Student Culture

It is a good place to meet like-minded people and learn and grow together. The campus community forms a close knit group and you make friends for life here. The campus life and community helps you evolve into a stronger and a more confident person.


Interested in something? There will be a club for it. If there isn't one, you can open your own (assuming, of course, that you get enough people interested in the same activity). More importantly, you don't have to approach a professor for opening a club, you just put up a proposal in front of the "Students' Gymkhana" (composed almost entirely of students in executive positions). If the Gymkhana approves it, you are done.


If someone were to ask me what truly sets IIT Kanpur apart, my answer would be the freedom that the students are given and the trust that the authorities have in us. Starting from the very basic, there is no concept of an "in-time" in hostels, allowing students to pursue moonshots in different technical clubs or just goof around in the campus (or SAC, which has a food court which stays open until 4 am in the morning). The college festivals: Antaragni, Techkriti and Udghosh are planned and executed by the Core Teams (comprised entirely of students) at the behest of the Students' Gymkhana - which oversees all student activities. The Students' Senate is an empowered body which acts as a medium to convey the aspirations of students to the Institute authorities, who in turn ensures that all decisions affecting the student body is taken only after careful consideration of the students opinions. Even the placements which requires a professional dialogue between multinational companies like Google and Microsoft is handled impeccably by the students.


If there is anything such as a single defining feature of IIT Kanpur, it is liberty. You don't have LAN bans, download limits, compulsory attendance (except in a few courses where it still is a small percentage (~5-10%) of the overall course weightage), no fixed time by which you should be in the campus, etc. There is no dress code (students frequently come to lectures and project demos in tee shirts and shorts). Boys are allowed in girls' hostels and vice-versa until 12AM, and you are free to go to your friend's room in such cases.

Students' Gymkhana

The entire environment is planned to give a conducive atmosphere for a holistic learning – to focus on the development of personality as a whole. The Student Gymkhana assumes that the regular student joining IIT Kanpur has led a monotonous and strenuous few months preparing for exams, and would really enjoy and feels the need to diversify and to develop his personality as a whole. The Student Gymkhana makes sure that every student has the opportunity to lead a very active life on campus. The Gymkhana makes sure that there are enough interesting on-campus activities ranging from cultural to sports to technical themes through one of the institute's pillar of strength.

Cultural Council

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“A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” - Mahatma Gandhi

The Cultural Council of the Students' Gymkhana organizes a plethora of activities spanning over the whole year. With a calendar punctuated by scores of workshops and classes over the year, including the summers, the Council provides the students profuse platforms to pursue various cultural genres, train themselves, perform on stage or just appreciate various cultural arts. The students are also given a chance to hone their skills and compete with other prolific colleges in intercollegiate cultural festivals. The council gives ample opportunities to the students to cement them into the cultural scene at IIT Kanpur through events like FRESHERS' NIGHT, IMPRESSIONS, GALAXY (Inter-Hall Championship), and other club events.

Dance Club

"Dancing is like dreaming with your feet."

At Dance Club here, dance is just not our hobby or extracurricular activity. It is what defines us, it is our identity. We organize plethora of events throughout the year and the only pre-requisite for participating is your enthusiasm. We cover various styles such as Locking, Popping, Salsa, Jazz, Bollywood, Swag, and Wacking. And the most important part is that all of them are taught from scratch.

Dance Extravaganza is the annual showcase of the Dance Club which brings forward the brimming talent of the institute. Other events include Dandiya Night, Yeh Shaam Mastani, and much more!! We also participate in many intercollege festivals like Antaragni and Rendezvous.

Dramatics Club

"Movies make you famous, television makes you rich and theater makes you good."

Did you enjoy performing on stage in school before the dreaded JEE preparation came in your way? Do you miss the stage? Dramatics club a.k.a Fursat Mandali provides you the right opportunity to relive your passion once again. The team uses the art of expression with unmatched enthusiasm to help address the maladies of the society and to form an impetus for change.

We here at Fursat Mandali organize professional theater workshops, competitions and the Dramatics Eve (one per semester). We also participate in national level competitions like Antaragni and Rendezvous, etc. and have emerged as one of the best dramatics societies in the country. So come and join us to be a part of this change, this legacy.

English Literary Society

“Language is a virus from outer space.” - William S. Burroughs.

If that is so, the English Literary Society (ELS) proudly claims to be infected. Symptoms include constant urges to celebrate the English language in all its forms: Queen’s to urban slang, through JAMs, Creative Writing, Dumb Charades, Poetry Slam, Debates, Word Games, etc. If you suffer from a similar affliction, your name is going on the list. Welcome to the club!

Hindi Sahitya Sabha

Committed to the cause of promotion of Hindi, we seek to provide a platform for students to experience and explore various avenues of Hindi literature and realizing its relevance in our lives. Fun activities like crosswords, dumb charades, and JAM are juxtaposed with more 'solemn' activities like poetry, debating, creative writing, etc. to promote our belief that the beauty of literature lies not just in obscure seeming lines of poetry but is intertwined with our lives through its multifarious expressions.

Fine Arts Club

"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known" - Oscar Wilde.

The Fine Arts Club brings together the great talents, new art maneuvers and the funky tit-bits of creativity and vigor together into an inspiring and colorful world of creation, talent and zeal. Here we conduct professional and hall-level workshops. Many students from several other institutes take part in our cultural fests, inter-hall fests, and also fests of other IITs. Here we have a platform to exchange arts and polish our own. Fine Arts Club inherits a legacy of hard work, dedication, and team spirit from a heritage of great and inspiring seniors who remain a part of the club even after years of their passing out. Unleash your inner hidden artist!

Music Club

Music club is a place where a variety of genres are appreciated and nurtured, be it rock, metal, blues, jazz or Hindustani. It is a place where people come to jam, learn and enjoy different flavours of music. The club conducts various activities throughout the year like grand musical shows and innovative workshops. Club members also participate in various musical competitions. Students here have won laurels at various platforms, with instances of people having pursued music as a career later on in their lives. Members have been constantly involved in creating new compositions which are recorded in the club’s recording studio. Some have even displayed their immense talent and have gone ahead to compose songs.

The flagship event organized by the Music club is Musical Extravaganza, which is held once each semester. It is an event in which members of the club perform covers of songs of varied genres, as well as some original compositions. We also organize the Acoustic Night once each year.

Debate & Discussions Society

The goal of the society is to provide a platform for IITK junta to hone their discussion and debating skills. Whether you are interested in just informal discussions, or in structured Parliamentary Debating & MUN, as long as you like Debate & Discussion, this the place for you.

Quiz Club

For the knowledge buffs here in IIT Kanpur, Quiz Club organizes regular quizzes on every topic under the Sun and also in the dark. From Sports to Entertainment, Technology to Silver Screen and India to World we challenge you in all fields. Frequent quiz meets and few “quiz weeks” are organized. The culmination of all these are festivals(Antaragni & Techkriti) where quizzes are organized by quizmasters from all over the country. When even that is not enough, you get to test your mettle against the best in the country in Nihilanth(All IITs & IIMs),Mood Indigo(IITB),Rendezvous(IITD). For regular updates visit our Blog:

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Films & Media Council

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“The World is nothing but a canvas to Imagination” – Henry David Thoreau

Films and Media Council intends to serve and cater the creativity, imagination and the joy of animating, film making, photography, radio jockeying, designing and watching movies among the campus junta. It also serves as a platform for campus journalism spreading awareness and making it a place where people can express themselves and voice their needs with freedom. It is a medium through which people can learn to express themselves differently in a manner that is subtle yet strong at the same time while growing throughout the process. We intend to empower people through a diversified media promoting an environment more involving in terms of both activities and reward.

Animation Club

“Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.”- Norman McLaren

We think the whole idea of 3d modeling and animation is quite intriguing in itself. This club helps students learn how to create their own animations and animated films, dealing with all aspects of animation from the very basics to the most technical details involved in the process. Lectures on 3-D animation, ffspecial effects and 3-D game design are organized from time to time.

Anime Society

“Because they saved me from myself, they rescued me from my loneliness. They were the first to accept me for who I am. They’re my friends.” – Uzumaki Naruto

Yes, you read that right, for all the anime and manga lovers out there, we have an anime society which organizes anime screenings, anime discussion sessions at regular intervals. Ever wished to discuss a theory you came up with after an episode or found a new treasure of Anime series. Come and share it with us and live the joy of watching anime.

Design Club

“Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.” - Dieter Rams

Design is not just about aesthetics or making beauty. Design can be a solution. Design can be an art and yes design can be aesthetics. In fact, Design is such a vast field that it can be used in almost anywhere, from planning your own day to writing your project report. We aim at making you a better designer. Regular lectures and projects on the fundamental concepts of different domains of design such as graphic design, architecture, product, services etc. and various software and tools used in these are taken.

Film Club

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“Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.”- Robert Altman

With activities ranging from home movie making to video editing, from sizzling ads to catchy trailers, it is undoubtedly one of the most assiduous club. Apart from its own activities, Film Club strives to spread its art to the campus community through lecture series, Ad making competitions, movie making projects etc.

Photography Club

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“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”- Dorothea Lange

Celebrating vibrancy in multitude of eye pleasing sights and breath taking instances, Photography club aims to capture them all. It strives to provide opportunities to the students to hone their creative skills and create the photographs that speak their own word. Photography club has high grade equipment in terms of digital SLRs and lenses. It has a studio with all professional level setup. Photography club substantially encourages the budding photographers in the campus by conducting the trips, lectures, workshops and the competitions.

Radio 90.4

Radio 90.4 FM is your own radio station in the campus. Cool isn’t it? Workshops on radio jockeying, voice modulation, communication skills, script writing and editing of audios are being held. Competitions based on making radio shows, prank calls etc. are being held.

Student Film Society

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This club caters the interest of the people through screening of movies and matches throughout the year. Regular Film galas are organized where we watch foreign language movies and have a discussion about them. We have a diverse collection of movies, tutorials, software and archive of various activities happened over past years in the campus. Ever want to know the history of IITK, come to us and we will serve you.

Vox Populi

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“There is a tradition that sees journalism as the dark side of literature, with book writing at its zenith. I don't agree. I think that all written work constitutes literature, even graffiti.”- Eduardo Galeano

Journalism is an integral part of any active community and Vox Populi, the journalist society of the campus come under its aegis. It caters to all the print and video journalism in the campus with its publications: Vox Populi, the newsletter and Insight 360 (video journalism wing of Vox Populi). We cover all that goes on inside the alive and kicking IIT Kanpur campus, ranging from festivals like Antaragni to discussions happening in students’ senate, from faculty to alumni, we thrive to engage them all with campus junta. We arrange workshops for writing, VJing and video making throughout the year so that the enthusiasts can hone their skills and novice can grasp their nuances!

Animation Club

Design Team

Film Club

Photography Club

Sports Facilities

IIT Kanpur is not just about academics but also has world class sports facilities. It has two cricket fields, a 400 meters track, an Olympic sized swimming pool, separate floodlit football and hockey fields, floodlit basketball courts (2 synthetic, 1 cemented), volleyball and tennis (six synthetic) courts, indoor basketball and badminton stadiums, indoor arenas for weightlifting and squash, a skating rink, a taekwondo arena, table tennis rooms, a yoga room, two well-equipped gymnasiums and the list goes on and on.

Science & Technology Council

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Science and Technology Council aims to bring student activity in consonance with the broader technological forum. Our aim is to promote students from the grass root level bootstrapping them through Takneek, gradually improving skills, developing capabilities to plan and implement more involved, through cutting edge projects.

Aeromodelling Club

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Our main objective is to promote aeromodelling as hobby in our campus. We design, model and build our own aircrafts, multi-rotors and hovercrafts, introducing different categories of aeromodelling to campus junta. Members are exposed to new methods by collaborating projects and activities with experienced students and faculty as well. Weeklong aeromodelling events are held, fun filled open to all competitions are organised for the students.

Astronomy Club

We attempt to bring about an interest and awareness in the field of Astronomy and Space Research. We intend to promote amateur astronomy through talks, competitions and shows. Astronomy is fun, but it can be even more fun when you do it with other people. Through various observation sessions by telescope and at the The Observatory for Astronomical Research (OAAR), we impart hands on skills and knowledge to all those willing to learn.

Business Club

Our Vision is to provide a platform for the entire campus residents to learn and understand the nuances of finance and business management. We conduct a lot of workshops and guest lectures throughout the year to prepare the interested students for various off-campus and intra-campus business competitions. We also provide adequate resources to them for the same. Our activities include B-quizzes, Case studies, B-plans, Market analysis & strategy.

Electronics Club

Electronics Club Projects

With “Innovation, Imagination and Application” as our motto we take club as a platform to discuss about matters which concerns our precious interest in electronics and bring out some cool, useful projects which could be put forward as our flagship products. We offer all the electronics lovers many chances throughout the year to learn, share knowledge from basics to advanced fields of electronics.

Programming Club

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Programming is an art required in almost all spheres of life, and we inculcate that talent in the people who want to learn it. Introductory lectures and workshops cater to the people who are willing to learn coding. On the other hand, highly motivated and knowledgeable people are provided with necessary equipment/resources for their project. We organize activities ranging from App Development, Hacking to Algorithm development and Gaming.

Robotics Club

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Robotics Club Projects

We promote interest for Robotics among the people in the campus by conducting various fun-filled activities among students. We are a community of students who derive pleasure in creating mechanical peers that may be potent to work without human intervention. We organize regular lectures and workshops and work on projects like Humanoid and Autonomous Underwater Vehicle.

Hobby Groups

  • Biological Research and Innovation Network (BRaIN) Hobby Group - Video
  • Design and Construction (DesCon) Hobby Group
  • Gliding Hobby group
  • Rubik's Cube Hobby Group
  • Science Coffee House

Institute Technical Teams

  • Team Robocon - Robocon WebPage Facebook Page

    ABU-Robocon, The most prestigious robotics competition in South-East Asia. IIT Kanpur was the pioneer to start off and host Robocon India, in the year 2002. Since then every year most enthusiast students in Institute work hard to build robots to participate in Robocon. Team Robocon, IITK was second runner up in Robocon India 2016. So if you are interested in robotics, this is the team you should wish to be in!

  • IITK Motorsports - Facebook Page

    With the aim of promoting Automotive Culture in the campus and hands on Engineering experience, we design, manufacture and race Formula and BAJA student vehicles at National and International competitions. If the sound of screeching tires and roaring engines give you goosebumps, this is the team you should be in!

  • Team Varun (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle)

Entrepreneurship Cell

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I create.
I take risks.
I live my passion.
I am an entrepreneur

While ‘Entrepreneurship' is growing to be one of the business world's biggest buzz words, the E- Cell at IIT Kanpur envisions a time, when youth will look up to the new generation of CEO’s and entrepreneurs as their modern day rock stars.

Motivated by this vision, an enthusiastic bunch of people at E-Cell, are working to induce an entrepreneurial mindset into the students and to air an innovative streak in them. We are here to water the ‘Ideas’ in the bud and help them bloom into impactful endeavors. We are here to support the aspiring entrepreneurs of the future and also to drive-in the real sense of ‘entrepreneurship’ in those, who are new to this entrancing word.

We strive to reach out to the ‘junta’ and convey, that the idea of entrepreneurship applies as much in politics, religion, society and the arts, as it does in business. We are working towards building an inspired generation who has the inbuilt urge to innovate, take risks, shoulder social responsibility and indulge in creative execution of their vibrant ideas.

E-Cell effectively meets these objectives through networking student enterprises from campus to incubators, seeding funds and angel investors to transform the newly proposed ideas into successful start-ups. Workshops in association with national professionals and national level competitions are organized with a host of speaker series of eminent personalities to inspire and invoke the giant potential within the students.


E-Summit is an annual flagship event of IIT Kanpur effectuated with the intention to foster entrepreneurial initiatives and activities in the campus to accomplish IIT Kanpur's mandate of nurturing India's future technopreneurs. E-Summit promises to be one of India's biggest entrepreneurial platforms for the academic community, venture capitalists, new age entrepreneurs and all those passionate about entrepreneurship. It brings them all to a common ground to engage in plenary, strategic and tactical breakout sessions with the common aim of promoting the entrepreneurship spirit.

E-Summit forebodes to be an enriching experience with numerous guest lectures, workshops and discussion panels. Sharing of entrepreneurship endeavor and experiences, discussion of ideas and opportunities will be a profuse learning experience for the active leaders of entrepreneurship in the savant community who can then disperse these ideas further.


IIT Kanpur, backed by its highly elaborate, yet efficient E-Cell, is quickly cementing its status as a cradle for a multitude of start-ups. These ever growing ventures have their feet dug deep in areas ranging from core science to life-smoothing apps. At E-Cell, the will to execute anything creative is valued more than anything else. If you have a bright idea, and you are ready to push the limits to breathe life into it, then you've knocked at the right door. Many state of the art facilities are served on the platter for the emerging entrepreneurs here. These facilities include the SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC), Motwani Ideation Accelerator and the Syndicate Bank Entrepreneurship Research and Training Centre. The E-Cell also provides for labs with state of the art facilities like the Tinkering Lab and 4i Lab.

Startup Internship Programmes

Apart from this to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship among the students, the E-Cell also organizes the Startup Internship Programme(SIP). It provides the students of IIT Kanpur with an unprecedented opportunity to connect with young and upcoming companies who are set to become the power houses of India’s next generation. Numerous companies are invited to recruit students for internship. There are companies from sectors of marketing, multimedia advertising, coding, online ventures and many more. Apart from the stipend, the interns get the necessary industry exposure and experience they require.


Essence (Empowering Start-up Scheme to Encourage and Nurture Campus Entrepreneurs) Accelerator is a program to encourage the budding innovators and entrepreneurs. We call in ideas from students and encourage them to take it up as a summer project wherein we provide expert mentorship and guidance to help them en-route to turning their idea into a reality.


The entrepreneurship cell organizes TEDx talks, to engage and inspire the junta of the campus.

Community Welfare Cell

The Community Welfare Cell is a newly made Cell of the Students Gymkhana. The Cell believes that the definition of the 'community' extends not only to the student and the faculty community, but also to the staff members of the campus, the workers and their families, and any and all individuals who are related to the campus currently.

It is to this community that the cell finds itself morally accountable, beyond its official accountability to the Students Gymkhana. In a larger setup and a farther vision, the Cell shall try to realize the responsibilities of the institute with respect to the city of Kanpur, because the Cell believes that such an institute responsibility should be taken up by the students in some form.


Pragati is a social innovation wing that works on the principles of serving the society. Our society is facing various economic, environmental and social problems. The wing believes that innovations are the key to tackle these problems to improve our communities. Based on these beliefs, the wing works on creating, developing and implementing practices as well as providing innovative solutions to some of the common problems that exist now.


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Prakriti is an initiative whose purpose is developing a society which believes in sustainable development and living in harmony with other creatures we share this earth with. This wing believes in the collective responsibility and duty of all individuals and organizations, irrespective of classes, towards conservation of natural resources and biodiversity. Prakriti is working to make the campus realize its role in the environment and have a greener footprint in the city around it.


Prayas is a venture by IITK students, mainly focused on providing formal as well as moral education to the marginalized kids in and around IITK campus at least up to the level where they, too, can dream big. Prayas is a voluntary service to promote the notion of ‘Education for All’ as a means of development of the society at large. Prayas believes in the power of education which can help individuals of the poverty-stricken society to break free of the shackles of inequality so as to pave the way for an improved, better future. Prayas began in 2001 with a small group of dedicated volunteers and kids, and has now grown to accommodate over 120 children, 30 currently serving volunteers and a strong alumni network.


Raktarpan works to create an enabling environment for a complete voluntary non-remunerated blood donation and foster a culture of voluntary blood donation, building and maintaining a safe, sustainable voluntary donor base and provide quality donor service and care. It has organized over fifteen blood donation camps in IIT Kanpur campus which has seen around 2000 donations and answered many emergency requests related to blood requirement.


Unmukt had addresses concerns over issues related to gender and sex, and serves to educate people in such affairs. It has always strived to address sexual and gender diversity in the campus, and beyond the campus to the community at large. Unmukt is currently looking at ways to extend this notion to students in schools and college around the IIT Kanpur campus, and to break the silence around its topic.

Academics and Research Cell

Academics and Research Cell (ARC) as the name suggests acts as an interface between the Institute policy makers and the students for academic and research affairs. The major role of the Cell is to address the concerns of the students regarding their academics and research.


It works directly with the Academic Affairs Division of the Institute to modify the existing programs, rules and regulations to create a better environment for teaching and learning. It provides all the information about the issues being discussed, rules and regulations which helps the students to formulate their opinion and make the right choice regarding academics. It keeps track of primary issues being discussed in all DUGCs, DPGCs, SUGC, SPGC, SEPC and the Academic Senate.


The cell also works for promoting research and represents students’ interests in the research sphere. A research wing within the cell understands and documents the amount and level of research being done by students of the college at the undergraduate and graduate level separately. It helps in identifying underlying issues such as lack of infrastructure or other forms of inputs from the institute such as monetary help to attend conferences.

International Relations

The cell aims to improve the international relations of the college with foreign universities. It works with the office of international relations to create more options for internships and research projects outside the campus.

Some of the opportunities that IIT Kanpur offers for providing students with an international exposure are:


  • Melbourne-India Post Graduate Programme
  • IIT DAAD Scholarship
  • Scholarship Programme by Embassy of France and many more.

  • TAMU-IITK internship program
  • International summer university at Hochschule Darmstadt/Germany
  • Summer Research Internship - University of Tokyo
  • S N Bose scholars program and many more


They are glittery,, glamorous, big, and lots of fun.


Annual Inter-College Cultural Festival:

Antaragni started way back in 1966 and was known as the Cultfest. The generic name signified it was the first and only such event back then. The festival has become a permanent fixture in the cultural calendars of all the premier colleges of India. Antaragni’s varied and multi­hued competitions are hotly contested by leading teams of these colleges. Along with mind blowing professional shows and glamorous lifestyle events, socially relevant burning issues of the day find a strong voice in the discussions and panel talks which form an integral part of the four day long festival.
The four days of Antaragni is, amidst the academic rigour of IITK life, among the most awaited events in a student's life. The range of cultural competitions, the various social causes and the high­quality, crowd­pulling professional shows (which have included Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, KK, Atif Aslam and Sonu Nigam) are the hallmarks of this centrepiece during a student's stay in the Institute.


Annual Inter-College Tech Festival:

IITK being a technical college, has a unique brain mash up. Started in 1995, IIT Kanpur's annual Technical & Entrepreneurial Festival, Techkriti today stands one of the largest of its kind in Asia, including competitors from all corners of India as well as from various places around the world.

Four days of mesmerizing experience where the diverse genres from all over the world come together under one roof is simply mind blowing. Apart from the throat cutting competition of exotic software, erudite electronic gizmos and robust robots, we have guest lectures that even includes noble laureates. Some of our past guests include names such as Marshall Strabala (Architect - Burj Khalifa), Jeff Lieberman (Host-Time Warp), Dr. Richard Stallman (Founder, FSF and GNU Project), Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (Former President and Founder of India’s missile program), ), Dr. Alvin E. Roth (Nobel Laureate, Economics), and Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma (First Indian Astronaut to go in Space). Techkriti has been inspiring the best talents of the nation and has been constantly unleashing the creativity. Together we have some crowd pulling professional shows by the best talents like Parikrama, KK, Andy McKee, and WALT's 3D animation shows, which make it one of the most awaited events of IITK community.

IIT Kanpur's annual inter-collegiate science and technology festival Techkriti is renowned for its use of intellectual proficiency as ammunition. Competitions reveal one's true mettle and at the end of it all, only the best is the last man standing. The diversity of competitions gives all a chance to prove their potential ­ from innovative business plans to exotic software solutions to erudite electronic gizmos to robust robots. Techkriti provides an exuberant platform for technical and business excellence through competitions, and is widely awaited by the IITK community for its high-­quality workshops, group discussions, and talks which have included Nobel Laureates and Fields Medallists in the past.


Annual Inter-College Sports Festival:

Udghosh witnesses participation from students from over 100 top colleges from all over India. Students from all fields ­ humanities, engineering, science, commerce, law and medicine participate in the event with great gusto. Over 30,000 footfalls are witnessed during the festival. It comprises of the highest level of competition, unusual performances by professionals and as well as unique activities for those who just wish to cool off and have a good time with their friends. With its slogan of “Mayhem for Victory”, it revitalizes the spirit and energy inherent in students of the Institute through sports competitions, games and other fun events.


City Life

The appeal of Metro cities is alluring but is specious. Truth be told, at the end of four years, you won't remember whether you got those obligatory birthday bumps on your birthday in a posh nightclub or in your dainty hostel room. At the end of the day, it would be your friends and all the laughter that'll stay with you for the rest of your mortal life. That being said, Kanpur fulfills my checklist of all the must haves for any decent city: good medical facilities, good restaurants, couple of decent malls with movie complexes, among others !

I'm sure that you'd all be wondering what do we do in our free time if we don't have recourse to the simple pleasures of a metro city. The answer is quite simple - we don't have free time. IIT Kanpur is always bustling with activity, be it live screening of major sport matches or movie screenings in our Open Air Theater (or OAT in IITK parlance), inter hall competitions, club activities, preparations for college festivals (Antaragni, Techkriti, Udghosh), open mics, karaokes, acoustic nights, musical extravaganzas, dance performances, dramatics events and what not. The campus has a plethora of activities to cater to all kinds of people, from the adrenaline junkie to the lazy couch potato.


If you are one of those who has qualified after studying in Kota or some other remote corner of the country, where you had really bad food, your troubles are now over. Having lived in a Kota hostel, the food in IITK hostels are surprisingly good. What distinguishes IITK, however, is the fact that we have food available 22.5 hours of the day. Yes, there is only a short 1.5 hour period from 4AM to 5:30AM when you wouldn't be able to get any food. Until 2 AM, you would be able to get food in any of the hostel canteens and until 4AM, you would be able to get food at the food court, which serves fast food ranging from burgers and chats to South Indian food. We also have a CCD in our campus, right besides the library as well as a Domino's in the OAT. You are completely spoilt for choice.

Halls of Residence

IIT Kanpur offer the most spacious hostels and largest rooms for the students along with 22.5 hours of eating facilities available in the campus ranging from some well known food chains to hostel canteens which are well-stocked and offer anyone a let out after a stressful day. Every hostel has a basketball court, few badminton courts, a volleyball court, table tennis room, a television room, a computer room, a reading room for newspaper, magazines, and journals among other things, and a hall office to handle hostel affairs. The basketball and volleyball courts in the hostels are floodlit, enabling students to play even at night as the day is more or less jam-packed with other activities.

Homely Environment

The halls of residences were built keeping in mind that they were to house some of the brightest people of India. These aren't just buildings that were laid brick by brick but are supposed to be the homes of students away from their home. They are meant to be witnesses to life-long friendships, to be onlookers for ingenious ideas and to be the secure spot for the tired student to rest and re-energize for the upcoming days. All halls have been named 'Halls of Residences' precisely with this motive in mind and are not just therefore hostels for students. They provide 24*7 electricity , clean sanitation facilities and good quality food for the nourishment of its beloved residents. These residence halls are have arguably the best facilities in the country. Long after one graduates, he/she fondly recollects the memories spent in these rooms which are a treasure for them.

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