This year, the 51st Inter IIT Sports Meet was held at IIT Kanpur from 12th to 19th December 2016. The meet opened with the Inter IIT flag hosting event. It was graced by the presence of Mr. K.K Sharma, Secretary Designate, Ministry of Human Resources Development; Mr. R Subramaniyam, Secretary, Technical Education, MHRD along with the Indian paralympians Mr. Devendra Jhajharia and Mr. Varun Bhati.
The contingents of the 23 IITs marched (in alphabetical order) with Bhilai leading the march and Kanpur, being the host, bring up the rear as tradition demands.
During the event, IIT Bombay contingent put up a spirited fight and secured an overall 3rd position. Propelled by absolute dominance of the table tennis and lawn tennis teams where the men’s team finished 1st and 3rd while the women were runners up in both. The athletics team further added medals through gold from Sukhada in women’s high jump and Ayan and Charu men’s and women’s discus throw respectively. Football too added the silverware for the Institute. IIT Bombay women emerged the overall champions, owing to 1st place finish in badminton and a 2nd place in volleyball. The men’s team stood 3rd.
The chess meet saw the participation of 15 IITs. This battle of brains was a spectacle and Bombay emerged victorious.
The title for the most attractive body among the male athletes was closely contested. The coveted title went to Sukhwinder Singh from IIT Bombay, an MTech final year student. The 51st Inter-IIT Meet brought many surprises with it as we witnessed a number of long held records being broken by this year’s enthusiastic athelets. Dileep Pudi from Delhi achieved this herculean feat by completing 400m race in just 49.4s while the national record stands just 4 seconds away. If that wasn't enough, he went on to shatter the 100m and 200m record as well. Another major highlight was IIT Kharagpur’s Mr. Lokeshwar Rao Reddy, who registered a mammoth 13.68 m triple jump to set a new record.