Sports has undoubtedly been at the forefront of all-round development in the Indian academic system. While the admission of exceptional Sportspersons due to their athletic ability has always been a trend in various colleges, when it comes to the IITs, this certainly hasn’t been the case. The sporting culture in the premier education system of the country has always been ignored, occupying the backseat while focusing solely on the academic prowess of IITians. Fast forward to today and the scenario is definitely changing. With an ever-increasing focus on the overall development, sports in IITs have developed a cult following in itself in the past few years.

Long gone is the time when IIT students proved their mettle in fields of academics only. From Ramesh Naidu, IIT Madras alumnus representing team India in paralympic world cup cricket finals to Gaurav Taneja, IIT Kharagpur alumnus and a professional weightlifter, the advent of sports culture has truly witnessed a long journey. We have other alumni from IIT Kharagpur, Romil Barthwal, who scaled the highest summit in the world and Aishwarya Hakande who is all set to make a debut in the Indian Premier Fighting League. The rapid rise of the sports culture in IIT is attributed to the Inter-IIT sports meet which has been organized for the past 54 years.

Inter-IIT sports meet has been the pioneer in establishing a strong culture of sports in IIT. Organized every year and spread across different domains including aquatics, athletics and many more, the meet brings the best out of the students from 23 IITs all over India. The 54th Inter-IIT sports meet is going to be organized in IIT Kharagpur, the mother of all IITs(scheduled: 29th Sept.-3rd Oct  2019 for 35th Inter IIT Aquatics Meet and 14th22nd December 2019 for Inter IIT Sports Meet ). With all infrastructural arrangements in place, the Aquatics Meet at its 35th year of culmination is expected to achieve even higher levels of success this time. 54 years of immense glories, breaking records and unimaginable feats- the tryst with sports in IITs is finally here and is set to remain for a long time ahead.

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