Separate hostel accommodation for male and female students is available on the campus. There are about 950 single/double rooms in Men's Blocks and about 250 rooms in Women's Blocks. With the ever-increasing pressure for Campus accommodation, it is not feasible to provide single-occupancy rooms for all the students in Men Students' Blocks. Sponsored candidates are not provided campus accommodation.
There are three dining halls (one vegetarian and two composite) that are run on the advice of Students' Mess Committee. The monthly mess charges (computed based on actuals each month) are at present approximately Rs.1000/- for vegetarian and Rs.1200/- for non-vegetarian boarders.
The students are required to abide by the Hostel/Mess Rules in force.
Gymkhana of the Institute is the epicentre of all cultural and other extra-curricular activities of the students on the campus. It has some of the best sports facilities in Bangalore with a Cricket ground, Tennis courts, Swimming pool, Cinder track, Indoor Badminton court, Billiards, Ping Pong tables, etc. The well-equipped gymnasium with the latest multi-trainer and wall-bar equipment is another attraction. It also has indoor and outdoor auditoria.
The Ranade library, attached to Gymkhana, has a collection of 10,000 books and also subscribes to over 50 magazines. The well-kept outdoor swimming pool, the T.V., music and reading rooms, as also the snack parlor situated in the premises, are all very popular. Film, Music, Yoga, Nature, Debating and Photography Clubs are being nurtured by the Gymkhana.
The Institute provides medical facilities to students and staff at the Health Centre. An out-patient clinic and in-patient wards are administered by full-time professional doctors and nursing staff. In addition, specialist consultancy services are provided in Medicine, Ophthalmology, Dental Health, Psychiatry and Gynecology. Cases requiring other specialist services are referred to the appropriate Medical Centres in the city. The Health Centre has a diagnostic laboratory, X-ray facility and non-invasive diagnosis by ultrasonography are also available.
The Institute has state-of-the-art, shared and distributed supercomputing facilities. It is the country's leading computing centre having the state-of-the art computing facilities, catering to the ever-increasing demands of high performance computing for scientific and engineering research. The supercomputing facility at SERC is a symbiosis of computing, network, graphics, and visualization. The Centre is conceived of as a functionally distributed supercomputing environment, housing state-of-the-art computing systems, with sophisticated software packages, and connected by a powerful high-speed network.
The high performance computing facilities include a 256-processor IBM Power5 based Linux cluster, two 32-processor IBM Power4+ processor Regatta systems, 32-processor SGI Altix 3700 system, two 16-processor SGI Altix 350 system, a 16-processor IBM RS/6000 SP3, a 32-processor RS/6000 SP-2 system, and C-DAC PARAM 10000. The centre also supports advanced graphics environment comprising of hardware such as the SGI Tezro, SGI Fuel, SGI Octane, O2, SUN Ultra 60 with Elite3D graphics, and Compaq XP1000 with PS350 graphics, supplemented with advanced software for Graphics and Image processing. A large pool of Unix workstations such as COMPAQ AlphaServer ES40, SUN Ultra 10 & Ultra 5, SGI Indy & O2, IBM RS/6000 340 & PowerPC enable users to access the high-end servers at SERC. The Unix workstation cluster is equally complemented by a cluster of Intel Pentium running Linux and/or Windows OS and Apple Mac's with MacOS.
A file server cluster consisting of a Dual Intel Xeon based 5 Tera bytes server with Ultrium LTO-based scalable tape library and an IBM RS/6000 43P 260 with SSA Storage and Alphaserver DS20, and HP J5000 provide on-line storage supplemented with automated tape backup system. The computing facilities are supplemented with rich collection of software packages including, general purpose numerical packages, such as MatLab, Mathematica & Maple, along with architecture-specific matmematical libraries, such as IMSL, ESSL, SCSL, DXML, COMPLIB and MLIB, and a collection of special purpose packages for Structural Engineering Analysis and Design, such as NISA, and Software for Computational Chemistry, Material Science and Life Sciences groups, such as the Accelrys Insight, Cerius and Material Studio suites, Tripos, Gaussian-03 with GaussView, MOE, Schrodinger, ADF, etc., supplement the advanced hardware at SERC.
The switched Gigabit Ethernet backbone of the SERC Local Area Network provides dedicated 100/1000 Mbps connectivity to each workstation/ server at SERC. SERC network is also connected to the campus-wide full-duplex Gigabit Ethernet backbone, providing gigabit-speed bandwidth across different departments of the Institute.
JRD Tata Memorial Library
The main library of the Institute has nearly 5 lakh volumes of books, periodicals, technical reports and standards. It receives over 1500 current periodicals and acquires latest technical reports, standards and patents which are maintained in separate sections. Over 6000 electronic journals are now available in on-line in addition to a large number of e-books. The National Centre for Science Information provides extensive computerized services. In addition, most of the departments maintain separate libraries for use by their faculty and students.
Several leading industrial organizations visit the Institute for campus recruitment and offer good career opportunities to the Graduating students. The Placement Centre also provides advice and assistance to students about other placement opportunities, including those notified through advertisements, references and special requests from various industrial and research organizations.