In spite of their busy academic schedule, students at IITG are encouraged to participate in the various recreational and cultural activities that are organized, both by the Institute and by the Students’ Gymkhana.
Events and Fests
Technical fest- Techniche which is conducted in the month of September every year. It is largest technical fest in North east India.
Cultural festival - Alchrianga popularly known as "Alcher", is the annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati. It was started in 1996 by a group of students of IIT Guwahati. Since then, it has gone on to become one of the biggest college level cultural events in Asia. Alcheringa is conducted towards the end of January every year. Spread over 3 days and 4 nights, it attracts people from all over the world with its spectacular events and competitions.
The Entrepreneurial Development Cell organizes Udgam, the annual Entrepreneurial Summit of IITG, bringing together an experience of workshops, lectures and showcases for promising entrepreneurs and start-ups in India, promoting a culture of innovation and problem solving.
Kriti the 13 hostels, 7 days, 1 title! The inter hostel technical and management festival where nous and creativity are one’s only saviours.
Inter IIT Sports Meet is a contest held every winter at one of the IITs. The Meet affords the opportunity to the sportspersons from the IITs to showcase their talents. An Inter-IIT Aquatic meet is held separately as a part of the main meet each year preceding the main Inter-IIT Sports meet. The team excelling in both the meets is further awarded the General Championship. The probables for the meet are selected in September and are then subjected to regular coaching almost every evening in the odd semester by excellent coaches. A sports camp is organized at the end of the semester two weeks before Meet.
Apart from the major annual festivals, Alcheringa, Techniche and Udgam organized by the students at the institute level, various student bodies and the student hostels also organize smaller festivals and cultural events of their own throughout the year. Apart from the students themselves, the rest of the campus community (faculty, staff and their families) also takes part in these events which also see participation from the surrounding community as well.
The Institute regularly invites experts and well known persona from a wide range of technical, scientific and cultural specializations to visit IITG, give lectures and expositions in their respective areas and interact directly with the students to develop their interests in these areas. Apart from a very successful Institute Lecture Series, SPIC-MACAY events, programmes on dance, music and drama are also organized, some with the help of international organizations like the British Council and the Japan Foundation.