Indian Institute of Technology Madras, is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research. IIT Madras is a residential institute with a self-contained campus located in a beautiful wooded land. It has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country. The IIT s have been given the status of ‘Institution of National Importance.’
The Institute has fifteen academic departments and a few advanced research centers in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with a large number of laboratories organised in a unique pattern of functioning. A Faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical and supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras.
The goal of the Institute is the advancement of knowledge through education and research, in both Pure and Applied Science, in Engineering, Social science and Humanities. The Institute strives to encourage the dissemination and discovery of knowledge in an atmosphere of scientific freedom. According to the ‘Technology Policy Statement’, the IIT s follow the principle that technology must relate to our people's aspirations and to our local needs. Emphasis is on specialization. In addition, students must have a perception and a value system appropriate to the pursuit of high engineering science to meet the critically evaluated needs of the society.
IIT – M aims at preparing more of ‘creative engineers’, ‘innovative thinkers’ and ’engineer entrepreneurs’, and in the process, develop a special nexus with rural development mainly by way of involvement in technology based solutions for problems in rural areas. The Institute also maintains and fosters interactive linkages with leading technological institutions and centers of research in India and abroad. The whole education structure is dedicated towards developing in each student, mastery of fundamentals , versatility of mind , motivation for learning, intellectual discipline and self-reliance which provide the best foundation for continuing professional achievement.
Located in South Chennai, in a beautiful campus, the institute is nearly self-contained and houses around 3000 students, as well as the families of members of faculty and staff. The Institute has grown from strength to strength and has established itself as a premier centre of research, consultancy and technological development. The IIT s have an active co-curricular life.
All the IITs have playgrounds for various sports including Cricket, Hockey, Football, Volleyball, Lawn Tennis, Badminton, Athletics, and swimming pools for aquatic events. A students' council operates within the Institute, to take care of all student-needs. The cultural life at IITs is rich and diverse. Every year, two major festivals are organised by the students of IIT Madras. One of them is a national level, inter-college cultural fest. IIT Madras also participates each year in the inter IIT Sports meet.