Local Information Page

FSTTCS 2009 Local Arrangements Team welcomes you to IIT Kanpur for this exciting edition of FSTTCS. This page provides basic practical information about the IIT Kanpur campus, the facilities available for conference and local tips.

Conference Venue and Registration

The venue for all the events shall be the lecture halls CS101 and CS102 in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur. The registration desk shall be located at the main entrance of the building.

FSTTCS Volunteers

Room number CS108 located on the ground floor of the Computer Science and Engineering Department building has been designated as the volunteer control room for FSTTCS 2009. You may contact the control room for any assistance regarding travel/accommodation etc.

Volunteers for FSTTCS 2009 shall be wearing colored badges for easy identification.

Internet Access

FSTTCS 2009 (courtesy Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IITK) is providing 24-hour free Internet access to all its delegates.
  • Wireless network : Wireless network will be available 24 x 7 in the classroom area in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering for the period December 12th to December 20th. Laptops DO NOT need to be registered to be able to connect to the Internet. Furthermore the network provides Direct Connection to the Internet (no proxy required).
  • Wired machines : We have placed a few machines in the Student's Lounge (Room number CS104) with Internet access. The machines provide Direct Connection to the Internet (no proxy required).
The details of the network facilities shall be provided to the delegates separately. The protocols being supported by the connection are HTTP(S), SSH, IMAP(S), SMTP(S), POP3(S), OPENVPN. The network DOES NOT support FTP, TELNET protocols.
The Visitors Hostel (VH) and Visiting Faculty Apartments (VFA) have wireless access with direct connection to the Internet. Delegates residing in student halls CANNOT access the Internet from their rooms.

The Campus

IIT Kanpur is located on the Grand Trunk Road at Kalyanpur on 422 hectares (1055 acres) of land. The lush green campus is self contained with its own medical center and shopping complex. The following sections give information on these facilities :

Accommodation : Delegates are being housed at the Institute Guest House, the Visiting Faculty Apartments and three Student Halls of Residence in guest rooms/student rooms. Given below are approximate distances from these locations to the conference venue (i.e. the Department of Computer Science and Engineering) and estimated walking time:

LocationDistanceWalking Time (80m/min)
Institute Guest House (VH)0.75 km10 minutes
Visiting Faculty Apartments (VFA)1.2 km15 minutes
Student Hall of Residence 7 (Hall 7)1.5 km20 minutes
Student Hall of Residence 8 (Hall 8)1.6 km20 minutes
Student Hall of Residence 9 (Hall 9)1.75 km22 minutes

Please consult the following map of the IIT Campus. It has routes marked out on it and also points to various key locations all over the campus.

Shopping Complex : The Shopping Complex is a collection of small shops serving the campus community. It includes shops for books/stationary (2), chemist, hairdresser, dry-cleaner, bakery, sweets, restaurant, general provisions, grocery, travel agency etc. The complex also has a Post Office (with international money transfer facility) and a Telecom Centre (for making long distance telephone calls and faxing).

Banking : The State Bank of India (SBI) and the Union Bank of India (UBI) have their branches and ATMs in the Shopping Complex. ATMs for both banks are also located in front of Student Hall of Residence 3 and are open round the clock. SBI also provides foreign exchange services. SBI working Hours: 0930-1330 and 1430-1600 (Mon-Fri), 0930-1230 Sat, Closed Sun.

Travel Needs :
  1. The shopping complex has an office for Pearl International Tours and Travels
    Mobile (Mr. Miraj Alam)+91-9839-099-913
    Working Hours1100 hrs - 2000 hrs, Mon-Sat
    They can be approached for making/changing flight bookings etc.
  2. For booking cars, delegates can contact Mr. Vinod Yadav at +91-9336-222-326 or Mr. Sinod Yadav at +91-9336-339-396.
  3. Dreamz Travel representatives may also be present on site of the conference, contact details given below :
    Mobile (Mr. Jitin Batra)+91-9810-558-569

Medical Facilities : The campus has a Health Centre (Landline : +91-512-259-7777) that is staffed by a team of doctors and health care providers. Emergency care is provided round the clock. STAR/FSTTCS/WAPMDS delegates DO NOT have to pay to avail these facilities. The chemist shop at the Shopping Complex is open from 1030 hrs till 2045 hrs with lunch timings from 1400 hrs till 1500 hrs. Delegates in need of immediate medical attention may approach the front desk of the Health Center directly.

Things to Do ...

This section is devoted to recreational options for delegates.
  • The IIT Kanpur campus is in itself a place worth exploring. Avid bird watchers can treat themselves (not on a plate but on a film roll maybe) to the migratory birds who choose to make the IIT campus their home at this time of the year. Visit http://www.cse.iitk.ac.in/~amit/birds/ for more information and snaps. The swampy area behind Student Hall of Residence 8 is particularly a favorite haunt for bird watchers.
  • Sports lovers are in for a treat as FSTTCS is largely coinciding with the 45th Inter-IIT Sports Meet (11-18 Dec, 2009) which will host over 1500 delegates from all over the country representing the 15 Indian Institutes of Technology campuses. The meet will feature 15 events including Athletics, Basketball, Weightlifting, Skating, Squash and Football among others. Visit http://www.iitk.ac.in/interiit09/ for details.
  • Delegates can sample the culinary treats offered by the canteens located in the Student Halls of Residence or at the Campus Restaurant (formerly Red Rose) located at the Shopping Complex. For the more adventurous souls, the city offers more variety.
  • There are booze ``parlors'' and a few eateries located just outside the IIT main gate. The city offers options for fine dining (and boozing) at various restaurants (Hookah, Little Chef, Antarang, Chin-Mi ...) and malls (Rave 3, Rave Moti). Delegates who wish to visit these places are requested to hire a car for the entire duration of the trip.
  • Delegates who wish to visit the banks of the holy river Ganga may like to plan a trip to Bithoor which lies on the banks of the Ganges and is of historical significance owing to its connections with the First Indian War of Independence in 1857.
  • For those who wish to visit the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, a recommended option is to hire a car and drive to Agra. The distance is approximately 300km, each way, and the price of hire is Rs. 7.35 per kilometer. One has to pay for the round-trip drive. Agra has many hotels, so finding a good one on the spot is usually not a problem. However, if you wish to book ahead of time, you can use services provided by either Dreamz Travels or Pearl Travels. Guides for Taj Mahal are available at the entrance of the Taj Mahal itself and may be hired for about Rs. 150. The Taj Mahal is open from about 8am to sunset (around 4:45pm). For visiting the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, you might need to hire a car to drive to those locations.

Wish you an enjoyable and productive time at FSTTCS 2009 !!
FSTTCS Local Arrangements Team