About Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) in India

iitm In 1956, when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, the German Government offered technical assistance for establishing an institute of higher education in engineering 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. The first Indo-German Agreement provided for the services of German professors and 5 foremen, training facilities for 20 Indian faculty members and the supply of scientific and technical equipment for the establishment of the Central Workshop and 20 laboratories at IIT Madras.

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras was inaugurated in 1959 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, the Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs. Dr.A.Lakshmanaswamy assumed office as the first Chairman of the Board of Governors and Dr.B.Sengupto as the first Director of the Institute. The Institute was declared as an 'Institute of National Importance' by the Parliament of India in 1961. IIT Madras celebrates its Golden Jubilee this year.

The visit of President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr.Heinrich Lubke, in 1962 added new dimension to the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the form of the Indo-German Technical Assistance Program. In 1973, Shri C.Subramaniam, Minister for Industrial Development and Science and Technology, inaugurated the Industrial Consultancy Centre. The institute has conferred honorary degrees of Doctor of Science and Doctor of Technology (honoris causa) to eminent personalities like Nobel Laureate (Physics) Dr.John Bardeen (1973), former Minister for Foreign Affairs (FRG) Mr.Hans Dietrich Genscher (1973) and former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Dr.Raja Ramanna (1983) among others.

Established: 1959
Type: Education and Research Institution
World Rankings(2009): 49
Indian Rankings: 4th
Director : M.S. Ananth
Faculty: 460
Undergraduates: 2,500
Postgraduates: 2,000
Laboratories: 100
Academic Departments: 15
Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
Campus: Urban, 2.5 km� of wooded land, 250 hectares
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IIT Madras is located in the city of Chennai which is also the state capital of Tamilnadu, a southern state in India. The city was formerly known as Madras and was renamed Chennai, which evolved from old name 'Chennapatnam'. The main entrance of IIT Madras, located on Chennai's Sardar Patel Road, is flanked by the affluent residential districts of Adyar and Velachery. The campus is located about 10 km from the Chennai Airport, 12 km from the Chennai Central Railway station, and is well connected by buses. The Institute in itself is located around 2.5 km inside the campus.


The Open Air Theatre is the venue for the traditional, weekly Saturday night movie and hosts other activities. It seats over 7,000 and usually plays to packed capacity. The annual inter-hostel sports event is known as the Schroeter.

Admission Tests:

1. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)

2. The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

3. The Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET)

4. The Joint Admission Test for MSc (JAM)

5. The Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE)


IIT Madras has 11 engineering departments:
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
Five other departments offer studies in:
  1. Chemistry
  2. Mathematics
  3. Physics
  4. Humanities & Social Sciences
  5. Management Studies

Contact Us:

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

I.I.T. Post Office

Chennai - 600 036


Fax : +91 (44) 2257 0509

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