Interesting Facts About IITs: the Abodes of Perfectionists
There is a saying; you either get into an IIT or you start to envy those who did while you didn’t. Considered the best and most prestigious educational establishments in India, Indian Institutes of Technology(IITs) are a chain of colleges that are famous for being the toughest colleges in India to gain admission into. Whether you envy them or admire them (or a mix- of both), here are some interesting facts about Indian Institutes of Technology’s which will amaze you
1. IIT students are princes
Yes. Students who get admitted at an IIT are literally princes as they get the best educational resources. The government spends approximately 3.4 Lakh Rupees on each IIT student every year.
2. Even the US has raised its hat for them
It’s the only foreign institution whose contribution to research and innovation has been lauded by America. The US House of Representatives has officially passed a resolution to this effect in 2005.
3. Those lucky days..!
You are surely aware of the murderously brutal competition for the Indian Institutes of Technology entrance exams. The entrance exams started in 1960 while several IITs were already functioning for several years. Academic performance and interviews used to decide whether an applicant was selected or not.
Imagine how lucky those students were when there was no such exam.
4. The airport in college!
Indian Institutes of Technology Kanpur has its own airstrip which is now a functioning airport. The airstrip is for aeronautical engineering students. Talk about learning practically!
5. IIT Kharagpur is bigger than a country
IIT Kharagpur stretches across an area of 8.5 Kilometres; so technically, it’s bigger than the smallest country of the world: The Vatican City.
6. Applying theory into practice
In a literal move of applying theory into practice, the professors at Indian Institutes of Technology Delhi designed the roof Dogra Hall as a hyperbolic paraboloid. It means that the roof is supported only at ends with no pillars or support in the middle.