IIT-Hyderabad opens new campus to students

The new campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad is all set to welcome a fresh batch of engineering students this year. Located at Kandi village in Yeddumailaram in Medak district, the new campus is spread over 576 acres.

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Since 2008, IIT-Hyderabad was operating out of a temporary campus at Ordnance Factory, Medak. The new campus is being developed in four phases, out of which the first phase has five blocks. A total of fourteen departments will function in phase one buildings, where students will be shifted to from this academic year. The main building, known as Academic Block A, has six floors. Classes for all the departments will be held in this Academic Block which has 40 classrooms, laboratories, an auditorium and incubation centres.

The Academic Block also has space for the Centre for Digital Fabrication, Centre for Healthcare Entrepreneurship, Centre for Digital Fabrication (3D printing) among many others.

An additional 15 buildings will be built over the next phases for each department to have its own building. However, the work for the rest of the buildings is estimated to take nearly a decade to complete.

Apart from this, the institute has 10 new hostel blocks and a large dining hall which will house 1,900 students from this academic year. Each hostel will accommodate nearly 192 students. The new campus will also have facilities for the 145 faculty members at the institute.

The speciality of the new campus is that it is eco-friendly. For example, the street lights on campus will run on solar power. The administration has also given special attention to the needs of differently-abled students with regards to making every facilities such as toilets differently-abled friendly. Internal transportation is also arranged by the administration so that students have easy accessibility to all facilities inside the campus.

The reporting procedure of candidates at IIT-Hyderabad began on July 1 with buses arranged from Secunderabad railway station and Nampally railway station. The institute also held an Open Day last month where parents and students were invited to explore the new campus. The State Bank of India has also set up a spot loan approval counter at IIT-Hyderabad to help those visiting the campus.