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The Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar)

The Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar), sometimes referred to as Indian Institute of Technology Punjab (IIT Punjab), is an engineering and technology higher education institute located in Rupnagar, Punjab, India. It is one of the eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India 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.The Act was passed in the Lok Sabha on 24 March 2011 and by the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012  

History

This new institute was established by MHRD in year 2008. The classes for academic session 2008-2009 were held at IIT Delhi. The Institute started functioning from its transit campus in Rupnagar in August 2009.    

Campus & Location

IIT Ropar is located at Rupnagar (formerly known as Ropar) town of the district Rupnagar. Rupnagar was founded in the 11th century and named after Rup Sen son of Raja Rokeshar. Recent excavations and explorations conducted at Rupnagar indicate that the first settlements here were the Harappans, who reached the upper Satluj towards the close of third millennium B.C. The district has rich historical and religious significance. Rupnagar town, the district headquarters is 42 km. from Chandigarh, the state capital. Rupnagar is well connected by road on National Highway NH-21. The Delhi-Ambala-Una railway line passes through Rupnagar and provides good rail connectivity. The nearest airport is at Chandigarh at a distance of about 60 km. The Satluj river passes close to Rupnagar. The climate is characterized by its general dryness, except during the south-west monsoon season, a hot summer and a cold winter. The winter is from mid-November to February, summer from March to June and the monsoon from late June to mid-September. The average annual rainfall in the district is about 776 mm with about 78% in the period of June to September.    

Permanent campus

The location for permanent campus of IIT Ropar is Birla Seed Farms, Ropar (Rupnagar), district headquarter of Ropar (Rupnagar) near to Chandigarh. The Institute is expected to be operational from its permanent campus by 2013.The Government of Punjab has already approved land for permanent campus of about 525 acres (2.12 km2) in Rupnagar. Foundation stone for permanent campus of IIT Ropar was laid down on 24 February 2009 by former Union HRD Minister Mr. Arjun Singh.    

Temporary campus

The temporary campus of IIT Ropar is former Women's Polytechnic, Rupnagar. The academic and administration buildings have been completely renovated to accommodate all the requirements of the Institute . It has all the basic infrastructure to run Academic programmes specially designed by IIT Delhi. The transit campus is equipped with state of art lecture halls along with well maintained playgrounds to nurture the bright minds and enhance their overall development. Special emphasis has been laid to set up advanced laboratories to help students gain practical insight of the courses that are a part of their curriculum. The current temporary campus is a brief 1 km walk from Rupnagar railway station and the permanent campus is about 45 km from it.    

Academic system

The curriculum followed at IIT Ropar provides for a science-based engineering education, with a view to produce quality engineer-scientists. If facilitates broad-based knowledge acquisition and, simultaneously, nurtures a temper for lifelong learning and exploration. Students are encouraged to go beyond the classroom to conduct and carry out independent work by means of research projects, guided reading, and by allowing them to join the research activities undertaken by faculty members. The idea behind such a fashioning of the curriculum is the belief that classroom activities must be supplemented by independent study and also by individual research that broadens one's horizon and provides for opportunities to bring one's ideas to fruition. The academic programme at the institute follows a semester-based credit system. The prominent feature of the credit system is the process of continuous evaluation of a student's performance and the flexibility to allow a student to progress at an optimum pace suited to his/her ability or convenience, subject to fulfilling minimum requirements for continuation. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) is necessary for satisfactory progress and continuation in the programme.    

Academic programmes

In its first year, i.e. academic year 2008-2009, three undergraduate programmes were offered. Admission to these programmes is through the JEE and students are admitted after completing 10+2 (high-school level) schooling.
  • Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Science & Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Bioengneering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
IIT Ropar also offers admissions for Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Philosophy.  

Academic information

The institute's transit campus developed almost fully by the winter semester of academic session 2009-2010. The first half of academic year 2009-2010 was overseen by faculty from IIT Delhi. IIT Ropar now has faculty members for seven different departments and schools functional at the institute. Students of the IIT Ropar have had a great opportunities to explore their research capabilities under the able guidance of collaborated UK universities for different Summer sessions. The first (pioneering) batch of students from the B.Tech programme at IIT Ropar graduated in May 2012 and will be receiving the degrees in September 2012 at the convocation held at the institute.    

Collaborations in hand and the future plans

IIT Ropar is keen to start collaborative ventures with universities, industries, and other research institutes (both in India and outside India). In sequel to the agreement signed between the Prime Minister of India and its counterpart in UK in June 2008, a number of universities and their consortia have expressed keen interest in collaborating with IIT Ropar. In the last few months, the Director, Prof. Surappa, has signed a number of MOUs with his counterparts in various universities in the United Kingdom. They have also had several visitors from universities abroad with a view to establish partnership in research and teaching.    

Research

The institute, apart from establishing robust teaching environment, is keen to facilitate and support cutting-edge research in a variety of areas. This aspect will enable the students to acquaint themselves with latest development in their respective areas of study and pursue their own research interests. This would also result in a constant revision of the contents of courses that are being taught. The institute encourages its faculty members to initiate research work and provides an initiation grant and also the basic facilities for its sustenance. It also encourages faculty members to establish collaborative research ventures with other research lab and industry. In this regard, the institute is keen to establish Central Research Facility. The institute has already started its PhD programme, so that the research environment is further augmented, expanded, and made even more vibrant.    

Campus life/Infrastructure

   

Hostel Facilities

The Institute campus houses five hostels: four for boys (Mercury Wings A & B, Jupiter and Neptune Houses) and one for girls (Venus House). The hostels are well equipped for comfortable lodging and boarding of approximately 550 students. All hostels are provided with water coolers and RO water filter systems. Each hostel has a common room that provides facilities for indoor recreation and games. The hostel complex also includes four shops that cater to the basic needs of the residents, and also two laundry centers. High speed internet is available via wireless internet (spread in the complete campus area) and LAN connections provided by BSNL India. The day-to-day management of hostels is taken care of by a committee consisting of student representatives, faculty members (as Wardens) and administrative staff (caretakers, office-heads). Institute has its own independent post office opened for the staff and students of the institute. SBI (State Bank of India) has a well operational branch inside the campus premises.    

Medical Facility

The institute has allocated a separate building, which adjoins the hostel complex, for its medical facility. A doctor and a nurse have been appointed to attend to medical emergencies of the campus residents. In addition the institute relies upon a few super-speciality hospitals in the city of Ropar for providing medical care to its members.    

Sports Facilities

The students of the institute, apart from showing excellent academic progress, are keen to pursue their interests in sports and games. To nurture these interests, the institute provides several facilities. At present, the institute has a cricket field, three tennis courts, a football field, a hockey field, a gymnasium, a basket ball court and also a number of facilities for several athletics. The institute also encourages its students to participate in the inter-IIT competition which is held every year in December at different IIT campuses across India and other competitions. The Students Activity Center (SAC) has a well equipped gymnasium and rooms for different activity clubs such as the Music Club and the Fine Arts Club.    

Central Library

The Central Library functions as the primary information resource and repository for all teaching and research activities at the institute. Apart from textbooks and recommended reading material prescribed for each course offered at the institute, the library houses a growing collection of research monographs, reports, multi-volume reference works, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and so on. In addition, the library also facilitates access to a number of journals through its participation in consortia such as INDEST-AICTE. At present, users can consult more than 4000 books (available on shelves) and hundreds of journals (through electronic subscription).    

Security

The institute has ensured that its campus and residents are safe and secure. To accomplish this, a security agency has been entrusted with the task of providing security to its personnel and resources. The beautiful campus has a peaceful environment.    

Extra Curricular Activities

 

Societies & Clubs

There are various societies being run by the student body at the institute to promote extra currulicular and co-curricular activities. These clubs ensure participation from the students in different institute level activities & competitions, and prepare them for inter-college competitions. The Music Society, The Dance Club, LitSoc- The Literary Society, The Chess Club, The Athletics Club, The Creative Writing Club, Science and Technology Club, etc. are managed by the respective student representatives and a secretary.    

Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist is the annual cultural festival of IIT Ropar. The first edition of the festival was held in September 2010 with the theme "The Spirit of the Times" (the meaning of the word Zeitgeist).It was sponsored by Hero Honda and the star performers were Faridkot, The Band. The festival in November 2011 opened on even a bigger platform with two special on-stage performances
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