Bhubaneswar was chosen as the location for one of the eight new IITs established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, in part for its proximity to several other world class universities and research centers. Because the 936-acre site is vast in scale, the campus development has been intentionally contained to a limited area in the initial phases, thereby avoiding uncontained sprawl and creating a sense of place. The concept of a village with clusters of buildings is utilized to promote interaction between academic and residential zones. At the heart of the Village is the Library Building intersected by the Main Pedestrian Promenade, a central pathway that links the academic village to other parts of the campus. The higher density campus will minimize travel distances, and clustering academic departments and programs will foster intellectual life of the college. The completed Master Plan includes parameters for future land use, buildings, density, landscaping, space planning, transportation, circulation, utilities, campus design and sustainable development.