IIT-Bombay’s Techfest Goes Green This Time with a Cyclothon

Anjani Chaand updated on : 26 Apr 2016

The initiative organized in association with the British Council aimed at spreading awareness about Global Warming and its effects

Continuing its efforts to create awareness amongst students and involve them in social initiatives, Techfest IIT Bombay is happy to present ‘ReCycle Cyclothon’. The new social initiative is aimed at spreading awareness about global warming and how each one of us can make small yet significant contribution towards addressing this alarming issue. The cycle, as our allegory of wellness, is one of the cleanest alternatives against vehicles that run on fossil fuels and our major drive to check global warming.

ReCycle Cyclothon initiative is a part of Techfest’s full-fledged ReCyle campaign which consists of three events - a college campaign, an online campaign and the final cyclothon scheduled for Sunday, 4 October 2015. The campaign was organised in association with the British Council and supported by NGO’s – CRY and Young Environmentalists Programme Trust. Mr. Srikanth Kidambi, the Indian badminton player and currently the highest ranked Indian men’s player in the international circuit with a world ranking of 3 was present during the inauguration ceremony. 

Mr. Colin Wells, Deputy Head of Mission, British Deputy High commission, chief guest of honour from the British Council inaugurated the cyclothon and felicitated the winners.

Talking about the campaign, Mr. Wells said, “We are delighted to partner with IIT Bombay for ReCycle Cyclothon, a truly inspiring initiative to promote health and fitness amongst the youth and highlight the importance of environmental protection. India and the UK share close partnership in the areas of environment and pollution reduction. In UK universities and colleges, we promote similar initiatives aimed at promoting environmental sustainability amongst the students. Additionally, the UK offers a number of specialised as well as short-term courses on environment and sustainability across its universities.”

He added, “We strongly believe that if all stakeholders come together through community participation to create a great awakening of environmental conservation and protection, we can give our future generations a better tomorrow.”

College Campaign

This campaign was conducted in 20 different colleges in Mumbai in a fun and exciting manner through various activities, was first of its kind to reach out so many colleges by a college festival. Participants and spectators put in efforts towards bringing innovative ideas and solutions for the current potential crisis of global warming to avert its dire consequences. Students and faculties both were impressed with this initiative hence giving us supportive grounds. Following which this campaign saw huge active participation in various colleges and also responses from other colleges of India to conduct the same in theirs.

Online Campaign

Spreading of awareness through active participation in a series of competitions conducted online. The month of September saw various competitions like Slogan writing, Poster making and upcoming Photography competition, all centred around creating awareness about global warming and encouraging cycling. These events have received enthusiastic responses from youth across colleges of India. More information of the campaign can be found here.           


Cyclothon, a cycling marathon along a 13km course flanked by lush, green thicket and picturesque views of the lakeside. Cyclothon stresses upon the fact that we need to switch to cleaner fuels and curb emissions of gases causing global warming, along with promotion of cycling. In a nutshell, it is our effort towards a clean, green, and sustainable future.

The cyclothon was open to all, and kept free of cost to encourage participation from colleges and students. Free T-shirts and basic refreshments during cyclothon were provided by Techfest.

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