Our Stay/ Visit Experience
After a long flight from Lucknow, via Kolkata, we reached Guwahati on 6th March 2018, night. We headed to IIT Guwahati from the airport, on the rented self-driving car from ‘Zoomcar’. The campus was approximately, 25 kms away from the airport. Amidst the beautiful lighting on the roads, crossing the Brahmaputra river, we reached IIT Guwahati. We were there on the “Research Conclave, 2018”, starting from 8th March. Reaching the campus, we were personally mesmerized by the beauty of the campus; clean roads, fresh air and three ponds, right within the campus. We set out our next day to explore the campus and the academic blocks. The campus gave us the view of some beautiful birds early morning. With the hilly winds blowing and the birds chirping, the experience was splendid. By beginning with the research conclave, we heard some of the best professors and the researchers of the country, including Prof. H. C. Verma and Padma Shri AS, Kiran Kumar.
8th March: Starting the first day, with lectures from Director, Prof. Gautam Biswas and Prof. Gautam R. Desiraju (IISC Bangalore), addressing their respective subjects.
9th March: The subject of the second day was in and around the start-up ecosystem, dealing with start-up rules and laws. The subject was addressed by Ms. Ajita Pathi(Advocate & Legal Associate) and Mr. Ashutosh Muglikar, separately. There was also an amazing session by Prof. H.C.Verma on the “Spirit of Questioning”.
10th March: There were presentations from Padma Shri AS, Kiran Kumar(Former ISRO Chairman), Prof. Arun Chattopadhyay(IITG) and Prof. Yuji Iwahari(Chubu University, Japan).
11th March: On the final day of the conclave, there were sessions by Dr. Rakesh Vir Jasra(Reliance Tech Group, Reliance Industries) and Dr. Prabuddha Ganguly( CEO- Vision IPR & Visiting Prof. IIT Kharagpur.
This marked the end of the event and our longest stay in any IIT; 5 days. In between the beautiful campus, there was “Guwahati Campus View Point”, within the campus, which was referred to us for a visit, by the students of IITG. After 1.5 kms of hill climbing, the view said it all. It gave us the bird-eye view of the campus, with the nearby locations of Guwahati as well. It was mesmerizing and peaceful. On that note, we bid adieu to IITG, until next time.
The nearest airport is Guwahati Airport; there are direct flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore. There are prepaid taxis available from the airport to the IITG campus (charging 400 INR approx)
Trains are available to reach Guwahati railway station, from all parts of the country. IIT Guwahati has its own transportation facilities to ply to and fro from IIT Guwahati campus for the college students and professors, to the city which starts from Hotel President, Near Institution of Engineers Building, Lakhtakia, Panbazar, Guwahati city. Hotel President is less than 1 km. away from Guwahati Railway Station.
National Highway 31 connects Guwahati to nearby states like West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. National Highway 37 connects Guwahati with other major cities of Assam and Guwahati, which is very well connected to adjoining regions via bus services. There are three bus terminus points; Adabari, Paltan Bazar and ISBT Guwahati, providing bus services to various parts of the town and cities in Assam and adjoining states.