
  3. Amul Parlour
  4. One Bite Cafe
    Inside View of the Auditorium

Village Square Area[edit]

C.V Raman Guest House

Holds four major complexes arranged in a circular way overlooking the park type structure :

  1. The Auditorium Complex : In addition to the 800 seater auditorium, the complex has 3 small lecture halls (with a capacity of around 40–50 students) each.
  2. The Sports Complex : Hosts badminton, Table Tennis and Squash courts along with a swimming pool and Gym.
  3. Guest House
  4. Health Centre
  5. The Academic Office
  6. Gymkhana: For all technical and cultural clubs, having different rooms for different clubs.

Other Amenities[edit]

  1. Hockey Ground
  2. Swimming Pool
  3. Megastar Mini Mart

Organisation and administration[edit]

Schools[edit]

The Institute primarily consists of Faculty, Project Associates and Students divided across several schools. Currently there are four schools operational in IIT Mandi.[22]

  • School of Computing and Electrical Engineering
  • School of Basic Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Business Incubators and Entrepreneurship[edit]

In keeping with its Vision of serving society, IIT Mandi has started two business incubators and has a student-run E-Cell.

IIT Mandi Catalyst[edit]

IIT Mandi Catalyst is the first technology business incubator (TBI) in Himachal Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala on 15 May 2016.[23] IIT Mandi Catalyst offers a low-cost, high-tech, yet peaceful and picturesque destination to early-stage startups. [24]


Enabling Women of Kamand Society
EWOK logo.png
Other names
EWOK
Former name
Enabling Women in the Kamand Valley for Career Development using mobile and internet
MottoHelping Kamand women take command!
TypeBusiness Incubator, Training
EstablishedApril 2016 (April 2016)
Parent institution
IIT Mandi
Location, ,
Websitewww.ewok.in
Started as a project by IIT Mandi in April 2016. Registered as a Society in November 2019.

Enabling Women of Kamand (EWOK)[edit]

Enabling Women of Kamand (EWOK) is an innovative programme started by IIT Mandi in May 2016. [25] It focuses on imparting skills training to rural women to enable them to start village-scale businesses. EWOK has partnered with women from the four panchayats of Kamand, Kataula, Katindhi and Navlaya in Mandi district. [26]

E-Cell (Entrepreneurship Cell)[edit]

The E-Cell is a student-run club that provides exposure to entrepreneurship to IIT Mandi students. [27]

Academics[edit]

IIT Mandi like all other Indian Institutes of Technology, conducts various programs including bachelor's degree in Technology (B.Tech.). It also offers postgraduate level programs like Master of Science and Master of Science (Research). Further, it also offers a Ph.D. program for cutting edge research [28] in basics sciences such as chemical sciences, physical sciences as well as in disciplines of engineering. The academic year is organized between two semester a year. IIT Mandi follows a 10-point CGPA scale, with a rigorous examination procedure consisting of two mid-semester examinations called Quizzes and an end-semester exam. Apart from that, the courses may involve short projects, term-papers, self-study assignments, tutorials, and regular surprise quizzes.

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

Currently(2019–2020), IIT Mandi offers Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) programs in six disciplines namely:[29]

The institute also offers a dual-degree program (B.Tech. – M.Tech.) in the following discipline :

  • Bio-engineering

Like all the other IITs, admissions to these programs are done on the basis of merit list of JEE-Advanced, the second phase examination of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which is an all India engineering entrance examination.[30]

Female Enrollment in B.Tech[edit]

The Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, has successfully achieved the target of female enrollment in undergraduate courses by admitting 20.22 percent female students to B. Tech program for the Academic Year 2019–20. This stands favorably with the target of 17 percent set by the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Apex Board Committee for 2019–20.[31] A total of 262 students were admitted to IIT Mandi this year in B.Tech courses, out of which 53 are girls and 209 are boys as compared to 38 girls and 158 boys last year. A total of 103 students have been admitted this year in the M.Sc. courses, of which 36 are girls and 67 are boys.[32] For the Academic Year 2020-2021 a total of 330 students have been admitted in B.Tech Courses out of which 68 are girls and 262 are boys which gives a 20.61 percent female ratio in B.Tech this year.[33]

Data regarding the number of women taking admission:

Female Enrollment in B.Tech
Year No. of Female Students
2015 8
2016 6
2017 22
2018 38
2019 53
2020 68

Postgraduate Programs[edit]

IIT Mandi also offers postgraduate programs like M.A, M.S.(by Research), M.Sc., and M.Tech. under various departments. Currently, IIT Mandi offers M.S. program in fields of basic sciences and engineering, M.A program in Development Studies, M.Sc. program in Chemistry and M.Tech. in Energy Materials.[34] For any candidate to be eligible for admission, he/she must have a bachelor's degree in Engineering / Technology or master's degree in appropriate Sciences with a valid score in GATE or equivalent national level examination or GRE in appropriate discipline.[35] Shortlisted candidates are called for a personal interview and based on which admission is offered.

IIT Mandi also offers Ph.D. programs in the field of engineering and basic sciences. To be eligible for admission process, the candidate must have a master's degree in sciences with a good academic record and a valid GATE score or UGC/CSIR NET/ Master's degree in Engineering/Technology with a good academic record/ B. Tech degree of any IIT with a minimum of CGPA of 8.0 on a 10.0 point scale or with a valid GATE Score or B. Tech. / B.E degree of any recognized University in India with a minimum CGPA of 8.0 on a 10.0 point scale or equivalent with valid GATE score.[36]

Strategic Partnerships[edit]

TU9, Germany[edit]

WPI, USA[edit]

IIT Mandi has a collaboration program with many foreign universities. Students from WPI, USA come at IIT Mandi to work with IIT Mandi students on 'Interdisciplinary Socio-technical Practicum (ISTP)'. Through the ISTP, students explore the various issues/problems of society, and they propose technology-based solutions for these, and evaluate the proposed solutions from social, technical, economical, environmental and other aspects.[37]

Ranking[edit]

College rankings
Engineering – India
NIRF (2020)[38]31

It was ranked 31st among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2020.[38]

Research[edit]

IIT Mandi nurtures an interdisciplinary research environment that develops innovative technologies for widespread use. Driven by the need of the region and the nation, the thrust areas have been identified and organised.

Research centers[edit]

The Advanced Materials Research Centre (AMRC) has a focus on the environment and on agriculture particularly for traditional farmers who are engaged in the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, saffron and medicinal plants in this region. The Centre for Design & Fabrication of Electronic Devices (C4DFED) is an institute facility for multidisciplinary research of electronic device design and fabrication. The Centre has Class 100, Class 1000 & Class 10000 laboratories where high-end sophisticated electronic device design, fabrication and characterisation tools worth Rs. 50 crore are installed.[citation needed]

Student life[edit]

Student societies[edit]

Student activities at IIT Mandi are grouped into six different societies namely, Academic, Cultural, Literary, Research, Sports and Technical.[39]

Technical Society include KamandPrompt (The Programming Club), STAC (The Astronomy Club), Robotronics (The Robotics and Electronics Club), Nirman Club, Yantrik club and E-Cell. Cultural Society includes Art Geeks (Art club), Music club, UDC (Dance club), Dramatics club, Designauts (Design Club), ShutterBugs (The Photography Club), and Perception (The Videography Club).

Literary Society includes debate, quizzing and writing club of the college. Literary Society also publishes a yearly student's magazine by the name of Vivaan.

Sports society has a sports council which coordinates all the sports activities for Football, Cricket, Badminton, Lawn Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey, Athletics, and Chess at Kamand Campus.

Academic Society invites student participation and acts as a bridge between the students and the faculty and helps in the overall smooth functioning of the academic activities. It also assists the students in participating in various student exchange programs and internships. Research Society includes IIT Mandi Research Club (IITMRC).

Cultural festivals[edit]

Exodia[edit]

Exodia is the annual technical cum cultural fest of IIT Mandi. It is a three-day long event held towards the start of March. Started in 2012 by a bunch of enthusiast IITians, it is a student-run non-profit organization that caters primarily to the youth. Exodia '12 and Exodia '13 were set in the transit campus of IIT Mandi. Exodia'14 and Exodia'15 were set on the permanent campus.[citation needed]

Rann-Neeti[edit]

Rann-Neeti is the Annual Inter College Sports Fest of IIT Mandi organised by Student Gymkhana of IIT Mandi. It is a three-day long event held every year in the month of September in which college from states all over the nation participate.[citation needed]

AstraX[edit]

AstraX is the annual inter-college Astronomy meet of IIT Mandi organized by its Space Technology and Astronomy Cell. AstraX observes keynote talks by eminent international and national astrophysicists and astronomers, engaging workshops on space technology and a plethora of interesting events.[40] Students from IITs, IISERs, NITs and many other colleges across India participate in this Astro technical Fiesta.[citation needed]

Ruvaan[edit]

Ruvaan is the annual inter-college Literary Fest of IIT Mandi. It is jointly organized by Writing Club, Drama Club, Debating Club, and Quizzing Club (Literary Society). The first edition of Ruvaan Fest was conducted as a 3-day event from 28 February 2020 to 1 March 2020. This 3-day event is full of a plethora of interesting events including but not limited to Debates, Poetry-Slams, M.U.N., Drama, Quizzes, Movie Screenings, and Poet Conference. Students from colleges across the nation participate in this Literary Fest.[citation needed]

FrostHack[edit]

FrostHack is an open hackathon organized by the student community of IIT Mandi with the goal of solving societal problems by collective collaboration among students using tech.[citation needed]

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