IIT Madras inaugurates a new hostel; Can accommodate 1,200 students
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has inaugurated its largest student hostel – Mandakini – which can accommodate 1,200 students, built at a cost of Rs 146.75 crore. All hostels in IIT Madras campus are named after Indian Rivers.
The ten-storey building with a built-up area of 32,180 sq m has been designed to be rated 4 stars in GRIHA, a national rating system for green buildings, IIT Madras said.
The hostel’s new building has various green building measures, including solar panels and a solar hot water system to reduce energy consumption, the institute said.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Professor V Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras said, “We (the institute) pride ourselves on providing top quality accommodation for our students within our campus.”
To reduce water consumption, the hostel will use treated wastewater for toilet flushing and landscaping. Surface and roof rainwater will be reused for drinking water consumption.
Highlighting the unique aspects of this building, Prof. SA Sannasiraj, Chairman of the Engineering Unit, said, “The hostel has been built without much delay despite the C19 pandemic over the past 2 years and it meets all student home and relaxation needs. ”
The building is PwD (Persons with Disabilities)-Friendly with ten PwD accommodations. The staircase, ramp and elevators throughout the structure have been designed to be adapted for people with disabilities, according to an official statement.