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Welcome to IIT Kharagpur! Here's some friendly advice on how to get settled in quickly and comfortably.
- 1 Registration
- 2 Smart card and medical booklet
- 3 WiFi and LAN
- 4 Important facebook pages/groups
- 5 Mobile phone
- 6 Hall and roommates
- 7 Bicycle and other useful things
- 8 Mess and food
- 9 Academics and classes
- 10 Clubs and societies
- 11 Technical Activities
- 12 Sports and Games
- 13 Health and Hospital
- 14 E-commerce and courier
The registration process in previous years required physical presence of the student on registration days, resulting in long queues for fee payment and verification. With the integration of an online payment gateway with the ERP, fee payment and the registration process can now be completed online and there are no more queues.
Registration is defined as formal enrollment in the academic subjects of the semester. Only after registration does the name of the student appear in the list of students of the subject instructor. It is enabled after the fee payment process is completed.
After the registration is submitted, it will be digitally signed by your faculty advisor. This is indicated in the Student Academic Activities (UG) section in ERP on the right hand corner of the screen. Once this is done, a duly signed printout of this sheet must be submitted to the faculty advisor before the dates given in the timeline. This formally completes the registration process.
Registration must be completed within 10 days of commencement of classes.
Smart card and medical booklet
The smart card of a student is the formal proof of studentship at IIT Kharagpur (can be used as a photo identity proof) and also serves as the library card when issuing books from the library. It will be issued to all the students shortly after they are admitted and the document verification (12th Marksheet, JEE Admit Card etc.,) is completed.
In case of loss of the smart card, an FIR must be lodged at the nearest police station, and there is a re-issuance fee of Rs. 1000/- for lost card. A copy of the FIR is required for re-issuance of a lost smart card.
To avail of medical facilities from BC Roy Technology Hospital, a medical card is required. This card is issued through the halls of residence. It requires a passport size photograph pasted on the top, and the card must be signed and stamped by the warden of that hall. The card must be presented while seeking appointment and consulting doctors and collecting medicines from the pharmacy at the hospital.
WiFi and LAN
IIT Kharagpur has an extensive network of WiFi routers throughout the campus and halls of residence. Connecting to the WiFi routers does not require a password. There are multiple WiFi access points like Campus, Student,Guest etc and any network could be connected to.
The LAN network has DHCP Support, so IPs are dynamically allocated to a connected device upon connection, no static configuration is required. After successful proxy configuration, Internet can be accessed.
Note that connecting to the DC network through WiFi is banned, so LAN must be used to download and share content locally.
Important facebook pages/groups
- Awaaz - Awaaz is the hindi campus media body.
- Scholars' Avenue - The Scholars' Avenue is english campus media body.
- Director IIT Kharagpur - It is the official page of Director, IIT Kharagpur
- Technology Students' Gymkhana - Technology Students' Gymkhana is the hub of the numerous extra-curricular and co-curricular activities in IIT Kharagpur ranging from sports to socio-cultural.
- Branding and Relations Cell -
- Search for your fresher's group and make sure to join it. It will be something like "IIT Kharagpur freshers 20XX"
If you don't have a Facebook account, or want to see updates from all these pages at one place you can follow use Naarad.
Airtel and Vodafone seem to be the most preferred networks on campus. During admission time, most of the stores offer SIM cards but it is recommended that the student and their parents go through the various plans and data packs available in West Bengal Circle (note that this is different from the Kolkata telecom circle) from the respective cellular network web site so they can make an informed decision and are aware of the various benefits of each one.
For residential address proof, the student must get a proof of address letter signed by the hall warden, format of the letter is available from the respective hall office. This is required as a local address proof.
Policies around using mobile phones in classrooms are set by the course instructor. Generally mobile phones are permissible in lecture halls during regular classes, provided they are in silent mode. Using mobile phones as in browsing or gaming during lectures is frowned upon and will attract the wrath of the instructor and may lead to expulsion from the lecture hall. Restrictions regarding the usage of mobile phones inside the lecture hall will generally be clarified by the instructor alongwith other course-related information in the first lecture of every course. The instructor's policy is final and binding in this regard.
During semester examinations, mobile phones are strictly banned and if brought into the examination hall, must be handed over to the invigilators at the beginning of the examination and collected afterwards. Use of mobiles during examinations is considered Unfair Means and will lead to disciplinary action by the Disciplinary Committee. There have been some cases in past in which students mistakenly kept mobile with them and later on the invigilators found out and then the student was de-registered from the subject. So, remember not to keep the phone with you in exams.
Hall and roommates
From 2014 onward, first year students have been exclusively allotted to a single hall of residence. In 2014 and 2015, male students were allotted Lal Bahadur Shastri Hall of Residence while female students were allotted Mother Teresa Hall of Residence. In 2015, however, girls were allotted Sarojini Naidu / Indira Gandhi Hall of Residence.
Since LBS has a triple occupancy rooms, all first years had to register in groups of three for one room. Though in 2015 first students were allotted rooms with their own department mates.
However, from 2016, the room allocation was reverted to allocating rooms in different halls, with the majority of male students (around 700) being alloted Lal Bahadur Shastri Hall of Residence while the remaining male students were distributed to other halls.
Bicycle and other useful things
Bicycle stalls are put up around the Tech Market area from where they can be bought easily. The sellers bargain after the parents leave and the dust settles, so make the most out of it. There will be a variety of cycles ranging from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 6000. There is not much need to buy a higher end bicycle with gears and stuff. You can also get a used bicycle from Tech Market or from Cycle Shed owners with price ranging from Rs. 1300 to Rs. 2500. The bicycles with thin tires are easy to maintain, cheaper and easier to ride. Since campus has excellent roads, so there is no need to purchase bicycle with shockers and shock absorbers. One of the best bicycle to purchase is Btwin My Bike White, however you can only get it from Decathlon Stores or online purchase from decathlon.in or other online retailers like Snapdeal and Amazon. The price of bike is around Rs. 4,500, the bike has excellent build quality and comes with lifetime warranty. There are abundant cycle sheds in every hall and cheap cycle repairing shops in every hall.
One more thing to note is 'Simpler the design of cycle, the better it is.'
In May 2018, Ola launched the ola pedal service at IIT Kharagpur, where you can pay for riding a cycle. This may spare you from maintaining one or be a lifesaver at times. Although it is still advisable to buy a bicycle.
The bed and pillow will also be available at the Tech Market.You can also find some temporary shops near MMM hall for beds and all There are variety of beds ranging from the synthetic one to the wool ones. Though it would be advisable to bring bed and pillow sheets from home. You can also buy hangers, hanging clips, and hanging strings from the Tech Market. Though unfortunately some items like clothes and sports equipment aren't that up to the mark so its advisable to bring it from home. Other consumables like tooth paste, soap, etc of all recognized brands are available. There is a Big Bazaar outlet and also Gole Bazaar for a even wider variety of options.
Mess and food
The mess serves 4 meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Breakfast and snacks are the nice meals and it would be advisable not to miss those. For dinner there are a lot of canteens available and some hotels too.A list of all the eateries can be found. Delivery is available, although students MUST go to the front gate of their hall, as vendors are not allowed inside the blocks in any of the Halls of Residences.
Academics and classes
First year lecture classes are held in Vikramshila complex, Nalanda complex and a few in the Main Building. Academics have a high amount of weight-age so it would be advisable to take it seriously. There is a CGPA criteria for a lot of things in campus.
Department Change application starts in the second semester. After filling the options list on the ERP, the student must submit a signed hard-copy of the application at the Academic (UG) section, on the third floor of the Main Building. Department Change list was released one week after classes commenced in the Autumn semester of 2014, whereas in the year 2015, it was released a few days before the classes commenced in the Autumn semester.
The curriculum for a first-year B.Tech student is typically spread across 2 semesters, as shown below. During the first semester, half of the students will be having Physics semester and the other half will be having Chemistry semester.And in the second semester, these will be reversed i.e. those who previously had Physics semester will now be having Chemistry semester and vice-versa.
|MA10001: Mathematics-I||3-1-0||4||1st semester|
|EE11001: Electrical Technology||3-1-0||4||Chemistry semester|
|PH11001: Physics||3-1-0||4||Physics semester|
|EE19001: Electrical Technology Lab||0-0-3||2||Chemistry semester|
|CE13001: Engineering Drawing And Computer Graphics||1-0-3||3||Physics semester|
|MA10002: Mathematics-Ii||3-1-0||4||2nd semester|
|CS19001: Programming And Data Structure Lab.||0-0-3||2||Physics semester|
|PH19001: Physics Lab||0-0-3||2||Physics semester|
|ME19001: Introduction To Manufacturing Processes||0-0-3||2||Chemistry semester|
|CY11001: Chemistry||3-1-0||4||Chemistry semester|
|CS11001: Programming And Data Structure||3-1-0||4||Physics semester|
|ME10001: Mechanics||3-1-0||4||Physics semester|
|CY19001: Chemistry Lab||0-0-3||2||Chemistry semester|
|HS13001: English For Communication||3-0-2||4||Chemistry semester|
|Extra Academic Activities||0-0-3||0||Both semesters|
Clubs and societies
Clubs and Societies form an integral part of the life at IIT Kharagpur. They usually held their interviews in the beginning of the semester except for a few. The posters for the interviews would be put up on the mess and around the hall. The intro seminars for the same are also held to give an idea of what the society does. Societies and Clubs allow you to explore your interests and if you don't find any to suit your interest, you can open a new one yourself by contacting the Technology Students' Gymkhana.
IIT Kharagpur provides students ample opportunities to engage in technical activities. Students can join a student run research group, selection for these organizations usually happen in the spring semester. You can also approach a professor asking them for a project in their area of interest. You can search professors by their area of interest using MCMP. Students can also participate in various workshops, hackathons and contests held throughout the year.
Sports and Games
Health and Hospital
E-commerce and courier
All the major E-commerce companies and courier services deliver your order inside the campus. However they are not allowed inside the hall premises and you must collect it from your hall gate or a nearby location. Usually the delivery-guy waits in case till evening at various parts of the campus.