What is NSO at IIT Madras?

NSO refers to the National Sports Organisation.

All undergraduate students at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are required to select one of the following programs during their first year: National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), National Sports Organisation (NSO), or National Cultural Academy (NCA).

The Government of India, through the National Sports Organisation (NSO), offers a scheme at all Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) that enables students to register for and receive training in a specific sport. Participants in this scheme are mandated to attend coaching sessions for two semesters as an integral part of the curriculum. Clearing this is a prerequisite to getting the degree.

Some of the sports offered as a part of NSO in IIT Madras include Swimming, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Frisbee, Skating, Yoga, etc.