Welcome to the website of "Manthan - Indian Students Association" at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The purpose of our organization is to provide a platform for students of Indian origin to come together and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of India. As the name suggests, Manthan strives to promote the 'Amrit' of our cultural heritage, and to exchange ideas & views between the people of India and those of USA and other countries. We organize various cultural events around the year. Please sign up by emailing us to get receive our event updates.
- Manthan Board

IMPORTANT: Fall 2015 incoming students needing assistance with temporary accommodation, airport pick up, etc, please submit appropriate forms:
Fall 2015 Incoming Student Form
Fall 2015 Airport Pickup & Temporary Accommodation
Indian Students Handbook (New)

Useful Resources:

Roommate Finder
Apartments Catalog

This site is maintained by Manthan, the Indian Student Organization at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). The content of this website is aimed at providing general information to the students with Indian origin planning to take up studies at UTK. We take no representations for any kind of completeness and reliability. Any reliance on the data is at your own risk.

Prospective Students

If you are on this page, you are probably interested in University of Tennessee, Knoxville or you are a student/visiting scholar at UTK. We think that the below websites will be a good start to get more details in this regard.

  • Admissions Admission Process, Requirements and Deadlines
  • Catalogue : Departments, Programs offered and Course Descriptions
  • CIE : International students needing help with immigration & visa status; CPT & OPT; insurance, tax etc.

Useful Links for Prospective Students


Thank you for your interest in the University of Tennessee. Because of the large numbers of applicants from India, we feel that a letter explaining some requirements is necessary. We have listed specific guidelines below showing the information required to complete your application.

I. OFFICIAL MARKSHEETS AND DEGREE CONFIRMATION FROM ALL UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED. We need all individual attested marksheets from each university you have attended. Consolidated marksheets are not accept-able. The marksheets should be from the degree-granting university rather than the affiliated college. The marksheets and final degree confirmation should be attested by an academic official of the university issuing the marksheets (Registrar or Controller of Exams). Those verified by a notary are not considered official.

II. FOR GRADUATE APPLICANTS: ALL BUT THE FINAL SEMESTER OF WORK IS NEEDED ON OFFICIAL MARKSHEETS FOR A TENTATIVE ADMISSION DECISION. If you are enrolled in a 10-semester program, we must have a minimum of 9 semesters on official marksheets before an evaluation can be conducted. If you are enrolled in an 8-semester bachelor degree program, we must have at least 7 semesters for an evaluation. The Graduate School and academic departments do not feel an informed decision can be made when a full year of work is missing. No exception can be made. We understand the possible frustration and will make every effort to process your application as quickly as possible upon receipt of the needed marksheets and final degree confirmation.

III. FOR GRADUATE APPLICANTS WITH A TWO- OR THREE-YEAR BACHELOR DEGREE: To qualify for graduate admission, applicants from India must present a post-graduate diploma in addition to the BA, BSc, or BCom degree. The post-graduate diploma may be a Master of Arts, Science, Commerce, or Education. The Bachelor of Technology or Engineering degree qualifies applicants for consideration for graduate school admission.

IV. Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language received from Educational Testing Service.

V. A completed application form accompanied by an application fee of $35.00 in U.S. currency. THERE IS NO FEE WAIVER. If there is a problem with exchange of currency, you may wish to contact a friend or relative in the U.S. who will pay this fee for you.

VI. All documents submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions become the property of the University of Tennessee and cannot be returned.

Admitted Students

Please follow to the link below to the admitted students page for guidence.

Living in Knoxville

Sunsphere City

Living in Knoxville
This page is to provide some useful information for students/others living in UTK. This is just a beginning, Please email us if you want to add more details to this page.
Auto Repair Buckner Auto (2911 Sutherland Ave, Knoxville (865)5242191)
Firestone (5601 Kingston Pike, (865)588-3531)
Wal-Mart Auto (8445 Walbrook DR, Knoxville, TN 37923 (865) 690-8986)
Autozone (Kingston Pike)
Banks Bank of America
550 West Main St, Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 541-6000
(Downtown Knoxville)
No annual fee
UTFCU (Univ. of Tenn. Federal Credit Union)
2100 White Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916 (865) 971-1971
(Behind shell gas station in Cumberland)
No annual fee and free checks every year if you have a direct deposit.
First Tennessee
1830 West Cumberland, Knoxville, TN 37916
No annual fee
1831 Cumberland, Knoxville, TN 37916 (865) 521-5295
Annual Fee
Driving Driver license Information
Driver Handbook
Titling and Registering Your Vehicle

General Groceries:
Wal-Mart - Super store (8445 Walbrook DR, Knoxville, TN 37923 (865) 690-8986)
Food City
Farm Fresh (Opp to Sutherland Apts.)

Indian Groceries:
India Markert
1645 Downtown West Blvd.
Knoxville, TN-37919
Hair Cutting Varsity (Cumberland, Next to Walgreens)
Mackay (Sutherland Ave)
Bill's Barber Shop (Sutherland Ave)
Medical Insurance International Community Service
Restaurant Indian:
6004 Kingston Pike, (865) 588-1828

8520 Kingston Pike, (865) 670-2878
Shopping Malls West Town Mall (Kingston Pike)

East Town Mall (3000a N Mall Rd, Knoxville, TN 37924)
(Vehicle Registration/state Id issued till 9:00 pm)
Transportation Travelling Inside Knoxville :
KAT(Knoxville Area Transit)
Travelling Inside U.S :
Air (McGhee Tyson Airport)
Travelling to India :
Travel Concepts (Kingston Pike, 865-584-3900)
Theaters Dollar movies
Movies 7
Regular Movie
Regal West town mall 9
Regal Knoxville Center 10
Regal Downtown West Cinema 8
Regal Farragut Town Square 10

For more info - Check this Out
Tax Tax Forms - Yahoo
Tax Treaties
Tax FAQ - Yale University
Used Vehicles UT Classifieds
Thrifty Nickel
Worship HCC (Hindu Comunity Center)
Shri Ganesha Temple, NashvilleTN
General Knoxville Police Department
Knoxville City
About Knoxville
City of Knoxville
Disclaimer All the business names are provided for informational purpose only to help and assist the students at UTK in finding necessary information easily at one place. Neither the Indian Students Organization (MANTHAN) nor the University of Tennessee, Knoxville recommend or approve the service provided by the individual business and are in no way responsible for any kind of dealing with the business.
The details provided here are just our suggestions. There may be other options which are better than these, if you come across some please let us know.


Upon Arrival

Once you arrive at UTK, we think that you cannot afford to miss the following:


It is the single most important thing to attend once you are UTK. If you do not attend Orientation with CIE your program will be terminated. All students whose native language is NOT English are usually required to take the exam.

  • International Student Orientation
  • Graduate Student Orientation

  • Insurance:

    Medical expenses in US can get really expensive and it is mandatory for an international student to have an insurance. For insurance plans, clinical services and immunization requirements go through -

    Student ID:

    Student identification card is required to access most of the facilities in UTK. It is issued by the Vol Card office -

    Social Security Number and State ID:

    A nine-digit Social Security number (SSN) remains your first and continuous link with Social Security and the US government. It helps to accurately record your activities such as employments, visa status, stay, bank accounts, etc. SSN generally are assigned to people who are authorized to work in the United States. For international students, please see - .

    Typically one does not carry SSN card and one cannot use student ID for identification purpose outside UTK campus. Passport works as the best proof of identify for city and state purposes but one does not like to carry it always. For this reason, it is always better to have a state ID which is typically a driving license issued by an US state.

    Manthan Committee

    Committee Members 2015-2016
    Faculty Advisor Adrija Sharma MABE
    President Aditi Rambani Agriculture
    Vice-President Sarvesh Iyer GST
    Secretary Aravinda Srinivasan MABE
    Treasurer Aaina Bansal Physics
    Public Relations Anjali Nair Nuclear Engineering
    Food Coord. Shravanthi Pamu ISE
    Event Manager Sushmitha Vijay KUmar BCMB
    Event Coord. 1 Pooja Saraf BCMB
    Event Coord. 2 Sreejata Bandopadhyay GST
    Executive Member Shalini Yerukala Agriculture
    Executive Member Riddhi Shah ISE
    Executive Member Sukriti Ailavadi Food Science

    Committee Members 2014-2015
    Faculty Advisor Adrija Sharma MABE
    President Guru Venkatesan MABE
    Vice-President Snehal Joshi FoodSc.
    Event Manager Deepika Karunakaran BCMB
    Treasurer Ayan Malakar GST
    Public Relations Meenakshi Trichur Com&Info
    Exec. Member1 Pranab Chowdhury Bredesen
    Exec. Member2 Mary Biswal EPS
    Exec. Member3 Arnab Baruah EECS
    Exec. Member4 Gajanan Arha ISE
    Exec. Member5 Samyucktha Kadiresan Arch.
    Exec. Member6 Divyani Rao EECS

    Committee Members 2013-2014
    Faculty Advisor Adrija Sharma MABE
    President Vineet Khullar Physics
    Vice-President Dinesh Patlolla ISE
    Secretary Jagadish Cherukuri ISE
    Event Manager Keerthana Wuppalapati BCMB
    Treasurer Mohit Shukla ISE
    Public Relations Kapil Agrawal EECS
    Exec. Member1 Snigdha Sewlikar FoodSc.
    Exec. Member2 Umesh Kumar Physics
    Exec. Member3 Nitin Kaushal Physics
    Exec. Member4 Dhanush Mallesh ISE
    Exec. Member5 Siva Karthik Varanasi GST
    Exec. Member6 Abhishek Chimalapati ISE

    Old Boards


    List of supporters for Manthan:

    1. DesiOPT

    We are grateful to DesiOPT, who offered to sponsor our Diwali Event - 2013,
    here is a link to their website

    2. SPAC 

    Contact Us

    Feel free to drop us a line.