Initiatives

Alcheringa hosts a number of campaigns under Initiatives for cultural development and the betterment of society.

NORTH EAST UNVEILED

North East India is a microcosm of India with its own diversity in terms of languages, culture, arts and religion. There is a need to promote and unveil the true potential of this part of country, which is still unexplored by many. Our campaigns hits the nail on its head by promoting the shared identity and culture that this part of country shares with other part of the nation, by showcasing, through videos and posters, the rich and diverse food and travel destinations and by running information campaigns to develop entrepreneurship and to remove stereotypes from the minds of general people about this part of country.

In Alcheringa’16: Gamescape, The North East Social Entrepreneurship Summit and The North East Townhall Discussions were held under North East Unveiled.

In Alcheringa’17: Eternal Sands, “Tour-de-NorthEast” & “North East Social Entrepreneurship Summit” were organised as under North East Unveiled. While “Tour-de-NorthEast” was an exhibition of the 8 north eastern states with exhibitions and performers from the North-Eastern States to promote the rich and diverse culture of North-East India, “North East Social Entrepreneurship Summit” aimed towards providing a platform for social entrepreneurs to share and discuss ideas that affect the North-Eastern states.

In Alcheringa’18: Echoes of Innocence, “Pung Cholum” was organised during the opening ceremony of NE Unveiled’18 while “The North Eastern Expo” was organised during the festival, showcasing the performances & culture of the North East.In association with the Directorate of Sericulture, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and NEZCC, The North Eastern Expo 2018 stood apart from its previous editions. With performances coming from different parts of the region, including a unique folktale performance from “The Wari” from “Octaves Foundation” and the all amazing “Tetseo Sisters” from Nagaland.

In Alcheringa’19: North East Social Summit was conducted for the first time, a conference of young minds with social entrepreneurs, NGOs and government officials, making it a great platform for innovation. North East Social Summit (NESS) 2019 dealt with one of the most pressing issues of North East India - Human Trafficking. North East Expo’19 saw an exhibition of Moonga Silk by Directorate of Sericulture Assam. Bhortal dance of Assam and dance forms from the 8 Northeastern states were performed. Department of Cultural Affairs, Assam showcased folk and tribal art, ancient sculptures, and other artefacts from Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra Museum.

In Alcheringa’20: North East Social Summit addressed the pivotal issue of “Impacts of Immigration in North-East India”. An esteemed panel consisting of lawyers, journalists, and professors was invited for the case study presentation and an enriching discourse on the subject took place among the student participants and the dignitaries. North East Expo witnessed exotic folk dances of Assam like Bardwi-Sikhala and Tiwa dances and also prominent folk dances like Bihu Dance, courtesy of Department of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Assam and Bhortal Dance, presented by artists from Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra Society. Performances by Children with Special Needs were organized in collaboration with different schools and organizations from Guwahati and raised awareness about accessible public spaces. The exhibition also consisted of a display of a diverse array of handmade products like textiles, jewellery, footwear, and craftwork. A magnificent demonstration of handloom weaving was presented by virtuosos from the Assam Apex Weavers and Artisans Cooperative Federation Ltd. (ARTFED), Govt. of Assam.

TOURISM

The least explored, most mysterious and arguably the most beautiful region of India, the North-East is the location of some of the most enchanting places in the World. Revel in the Beauty and Majesty of the North-East, and come back from the experience wishing for more. The next time you plan a vacation, do take the road less travelled.

ART AND CULTURE

Northeast India is the home of a large number of tribes and sub-tribes. They have a vigorous craft tradition and every tribe excels in craftsmanship: this excellence manifests itself in the various products its member’s produces. The main art and crafts of each state of Northeast India are can be explored further

CUISINE

Northeast India has a street food culture that is as vibrant as its heritage and as beautiful as its people. From lanes packed with humble carts serving speciality dishes, to rows of eateries that overflow onto roads, the streets of Northeast India are a gastronomic kaleidoscope.

NORTH-EAST SOCIAL SUMMIT

North East Social Summit under the umbrella of North East Unveiled provides a platform for brainstorming, creating awareness and making India more informed of the social problems that North East India faces. We have social innovators, students, researchers as well as people directly working towards resolving the issue in government offices on the same platform, who participate in finding solutions for the social issues faced by North East India through the means of case studies, presentations and round table discussions. .

NORTH-EAST EXPO

North East Expo is the cultural extravaganza of the eight North Eastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim held at Alcheringa under the banner of North East Unveiled. Through NE Expo, we aim to unveil the multifaceted and diverse culture of this part of the country. Various music and dance forms are performed at an ornate stage located at the heart of the IIT-G campus. Local artisans and craftspersons put up their handiwork for exhibition and sale around the center stage. NE Expo is a magnificent and breathtaking spectacle that should be experienced by everyone.

UDAAN

Originated under the name "Bachpan" in 2011, Udaan is a social initiative taken by the students of IIT Guwahati which aims on delivering hope to those who never had the opportunity. In the past it has contributed towards the upliftment of the underprivileged through the conduction of various educational workshop and innovational programs. During their vacations, students from IIT Guwahati and several other colleges conducted Udaan where they reached out to various underprivileged children from orphanages, villages and slums in their locality, and spared a weekend to give flights to their hopes with the help of various documentaries, presentations, games and motivation.

Udaan reached 52 cities across India in 2015. Our mission is to rewrite the pages of underprivileged children, to reach out to them and to adorn their lives with some wonderful moments. In 2017, under the banner of Udaan, Alcheringa in association with CRY (Child Rights and You) NGO, organised the national level campaign ‘Desh Ka Sandesh’ - An event conducted across government schools in different cities in India where children were asked to write and paint messages of love and encouragement for the Indian Army, to honour their valour, sacrifice and unwavering commitment towards the country. Udaan educated young minds across India about the impacts of Climate Change under an outreach program named ‘Project Prithvi’ during Alcheringa’20.

MANSHAKTI

Alcheringa IIT Guwahati, has taken a small step on the long journey towards mental wellness. Manshakti is a mental health awareness and wellness campaign which aims to empathize and understand the people who suffer. During this time of a global pandemic, our health care heroes are striving to battle against the invisible enemy!

The only solace they have is our love and support motivating them to keep working. A few words of appreciation is the least we can do to help them fight the stress and inhibitions and empower their minds in this state of crisis! Through Manshakti, we managed to collect the motivating messages and greetings from public and were sent to the Covid-19 doctors and staff.

BLOOD DONATION DRIVE

Blood Donation Drive has been a large scale initiative taken up by Team Alcheringa with the support from IIT-G Hospital to encourage the youth to donate blood in order to prevent people from dying due to the unavailability of blood during critical situations. In the previous editions of Alcheringa, many youthful souls who attended the fest were inspired to be a part of this noble cause and they willingly made their contribution for the betterment of the society.



S WORD

S Word is an intiative started by the Team of Alcheringa'15. This was focused on the taboo asociated with the word "SEX". A really great effort towards a more free and modern India.



JEE COUNSELLING

The team of Alcheringa leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the issues faced by the society. Due to the confusion among students post JEE results due to a sea of choices in front of them, Alcheringa, in 2015, started JEE Counselling, an initiative to help the students from none other than the IITians themeselves.