Indian Geotechnical Conference 2017 - GeoNEst

14 ‐16 December 2017, IIT Guwahati

IIT Guwahati

Indian Geotechnical Conference in 2017 will be held in Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) during 14-16 December 2017 organized by IGS Guwahati (NE) Chapter.

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, the sixth member of the IIT fraternity, was established in 1994. The campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares plot of land on the north bank of the mighty River Brahmaputra around 20 km from the heart of the Guwahati city. Flanked by the majestic Brahmaputra, hills and vast open space, the campus provides an ideal setting for knowledge dissemination. The serene campus with a richness of greenery, scenic beauty, flora and fauna makes it a treasure trove of academics and learning. IIT Guwahati has been ranked among top 100 young universities (under 50 years of establishment) of the world.

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About Guwahati

The gateway to the northeast and the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the region, Guwahati serves as the starting block for most Northeast itineraries. Walk its back alleys and old quarters, however, and you will be able to salvage a generous amount of local flavour that lingers amid its suburban sprawl of ponds, palm trees, small single-storey traditional houses and old colonial-era mansions. Guwahati is one of the main tourist hubs in Northeast India. The city boasts of a centuries-old Kamakhya Temple atop Nilachal Hill, an ancient Umananda Temple located at Peacock Island in the middle of the Brahmaputra river and the Brahmaputra itself which is one of the largest rivers in the world. The city has many ancient Hindu temples, along with newly built ones, earning it the sobriquet "City Of Temples". Hence the city is aesthetically, culturally and commercially developed.

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Briefly Assam

Assam is known for Assam tea and Assam silk. The first oil well in Asia was drilled here. The state has conserved the one-horned Indian rhinoceros from near extinction, along with the wild water buffalo, pygmy hog, tiger and various species of Asiatic birds. It provides one of the last wild habitats for the Asian elephant. The Assamese economy is aided by wildlife tourism, centred around Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park which are World Heritage Sites. Sal tree forests are found in the state which, as a result of abundant rainfall, looks green all year round. Assam receives more rainfall compared to most parts of India. This rain feeds the Brahmaputra River, whose tributaries and oxbow lakes provide the region with a hydro-geomorphic and aesthetic environment.

Assam has petroleum, natural gas, coal, limestone and other minor minerals such as magnetic quartzite, kaolin, sillimanites, clay and feldspar. A small quantity of iron ore is available in western districts. Discovered in 1889, all the major petroleum-gas reserves are in Upper parts. A recent USGS estimate shows 399 million barrels of oil, 1,178 billion cubic feet of gas and 67 million barrels of natural gas liquids in the Assam Geologic Province

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How to reach IIT Guwahati

Guwahati, which is the gateway for North East India, is well connected by air, rail and road with the rest of the country. There are direct air services from/to Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata with connectivity to all major cities in the country. Direct train services are available from/to all major metropolis and cities in the country. Indian Airlines, Jetlite, Jet Airways, Kingfisher, Indigo, Deccan Air and SpiceJet operate regular flights to and from Guwahati.The Institute is located on the outskirts of the city of Guwahati and can be reached conveniently. It is around 20 km from the heart of the city and around 35 min. drive from the airport. To reach the IIT Guwahati campus from the air-port, railway station or any other part of Guwahati city all modes of transport are available.

From Guwahati Airport

Prepaid taxis are available from the airport to the IITG campus. Taxi fare should not exceed Rs. 500 from the airport to the IITG campus.

From Guwahati Railway Station

IIT Guwahati also has its own transportation facilities to ply to and fro from IIT Guwahati campus to the city which start from Hotel President, Near Institution of Engineers Building, Lakhtakia, Panbazar, Guwahati city. Hotel President is less than 1 km. away from Guwahati Railway Station.

Hired cars are also available from Guwahati city to IIT Guwahati campus. Prepaid taxis are also available from Guwahati airport and the present fare of pre-paid taxi from Airport to IIT Guwahati is around Rs. 500/-. The Taxi fare from Guwahati Railway station to IITG campus is around Rs. 500/-.