Co-curricular activities form an essential part of the academic programme at the Institute. The B.Tech. programme requires successful completion of either an NCC, NSO or NSS scheme for the award of degree. This scheme, taken up by students in the first two semesters, demands a minimum attendance of 75%. Given below is a description of the activities involved in each of the schemes.
National Cadet Corps
The aims of the NCC are three-fold.
- Development of leadership, comradeship, spirit of sportsmanship and the idea of service.
- To create a force of disciplined manpower which in a national emergency could be of assistance to the country.
- To provide training for students with a view to developing in them officer-like qualities, thus also enabling them to obtain commission in the Armed Forces.
To achieve the above objectives, the 4 (TN) Air Sqn (Tech) NCC provides two broad types of training. One is the institutional training and the second aspect is Camp training. The institutional training covers general subjects like drill, weapon training, civil defense, health and hygiene, lessons in leadership, fitness and basic knowledge of small firearms. Air subjects like the history of air power, principle of flight, air armaments, Radio/Radar are also taught to make the Air Wing cadets. Aero modeling is another favorite subject with the Air cadets. Air cadets of this technical unit can take on gliding also during their training with the NCC unit.
The Camp training involves collective training, where the cadets rough it out in the open. Here, the cadets gain the art of 'Esprit de corps' while working in a team. The annual training camps are held in the months of May/June and December/January and incorporate social service activities. The Air Wing cadets are given the opportunity to attend the Vayusainik and Attachment camps.
The NCC aims to instill in the cadets a sense of adventure, team work and discipline through its various Adventure Training programmes. These programmes call for quick reflexes and toughness and enable the cadets to discover their own potential by overcoming mental and physical challenges. The Adventure Training includes a plethora of activities like para-jumping, para-sailing, hand-gliding, water-skiing, horse-riding, rock-climbing, mountaineering, trekking, sailing, micro-light flying and sky-diving. Thus, the NCC helps instill a high sense of discipline, morals and spirit of adventure in the life of students at IIT.
The NCC office is located in the NCC building inside the campus.
National Sports Organization
The National Sports Organization is a classification in the scheme of education formulated in furtherance of creating an atmosphere of sports consciousness and build-up among the educated youth. The Institute has adopted this scheme along with the N.C.C scheme. It is imperative for a student enrolled under N.S.O, during the early two-semester period, to receive relevant training in a sports event. Every year, students are admitted into the N.S.O by virtue of their aptitude and abilities in various events. Classes are held thrice a week in the Institute Playgrounds, Students Activities Centre (SAC) and Stadium.
A ten-day annual coaching programme is held under this scheme to consolidate the training imparted to the students in their respective events. Apart from the minimum attendance requirements of 75%, it is essential that the student receives a minimum grading of B+ for the successful completion of the scheme. (B+ grading is equivalent to the Institute B Team's performance).
National Service Scheme
The National Service Scheme was instituted with the aim of creating social awareness among students and give them an opportunity to serve society. The IIT Madras wing of the NSS has over 200 students, both first year and senior students, contributing to the cause of the scheme.
The student volunteers of NSS have been engaged in the following activities.
- Helping in the education of under-privileged children of Taramani : Taramani is a village located near the IIT campus. There are a large number of children in the village who have poor and illiterate parents and hence find it difficult to progress in their education. Around 70 NSS volunteers help such children in the six NSS centers located in the village. The children are taught on 6 days of the week in the evenings for one and a half hours everyday. Subjects covered include Mathematics, English, Social Sciences, Tamil and Science. Extra classes are held during examination periods. The efforts of the volunteers have evoked an enthusiastic response from the villagers.
- Helping children in Vanavani and the Central School located inside the IIT campus : In the campus, there are many children who are handicapped by the poverty and lack of education of their parents. NSS volunteers help children (from LKG to 12th standard) by holding special classes six days of the week at the Campus Amenities Center.
- Waste disposal : Student volunteers of the NSS together with members of SWARM (Solid Waste Recycling and Management) help in recycling organic waste generated in the campus. A water harvesting programme has been started and is being managed by Prof. Thandaveswara (Civil Engg. Dept.).
- NSS volunteers have helped in arranging Yoga camps, blood-donation camps etc. for the students of the Institute. Volunteers also collect donations (clothes and money) for organizations such as Udavum Karangal.
- AID (Association for India's Development) is another organization with similar objectives, started by Indian students and professionals in USA. Several IIT Alumni are active members of AID and have started a wing for AID in the Institute. The AID volunteers work in conjunction with the NSS volunteers.
The NSS maintains its own website at http://www.nss.iitm.ac.in