Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
ज्ञान ही शक्ति है (Hindi)
Motto in English
|Knowledge Is Power|
|Type||Public technical university|
|Chairman||T. G. Sitharam|
|Director||T. G. Sitharam|
703.95 acres (2,848,784.6 m2)
|Colors||Red (Power), |
Red Blue Yellow
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati, IITG) 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 Indian Institute of Technology established in India. IIT Guwahati is officially recognised as an 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 IIT 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 Guwahati admitted its first batch of students into its Bachelor of Technology 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 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 houses the following departments:
- Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering
- Department of Chemical Engineering
- Center of Excellence for Sustainable Polymers
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Civil Engineering
- Department of Computer Science and Engineering
- Department of Design
- Department of Electronics & Electrical Engineering (previously known as the Department of Electronics and Communication)
- Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Department of Physics
|University and college rankings|
|General – international|
|QS (World) (2020)||491|
|QS (Asia) (2020)||112|
|QS (BRICS) (2019)||48|
|Times (World) (2020)||601-800|
|Times (Asia) (2020)||160|
|Times (Emerging) (2020)||152|
|General – India|
|NIRF (Overall) (2019)||9|
|NIRF (Overall) (2020)||7|
|Engineering – India|
|The Week (2019)||6|
|India Today (2020)||6|
Internationally, IIT Guwahati was ranked 491 in the QS World University Rankings of 2020. The same rankings ranked it 112 in Asia in 2020  and 48 among BRICS nations in 2019. It was ranked 601-800 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020, 160 in Asia and 152 among Emerging Economies in 2020. 
In India, among engineering colleges, it ranked 6th by India Today in 2020 and 6th by The Week overall in 2019 . It was ranked 7th among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2019 and 9th overall.
IIT Guwahati is home to five academic centres.
- Centre for Nanotechnology
- Centre for Rural Technology
- Centre for Linguistic Science & Technology
- Centre for the Environment
- Centre for Energy
IIT Guwahati is home to five academic centres.
- Central Instruments Facility
- Centre for Computer & Communication Centre
- Centre for Career Development.
- Centre for Creativity
- Centre for Educational Technology
IIT Guwahati hosts Param-Ishan which is the fastest and most powerful super computer in northeastern, eastern and southern regions of the country.
Student life and hostels
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. Each room comes equipped with requisite basic amenities. The rooms are not air-conditioned. The toilets and bathrooms are shared (three of each for every ten rooms on average). Every hostel has a mess, a canteen, a juice centre, a stationery shop, a library, a TV room, a sports room (for indoor sports), and laundry facilities. The hostels are provided with 24-hour Internet facility. The boys hostels are single seated, i.e, every boarder gets a single room.
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. Apart from these the General Championship (GC) is widely celebrated across the hostel communities in the institute, the combined score in the inter hostel meets Kriti (Tech), Manthan (Cultural) and Spardha (Sports) is used to decide the winning hostel.
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.
Renowned 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.
Techniche is the techno-management festival of IIT Guwahati. Techniche is held in September every year over three days. Techniche hosts various events, competitions, exhibitions and workshops.
Techniche 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.
Guwahati Half Marathon is hosted by Techniche a week before the event.
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. It is usually held as an annual three-day summit in January. It is the flagship event of the Entrepreneurial Development Cell, IIT Guwahati. It was conceptualized to develop and spread the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youth of the North-East, and India in general thus earning itself the reputation of being the largest E-Summit in the north-east. E-Cell, IIT Guwahati, is a special interest group under Technical Board of the Students Gymkhana Council, IIT 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 organized under the banner of Students' Academic Board (SAB) of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG). It 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. Research Conclave has gone from strength to strength since its inception and now boasts of being one of the largest of its kind in India with the 2019 edition witnessing participants from over 30 states and union territories of India. 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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