Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.


INDIA / India Projects Program


The new Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi is currently under construction in a rural region of Himachal Pradesh. The consequences of such development will impact the social fabric, economy, and environment of the surrounding region. This project examined the impacts that the IIT will have on the surrounding villages. We observed an overwhelming sense of optimism amongst the villagers who believe that the IIT will improve their life. Our findings and analysis, indicate that the villagers are not fully aware of the scope of construction of the IIT. We made recommendations to the IIT focused on better communication and cooperation with the villages with the purpose of amplifying positive effects while mitigating negative ones.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs