Academic Area comprises academic buildings and facilities such as the PK Kelkar Library, Computer Centre, National Wind Tunnel Facility and SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre. It also houses faculty offices, laboratories and administrative buildings. The academic area is connected by a corridor which links all the major buildings.
Lecture Hall Complex
It consists of 17 lecture halls. Some of them are big enough to encapsulate 300-400 students. Most of the lectures for all departments are held in them. They are also used for talks, seminars, and activites related to Student Gymkhana.
This is one of the tallest buildings in IIT Kanpur and is the place for offices of faculties of most of the departments. DOSA (Dean of Student Affair Office), Scholarship Cell are also present here.
P K Kelkar Library (Formerly Central Library) of IIT Kanpur is an academic library with a collection of more than 3,00,000 volumes and subscriptions to more than 1000 periodicals. It is one of the best libraries in the nation housed in three-storey building with total floor area of 6973 sq. m. The Abstracting and Indexing periodicals, Microform and CD-ROM databases, technical reports, standards and thesis are important part of this collection. Each year, on an average 4500 books and journal volumes are added to the collection. The Library remains open, for 358 days of the year, from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight on all working days; 9 a.m. to 12 midnight on Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Sundays and Gazetted holidays and for 24 hours during the two examinations each semester.
Computer Center (CC) caters to the computational and IT related needs of the academic as well as residential community at IIT Kanpur. Student ID Cell is also present inside it. It consists around 200 computers based on either Windows or Linux. The Computer Centre has three state of the art Data Centres with precision air conditioning for housing all the CC facilities as well as large clusters of the project PIs, office automation servers, telephone exchange and other institute servers. All the CC facilities are backed up by a UPS system and diesel generator for 24 hours uninterrupted supply.
Computer Science Department Building
Computer Science department is one of the most famous departments of IIT Kanpur. It now has two beautiful buildings, Rajeev Motwani building and H R Kadim Building. Faculties of Computer Science department had their offices in H R Kadim building but they are now shifted to new Motwani Building.
H R Kadim Building
The building is situated next to the Computer Center. It is a three-storey building with total constructed area of 31,000 square feet. The building has been designed to support a maximum faculty size of 28. It has three classrooms where one can hold classes of sizes 100, 50, and 40 approximately. There is students' lounge with lockers and some furniture. There are three meeting-cum-discussion rooms. PhD students will have their own rooms. There are also rooms for research staff. The lab can accomodate 160 users at a time.
The Rajeev Motwani Building is a newly constructed building of Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the memory of Rajeev Motwani, one of the distinct alumnus of IIT Kanpur. It has two very large lecture halls. Just as H R Kadim building it is fully air conditioned. It is also among one of the tallest bulding in IIT Kanpur. The Motwani building is a six-story building with a floor area of 3,650 square meters and has a 200 seat classroom (RM 101), 22 faculty offices and 17 labs. The construction work started in early May 2011 and is now available at the service of the Institute.
BSBE department building
This is one of the most beautiful buildings in IIT Kanpur. Located just near the entry gate of Academic Area it is a three storey building. It has labs related to the department and offices of faculties of BSBE department.
The Academic Office exists to help facilitate, initiate and co-ordinate the academic work of the Institute, particularly the teaching and assessment of students. It acts as the repository of grades and academic records of all students, both past and present. It also has JEE-office, OARS office.
Café Coffee Day outlet is situated in the Academic Area, next to the P K Kelkar Library. This CCD outlet serves its conventional menu at a fairly subsidised rate. It has been functional for only two years but is quite popular among students and faculties.
Mechanical Department Labs
Conducts research in areas of acoustics, noise and its control, speech, acoustic and vibration transducers, vibrations and NVH