Kharagpur is known world over for two landmarks. One, the longest railway platform, and the other, the Indian Institute of Technology, more commonly known as lIT. Situated about 120 km west of Kolkata, Kharagpur can be reached in about 2 hours by train from Howrah railway station of Kolkata or 3 hours by car from Kolkata Airport. Kharagpur is also connected by direct train services to most major cities of the country. The Institute is about 10 minutes drive (5 km) from the Kharagpur railway station. Private taxi, autorickshaw or cycle-rickshaw can be hired to reach the Institute.
Winter (October to February) is moderate and pleasant (10 to 25 C) in Kharagpur. Summer (March to June) is hot (25 to 40 C) and sometimes humid. Rains are normally confined to the months of June to September.
Personal mode of transport is used in the Institute Campus. For visitors on official purpose, Institute car can be arranged if prior information is received about their programme. Taxi or cycle-rickshaw can be hired for moving inside the Campus and for visiting to the town market (Gole Bazaar) or the railway station. The Institute runs a bus service to Gole Bazaar, the railway station and to the neighboring town of Midnapore.
The institute is fully residential. Students are accommodated in 18 Halls of Residence and the staff is provided with quarters. Accommodation for visitors is arranged in the Technology Guest House, CEC Guest House, Alumni Guest House or CTS Visitors Hall, or if need arises, in a students' Hall of Residence.
All the Halls of Residence and Guest houses have regular catering facilities. Other eating places are Sahara, Dreamland, Vegies, Super-Duper, Tikka, Billoo's Restaurant etc. Some joints located within the Institute premises serve tea, coffee, soft drinks and light snacks.
For daily necessities and groceries, one can walk down to the Tech Market. The market also has medicine stores, tailoring shops, bookshops and facilities for photocopying, word-processing and offset printing. A larger market, Gole Bazaar is about 5 km from the Campus.
Three banks are located inside the Campus. The State Bank of India is close to the Institute and provides foreign exchange facilities also. The Syndicate Bank is situated on the first floor of the Institute main building. The Punjab National Bank is situated in the Tech Market where business transactions are carried out in the afternoon.
The Post Office is located close to the State Bank. Full postal and telegraphic service is available at the Post Office.
The B.C.Roy Technology Hospital is located at the center of the Campus. It provides indoor and outdoor medical facilities for common ailments. Complicated cases are referred for treatment to the State Hospital or to the Railway Hospital, both of them are located about 2 km from the Campus.
Technology Students' Gymkhana is the nerve center for sports, cultural and social activities. It has a number of indoor and outdoor stadia, a modern swimming pool and a gymnasium. Music Society, Film Society, Dramatics Society, Aquatics Society and many more special interest groups are supported by the Gymkhana.
The Central Library offers about 300,000 volumes in an open shelf system on different fields of science and technology, humanities and social sciences. The library subscribes to about 1400 periodicals. The library system is fully computerized and users can access foreign university libraries through wide-area network facilities.
The backbone of lIT Kharagpur network is based on gigabit fibre optic technology. All the Departmental LANs are connected to the gigabit fibre optic backbone as separate VLANs. Three links are in use to provide email and Internet facilities. All laboratories, faculty and officers chambers, All rooms in halls of residence are provided with Internet connectivity.
Latest state-of-the-art research facilities are available at IIT. All the Departments, Centers and Schools are equipped with most modern instruments. Central Research Facility caters to the need of all the researchers and outside organizations.
PLACES TO VISIT
Nehru Museum, Hijli Shahid Bhavan, Old Prison Cells, Martyrs Memorial.