Indian Institute of Technology Mandi
|Type of the institute:
||Indian Institute of Technology
|Complete Mailing Address:
||Kamand Campus, VPO Kamand, Distt. Mandi - 175005 Himachal Pradesh India
|Contact Person For Admission:
||Mr. Mohammad Shakeel
About Institute :
Founded in 2009, IIT Mandi is the only IIT located in the Himalayas. IIT Mandi’s vision is to be leader in science and technology education, knowledge creation and innovation, in an India marching towards a just, inclusive and sustainable society.
The Institute’s main campus, called Kamand Campus, is located in the picturesque Uhl river valley at Kamand, which is situated at about 15 kms from the historic town of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. A transit campus of IIT Mandi, called Mandi Campus, is also maintained in the premises of the Vallabh Degree College in Mandi. Mandi is located at a distance of around 475 km from Delhi and around 200 km from Chandigarh on Delhi-Manali route.
IIT Mandi is the first among new IITs to develop and use its main campus. The move to the main campus which began in July-September 2012 has been steadily gaining momentum. In April 2015, the shifting of all the B.Tech students to the permanent campus in Kamand has been completed and all the major activities of IIT Mandi are now being carried out from Kamand Campus. The residential campus in the serene landscape by the river Uhl offers a world-class academic environment with a high quality of life in a setting of natural splendour. Bus transport facilities have been arranged to facilitate the movement of students and faculty between the main and transit campuses.
The B.Tech curriculum is designed keeping in mind the need to produce well-rounded graduates many of whom will go on to join industry in technical or managerial roles, or to join the administrative services as technocrats, while a few may aspire to research careers. Some may even go on to become entrepreneurs. Thus, at IIT Mandi, the students are exposed to a broad range of knowledge and skills that will enable them to perform well in tomorrow’s increasingly complex and inter-dependent world. A B.Tech. student at IIT Mandi will study foundation courses in basic sciences, engineering sciences and practice, humanities and social sciences. In the chosen discipline, besides studying the core courses, the student will also study elective courses which will enable them to develop significant knowledge in a specialized area with exposure to research trends and developments. The category of free/open electives outside the chosen discipline will enable the student to obtain significant inter-disciplinary knowledge. The student can consult a ‘Faculty Advisor’ with regard to the planning of curriculum and other academic issues.
In addition, the curriculum allows specialization in a ‘Minor’ area, by taking a set of 3-4 courses in another discipline. For example, a Mechanical engineering student can qualify for a minor in Computer Science or German language.
The degree program allows a student to go on exchange visits of up to two semesters to other universities, both in India and abroad, for course work and projects and to industry for project works. A number of B. Tech. students have already availed of these opportunities to study at international institutions. IIT Mandi’s undergraduate students have visited IIT Madras and several EU institutions under academic exchange program including Technical University Munich, RWTH Aachen University, Blekinge Institute of Technology-Sweden and University of Stuttgart.
An important aspect of the curriculum is the integration of innovation and design into the learning process. This is achieved through a ‘Design Practicum’ model of learning, which is built into the curriculum. Thus, in the first year of the B.Tech program, the student carries out a ‘reverse engineering’ project, where student teams dismantle a common gadget/equipment, understand how it works and then put it back together in working order!
At the second year level, students learn product design and development skills. Interdisciplinary teams of six students, randomly selected from different branches propose product ideas and then build working prototypes. Many of these product ideas are derived from the needs of the society. The products successfully built and demonstrated in the previous years include a low cost 3-D printer, a versatile hybrid phone charger, a 3D visualizer, a model of an automatic vehicle parking system and autonomous garbage collection machine for parks and beaches.
At the third year level, the students have the option of working on an ‘Interdisciplinary Socio-Technical Project’ (ISTP). The ISTP exposes students to the complex interactions of technology and society. As part of ISTP, the students work in groups under the mentorship of a faculty member to identify and study the problems related to the society and try to suggest solutions for the same. Every year, a group of students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), USA visits IIT Mandi and joins IIT Mandi students in carrying out the ISTP projects.
Finally, during the fourth year, the students have the option of doing a Major Technical Project (MTP) either individually or in a group. MTP is the capstone of the 4-year B. Tech programme. The project is expected to have a major technical contribution in the student's discipline and is intended to demonstrate a high degree of technical knowledge, innovativeness and maturity. The outcome of a B. Tech Project may be an innovative product or technology that addresses a problem of society, or it may be more theoretical or exploratory resulting in an advance in the frontiers of knowledge.
Overall, the curriculum at IIT Mandi is designed to encourage and enable the student to become well-qualified and well-rounded engineers in all respects.
Mandi is a central town of Himachal Pradesh. It is accessible from Delhi and Chandigarh.
The distance between Delhi and Mandi is around 475 km which is covered in 10-12 hrs by road.
An alternative is to travel by train up to Kiratpur Sahib or Chandigarh, then 5-6 hours by road to Mandi. Mandi is 200 kms from Chandigarh, about 6 hrs by bus or 5 hrs by taxi.
Delhi–Mandi buses pass through Chandigarh and some buses start from Chandigarh itself to Mandi.
The nearest airport to Mandi is the Bhuntar Airport near Kullu. One can also fly to Dharmashala from Delhi and reach Mandi by road, the distance being around 130 KM.