Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

About IIT Madras
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research. In 1956, the German Government offered technical assistance for establishing an institute of higher education in engineering in India. The first Indo-German agreement in Bonn, West Germany for the establishment of the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras was signed in 1959.

The Institute was formally inaugurated in 1959 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs. The IIT system has seven Institutes of Technology located at Kharagpur (estb. 1951), Mumbai (estb. 1958), Chennai (estb. 1959), Kanpur (estb. 1959), Delhi (estb. 1961), Guwahati (estb. 1994) and Roorkee (estb. 1847, joined IITs in 2001).

IIT Madras is a residential institute with nearly 460 faculty, 4500 students and 1250 administrative & supporting staff and is a self-contained campus located in a beautiful wooded land of about 250 hectares. It has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country.

The Institute has fifteen academic departments and a few advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organised in a unique pattern of functioning. A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical & supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras. The campus is located in the city of Chennai, previously known as Madras. Chennai is the state capital of Tamilnadu, a southern state in India.

About the Campus
IIT Madras is located in the city of Chennai which is also the state capital of Tamilnadu, a southern state in India. Chennai is the fourth largest city in India and comparatively a new city, about 350 years old (1639). The city was formerly known as Madras and was renamed Chennai, which evolved from old name 'Chennapatnam'. Chennai is a coastal city with the second largest beach in the world known as 'Marina' beach. The climate is generally hot and humid. In summer (May - July) the temperature reaches up to 42° C (107° F) while in winter (Dec. - Feb.) it is slightly less hot, 18° C (64° F). The Monsoon season starts in September and lasts till November
IIT Madras is situated on Sardar Patel Road and is flanked by Adyar, Taramani and Velachery. The campus is opposite to the Central Leather Research Institute and Anna University. The campus is spread over 250 hectares of lush green forest, which is midway between the Chennai Airport and Central Railway station, and is well connected by buses and local trains.
The campus is around 14 km from the Central Railway station. Adyar is the nearest bus terminus to the campus. The Institute in itself is located around 2.5 km inside the campus. Two parallel roads, Bonn Avenue and Delhi avenue, lead you through the residential zone, under a canopy of green, to Gajendra Circle (otherwise called GC) and the administrative block. Buses ply between the gate and other locations on campus at regular intervals. Named after mountains, the IITM buses take you to the GC, academic zone and hostels (named after rivers) for a nominal fare. (This has infact led to the joke that IIT is the land of moving mountains and stationary rivers!)

IIT Madras campus is spread over 250 hectares of lush green forest with a variety of plants/trees and animals. The campus is divided into 3 zones - Academic, Hostel and Residential. All the academic departments, library, computer centre and the admin building are close to each other so that students can just walk across. Commuting within the campus on bicycles is preferred and is also advocated by many. However, people can avail the institute's pollution-free (battery-powered) bus service within the campus.


The IIT Madras being a residential institute, provides accommodation to all its students in 13 independent hostels. Each room in a hostel is provided with a cot, a table, a chair, a bookshelf, and a ceiling fan. A washing machine is available in every hostel for use by the residents. Every hostel is provided with telephones and internet connectivity. Each hostel has a mess which functions for its inmates during the working semester. During the winter and summer vacations, special messes are run for students who are required to stay in the hostels for pursuing academic, sports or cultural activities. In addition to the normal messes, there are 2 large, modern, common mega messes catering to a group of hostels.

Sports and Recreation

To ensure overall development of every student, the institute provides all the required facilities for sports and recreation. There is a large Gymnasium, a swimming pool, a football field, a tennis court, a hockey field and a cricket stadium. Each year students participate in the Inter-IIT sports meet. Students can join various clubs existing on the campus. These are Music Club, Astronomy Club, Photography club, Literary club, Astronomy club, Hiking Club, Wild-life club, etc.

Medical Facilities

The institute hospital on the campus is well equipped with a dispensary, clinical laboratory and an operation theater to provide medical care to all the residents round the clock. There are two ambulances to attend to any emergencies. All the students have to register their names at the hospital to avail group medical insurance.


The Students' Facilities Centre (SFC) makes available a variety of consumer goods and day-to-day requirements of the students like stationery, toiletries etc. In addition, there is a tailoring shop, a hair cutting saloon, a xerox centre, a telecom centre, and a memorabilia stores selling IIT branded items. There is also a book stall on the campus near the residential zone.

Cultural Activities

A number of literary and social activities take place on the campus through out the year. 'Saarang' is one of the biggest events on the campus every year. In addition, music festivals and other cultural festivals are organized regularly.


The campus has a Post office, a Telecom centre, two Nationalized Banks with ATM facilities and three Restaurants. The campus has a large open air theater (OAT) where the film club screens movies every Saturday.

Admission Tests

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is a common admission test for candidates seeking admission to the B.Tech programme. It is conducted by all the seven IITsin the month of April every year. Candidates who have secured 60% (5% relaxation for SC/ST/PD) marks in aggregate in their respective board examination are eligible for the test. The JEE will be a single objective type examination which will test the comprehension and analytical abilities of students. For more details refer to the JEE brochure.
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The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India Examination conducted by all the IITs and IISc to identify meritorious and motivated candidates for admission to Post-graduate programmes in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Pharmacy at National level.Information relating to GATE will be available through the announcements link and the GATE Brochure.
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The Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) is a common admission test for candidates seeking admission to the MBA programme at all the IITs and IISc. However, the candidates will have to apply separately to each IIT and IISc as per their choices. The application forms and the details for each Institute are provided with the JMET booklet and brochure. The JMET is usually conducted in December every year and the results of the test are announced a month later.
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The Joint Admission Test for MSc (JAM) is an all India examination conducted to provide admissions to various M. Sc. (Two Year) / M. Sc.-Ph. D. Dual Degree and other post-B. Sc. programmes based on the performance in a single test and consolidate 'Science' as a career option for bright students from across the country.
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The Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) is an admission test for 5 year integrated Masters of Arts (M.A) degree programme in the following disciplines: Economics, English Studies and Development Studies. Students who have passed their 12th standard examination in India can apply for admission into this programme. This unique and innovative masters programme started in 2007-08 is available only in IIT Madras.
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For B.Tech/M.Tech Admissions, contact
The Deputy Registrar (Academic)
Phone: +91 (44) 2257 8033, 2257 8035
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For MS/Ph.D Admissions, contact
The Deputy Registrar (Academic)
Phone: +91 (44) 2257 8033, 2257 8044


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