The IISc Gymkhana is the sports and culture hub for the faculty and students of our prestigious, century-old Institute. IISc is not just a home for some of the brightest minds of the country, it also has a significant number of athletes, actors, musicians, artists and sports persons who have represented themselves and the Institute at various levels. The Gymkhana provides all possible facilities, infrastructure and support, so that students can pursue extracurricular activities along with their research work. The Gymkhana is spread over a vast area of 26 acres in a very scenic part of the campus. At present, there are 27 clubs (sports and cultural) active in the Gymkhana.

The IISc Gymkhana is currently administered by Prof. Ambedkar Dukkipati. He is working as the President of Gymkhana, since May 1st, 2017, with Mr. N Krishna Murthy as the Section Officer. The Gymkhana administration is supported by the Gymkhana Student Affairs Committee (GSAC) whose role is to co-ordinate the various club activities and act as an interface between the students and the Gymkhana administration. Additionally, each club of the Gymkhana has a representative who is designated as the Club Convener. The GSAC members are elected each year from among the students of IISc.

The IISc Gymkhana coordinates and organizes various events throughout the year to maintain the environment of fun, unity and optimism in the Institute. Events organized by the Gymkhana Independence Day RunRepublic Day RunOnce-a-year event showcasing the sports and cultural activities of the clubs of the Gymkhana.

In order for any individual to excel at the frontiers of science and technology, it is essential to have a healthy body and a healthy mind. The IISc Gymkhana provides the right environment for the faculty and students in this endeavour.

History of IISc Gymkhana

The inception of IISc Gymkhana dates to November 1921, when a special committee headed by Sir William J Pope, a professor of chemistry at the University of Cambridge, was examining the working of the institute. The committee proposed the formation of Gymkhana club in the institute and Sir J.D. Tata generously bore the cost for bringing up the Gymkhana. The Gymkhana was informally opened on November 16, 1924, by Mr C.W.E. Cotton. His highness, the Maharaja of Mysore graciously consented to become the Patron, and the first active year of the Gymkhana started under the presidency of professor J.K. Catterson-Smith. The formal opening was done next year by Sir J.D. Tata on March 16 where numerous guests were invited. As you can see through the different sections on the website, IISc Gymkhana has grown to now become a hub of many sports, cultural, art and literacy clubs.

Gymkhana Membership

  1. 1. Students, Staff and family
  2. 2. Project Assistant/Project Trainee/Postdoc - INR 1500/year for availing membership
  3. 3. Ex-students/Alumni - INR 3000/year
  4. 4. Special membership is available for all sister institutes of IISc i.e. JNC, NIAS, RRI, SID, NCBS - INR 3000/year
  5. Note: Project Assistant, Project Trainee, Postdoc and Alumni can avail gymkhana facilities for self only and not for family members

How to become a member?

Visit Gymkhana office during working hours(9 AM-5 PM, Mon-Fri except holidays) and fill a form for a membership pass.

Gymkhana office no.: 0802293-2257
Email: office.gym@iisc.ac.in