Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
IIT Guwahati Logo.svg
ज्ञान ही शक्ति है (Hindi)
Motto in English
Knowledge Is Power
TypePublic engineering school
DirectorProf. T. G. Sitharam[2]
Academic staff
Students6117 (as on 07/01/2020)
Undergraduates2743[citation needed]
Postgraduates3374[citation needed]
Location, ,
26°11′14″N 91°41′30″E / 26.18722°N 91.69167°E / 26.18722; 91.69167Coordinates: 26°11′14″N 91°41′30″E / 26.18722°N 91.69167°E / 26.18722; 91.69167
CampusUrban, 703.95 acres (2,848,784.6 m2)[1]
ColorsRed (Power),
Blue (Peace),
Yellow (Perseverance)
     Red      Blue      Yellow

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati, IITG) is a public institution 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.[4][5]


The history of IIT Guwahati traces its roots to the 1985 Assam Accord[6] 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.[1] 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.[7] In 1998, the first batch of students were accepted into the Master of Technology program through the GATE.

Campus and geography[edit]

IIT Guwahati campus

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.[1]


Academic Complex on the bank of River Brahmaputra

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

The aforementioned departments of the Institute offer B. Tech., B. Des., M. Des., M. Tech., M.A. (Development Studies), M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes.

Presently there are about 6117 students (2743 undergraduate and 3374 postgraduate) on rolls[8], 415 faculty members and 300 support staff.[9]


University and college rankings
General – international
QS (World) (2020)[10]491
QS (BRICS) (2019)[11]48
QS (Asia) (2019)[12]107
Times (World) (2020)[13]601-800
Times (Emerging) (2019)[14]140
Times (Asia) (2019)[15]143
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[16]9
Engineering – India
NIRF (2019)[17]7
The Week (2019)[18]6
Government colleges:
India Today (2018)[19]6

Internationally, IIT Guwahati was ranked 491 in the QS World University Rankings of 2020.[10] The same rankings ranked it 107 in Asia [12] and 48 among BRICS nations.[11] It was ranked 601-800 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020,[13] 143 in Asia[15] and 140 among Emerging Economies in 2019. [14]

In India, among government engineering colleges, it ranked 6th by India Today in 2018[19] and 6th by The Week overall in 2019 .[18] It was ranked 7th among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2019[17] and 9th overall.[16]

In December 2019, Samsung partnered with IIT Guwahati to set up 6th Samsung Innovation Lab under its Digital Academy initiative.[20]

Academic centres[edit]

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

Extramural centres[edit]

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

Param Ishan[edit]

IIT Guwahati hosts Param-Ishan which is the fastest and most powerful super computer in northeastern, eastern and southern regions of the country.[21]

Student life and hostels[edit]

IIT Guwahati 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[citation needed]), 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 center, a stationary shop, a library, a TV room, a sports room (for indoor sports), and laundry facilities.[22] The hostels are provided with 24-hour Internet facility.

Annual festivals[edit]

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.[23] 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.


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[24] 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 .[25] Apart from a series of talks by eminent entrepreneurs there are plethora of workshops & networking sessions which happen during the festival.[26] It is usually held as an annual three-day summit in January.

Research Conclave[edit]

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 [1], M. S. Ananth, Padma Shri Awardee A. S. Kiran Kumar and others.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Director's message, IIT Guwahati". IIT Guwahati. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Institutes of National Importance". The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID). Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Impact of IIT Guwahati on India's North East Region". The World Reporter. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  6. ^ "An Interview with Professor Dhirendra Nath Burhagohain, Founder Director of IIIT Guwahati". Gonit Sora. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  7. ^ "JEE 2009". IIT Guwahati. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Total student strength of IIT Guwahati for the session 2018-19". Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  9. ^ "FAQs regarding Faculty Positions". IIT Guwahati. Archived from the original on 9 August 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  10. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings 2020". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  11. ^ a b "QS BRICS University Rankings 2019". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018.
  12. ^ a b "QS Asia University Rankings 2019". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Top 1000 World University Rankings 2020". The Times Higher Education. 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings (2019)". The Times Higher Education. 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings (2019)". The Times Higher Education. 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  16. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  17. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Engineering)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  18. ^ a b Pushkarna, Vijaya (8 June 2019). "Best colleges: THE WEEK-Hansa Research Survey 2019". The Week.
  19. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2018: Engineering - Government". India Today. 2018.
  20. ^ "Samsung Partners IIT-Guwahati to Set Up Samsung Innovation Labs Under its Digital Academy Initiative". Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  21. ^ "Super Computer in IIT Guwahati". NDTV.
  22. ^ "About Hostels". Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  23. ^ Article, The Hindu (3 February 2014). "Alcheringa 2014 draws huge participation of cultural enthusiasts". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  24. ^ Kalita, Kangkan (21 August 2019). "Techniche is hosting the 2019 edition of Guwahati Half Marathon". Times Of India. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  25. ^ Impact of IIT Guwahati on India's North East Region | The World Reporter: News Opinion and Analysis. The World Reporter (2013-06-05). Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  26. ^ NEN 360. (2011-02-05). Retrieved on 2013-10-09.

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