Student life at IIT Guwahati

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, the sixth member of the IIT fraternity, was established in 1994. The academic programme of IIT Guwahati commenced in 1995. At present the Institute has eleven departments and five inter-disciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes.

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati’s campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares plot of land on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra around 20 kms. from the heart of the city. With the majestic Brahmaputra on one side, and with hills and vast open spaces on others, the campus provides an ideal setting for learning.

Campus Insights (Infrastructure)

The 74,000 square metre Academic Complex houses the academic departments, centres, their laboratories, classrooms, etc. A spacious Administrative Building accommodates the offices of the Institute. The Computer and Communication Centre houses a modern Computer Centre and Central Library. A lecture hall complex with four lecture halls, each capable of seating 250 scholars and an auditorium of 1500 capacity provide space for teaching and holding various events/programmes.

The Sports Complex comprising of an indoor sports stadium with synthetic badminton, table tennis and squash courts, gymnasium and the Students Gymkhana office, an 8 lane 50 m long swimming pool and flood-lit playing fields for all major outdoor games provide ample scope of recreation for the campus residents.

A 72-room Guest House, ample faculty and staff quarters, married students’ flat-lets, eight men’s and one women’s hostels with single occupancy rooms make the residential component of the infrastructure. The Institute also has a hospital with 30 beds, a commercial complex with a restaurant and several shops and two community halls.

Campus life

IIT Guwahati is a part of the elite group of the ‘old IITs’ that are believed to be more reputed than the new ones. IIT-Guwahati campus life offers a colorful variety of opportunities to students. To interact with each other, the campus community is very open to ideas and sharing. Student diversity is one of the very important assets of its campus life.

The beauty of IIT-G campus is breathtaking, given its location in the lap of nature. A long walk through the beautiful woods and rolling mountains can be a panacea for any stress. Unlike most old IITs which are female-starved, IIT Guwahati has a better student gender ratio.


Gymkhana organizes various talks and seminars throughout the year, either aimed at a selected audience or at all students of the department.

INSPIRE TALKS: These talks are conducted under the theme INSPIRE that encourages and inspires the students of the department (especially the Freshers’ and sophomores) to get to understand and realize the scope and opportunities.

INTERN TALKS: In this interactive session, 3rd year students addressed one of the most prevalent questions in the minds of students in their sophomore year – Summer Internship. The prime objective was to guide the students into deciding a field of choice – be it academic, industrial or management – and provide the steps to get an internship for each. The senior students will share their various internship/research experiences, giving a clear insight about the prospects in the department.

ICE TALKS: Conducted annually during the admission season, this talk is an introductory talk the explains students about the department. Students are urged to interact with the professors and mentors are alotted for each student.

Hostel Facility

All the students of the Institute have been provided with hostel rooms in the campus. The accommodation is single-seater. These hostels are equipped with all modern amenities. There are facilities for sports and recreation such as satellite TV, indoor games and a gymnasium.

Facilities for outdoor games like volleyball, basketball and football are also there. Every room in the the hostels are provided with network connectivity. Separate accommodation is provided to the girl students. A round-the-clock canteen is in operation to cater to the needs of the students.

Central Library

The Central Library, one of the important central facilities of the Institute, currently has a collection of over 1,17,000 items including 2605 subscribed online journals and magazines.

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