Campus Facelift

An endless maze of 88 classrooms? A heritage building with posh interiors for the Prime Minister? A mammoth Hall with 1500 single rooms? What’s all the noise about?

The Scholars’ Avenue had a chance to catch up with officials at the Civil Works Department, who updated us on the status of the various construction projects happening around us.

Student Activity Centre

  • The entire construction of the SAC complex is over; finishing work is in progress.
  • Gymnasium is up and running, rooms for Springfest and Kshitij teams are functional.
  • Squash court requires a maple wood finish, rubber surfaces need to be fixed on badminton courts.
  • Work is expected to be complete by the end of August, well in time before the Inter-IIT meet.

Basketball Courts, Swimming Pool

  • Facelift in progress at basketball court, volleyball court, Gnan Ghosh stadium and swimming pool .
  • Will be ready in time for the Inter IIT Sports Meet.


Nalanda Complex

  • Two blocks of the complex are ready.
  • Thirty classrooms, planned in Slot 1, will be ready for usage in a couple of months.
  • Sixty classrooms are expected to be completed by December; a total of eighty-eight classrooms planned.
  • Some classrooms have been designed in semi-circular fashion; others will be rectangular in shape.
  • New features include laptop connections provided below each seat.
  • Sample study to be conducted in end-August, based on which further plan and design of the classrooms in the complex will be carried out.
  • Since the Nalanda Complex is not a part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, work has been temporarily de-prioritized causing a slight delay.

First Year Laboratory Complex

  • Physics and Basic Electronics Labs are ready; only transfer of equipment from the older labs to new location remains.
  • Finishing work in Language and Electrical labs is expected to be complete by September.


Tagore Open Air Theatre

  • Renovation is complete – TOAT has been given a new lease of life.
  • Freshly renovated green rooms, toilets, extensive electrical wiring and waterproofing.
  • TOAT should comfortably handle crowds for the next 20-25 years atleast.


Lal Bahadur Shastri Hall of Residence

  • 140 rooms of LBS are ready, with postgraduate students programme currently accommodated.
  • Remaining work expected to be complete by the end of the year, including 667 rooms for residential purposes and a few special rooms like a yoga room etc.
  • All rooms will be allotted on a triple sharing basis.


B R Ambedkar Hall of Residence

  • Part of BRH will be completed in coming months; students might be accommodated by December 2011.
  • BRH will have all single rooms, instead of the triple rooms that LBS has.
  • With approximately 1500 rooms, hall is expected to be completed by June 2012.


Chanakya Hall of Residence

  • Construction work is yet to start at this hostel for VGSOM students.
  • Soil testing and other groundwork has been completed and approved
  • Hall will be built on a BOT (Build Operate Transfer) basis.


VVIP Guest House

  • Located next to Kendriya Vidyalaya, a heritage building is being converted to a VVIP Guest House.
  • The Guest House will have six plush executive rooms and a lobby
  • The Prime Minister will be the first person to reside in the new facility.


Calcutta Guest House

  • IIT Kharagpur’s guest house in Salt Lake, Kolkata is being renovated .
  • From ten rooms earlier, it now has sixteen rooms with additional dormitories on the top floor.
  • The facility is also a tiny educational centre, with some classes on short term courses held there.
  • The Guest House will accommodate members of the Prime Minister’s contingent.

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