The Indian Institute of Technology Madras
(IIT Madras) is an elite engineering and technology school located in
Chennai (formerly Madras) in southern India. It is officially recognized as
an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India and is
regarded as one of the finest engineering institutions in India. Founded in
1959 with technical and financial assistance from the Government of the
erstwhile West Germany, IIT Madras was third among currently ten
Indian Institutes of Technology (including 3 new IITs at Hyderabad, Patna
and in Rajasthan) established by the Government of India through an Act of
Parliament, to provide world-class education and research facilities in
engineering and technology. IIT Madras, is one among the foremost of institutes of national importance in higher technological education and in 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.
About IIT Madras
||Education and Research Institution
||M. S. Ananth
||Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
||Urban, 2.5 km˛ of wooded land
||044 2257 0509
||I.I.T Post Office
IIT Madras offers undergraduate, postgraduate
and research degrees across 15 disciplines in Engineering, Sciences,
Humanities and Management. About 360 faculty belonging to various science
and engineering departments and centres of the Institute are engaged in
teaching, research and industrial consultancy.
The academic calendar is organized around the semester. Each semester
provides a minimum of seventy days of instruction, in English. Students are
evaluated on a continuous basis throughout the semester. Evaluation is done
by the faculty, a consequence of the autonomous status granted to the
Institute. Research work is evaluated on the basis of the review thesis by
peer examiners both from within the country and abroad. Ordinances that
govern the academic program of study are prepared by the Senate, the highest
academic body within the Institute.
Admission to Undergraduate Curriculum
JEE: The Joint Entrance Examination to the IITs is conducted every year and
forms the basis of admission to the undergraduate programs. It is considered
an extremely competitive exam.
HSEE: IIT Madras offers a unique and innovative Five Year Integrated Masters
Programme, leading to M.A. degrees in 3 disciplines: Development Studies,
Economics, and English Studies.
Admission to Graduate Curriculum
GATE: The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is the entrance exam used to
govern admission to post graduate engineering programs at the IITs.
JAM: The Joint Admission to M.Sc. is the entrance exam used to govern
admission to post graduate science programs at the IITs.
Admission to MBA Curriculum
JMET: The Joint Management Entrance Test is the entrance exam used to govern
admission to the MBA programme at the IITs. It is followed by a group task
exercise and a personal interview.
Like other IITs, IIT Madras follows a credit
system for evaluating academic performance. The GPA ranges on a scale from 0
to 10. Each course carries a certain number of credits (usually 1 to 4). The
student has to secure a minimum number of credits over the duration of the
degree, that depends on the program, the department, and specialization. The
following letter grades are awarded for each course:
The U grade is failure in the course, and W
is the failure to satisfy attendance requirements; in either case, the
course is considered failed. The GPA is computed as the cumulative
credit-weighted average of the grade points: