Mandi, India Project Center (IQP)
The small city of Mandi, India is a community of 60,000 located in the northwestern foothills of the Himalaya in Himachal Pradesh. Outside the center, in a quiet valley, the IIT-Mandi is one of the newest additions to the Indian Institute of Technology, known as a premier Institution of National Importance in India. It is the only IIT in the Himalayas, set on a 500-acre campus with views of the foothills. The immediate area balances wildlife with facilities, providing access to hiking, bird watching, and plenty of outdoor recreation. WPI students are hosted on campus, live in dorms, have the opportunity to join the campus meal plan, and enjoy use of all of the facilities. Mandi has a subtropical highland climate, with hot summers and cold winters. Average temperatures in April range from 51°F to 82°F with low rainfall.
WPI students stay in student residence style accommodations, about 40 minutes by bus from the city of Mandi. Dorms are organized by gender and one room typically has two to three students. Bathrooms are shared, and a washing machine is available on the premises with a clothesline for drying. The campus has a student dining hall, recreation center, library, health services, snack shop, general store, and two ATMs. Dorms have a curfew of 10pm for women and midnight for men. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Meals in the dining hall are vegetarian and alcohol is not allowed on campus. Students can find chicken or lamb in Mandi City, however beef and pork are not available. Treated water is available on campus for meals and to fill bottles. Indian cuisine varies greatly by region, but tends to involve lots of spice. Common staples in Himachal Pradesh include lentils, broth, rice, vegetables, and bread. Some common regional dishes include sidu, patande, chukh, rajmah, and til chutney. Nuts are commonly featured in various dishes and desserts. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies (nuts in particular) into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Past Mandi students have:
- Proposed safer traffic patterns to alleviate traffic congestion in Mandi (Winner of the 2014 President's IQP Award!)
- Designed a mechanical harvester, as well as making other suggestions and innovations, to benefit small-scale tea production
- Explored and implemented alternative day lighting technologies for village homes in Mandi
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Mandi can be found here: Mandi Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
Note: Mandi is at an extreme elevation, and the air will likely be much thinner than students are accustomed to in Worcester, MA.
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State