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India Club at Georgia Tech Welcome Packet 2012-2013 Namaste and Welcome to Georgia Tech! Dear Student,
On behalf of the India Club at Georgia Tech (ICGT), we would like to extend a very warm welcome to you. It is indeed a matter of great pride to be accepted at such a renowned institution and we intend to help you make the best of your time here at Georgia Tech. Our general board has put together this welcome packet, which we hope will help you through your years here at Georgia Tech. Before we introduce ICGT and its activities, we would like you to know that our primary goal is to facilitate your transition to life at Georgia Tech and make sure that you have a great cultural and social experience throughout your stay here. The India Club at Georgia Tech was established in 1973 and has since surpassed all expectations. Today, ICGT is recognized as one of the foremost student organizations at Tech with over 450 primary members and over 250 affiliate members. In fact, in 1999, we were honored by the ‘Best Organizational Spirit Award’ by the President of the Georgia Institute of Technology, which bears ample testimony to the hard work and dedication shown by our officers and members. ICGT strives to fulfill the cultural, social, and educational needs of its members. In order to do so, we organize a series of programs, functions and events to take place throughout the year. Some of the events that have become an annual feature on our calendar are: 1. Membership Drive During the first two weeks of school, we open up registration for annual or semesterly ICGT membership. The second week also provides membership events such as ICGT Freshman and Graduate Student Mixers with free food, and great company! 2. Fall Raas-Garba Held to celebrate the Navratri festival, Garba features traditional Indian dancing as well as a Maha Durga Pooja sponsored by the Hindu Students Council. It is attended by over 500 people every year and is one of our more popular events. Dandiyas and snacks are provided. 3. Diwali Dinner Every year we celebrate the auspicious event of Diwali during the month of November. It is one of our biggest events of the year and hosts nearly 350 members. After a wholesome dinner and students showcasing their hidden talents, night ends on a high note with dancing and more fun. 4. Sports Tournaments ICGT has always taken great interest in its sporting events. Every semester, a Cricket tournament is held with the teams competing for a prestigious title and trophy. Cold drinks are served as new talents are discovered. ICGT also hosts Table-Tennis, Basketball and Badminton tournaments every semester in Georgia Tech's state-of-the-art Campus Recreation Center (CRC) facilities. ICGT also boasts a roster of competitive and accomplished intramural teams in various different sports such as soccer and flag football. 5. Holi Playing The ‘Festival of Colors’ is celebrated in grand style with "rang," "thandaai," food, and masti. Without skipping a hint of tradition, we play with water balloons, water hoses, and laughter. Just remember to wear old clothes! 6. Holi Show The Holi Show is one of the most esteemed cultural performances in the Southeastern United States and serves as a union between college students all over Georgia. With an audience of over 1,600 people, the Holi Show is a diverse culmination of ethnic displays of talent and gives pride to the entire Georgia Tech community. Annually, over 200 performers showcase their talents in all forms on dance, music, comedy and theater. The Holi Show has
India Club at Georgia Tech Welcome Packet 2012-2013
been hosted in many prestigious venues such as the Georgia World Congress Center and the Atlanta Symphony Hall, as well as the Ferst Center on Georgia Tech Campus. 7. Ski Trip We enjoy a weekend of fun and friendship at a ski resort nearby...