Campus Life

The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur was founded in 1959. Since then it has emerged as premier center for research and academics. IIT Kanpur nestles in a lush green campus spread over approximately 4.3 square km. The Institute provides extensive research support via centralized research facilities in addition to the department’s, and also several recreational avenues.

Research facilities: The P K Kelkar library is one of the best academic libraries in the nation with a collection of more than 3,00,000 volumes and subscriptions to several thousand periodicals. The Computer Centre supports computational activities via hundreds of terminals and the PARAM 10000 supercomputer. It also houses a high-performance computing facility. IIT Kanpur is extensively networked with institutewide WIFI, LAN and Ethernet access available everywhere. Several specialized central facilities are maintained, and these include the National Wind Tunnel Facility, Flight Laboratory, the Advanced Centre for Material Science, a Nano-science centre, the Advanced Centre for Electronic Systems, the Samtel Centre for Display Technology, Centre for Mechatronics, Centre for Laser Technology, Prabhu Goel Research Centre for Computer and Internet Security, and the Facility for Ecological and Analytical Testing.

Recreational opportunities: The campus has one of the best sports facilities in the country, including a full-sized swimming pool, modern courts for squash, badminton, tennis, table-tennis, basketball and volleyball, as well as, lush green fields for athletics, football, hockey and cricket. The green campus allows for long leisurely walks/runs. Culturally, the Institue supports many active clubs that include fine arts, music, literature, dramatics, photography, astronomy, powered gliding (we have our own private air-strip), robotics, aeromodelling, electronics and trekking. Nature lovers and photographers will be delighted by the birds (several species including Herons, Hornbills, Cuckoos, Peacocks, Kingfishers etc.), butterflies, neelgai, and other animals that reside within the campus, a glimpse is included below.