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IITM (Indian Institute of Technology 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).
It all began in 1956, when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, was on an official visit to West Germany and was offered assistance by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, to set up a higher technological institute in India. This resulted in the signing of the first Indo-German Agreement in Bonn in 1959, for the establishment of an Indian Institute of Technology at Madras.
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.


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!)


The various academic departments in the institute offer course based degree programmes and also degree programmes that are inclined towards research. The following courses based degree programmes are offered by the departments:
Bachelor of Technology (B Tech)
Dual Degree progammes in Engineering leading to B Tech and M Tech degrees
Master of Technology (M Tech)
Master of Science (MSc)
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The following are the Research oriented degrees offered by the departments:
Master of Science by Research (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
There are sixteen academic departments in the institute. All the departments have the doctoral programme. The following departments offer B Tech and/or Dual degree programmes.
  • Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Applied Mechanics
  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Engineering Design
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Department of Ocean Engineering
  • Department of Physics
In addition to these the departments of Mathematics and the Department of Applied Mechanics offer M Tech programmes. The departments of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry offer MSc programmes while the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a five- year integrated MA programme.
The following User Oriented programmes leading to M Tech degrees are offered by the various departments.
  • Port Management (Department of Ocean Engineering)
  • Building Technology and Construction Management (Department of Civil Engineering)
  • Computational Mechanics (Department of Civil Engineering)
  • Automotive Technology (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
  • Software Engineering (Department of Computer Science and Engineering)
  • Digital Signal Processing (Department of Electrical Engineering)

Procedure for Payment of Fees

The students/scholars are requested to pay the fees for Jan-May 2009 semester as noted in the enclosedáFees Structure.

Procedure for Payment

  1. By ATM

    • Students with ATM card can use ATM facility at SBI, IIT, Chennai - 600 036 for payment of tuition fee.
    • They are required to produce the ATM receipt at the time of enrollment. The procedure for the same will be displayed by the SBI - IIT, Chennai branch at ATM.
  2. By Cash

    • Students can remit the fees by cash through challan at the SBI, IIT, Chennai - 600 036.
    • They are required to produce the Academic Section's copy of the receipted challan at the time of enrollment.
  3. By Demand Draft

    • Students can obtain demand draft drawn in favour of Registrar, IIT Madras payable at Chennai and remit the same through bank challan at SBI, IIT, Chennai - 600 036. Prescribed challan for remitting fees is available at SBI, IITM, Chennai branch.
    • They are required to produce the Academic Section's copy of the receipted challan at the time of enrollment.

Last Date for Payment of Fees

2008 Batch (M.Tech/M.Sc/MBA/MA/B.Tech/DD/MS/Ph.D) 02.01.2009
2007 Batch (M.Tech/M.Sc/MBA/MA/B.Tech/DD/MS/Ph.D) 03.01.2009
2006 Batch (B.Tech/DD) / MS/Ph.D 03.01.2009
2005 Batch (B.Tech/DD) / MS/Ph.D 04.01.2009
2004 Batch (B.Tech/DD) / MS/Ph.D 05.01.2009
2003 Batch (10th Sem DD & Extended Semester B.Tech/DD/MS&Ph.D (2002 and earlier batches) 08.01.2009
Late enrollment with a fine of Rs.250/- all batchesB.Tech/DD/M.Tech/M.Sc/MBA/MA/MS/Ph.D 09.01.2009
Readmission Fee of Rs.500/- on or after 31.01.2009

B.Tech and Dual Degree

Batch Other Category MCM Scholarship SC/ST with scholarship SC/ST without scholarship DASA Students
1999 15150 17700 - - 2650 6228 3150 5700 US$2069
2002-2008 batches 16650 19200 3150 5100 2650 6228 3150 5700 US$2069

M.Tech 2006 & earlier batches and Dual Degree 2002

Batch Other Category SC/ST
2007 & earlier batch M.Tech and 2004 Dual Degree 5750 8250 3250 5750

M.B.A. 2006 & earlier batches

Batch Other Category Sponsored Category SC/ST
2007 & earlier batches 30150 33300 40150 42300 5150 8178

M.A 2006 / M.Sc. & earlier batches

Batch Other Category SC/ST
2007 & earlier batches 6150 8650 3150 5650

M. S & Ph.D 2006 and earlier batches

Batch Other Category SC/ST
Jan 2008 & earlier batchs 5750 8250 3250 5750


Central library

The Central Library is housed in a separate building and caters to the information needs of the institute faculty, students, staff, research institutions & industries. In addition, there are smaller libraries in each department, which house books borrowed from the main library for quick reference. It has around 2 million books covering all disciplines of science, engineering, technology, humanities & social sciences. The collection comprises printed documents such as books, reports, theses, standards, atlases, patents and journal back volumes. The non-book collections include material like micro fiche/film, audio/video cassettes and CD ROM discs. It has a separate collection of prescribed textbooks under 'Book Bank' for the exclusive use of students.


Composites Technology Centre (formerly known as Fibre Reinforced Plastics research Centre) was established in 1974 as an interdisciplinary centre for carrying out teaching, research, design and development in the field of composite materials and their applications. The centre was renamed as Composites Technology Centre in 1997.

Computer Centre

The Computer Centre of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras was established in the year 1973. The center was established with the objective of providing computational environment for the academic and research community of the institute and also cater to the computational needs of Government organizations, Industries in India and the South East Asian countries. The Centre offers training and software development apart from being a support service for the faculty, students and staff.

Central Electronics Centre

The Central Electronics Centre (CEC) was established in 1971 within IITM with theobjective of servicing and maintaining awide variety of sophisticated electronic equipment. The need for training service engineers for maintaining the electronic equipment was felt and an 18 month training program was started in the same year. Since then, conducting such training program has become one of the important activities of the Centre. The significant advantage, this Centre has over other similar organisations is the mixed environment, i.e. a blend of academic environment and industrytype working atmosphere.

Central Glass Blowing Section

The section is equipped with sophisticated glass and quartz blowing equipments such as horizontal, cum vertical lathe, universal lathe, grinding machine and glass strain deduction apparatus.
The unit can undertake jobs to construct high vacuum glass apparatus and other related glass blowing works.On a regular basis the unit is making high vacuum stop-cocks, interchangeable ground glass joints, cryogenic and and high vacuum glass systems and other types of complicated glass and quartz apparatus.

Central Photographic Section

The Central Photographic Section has been catering to the photography needs of the institute faculty, students and staff. The section undertakes jobs related to photography, processing of black and white films, enlarging and printing, besides slide preparation in black and white and color. Expertise is also available for making Audiovisual programmes and undertaking consultancy work in photography.
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