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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 sixteen Institutes of Technology. The first of these to be instituted are 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 550 faculty, 8000 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.


  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Management Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Physics

Researches at IITM

Immerse : The IIT Madras Research Magazine

At IIT Madras, research is a preoccupation of around 550 faculty members, 3000+ MS and PhD research scholars, more than 800 project staff, and a good number of undergraduates as well. It spans everything from basic curiosity driven investigations to research directed at finding disruptive solutions to the daunting challenges facing India in water, energy, healthcare, transportation, housing and education. 


IITM to be part of Compact Muon Solenoid experiments of CERN

IIT Madras is excited to announce that IIT Madras has recently been included to join the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiments of CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics). This will open up a tremendous opportunity for us not only in the area of Physics but also in a large number of related technologies which are initiated and applied at CERN.

CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 21 member states. India is an associate member of CERN.

CERN is well-known for the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. The world-wide-web (www) was also invented at CERN. CERN is not only an international laboratory for fundamental research in experimental high energy physics but also provides a platform for innovation in technology through international collaboration. The two experiments that discovered Higgs boson are ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus)and CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid).

India has been part of the CMS experiment since its inception. A handful of Indian institutes are full members of the CMS experiment. BARC, TIFR, SINP, NISER, Delhi University and Punjab University. This year, IISER, Pune and IIT MADRAS have joined the CMS experiment as full members.

IIT Madras, the only IIT to be a full member of the CMS experiment, is now part of one of the biggest international collaborations involving more than 3000 scientists, engineers, and students from 172 institutes in 40 countries. Our students and research scholars will now get an opportunity to work at CERN. The data produced in this experiment is processed through grid computing centers located all over the world. We expect to directly participate in research in fundamental Physics, related technologies and developments in grid computing.


IITM to be part of Compact Muon Solenoid experiments of CERN

Coherent structures in Turbulence

Turbulence, a highly random phenomenon, is known to exhibit organised motion of fluid elements, known as coherent structures. Studying the motion of these structures gives us insights into understanding turbulence. The figure shows these coherent structures, called 'line plumes', that form on a horizontal plate that is heated to cause turbulent convection. For the first time, we classified the various types of motion of these structures and found out the scalings of these motions. This image appeared on the cover of Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol 749. For further info click here.

Posted by: Dr. A. P. Baburaj (AM)

Coherent structures in Turbulence