India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country, and the largest democracy in the world. India has a coastline of over seven thousand kilometres, and borders Pakistan to the west, Nepal, the People’s Republic of China and Bhutan to the north-east, and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, it is adjacent to the island nations of Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia. Home to the Indus Valley Civilization, a centre of important trade routes and vast empires, India has long played a major role in human history. Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism all have their origins in India, while Islam and Christianity enjoy a strong cultural heritage having arrived through trade even before foreign invasions. Colonised as part of the British Empire in the nineteenth century, India gained independence in 1947 as a unified nation after an intense struggle for independence. The country’s population, wildlife, geographical terrain and climate system are among the most diverse in the world.
Pune is a city located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, and is also the cultural capital of Maharashtra. It is the 8th largest city in India with a population of 6.5 million, and the second largest in the state of Maharashtra. Pune has a reputation for its several esteemed colleges and educational institutions, and is also home to many software and IT companies. Pune is widely considered the cultural capital of Marathi-speaking Maharashtrians. Although Marathi is the main language of Pune, its cosmopolitan population speaks several other languages like English, Hindi and Gujarati. Known as the ‘Queen of the Deccan’, the ‘Cultural Capital of Maharashtra’, and ‘Oxford of the East’, Pune is very much a modern city, but still retains its old values and traditions. Some of the finest software companies are located in and around Pune. The city is a major destination for students from all over the country and abroad.
The Pralhad P.Chhabria Research Center is located in on the International Institute of Information Technology, (I²IT) Pune campus. I²IT was established by Late Shri. P. P. Chhabria, Founder Chairman of Finolex Group of Industries, a well-known philanthropist and the former President of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA). I²IT has always propagated ‘Innovation and Leadership’ as their mantra to bring ground-breaking ideas and provide a rock solid foundation for learning. With the vision and mission of providing quality education, the Institute is constructed by world renowned architects with its uniquely designed dome as its temple of learning.
I²IT was dedicated to the nation at the hands of Bharat Ratna and former President of India, late Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam on May 28, 2003. Since then it has emerged as one of the premier institutions in IT in India.
The Research Center is located in the city of Pune, in the state of Maharashtra, around 120 kms from the city of Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. Please refer the following link to know more about Pune city. https://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/destination/pune-hub
The campus is located in the Rajiv Ghandhi Infotech Park. This park is 64 square kilometre in area and houses many IT and ITES (IT Enabled Services) Indian and Multinational companies. Please refer to the following link for detailed information about the companies located in Hinjawadi Infotech Park.
CLIMATIC CONDITIONS IN INDIA: The climate of India is difficult to lay due to the country’s large geographic size and varied topography. Many regions have their own microclimates (e.g. in mountain tops), and the mean climatic conditions in Kashmir (extreme north) are very different from those in the extreme south. India’s climate is strongly influenced by The Himalayas and the Thar Desert. The Himalayas ensure, by acting as a barrier to the cold north winds from Central Asia, that northern India is warm or mildly cool during winter and hot during summer. So, although the Tropic of Cancer (the dividing line between the tropical and sub-tropical regions) passes almost through the middle of India, India as a whole is considered to be a tropical country.
CLIMATIC CONDITIONS IN PUNE: Pune experiences three distinct seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. Typical summer months are from March to May, with maximum temperatures ranging from 35 to 39°C (95 to 102°F). Contrary to most of the Deccan Plateau where May is the warmest month, the warmest month in Pune is April. The city often receives locally developed heavy thundershowers with sharp downpours in May - July. Though the temperatures plunge in this month, the summer heat accompanied by high humidity can be occasionally quite oppressive. Nevertheless, the nights in Pune are significantly cooler compared to most other parts in this region owing to its high altitude. Monsoon winds blowing from the Arabian Sea are a welcome relief in June, bringing with them heavy showers. Pune receives moderate rainfall. The city receives an annual rainfall of 722 mm, mainly between June and September as the result of southwest monsoon. July is the wettest month of the year. Though the rainfall is comparatively lower than in the adjoining Western Ghats, steady spells of heavy rain frequently disrupt normal life in the city. The spells of continuous rainfall may stretch to many days or even a few weeks. Pune has, on record, received rainfall for 29 consecutive days (Days when rainfall is greater than 2.5 mm). However, the weather is very pleasant in the city with temperature ranging from 20 to 28°C (68 to 82°F). As the monsoon winds recede, the day temperatures rise again in October with cooler nights signalling the onset of winter. Pune experiences winter from November to February. This is the best season to visit Pune. Pleasant windy days, clear skies and cool nights make it the most enjoyable time of the year. The day temperature hovers around 29°C (84°F) while night temperature is below 10°C (50°F) for most of December and January, often dropping to 5 or 6°C (42°F). On particularly cold days, wind may appear to be very chilly due to the dryness of air. Rain is very rare in this season.
Please refer the below link to locate an Indian Embassy or Consulate in your country.
The Indian Rupee is the official currency of India. The currency notes in circulation are Rs. 5, Rs. 10, Rs. 20, Rs. 50, Rs. 100, Rs. 500 (newer version) and Rs. 2000. A foreigner can bring in any amount of foreign currency, traveller’s cheques, etc., and take out as much as he brought in. However if carrying foreign exchange in excess of US$ 10,000 you must declare it on arrival on the Currency Declaration Form (CDF), to be attested by the Customs Officer. It is not possible to purchase these before you leave your country. If you want cash on arrival it is best to get it at the airport bank. Indian currency conversion rules are much more relaxed than a decade ago. However it is recommended that visitors carry traveller’s cheques of reputed companies such as Thomas cook, American Express etc. They have to almost always be exchanged in banks or hotels, and are not easily accepted for direct payment unless accompanied by a passport. Credit cards are increasingly acceptable in the main centers though in smaller cities it is still rare to pay by credit card. There are several ATMs in several major towns, but several of these are for local account holders. Here again reputed companies such as Visa, Master, and Cirrus are becoming increasingly acceptable. Changing money through unauthorized dealers is illegal. Most large government banks in India such as State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda have foreign exchange counters and give cash against Visa/Master cards. Bank rates and hotel rates do not vary much, but always retain the encashment certificate when you change money through authorized dealers. Telegraphic transfers are possible through international banks such as American Express, HKB, Barclays, ABN AMRO and Standard Chartered bank but transfer fee up to $30 may be charged. To exchange Foreign Currency on campus, please contact the operations manager who can provide you with the names and addresses of Forex Counters around the campus. Foreign Students are advised to carry with them INRs. 5,000/- in cash for the initial personal expenses (1st week) they might incur after arrival on campus.
The campus is spread over 12.25 acres. The student housing is on campus and all students are expected to live on campus. On arrival at the I²IT campus students should report to the Security Cabin at the main gate. At the gate, all students will have to fill in the necessary Declaration Form for personal electronic items like – Laptop, CDs, Cameras, DVD Players, and Music Instruments etc.” They will then be guided to the hostel administrator who will allocate the rooms. After checking-in all students are expected to report to PPCRC for further communication.
FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE INSTITUTE
It is the Institute’s policy to immediately respond to the best of its ability to assist a student in a medical emergency. Expenses will have to be borne by the students themselves. Following Medical facilities are available:
- The Institute has tie-ups through our Medical Officer with major hospitals and doctors in the city for any kind of medical advice or emergency. Individual consultancy to any medical practitioner / hospitalization / treatments without prior approvals of campus doctor would be treated invalid. The Institute will not be liable for consequences thereof.
- The Institute maintains first-aid medical kits for emergencies at the security area, reception (academic building), Hostel Administrators and Communication Center.
- The in-house doctor of the institute shall be available for consultation at the institute, 5 days a week at specified times. He/she can also further be contacted for emergencies, at his local dispensary with prior appointments.
- The institute has a full-time nurse living on campus who is qualified to handle any medical emergency situations until the student can be taken to the nearest hospital.
MEALS ON CAMPUS
There is a cafeteria on campus that normally serves Indian vegetarian meals. However, depending on student request, special arrangements can be made. This would have to be discussed and co-ordinated with the Operations manager before arrival on campus.
Accessing, storing, viewing, transmitting, and/or circulating any pornographic and/or obscene material is strictly forbidden. Students are expected to co-operate in ensuring a virus-free environment in the computer systems. The student is bound by the general terms and conditions of the use of Internet and Intranet.These rules are available with the Systems Administrator and are subject to being modified/amended from time-to- time.Using of mail system for propagating/sending irrelevant subjects/unprofessional mails to staff/faculty/all students will be violating the basic norms of the institute and its facilities. Students failing to abide by this will be liable for action deemed fit by Director.
COUNSELING SUPPORT AND SERVICES
The Institute’s advisers are available to provide confidential counselling assistance to students. A variety of concerns relating to educational difficulties can be addressed including habits, stress, lack of motivation, or attitudes related to Institute.
SAFETY ON CAMPUS
The campus is very safe and we have our own security. All campus residence halls are well secured.