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Founded in 1959, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras is one of the national centres of excellence in engineering education and research. Over the decades the institute has worked hard to earn a very high repute among the general public, the academia as well the industry. Setting standards of excellence in all our endeavours, namely Teaching, Research and Consultancy, IITM has pushed the frontiers of technological knowledge as well as served the nation in all its capacity for technical and scientific advancement.

Maintaining strong relations with the industry is one of the priorities of the institute. Through Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (IC & SR), the faculty and staff of the institute get to work on collaborative projects with the industry. Many companies also pursue joint research programs with various departments and also sponsor individual projects. Scientists and researchers from top firms also visit the institute frequently for technical lectures and interactions. In order to give the students a valuable exposure to the industry, internships are encouraged and are included as a mandatory part in the undergraduate curriculum.

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Why Recruit at IIT Madras

One of the most prestigious institutions in the world for education and research in engineering and sciences, IIT Madras offers the cream of the talent in the country. For five decades now, IITM has produced many illustrious people who have shone in their chosen fields. The following facts would give you an overview of why IIT Madras remains one of the most preferred destinations of recruitment for the leaders of industry.


The USP of the IITs is the fact that they take in the cream of the talented students every year. The selection processes for the various programs in IIT are very rigorous. JEE, GATE and JAM are among the most competitive examinations. IIT Madras is the destination of choice for many of the top position holders in these exams. Having cleared these tough exams, students go through even tougher academic curriculum. Apart from a strong emphasis on core technical knowledge, the life at IITM also includes character building, cultural activities, literary activities, sports and entrepreneurial activities.

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The reputed technical and cultural festivals of IITM, Shaastra and Saarang, are completely managed and coordinated by the students. This apart from the various departmental festivals, activities and competitions. These kinds of exposure imbibes both confidence and ability in the students to achieve what they want. No wonder then that the students of IITM have brought laurels to both the institute and the nation.


IIT Madras has among the finest faculty members in any educational and research institution. World renowned for their prowess in teaching and research, the faculty of IIT Madras have raised the name of the institution to what it is today. Many of the professors have rich experience in engineering and sciences. Having obtained their doctorates from prestigious institutes, prospective faculty undergo a rigorous selection process. There is an adage in IIT circles that it is more difficult to become a professor in IIT than a student. With many years of experience in research, the faculty are the leading light for the students who excel under their guidance. Every year many award-winning research publications occur in leading international and national journals.

Many professors are also distinguished members and fellows of various professional and research bodies like IEEE, ACM and INAE. The faculty of IITM also contribute to many governmental programs for development. Many faculty members also do industrial consultancy, working in collaborative projects with companies and organizations. The central and state governments as well as other bodies have conferred various titles and awards of honour on the faculty of IIT Madras.


IIT Madras has produced some of the brightest minds that have done their alma mater and the country proud. Reaching great heights in various technical, managerial, academic, entrepreneurial and cultural fields, the alumni of IIT Madras have distinguished themselves. The alumni still retain strong bonds with the institute and contribute generously to its betterment. The following are just some of the well known alumni of IITM:

  • Dr R Shankar (Chair, Dept of Physics, Yale University)
  • Dr Hari Balakrishnan (Professor at MIT)
  • Dr Raghu Ramakrishnan (Professor at UW-Madison)
  • Dr Ananth Raman (UPS Foundation Professor of Business Logistics at Harvard Business School)
  • Dr K Sudhir (Professor of Marketing at Yale School of Management)
  • B Muthuraman (Managing Director of Tata Steel)
  • S Gopalkrishnan (Co-Founder, Managing Director and CEO of Infosys)
  • B Santhanam (CEO Saint-Gobain India)
  • K.N. Radhakrishnan (President, TVS Motor Company)
  • Arvind Raghunathan (Managing Director, Deutsche Bank)
  • Asit K Barma (Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, Satyam Computers)
  • Dr Krishna Bharat (Creator of Google News $ Principal Scientist, Google)
  • Dr C Mohan (IBM Fellow & IBM India Chief Scientist)
  • Ramanathan V Guha (Inventor of RSS feed technology )
  • C V Avadhani (Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General of India)

You can also visit the website of the Alumni Association of IITM.


IIT Madras has a number of research and development programs and initiatives. The spirit of innovation is evident in the brilliant research teams and labs that push the frontier of technical knowledge in the country. Every year many scholarships and fellowships are offered to students by various organizations for their research apart from the papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Relationship with Industry

Many leading companies have academic partnership arrangements with the institute. For example, Microsoft, Autodesk, Intel and many other firms have sponsored various labs for teaching and joint research. IIT Madras is also a favourite recruitment destination for top firms across fields and they come regularly for the Campus Placements.

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Media Rankings and Articles

Consistently, IIT Madras has made it to the list top few colleges offering the best engineering education in the country. Here is a sample of the various rankings given by the media:

  • IDC-DataQuest-NASSCOM 2006: 1st in India
  • India Today 2007: 3rd in India
  • Outlook 2006: 4th in India

You can also go through some of the articles in the media eulogizing IITs: