Indian Institute of Technology Madras


In 1956, the German Government offered technical assistance for establishing an institute of higher education in engineering in India. An Indo-German agreement was signed and IIT Madras was started with technical, academic and financial assistance from the Government of West Germany. The Institute was inaugurated in 1959 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, the then Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs.

"Siddhirbhavati Karmaja"
Translated in English "Success comes through hard work"

"To be an academic institution in dynamic equilibrium with its social, ecological and economic environment striving continuously for excellence in education, research and technological service to the nation"

The college is located at Chennai, formerly known as Madras, giving the college, its name. The campus, spanning an area of around 620 acres is located very near the famous Guindy National Park. This makes the campus a pleasant place to stay. If one is lucky enough, one can even hope to spot deer in the campus.

The institute has maintained its standards for duration more than fifty years. The institute had 11 engineering departments and five other departments that together offer several undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. About 360 faculties are employed at the institute at present. The Institute has several departments and advanced research centers across the disciplines of engineering and the pure sciences, and nearly 100 laboratories. A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical and supporting staff, an effective administration, and its successful and global alumni has all contributed to the preeminent status of the institution. The Institute maintains academic friendship with several other educational institutes around the world through faculty exchange programs.
IIT Madras has set a fine example in the country for institutional interaction with industry, through consultancy services offered by the faculty. Innovative ideas are put to practice in many projects sponsored by other institutions in India.
There is also a research park set up by IIT Madras adjacent to the campus. Modeled along the lines of successful research parks at Stanford and MIT, it facilitates a collaborative relationship between tenants/clients and IIT Madras. It acts as a catalyst for radical, high-tech development by providing a link between industry personnel and the students and faculty at the institute.

Campus Life

Students at IIT Madras reside in the hostels, named after the principal rivers of India, where a large number of extracurricular activities complement the hectic academic routine. The campus has 17 hostels, of which two, Sharavati and Sarayu, are exclusively for women. Dining facilities are now provided in two large centralized halls dubbed 'Vindhya' and 'Himalaya'.

Inter Hall Events
The students compete in various inter-hostel events in technical, social, literary and sports disciplines with a lot of enthusiasm. The annual inter-hostel sports event is known as the Schroeter.

The Open Air Theatre hosts the weekly movie, a Saturday night tradition, besides other activities. There are several hobby clubs that include the speaking club, the Astro club, and dramatics. The music and robotics are more recent and popular ones. The campus is also well known for the distinct and colorful slang that almost acts as a dialect.

IIT Madras hosts to major fests every year, viz. Shaastra and Saarang.
Shaastra is the annual technical festival of IIT Madras. It is typically held in the first week of October and is the first ISO 9001:2000 certified student festival in the world. It is known for its exceptional organization, stunning range of activities, and a growing legacy for honing the engineering talent in India.
Saarang is the annual social and cultural festival of IIT Madras. It is a five-day long event held towards the end of January every year and attracts a very big crowd of students and young people from across the country, making it one of the largest such fests in all of India.


Aerospace Engineering
Applied Mechanics
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Design
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Ocean Engineering


Muthuraman B.
Batch of 1966
Managing Director of Tata Steel

Marti G Subrahmanyam
Batch of 1967
Charles E. Merrill Professor of Finance at Stern School of Business

Rajinder Singh
Batch of 1967
Noted spiritual leader. Winner of Colombia's highest award medal of golden cross. Retired Bell Labs

Seshan Rammohan
Batch of 1968
Executive director and secretary of the India Community Center in Milpitas, California, USA and the former executive director of the Silicon Valley Chapter of TiE

Gururaj Deshpande
Batch of 1973
Chairman of the A123Systems, Sycamore Networks, Tejas Networks, and Sparta Group, and on the board of directors of Airvana, Inc

Vijay Ullal
Batch of 1980
Group President at Maxim Integrated Products

Arvind Rajan
Batch of 1981
MD and Head of Quantitative Research and Risk Management for Prudential Fixed Income Management

Dilip Venkatachari
Batch of 1981
co-founder of three companies, CashEdge, CommerceSoft (acquired by Aspect Communications) and Compass Labs

Anant Agarwal
Batch of 1982
Associate Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Krishna Bharat
Batch of 1982
Creator of Google News, Principal Scientist, Google

Prasad Kaipa
Batch of 1983
Exec. Director, Indian School of Business

Arvind Raghunathan
Batch of 1984
Managing Director and Head of Global Arbitrage, Deutsche Bank

Raju Venkatraman
Batch of 1981
Presently the Managing Director & CEO of MEDall Medical Services, former Joint Managing Director at Firstsource Solutions Limited and a pioneer in the BPO domain at various companies such as Polaris, EDS, Lason, Rev IT Systems Pvt. Ltd., Vetri Info Data Pvt. Ltd., Vetri Info Data LLC and Sherpa Business Solutions Inc.


Chennai, India's fifth most populous city rests on the northeast coast of Tamil Nadu. Rated as one of the fastest growing cities in the world by Forbes, Chennai is among the leaders of the country in the automobile and software industries apart from having arguably the best medical facilities in the nation. Chennai is also home to several major electronic, finance and bio-tech firms. Apart from this, it is a city with rich culture and flourishing arts.

Chennai has a tropical climate and is hot and humid most of the year. It is very hot in May to early June and experiences most of its rainfall in mid-October to mid-December.

Being well developed, Chennai has opportunities aplenty for leisure and entertainment. The Marina Beach and several well-laid parks are centres for leisure. Luxurious shopping malls like the Express Avenue, Chennai City Centre, Spencer Plaza, classy cinema halls like INOX and PVR and international restaurant chains including McDonalds, KFC and Dominoes are present throughout the city. Vandalur Zoo and the ancient structures at Mahabalipuram are famous tourist attractions too. The Chennai International Airport is the third busiest in India and has flights to and from all major airports of India. Also, being the headquarters of Southern Railway, trains connect Chennai to all parts of the nation. Different parts of Chennai are well-connected too by local trains and buses.


Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai - 600 036
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