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CASE STUDY – IIT DELHI
• The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi)
is one of the topmost colleges of engineering in
India situated in the heart of the capital. It forms
a part of the league along with other IITs that are
the top engineering colleges in India.
• Established as College of Engineering in 1961, IIT
Delhi was first existing college to be upgraded to
an IIT and was declared an Institution of National
Importance under the "Institutes of Technology
(Amendment) Act, 1963". It was then accorded
the status of a deemed university with powers to
decide its own academic policies, conduct its
examinations, and award its degrees.
Location map of IIT Delhi
Site plan of IIT Delhi
IIT Delhi is situated at Hauz Khas in South Delhi,
which is a landmark place in the colorful and
chequered history of Delhi. Bounded by the Sri
Aurobindo Marg on the east, the Jawaharlal Nehru
University Complex on the west, the National
Council of Educational Research and Training on the
south, and the New Ring Road on the north, the
Institute campus is flanked by Qutub Minar and the
Hauz Khas monuments and is well connected to the
major city centers by open and wide roads. The
Institute campus is about 19 Km away from the Delhi
Main Railway Station, 14 Km from the New Delhi
Railway Station, 21 Km from the Inter-State Bus
Terminal and 10 Km from Delhi Airport.
Entrance gate 4 of IIT Delhi
IIT Delhi was approached by four gates one on east
side, one on the west side and other two on north
The architect of this institution was J.K. Chaudhary
(Chaudhary & Gulzar Singh Associates) till 1995. After
that the other developmental works shifted to Suresh
Goel & Associates from 2000 onwards till date.
The temperature of the place remains
55 degree C in summer, 0 degree C in
Offsite land use around IIT
Onsite land use of IIT Delhi
The onsite land use is as follows:
Academic/ institutional areas
IIT Delhi has four entries; one entry is
from east, one being from the west
and other two are from north in
which one entry acts as the main
entry and other act as the hostel
entry. So the primary circulation flow
is through these entries towards the
The offsite land use is as follows:
• In the north side of the campus we
can find a deer park.
• And towards east side, office area.
• In west and south side we can find
housing area. Circulation pattern in IIT Delhi
CASE STUDY – IIT DELHI
Though each department is a separate entity with a
courtyard around, all the departments constitutes an
integrated complex. Heavy engineering laboratories
are placed on the ground floor, light laboratories on
the first floor while the tutorial rooms, classrooms
and project rooms are located on the second floor.
Separate offices have been provided to every
member of the teaching staff next to his laboratory.
Large lecture theatres with modern amenities and
equipment for sound and projection are located in
the courtyards between departments for common
use. The campus also offers amenities like staff club,
hospital, shopping centre, bank, post office, telecom
centre, community centre, stadium, playing fields,
Zoning in IIT Delhi
The campus of the Institute extends to an area of 320 acres. With
many topographical features, imaginatively laid out with
picturesque landscape, numerous buildings of various nature and
stature, and clean and wide roads, the campus presents a
spectacle of harmony in architecture and natural beauty. The
campus area has been divided into four functional zones which
are as follows:
• Residential zone for students;
• Residential zone for the faculty and staff;
• Academic zone for academic buildings and workshops; and
• Cultural-cum-social and recreational zone for students.
The site being longitudinal in shape, the last two zones have been
located mid-way between the two residential zones in order to
reduce walking distance. The main academic building
accommodates various teaching and research activities.
List of Departments
I. Applied Mechanics
II.Biochemical Engineering &
VI.Computer Science & Engineering
VIII.Humanities & Social Sciences
Other than these departments, there are 9
research centers which are enlisted below:
I.Centre for Applied Research in Electronics.
II.Centre for Atmospheric Sciences.
III.Centre for Biomedical Engineering.
IV.Centre for Energy Studies.
V.Educational Technology Services Centre.
VI.Instrument Design Development Centre.
VII.Industrial Tribology, Machine Dynamics &
Maintenance Engineering Centre.
VIII.Centre for Polymer Science &
IX.Centre for Rural Development &
4 year B.Tech
I. 5 year dual degree (B.Tech
and M.Tech )
II. 5 year integrated master of
IV.M.S by Research
V.Master of Design
VI.Master of Science
Population inside campus
I. Faculty 426
II. Staff 1256
III. Technical 484
IV. Non-Tech. 772
V. Students 4854(total)
VI. PhD 916
VII. M.S. (R.) 39
VIII. M.Tech 1296
IX. MBA 169
X. M.Sc. 185
XI. Dual Degree 59
XII. B.Tech 1597
XIII. DIIT 29
XIV. M.Des 26
CASE STUDY – IIT DELHI
Design composition of IIT Delhi
• Academic Area: It includes institutes’ Main
building (multi storey),Block1, Block2, Block3,
Block4, Block5, Block6,Block 7, Block 8, Central
library, Textile Technology, State bank of India,
Workshop ,Cafeteria building, Sports pavilion, IIT
hospital and Auditorium.
• Main Building is 8 storeys high and houses the
offices of all the deans and other administrative
offices and conference halls. The material used
for construction is Brick cladded with Dhaulpur
stone which is beige in color and requires less
maintenance. The main block is connected to the
• The academic blocks are linear blocks and are
connected by corridors and bridges to go through
every block and in-between two blocks a
courtyard is present and it is landscaped.
• All academic blocks are planned in a compact
manner. The blocks are divided into six parts
according the need of the space required for the
department placed. The library is located on the
alone block near the academic and administrative
• The administrative building consists of the offices
of the director, other important offices like that of
the registrar and deputy registrar. It also includes
the security office as a separate entity in the
administrative building itself at its main entrance.
Electrical Department (academic
• The IIT Delhi Library System consists
of a Central Library and 18
departmental libraries which
collectively support the teaching,
research and extension programmes
of the Institute. All students, faculty
members and employees of the
Institute are entitled to use the
library facilities on taking library
membership. The Library, besides
having a huge collection of books on
engineering, science and humanities
offers library services through its
various Divisions. The library building
stands next to the academic and
• The textile technology department is
the oldest of all the departments
that are present in IIT Delhi. It stands
in front of the existing administrative
building and is a low rise structure
following plain brick architecture.
This is the only textile engineering
department in all the IITs that offers
its course from undergraduate till
doctoral level as well as research and
Typical layout of the academic block
floor of the Library
CASE STUDY – IIT DELHI
• The main auditorium of the IIT campus lies in the
main building itself and is also called the Dogra
Hall. This has a unique structure as the whole
massive roof is supported by on only four
columns. The load of the massive structure is
handled by the shape of the built form itself as it
is a HYPERBOLOID structure. The shape of the
building gives strength to the structure itself. The
strength of the auditorium or the convocation
hall is around 1111 people. Another auditorium
of a capacity of 325 seating is also present in the
campus and another auditorium of a seating
capacity of 1000 people is proposed in the
• There is a Hospital which is provided with the
basic community health facilities and a provision
for minor surgeries.
Auditorium (Dogra hall)
• Housing: The housing is given for the faculty, the staff, the technical as well as
the non technical staff inside the campus. Housing for staff and non technical
staff is given separate. Workers housing are given in front of the campus and
staff and the faculty housing is given at back side of the campus.
• The Institute lays considerable emphasis on
student participation, in various outdoor and
indoor games. The students are encouraged to
participate in games and sports activities whic
cover athletics (men and women), badminton
(men and women), basketball (men and wome
cricket, football, gliding, gymnastics, hiking and
mountaineering, hockey, judo, kabaddi, squash
table tennis (men and women), tennis, volleyb
yoga, weightlifting, multi-gym, swimming and
water-polo. Well laid out fields are available on
the campus. A cricket field, a hockey and a
football ground, volleyball and basket-ball cou
(flood lit), six tennis courts (one of these flood
lit), tennis practice wall, table tennis tables (on
in each hostel), three squash courts, one
badminton hall, a swimming pool,
weightlifting/weight training apparatus, a
stadium with standard athletics track and
ancillary arrangements for athletics are the
facilities available to the students.
• Another building in the
academic area is the
studies are imparted.
CASE STUDY – IIT DELHI
• The housing is characterized by the usage of brick
as the primary material and thus exposed brick
work is the prime architectural style of the
housing. The housing for the faculty on higher
posts is low rise (row housing) other being multi
• Students’ Activity Centre: The Students' Activity
Centre is the nerve centre of all student activities
on the campus. The Centre comprising a Club
Building, Gymnasium Hall, Swimming Pool,
Amphitheatre, Music Rooms, Hobbies Workshop
and a large Dark Room, caters to various hobbies
of the students. They have a place to paint, to
sculpt or to tinker with the radio. There are
committee rooms where they can hold formal or
informal meetings and a large marble-floored hall
for exhibitions. On the first floor of the Centre,
students have the facility to play billiards.
Conceptual sketch of the Hostels GIRL’S HOSTEL
• Hostels: There are 9 boys’ hostels and 3 girls’
hostels in the campus. Some of the boys’ hostels
are Zanskar boys’ hostel, Kumaon boys’ hostel,
Vindhyachal boys’ hostel, Shiwalik boys’ hostel,
Karakoram hostel, Amavany boys’ hostel and
other three hostels. Out of these the Kumaon
hostel is for the research students.
• Each Hostel is self-contained with amenities such
as a reading room, an indoor games room, a
lounge and a dining hall with mess. All rooms are
provided with internet access as well.
• The boys’ hostels form one zone towards the left
of the academic zone and the main sports
facilities. The girls’ hostels are located in the
faculty residential area and towards the gate
• All the hostels have used the exposed brick work
as the maintenance required is less for such
buildings. The hostels have a central courtyard
around which the planning is done. Community
facilities are provided near by the hostels as well
as sports facilities are in the vicinity.
Students’ Activity Centre (site plan of IIT) Open air Theatre (OAT)
• With a moat on one side and a high stone-wall on
the other, the Students' Activity Centre recalls to
the visitors memories of an ancient fort.
CASE STUDY – IIT DELHI
• Landscape: The campus is free from pollution and
is a different world as compared to the
surrounding area of the IIT Delhi. The campus is
lush green and has around 25,000 trees and other
plants. The trees grown here are mainly Mango,
Jamun, Neem, Tamarind, Golden shower,
Gulmohur, Neeli Gulmohur, Devils’ tree, etc.
Other than these many flowering plants as well as
the ground covers have been planted.
• The landscape has been planned keeping in mind
the central or the primary circulation path. The
trees have been planted along the road side
shading the pathways as well as the road. Dense
vegetation has been provided so as to cut off the
sun as well as the noise. This shields the building
blocks that have been planned near to the road.
• Similarly, the plantation along the secondary
circulation follows the same pattern.
• Other than this, all the department buildings as
well as other administrative buildings are
surrounded by the lush green vegetation.
• No part of the campus is devoid of lush green
attire of the plant material. The housing as well as
other hostels are also surrounded by thick
vegetation as well as beautifully and properly
maintained landscaped gardens.
• Other than these the roads’
intersections have been well
maintained and landscaped using
round-abouts. To hide a few buildings
like the Director’s residence, artificial
mound has been created. Even the
sports facilities like the ground,
pavilion etc. have been punctuated
with trees and proper plant materials.
Thus, the IIT Delhi Campus has lush
green landscape and properly
managed landscape plan which not
only protects from the sun but also
saves from the pollution and noise
pollution too making the campus all
together a different world from the
area outside the boundary of the
• Materials used: The material used
predominantly is brick work and
Dhaulpur stone (locally available
stone). The academic area has brick
work cladded with Dhaulpur stone for
no or less maintenance. The
departments are a mix of exposed
brickwork, cladding as well as a
proportionate use of concrete. The
material used in housing as well as
the hostel blocks is mainly brick with
a considerable and necessary amount
CASE STUDY – IIT DELHI
• The IIT Delhi campus has been planned in such a
way that the people dwelling in various parts of
the campus can have same distance to travel to
the central of the campus i.e. the academic core
of the institute.
• The academic and the institutional zone are
exactly at the centre of the campus.
• The boys’ hostels have been placed very close to
the academic zone but at the same time the girls’
hostel has been planned in the housing zone but
a little away from the academic zone.
• The community facilities have been placed in
every zone catering to the various zones.
• The students’ activity centre is placed near to the
academic zone on the primary circulation zone
and near to the boys’ hostel but very far away
from the girls’ hostel.
• The material used predominantly is brick work
and Dhaulpur stone (locally available stone). The
academic area has brick work cladded with
Dhaulpur stone for no or less maintenance. This
material is resistant to the harsh climate of Delhi.
• The circulation and the movement in the campus
are very well integrated with the building
• The natural lighting is provided for the academic
from courtyards. The auditorium and swimming
pool have the defuse lighting. The library has the
serial of windows for lighting.
• The walking distance on the site is
quite large. Although the movement
around the academic area has been
restricted such that the user does not
have to travel a lot to reach any
department and other facilities.
• On the other hand, the walking
distance from the residential area and
the hostels to the academic zone is
large which has been counter
balanced by the institution by
providing the students with round the
clock bus service as well as cycles.