The Student life and culture of IITs
refers to the characteristics of student life and culture that are common to among the various IITs
. This prominently includes the lifestyle of students, both about studies and co-curricular activities.
All the IITs provide residential facilities to its students, research scholars and faculty inside their campus. The students live in hostels (referred to as halls
in IIT Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur) throughout their stay in the IIT. Many IITs have proper names, drawn from the Indian culture, for each hostel on campus (e.g. IIT Madras has hostels named after Indian rivers). There are separate hostels for men and women, and even the postgraduate and doctoral students/research scholars live in single-sex hostels. A student gets single, double or triple accommodation (i.e. one, two, three students per room).
The usual structure of the hostels is an array of rooms, clubbed usually in groups of 11 or 12 rooms to form a wing
. The standard size of a single room is 12 feet by 9 feet. Every hostel has its own common room(s) and usually provides mess
facilities to its boarders.
All students have broadband Internet access in their rooms, which is generally limited by time of access or by the amount of downloads, each IIT having its own rules. Each campus also has a hostel wide local area network (LAN) connecting all rooms in all hostels.
Undergraduate students in various IITs have to compulsorily choose between......