IIT Bhilai is one of the six new IITs established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, located at Chhattisgarh state. Until the infrastructure of IIT Bhilai permanent campus is ready; the institute will start and function temporarily at the campus of Government Engineering College (GEC) Raipur. Four storied Block-B of GEC building has been fully renovated and furnished to start IIT Bhilai.
Raipur is located in the central region of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh and is a largest and capital city of the state. The eastern city witnesses the flow of Mahanadi River and the north-western part of the city is beautified by the Maikal Hills. Raipur is well connected with Railways, Roadways and Airways to various parts of the city as well as to other major cities of the country. The recently modernized Swami Vivekanand Airport located in the city is one of its kind in the central region.
Raipur has become one of the educational hub of central India. It has an effective literacy rate of 86.90% against the national average of 73.00%. The city hosts almost all major institutes of national importance; in engineering with institutes like NIT Raipur, IIIT Raipur; in medical with AIIMS Raipur, and Pt. J.L.N. Medical College which is one of largest medical college in central part; in management with IIM Raipur and in Law with institutes like Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur, etc. With the establishment of IIT Bhilai, Raipur becomes the only city to house an NIT, IIT, IIM, IIIT and AIIMS. Raipur is also making mark as a center of sports, houses the newly built International Cricket Stadium, International Hockey Stadium, International Swimming Pool and other indoor sports complexes.
This part of India is also an industrial hub, which has two major companies like Bhilai Steel Plant (SAIL) and NTPC Korba, designated as 'Maharatna Companies'. It has large reserves of variety of mineral resources. Many small and medium scale industries like thermal power plants, iron and steel plants, cement industries, etc. are the major industries.
Culturally rich Chhattisgarh state has many historical places around Raipur, such as Sirpur and Bhoramdeo etc. Sirpur has been mentioned in ancient epigraphic record dating back to 5-8th century. This place was also visited by the Chinese pilgrimist and scholar Hieun Tsang and many prominent scholars and historians around the globe.
State has rich natural resources and agricultural lands, often known as 'Dhaan ka Katora or Rice Bowls' and Wildlife sanctuaries, such as Barnawapara, Champaran and forest cover of Bastar region. The flora of wildlife sanctuaries comprises of trees like Teal, Sal, Bamboo, Terminalia and lush green vegetation etc. It also supports a wide variety of wildlife such as Tiger, Sloth Bear, Flying squirrels, Jackals, Four horned Antelopes, Leopards, Chinkara, Black Buck, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Chital, Sambar, Cobra, Python just to name a few. Besides, the sanctuary is also home to considerable population of birds like Parrots, Bulbul, White-rumped Vultures etc.
Other place includes a beautiful lake, Viveka Nand Sarovar (Budha Talab) in the middle of the city. Around Raipur, a Ravishankar Dam at Gangarel, built on the Mahanadi river and Nandanvan at the bank of river Kharun are picnic and recreational spots. Sihava is another place of natural beauty comprising of forests and mountains and origin of Mahanadi river. Bastar region has several beautiful water falls, Chitrakoot waterfall and Tirathgarh water falls.