IIT (BHU) Gymkhana

The Students’ Gymkhana manages all student activities at the campus thorough its executive and non-executive wings, the Gymkhana councils and the Students’ Parliament respectively. The Director of the Institute is the patron of the Gymkhana while the Dean of Student Affairs (DoSA) acts as the ex-officio President of the Gymkhana. The Gymkhana consists of 4 Councils namely, the Cultural Council, the Science and Technology Council, the Film and Media Council and the Sports Council. Each council is headed by a General Secretary and 2 Joint General Secretaries elected by the Councils as well as a faculty member serving as the Counsellor.

Cultural Council

  • Dance Club
  • Theatre Club
  • Literary Club
  • Quiz Club
  • Western Music Club
  • Indian Music Club
  • Fine Arts Club

Science and Technology Council

  • Aeromodelling Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Green Club
  • Club of Programmers
  • Robotics Club
  • Technical and Rural Outreach Club
  • Society of Automotive Engineers

Film and Media Council

  • Media Club
  • Design Club
  • Outreach Club
  • Photography Club
  • Animation Club
  • Cine Club

Games and Sports Council

It takes care of organising all games and sports activities in the campus.

Students’ Parliament

The Parliament is a non-executive body consisting of various committees that overlook matters affecting student life at the campus. The inaugural elections of the Student Parliament were held on 17 January 2015. The first elected parliament consisted of 66 representatives, from B.Tech, Integrated M.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D courses. The parliament is headed by the Dean of Student Affairs as the ex-officio President of Students’ Gymkhana with students elected by the Parliament serving as Vice-President and Assistant Vice-President. The standing sub-committees of the Parliament consist of:

  • Parliamentary Affairs Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Emergency Committee
  • Festivals Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Hostel Affairs & General Welfare Committee
  • Security Committee
  • Training & Placement Committee
  • Web Management Committee
  • UG Academic Affairs Committee
  • PG Academic Affairs Committee
  • Alumni Relations Committee
  • Grievance Redressal & Enquiries Committee


Technex is the annual techno-management festival. It has footsteps dating back to 1939. It brings together students from all over the country to participate in the celebration to exploit their knowledge and creative extravagance along with experts from the fields of both academia and industry. While events may vary from year to year, generally they include or are based upon software development, model exhibition, paper and poster presentation, astronomy, robotics, general awareness as well as management events.

Kashiyatra is the annual social and cultural festival. Started in 1981, it has been named Sparsh and Spandan in the past. Indian rock bands Parikrama and Indian Ocean, Indian classical musicians Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Ustad-Bismillah Khan, and singers Shubha Mudgal, Shaan, Lucky Ali, Shibani Kashyap and Javed Ali, have performed at Kashiyatra. In 2006, Miss India Earth 2005 Niharika Singh took part in a fashion show organised as a part of it.

Spardha is the annual sports meet in which over 3500 competitors from close to 80 colleges take part. Events include athletics events and games such as cricket, football, hockey, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and kabaddi.

FMC Weekend is the photography, film, media and digital arts festival organised by the Film and Media Council. The inaugural edition took place in 2014.

Various Intra-IIT Events, also called IIT Open, are also organized separately by various clubs. They include Manthan (First year Inter-Branch performing arts competitions) (hitherto known as Fachcha Event), Jhankaar (Dance Club, Western Music Club and Indian Music Club), Kshitij (Theatre Club), Rhetorica (Lit Club and Quiz Club), RoboHunt (Robotics Club), Water Rocket Pro (Aero Modelling Club), Potentio (SAE CLub), etc.

Departmental fests

Almost every Department of IIT (BHU), Varanasi organizes a fest of its own in order to promote practical application of classroom knowledge and to bring together students of same branch from different colleges all over India. Some of these fests are internationally acknowledged and attract participation from Europe and US as well.

  • Ceramic Engineering : Keramos
  • Chemical Engineering : Udhbhav
  • Civil Engineering : Shilp
  • Computer Science and Engineering : Codefest
  • Electrical Engineering : Prastuti
  • Electronics Engineering : Udyam
  • Engineering Physics: Jigyasa
  • Mechanical Engineering : COMET
  • Metallurgical Engineering : Anveshan
  • Mining Engineering : Mettle
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering : Spirit

Kashi Utkarsh

Kashi Utkarsh is a student-run, non-profit organization working for the alleviation of misery, penury and disease chiefly in the village of Lehartara. In fact Kashi Utkarsh is NOT an organization. It is a platform for all human strivings, for all those who have a dream, a vision of a better tomorrow. All it stands for is the COURAGE to DREAM and the STRENGTH to turn them into REALITY. This modest and humble forum has never stood for providing charity to any poor or needy. What it envisaged was giving strength, power and opportunity to people, all who could ever feel needy. A.D. 1997, two students of IIT-BHU Anupam Bansal and Vinod Chaudhary of Ceramic Engineering laid the foundation stone of this organization after realizing that the people amongst the deprived classes or those from the slum clusters lacked in strength as well as motivation. They do not have the vision for a better life. So perpetually prevalent is the lack of confidence and self-respect as well as a conscience that the realm of achievements has grown too narrow, swallowed by an ever pervading monster of impossibility. MILE STONES

  • Annual Blood Donation camps, which have provided greater amount of blood to Sir Sunderlal Hospital, IMS-BHU, than any other camp in all over Varanasi. A record collection of 335 units of blood was donated by IIT students on 24 March 2010.
  • Nearly 330+ students in the said areas regularly go to school .
  • Many of the students have reached higher classes and have been able to effectively develop a dream for their future.
  • Organising medical camps in basti.
  • 30 students have been selected through Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Entrance Exam till now and are studying in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Gagokhar, Varanasi.

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