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Beyond Academics

IIT(BHU) aims at creating successful and responsible citizens, besides talented engineers. This necessitates a wholesome development of each student’s personality. For this, IIT (BHU) provides the students with a plethora of opportunities to discover and nurture their extra-curricular talents. These activities also contribute towards improving their socio-management skills and provide a break from the rigorous academic routine. The Gymkhana is responsible for conducting three major fests, which are:

Technex - Annual Techno-Management Festival of IIT BHU

Technex is the annual Techno-Management fest of IIT (BHU). It traces its footsteps back to 1939. Budding engineers from across the country come together in this fest to implement their ideas in the fields of robotics, automation, aeronautics, hydraulics, management, business and finance. Technex provides the optimum platform for young minds to process the knowledge derived from books into real world models. ThinkTalks delivered by eminent stalwarts in various fields of technology and entrepreneurship further broaden the perspective of the students.

Kashiyatra - Annual Cultural Festival of IIT BHU

Kashiyatra, the annual cultural fiesta of IIT (BHU), Varanasi, is one of the most vibrant fests of the Institute. Ranging from debating to drama, photography to designing, Kashiyatra provides an excellent platform for the students to wander beyond the world of technology. It is organized in the even semester each year and sees participation from various students across the country. All the colours of life come alive in the form of dance, music, art, craft, writing, debating, etc during Kashiyatra. The fest has seen stellar performances by stalwarts such as Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Ustad Bismillah Khan, as well as contemporaries such as Sachin-Jigar and Nikhil D’ Souza in its glorious run through the last four decades.Several other fests are also organized by the Gymkhana to ensure that every student gets ample opportunity to show his/her skills.

Spardha - Annual Sports Festival of IIT BHU

Spardha is the annual sports extravaganza of IIT (BHU), Varanasi, and is one of the biggest sports festival in the country. Sports not only inculcate a sense of team spirit and brotherhood amongst the students, but also give them an opportunity to exercise and enhance their leadership skills. Every year, Spardha is held in the odd semester. Teams from various institutes across the country come together to compete with each other in different sports like Football, Basketball, Cricket, Swimming, Volleyball, Chess, Taekwondo, etc.

Departmental Fests

Departmental fests are organized by the various Engineering departments at IIT (BHU) to give the students an opportunity to explore the various opportunities in the respective fields of engineering. The departmental fests are:

  • Computer Engineering: Codefest
  • Electronics Engineering: Aayam
  • Electrical Engineering: Prastuti
  • Metallurgical Engineering: Anveshan
  • Mechanical Engineering: COMET
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering: Spirit
  • Ceramic Engineering: Keramos
  • Chemical Engineering: Udbhav
  • Mining Engineering: Mettle
  • Engineering Physics: Jigyasa

Miscellaneous Student Activities

MCIIE and Entrepreneurship Cell

Malaviya Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (MCIIE) was established in 2008. The objective of the MCIIE is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable. Incubator tenants not only benefit from business and technical assistance, they also benefit from official affiliation with the incubator, a supportive community with an entrepreneurial environment, direct link to entrepreneurs, and immediate networking and commercial opportunities with other tenant firms. Programmes under MCIIE include:

Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship (OLPE)

Entrepreneurship Development and Awareness Programs

Technology Business Incubator (TBI) sponsored by National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board, DST, New Delhi.

Techno Entrepreneurial Promotion Program: TePP Out Reach Centre

Kashi Utkarsh

"Kashi Utkarsh is an initiative undertaken by the students of IIT(BHU) to alleviate the suffering and the issues faced by the members of the less privileged strata of the society. The students make constant effort to help such people in various areas (bastis) like Patiya, Lehartara, and Kakarmatta. They collect funds for the betterment of the poor people and make efforts to improve their lifestyle by instructing them about better, hygienic living conditions and making them understand the value of providing good education to their children. To this end, they also organize free medical camps and awareness drives in the bastis. This organization also tries to impart vocational skills to the poor to enable them to stand on their own feet. The organization tries to connect with people at an individual level, understand and solve their problems. This has been evident not just in the fundraising but also the moral support given by them to the suffering. We truly appreciate the humanitarian efforts of our students and the social service culture they are trying to cultivate in the campus."

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