Shaastra 2017 – is the annual technical festival of the IIT Madras, Chennai, India. With an annual footfall of more than 40,000 visitors and participants, Shaastra is one of the biggest inter-college fests in Asia. It is the only student managed event in the world and the first ever festival to be ISO certified. Shaastra returns in its 18th edition, bringing with it an enriching experience of innovation, competition and learning!

Mark the four days from December 31st to January 3rd on your calendars, as Shaastra will keep you engrossed in a plethora of professional shows, competitions, lectures and workshops that have a lot to offer to everybody.


We are pleased to announce the theme of Shaastra 2017: Augment! There are several instances where we feel that our abilities can be increased, and the technology is here to exponentially do just that. This year’s theme focuses on assistive technologies for the differently abled, virtual and augmented reality, exoskeletons and wearables, among other such concepts which will help us unlock new dimensions.

Enjoy the beautiful video on Shaastra 2017 theme – Augment


The classic events of Shaastra shall return bigger and better and be joined by an injection of new exciting competitions.

Shaastra 2017 has numerous events and competitions under the following verticals:

  1. Aerofest
  2. B-events
  3. Coding
  4. Design and Build
  5. Electronics fest
  6. International events
  7. Involve and Quizzing
  8. Research events


Shaastra 2017 conducts workshops in the following verticals:

  1. Coding
  2. Robotics
  3. Design
  4. Mechanical
  5. Electrical and Managerial
  6. Miscellaneous

Click here for workshop schedule.


One can also head back indoors to hear some of the pioneers of technology across the globe share their views on the latest happenings of the world. To find out more, click here.


ENVISAGE ​5​.0​​

Envisage is a technical marvel as the fusion of art and technology that pleasures your visual senses and overwhelms you with audio effects. Have you ever seen creating images and patterns out of flowing water? Have you ever seen music coming out of empty hands? Have you ever seen a guy dancing turns into amazing graphics? Envisage-5.0 brings you all of it. Hand in hand, a group of international techno-artists will perform acts that are seldom seen in India and will surely leave you in awe.
Here is the video link to its teaser.

Formula DrOne

Shaastra 2017 is proud to present Formula DrOne, India’s first night Drone Racing Event in association with the Indian Drone Racing League.

FPV drone racing is a rapidly evolving modern sport capturing imaginations of tech enthusiasts worldwide. Imagine flying around in a Tron like world with neon light streaks and markers all around. Your field of view, like that of a rebel pilot in Star Wars whizzing through the action. This is kind of what it feels like to be a pilot in a drone race.
This Shaastra get immersed in a futuristic atmosphere with drones whizzing past you at over 100Km/Hr in one of the most complicated race circuits ever built. Get ready to feel the ‘a-drone-aline’ rush this New Year as you watch India’s top pilots battle it out for ultimate glory!
Here is the video link to its teaser.

For more updates on pro-shows, stay tuned here.


Shaastra will be organizing and conducting the Accessibility Summit, to address this almost unnoticed issue in India. The Summit will attempt to remove limitations, tap opportunities and expand various important spheres to accommodate all.

The International Accessibility Summit of Shaastra 2017, IIT Madras, a 4 day-long event to be held between 31st December, 2016 to 3rd January, 2017, is a platform for multiple stakeholders in the field of Accessibility and Assistive Technology to come together and share their knowledge. It is a chance for students from various fields of study to meet and ideate on how to make India truly accessible. Click here to find out more.


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