Indian Institue of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) is a public technical and research university established by the Government of India, located in Guwahati, in the state of Assam in India. It is the sixth IIT established in India. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati is officially recognized as an Indian Institute of National Importance by the government of India. IIT Guwahati has been ranked 7th both in Engineering and Overall category in NIRF India Rankings 2020, released on 11th June 2020.
The history of INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GUWAHATI traces its roots to the 1985 Assam Accord signed between the All Assam Students Union and the Government of India, which mentions the general improvement in education facilities in Assam and specifically the setting up of an IIT.
IIT Guwahati was established in 1994 by an act of parliament and its academic programme commenced in 1995. IIT admitted its first batch of students into its B TECH programme in 1995. The selection process was the same as that of the other IITs, i.e., through the Joint Entrance Examination. In 1998, the first batch of students were accepted into the Master of Technology program through the GATE.
Campus and geography
The campus of IIT Guwahati is on the northern banks of Brahmaputra and abuts the North Guwahati town of Amingaon. It is often considered as the most beautiful campus in India. The campus is on a 700 acres (2.8 km2) plot of land around 20 km from the heart of the city. It has the Brahmaputra on one side and hills and vast open spaces on others.IIT Guwahati is a fully residential campus. All the students live in hostels on the campus. The hostels are named after rivers and tributaries of North-East India: Manas, Dihing, Kapili, Siang, Kameng, Barak, Subansiri (girls’ hostel), Umiam, Dibang, Brahmaputra (largest hostel in all the IITs, Dhansiri (new girls’ hostel), Lohit and Disang( new boys’ hostel). Apart from these, there is a married scholars’ hostel for married postgraduates. Every student at IIT Guwahati is given a separate room.
Organisation and administration
All IITs follow the same organization structure which has President of India as visitor at the top of the hierarchy. Directly under the president is the IIT Council.
Presently there are about 7047 students on rolls, 406 faculty members and 510 support staff.
The admission in IIT Guwahati for UG Courses is done through JEE Advanced for Engineering and through UCEED for Designing. The admission in PG is done through GATE score, and through CEED for Designing, while through Ph.D-NET examination or Ph.D. entrance examination and/or interview one can get admission into Ph.D. Courses.
IIT Guwahati hosts Param-Ishan which is the fastest and most powerful super computer in northeastern, eastern and southern regions of the country.
Every year the students and administration of IIT Guwahati come together to organize a number of festivals and competitions. The major festivals include Alcheringa, the annual cultural festival, Techniche, the annual techno-management festival, Udgam, the annual entrepreneurship summit and Research Conclave. Apart from these the Students of IIT Guwahati participate in the annual Inter IIT Sports Meet.
Alcheringa, popularly known as “Alcher”, is the annual cultural extravaganza of the IIT Guwahati. It started in 1996 as a student-run nonprofit organisation catering primarily to the youth of the nation. Held for three days and four nights, Alcheringa’s 2018 edition witnessed an estimated footfall of 1,00,000 people.
Alcheringa has hosted famous Indian and international artists. The list includes world’s fastest guitar shredder Michael Angelo Batio, Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie, Israeli progressive metal band – Orphaned Land, Portuguese beat boxer Rizumik, Irish metal band – Frantic Jack, Pakistani pop rock band – Strings, Villalobos Brothers – the Mexican trio and an alternative rock group from New York City – Betty in the international section.
Indian artists like Vishal-Shekhar, Mohit Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Javed Ali, Shaan, K.K, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Shilpa Rao, RDB, Anoushka Shankar, Pt.Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, rock band Euphoria, Vir Das and Kalki Koechlin add stature to the list.
Alcheringa 2018, titled “Echoes of Innocence”, the twenty-second edition of the festival starred Bollywood dynamic duo, Vishal-Shekhar, Portuguese House producer, Diego Mirandaand Australian House producers, Mashd N Kutcher, alternative rock band from Chennai, The F16’s and classical music maestros and brothers, Ganesh and Kumaresh and legendary Padma Shri Awardee Shahid Parvez. Alcheringa 2020 starred Bollywood Singer Jubin Nautiyal it was sponsored by The Red Chief.
It is the techno-management festival of INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GUWAHATI. It is held in September every year over three days. Techniche hosts various events, competitions, exhibitions and workshops.
It conducts Technothlon and provides students from schools and colleges across India a platform to interact with many experts in subject areas through its lecture series. It has been attended by R. Chidambaram, Kiran Bedi, H. C. Verma, Mike Fincke, John C. Mather and others.
Udgam, is the annual Entrepreneurship Summit of IIT Guwahati. Organized by the institute’s Entrepreneurial Cell, it aims to inspire young students and graduates of North-East India to embrace entrepreneurship . Apart from a series of talks by eminent entrepreneurs there are plethora of workshops & networking sessions which happen during the festival. E-Cell, IIT Guwahati, is a special interest group under Technical Board of the Students Gymkhana Council,INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GUWAHATI and is responsible for activities and initiatives which would instil and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the student community. To foster an environment which is conducive to entrepreneurship, we at E-Cell organize lectures, events and workshops to create a platform for them to realize their potential and showcase their bright ideas in front of public and industry.
Research Conclave is a staunch platform to nurture the young minds towards research, innovation and entrepreneurship, which intends to bring the undivided attention of the students towards both industries and academia to redress the academic research challenges, concerns of the entire student community and upcoming entrepreneurs around the globe. It has been attended by H. C. Verma, Dr. Raksh Vir Jasra, M. S. Ananth, Padma Shri Awardee A. S. Kiran Kumar and others.
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