IIT Bhilai, located in the state of Chhattisgarh, is one of the youngest IITs established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Government of India). The first academic session at IIT Bhilai started in August 2016, with the BTech program in three engineering disciplines, viz. Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering – the strength of each discipline was about 40 students.
The site for permanent campus of IIT Bhilai is situated in the city of Bhilai, the host of Bhilai Steel Plant: one of the largest in India. The campus will be constructed in two parcels of land: one at Kuthelabhata village (344 acres), and another at Sirsa Khurd of district Durg (90 acres). The campus is about 6 km from Durg Junction railway station, and about 50 km from Swami Vivekananda Airport at Raipur. In addition, an extension center is also planned at Naya Raipur (10 acres). The construction work at the permanent campus is expected to start this year.
Until the infrastructure of IIT Bhilai in permanent campus is ready, the institute will continue to function at the campus of Government Engineering College (GEC), Raipur. Raipur is the capital city of Chhattisgarh and is well connected by air, railways and roads.
At present, IIT Bhilai, on its roster, has more than 40 faculty members, working in various cutting-edge research areas spread over engineering, mathematical and scientific disciplines; the faculty strength is expected to increase rapidly in coming months, as the institute is in an active phase of hiring. All the faculty members have exposure to world-class education and research as doctoral students and postdoctoral researcher – in various top-ranking laboratories and institutes in India and abroad.
Students are provided with all the basic infrastructural facilities, such as a library, computing labs, workshops, and a number of core engineering laboratories (digital fabrication Lab, Do-It-Yourself lab, chemistry lab, automation systems lab, electrical lab, etc.). IIT Bhilai is a residential campus equipped with recreation-cum-TV rooms, washing machines, regular dining facilities, night canteens, etc. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the campus. The institute has a couple of well-maintained sports grounds and a multi-gym. Students can take part in numerous sports activities – indoor and outdoor – as a recreational exercise, as well as to maintain physical fitness.
Societies and Clubs
Council of Student Affairs (CoSA) is the official student body of IIT Bhilai. Under its aegis, various clubs and associations function in a systematic manner.
Currently, the following clubs organize their activities at regular intervals: Renaissance (Arts Club), Beat Hackers (Dance Club), GOALS (General Oratory and Literary Society), Drishya (Drama Club), Swara (Music Club); Developer Student Club, Electromos, Epsilon, Space Exploration Society (SciTech clubs); Inside (News and Media Club), The Pixel Snappers (Photography Club).
Hall Of Residence
IIT Bhilai is fully residential with separate hostels for girls and boys. The hostel buildings and the academic building are within a radius of three hundred meters. IIT Bhilai has two hostels Castle Ena and Castle Dio within the institute campus. At present, about 80 female and 450 male students can be accommodated on campus as full-time residents. The hostels have a spacious dining hall and a well-equipped recreational area, an indoor games area and a fitness center. The entire hostel is Wi-Fi enabled with LAN network in individual student rooms. Other amenities provided include RO based drinking water system and heavy duty washing machines in each floor.
IT Bhilai has several grounds and courts, where students practice the games like cricket, badminton, basketball, volleyball and football. Indoor games such as table tennis, snooker, carom, chess are also available within the hostels for easy access by students round-the-clock. A well-equipped gymnasium is built within the academic block to provide general ﬁtness training to the students. Prayatna, an intra-IIT sports league of IIT Bhilai is held annually which brings most of the student community to participate in various games.
Central Library is the knowledge hub of IIT Bhilai. It is a Learning Resource Centre and supports the teaching and learning activities of all the Students, Research Scholars, Faculty Members and all other staff members. IIT Bhilai functions on Koha which is the most functionally advanced open source ILS. The books are encoded, cataloged and computerized according to the new technology system in order to meet with the rapid growth of visitors and researchers who would come to read and request for lending. The central library is open for use for all even during weekends.