IIT Madras Campus & Infrastructure

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) Estd : 1959 Approved by : AICTE Type : Public
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The campus of IIT Madras has all the latest facilities for providing quality education and a productive learning environment for students. The classrooms of IIT Madras are equipped with sophisticated facilities such as audio-visual aids, virtual teaching facility, air conditioner, good ambience etc. The classrooms at IIT Madras are used for carrying out interactive teaching and learning.

Some of the major highlights of the IIT Madras campus are:

  • Central Library
  • Central Electronic Centre
  • Central Workshops
  • PG Senapathy Centre for Computer Resources
  • Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Centre
  • Central Glass Blowing Section

The laboratories, research centres and centres of excellence at IIT Madras campus are the places where students attain practical knowledge in various domains such as engineering, sciences etc. The research facilities at IIT Madras are world-class, and the institute has always been successful in delivering quality research output. At the same time, facilities are available for students who want to incubate their startups.

IIT Madras provides hostel facilities to students, faculty and staff. Separate hostel blocks are there on the campus of IIT Madras. The hostels are equipped with modern amenities for the comfort of students. International students can also avail hostel facility at IIT Madras, and a separate block is constructed to accommodate international students. The hostel mess provides hygienic and nutritious food to students. The campus of IIT Madras also has canteens, recreation spots, seminar halls, conference rooms, auditorium and sports facilities.

  • Area 618 Acres
  • Classroom 210
  • Sports Grounds 7
  • Total Students 4213



The Indian Institute of Technology is a residential institute and provides accommodation to students wishing to reside in the hostels. Each hostel in the institute is an independent unit in respect to its internal administration under the overall supervision of the Council of Wardens and the Hostel Management. The hostel is administered by a Warden appointed by the Director and he/she is assisted by an Asst. Warden in all matters relating to the hostel.

Each hostel also has a Hostel Council which is an advisory body comprising the Warden of the Hostel (as its Chairman), the Asst. Warden and the elected student secretaries as its members. The Hostel Council plans the students' activities for the year, prepares the budget for sports, recreational and other social activities of the students through the respective student secretaries and is responsible for the running of individual messes with the help of the mess committee.

The Hostel Office is located within the hostel premises. Attached to each office are an Office Manager and an Attender who assist the Warden in matters related to the various activities of the hostel. The Office maintains all the files, registers, records, ledgers, account books, suppliers' bills, payment registers etc., pertaining to the hostel residents, mess and the employees. The Hostel Office is open on all weekdays.

Every student who has been admitted to the institute is required to pay the prescribed hostel seat rent and establishment charges along with a refundable hostel mess caution deposit. These charges are subject to revision from time to time. Allotment of rooms to the residents takes place at the end of each academic year when the final year UG and PG students vacate their rooms after completion of their programmes of study. The rooms vacated by the outgoing students are made available by the Warden for other senior residents in the hostel to change their rooms, on request. The change in rooms is effected in accordance with the policy followed by individual hostels and with the Warden's approval.

After completion of this process, the number of vacant rooms available in each hostel fro allotment to freshers is intimated to the Chairman, Council of Wardens and the Dean of Students. Each room is provided with a cot, a table, a chair, a bookshelf, and a ceiling fan (with regulator). Residents cannot move the furniture or fittings from one room to another. Private cooking in the rooms is prohibited. Smoking, consumption of alcoholic drinks and use of narcotic drugs is strictly prohibited.

Guests of the residents may be permitted to stay in the hostel by the Chairman, Council of Wardens on payment of the necessary charges at his office. The charges are subject to variation from time to time. Overnight guests are permitted in a students' room with the Warden's prior permission, but no person of the opposite sex, guest or otherwise is permitted to stay overnight. However, parents or other close relatives of the student can avail themselves of the boarding/lodging facilities at the Taramani Guest House on payment of the necessary charges.

Boy students and girl students can visit each others' hostels between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm. The visit of the boys to the girls' hostel is, however, restricted to the hostel office, visitor's lounge and dining hall. Parents/guardians of the girl students may be permitted by the Warden to visit their rooms between 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM.

A number of recreational, sports, literary and social activities take place in the hostel during the academic year. A few rooms in the hostel are used for common facilities such as the Library, Computer Room, Indoor Sports etc. A washing machine (Laundromat) is available in every hostel for use by the residents. Students can relax in the evenings or on holidays or spend their leisure time in the Common Room which is equipped with a T.V, a music system, newspapers and magazines. One half of the Common Room houses a Table Tennis (TT) board as well. Most hostels have a Music Room which has a high-quality stereo music system and a variety of cassettes to offer to music lovers.

Avid sports enthusiasts can take their sports equipment from the Sports Room which is maintained by the Hostel Sports Secretary. The Hostel Library has a good collection of general books, fiction, comics etc. and is operated by the Hostel Literary Secretary who is assisted by a few student volunteers.

The Students Amenities Centre (SAC), located in one of the rooms of the hostel, makes available a variety of consumer goods and day-to-day requirements of the students like stationery, toiletries etc. The SAC is managed by the SAC secretary and is opened at fixed timings everyday by the SAC volunteers. Payment for the items purchased from the SAC is made through the mess bill.

An external security agency is contracted for providing security at the hostels. The services of the security personnel are monitored by the Warden and the Assistant Warden.

The General Secretary acts as the secretary of the Hostel council, ensures proper maintenance of the hostel premises and coordinates the activities of the other secretaries. The Mess Secretary works in conjunction with the mess staff towards procurement of food items, planning of the menu and maintenance of hygiene in the kitchen and the mess hall.

Procurement of Sports equipment is the responsibility of the Sports Secretary who also plans the schedules of intra-hostel events and appoints Captains for the various hostel teams.

The Cultural Activities (Arts and Literary) for the year are planned together by the Literary Secretary and the Social Secretary. The Social Secretary is also responsible for the maintenance of the Common Room while the Literary Secretary is incharge of the Hostel Library.

The Alumni affairs secretary is in-charge of the computer room, hostel alumni affairs and the hostel website.The Garden Secretary plans the gardening activity for the year.The SAC (Students Amenities Centre) Secretary is responsible for running the SAC and arranges for purchase of necessary consumer goods.

In addition to these Secretaries, every hostel has a Mess Committee whose members assist the Mess Secretary in the discharge of his/her duties. Periodical review stock taking and inspection of the quality of food items and rations also form a part of their duties.

The General Body of the hostel formulates the necessary guidelines relating to the running of the mess, conduct of intra-hostel cultural, sports, literary and social competitions and other hostel activities, in conformity with the decisions of the Hostel management and the Council of Wardens.

Elections for the members of the Hostel Council are held during March or April every year with the hostel Warden acting as the Chief Polling Officer. These elections are conducted simultaneously with the general elections of the Student Affairs Council and the Executive Wing of the Institute. All residents of the hostel are eligible to cast their vote in favor of the candidates of their choice for the various posts.

General Body Meetings (GBMs) are convened by the General Secretary on a regular basis, in concurrence with the Warden who acts as a moderator during these meetings. Issues of interest to the hostel are discussed during the GBM.

List of Hostels, Wardens & Telephone Numbers: 

Hostel Warden Cell Phone
Alakananda Dr.Thyagaraj T 9444009068
Brahmaputra Dr.Arya Kumar Bedabrata Chan 9444009070
Cauvery Dr. Ranga Rao G 9444009072
Ganga Dr. Arul Prakash 9444009074
Godavari Dr.Chandra Raj 9444009076
Jamuna Dr.Raghuram Chetty 9444009078
Krishna Dr.Benny Raphael 9444009580
Mahanadhi Dr. Subash 9444393520
Mandakini Dr.Sathyanarayana MV 9444009082
Narmada Dr.Srirama Srinivas 9444009084
Pampa Dr.Ramesh Gardas 9444393521
Saraswathi Dr.Balaji Narasimhan 9444009086
Sarayu Dr. Kalpana M 9444393522
Sharavati Dr.Deepa Venkitesh 9444009092
Sindhu Dr. Boby George 9444009088
Tamraparani Dr.Satya Suyndar Sethy 9444393523
Tapti Dr.Prafulla Kumar Behera 9444009089
Sabarmati Shanti Bhattacharya 9444395488
Bhatra Dr.Mallikarjuna JM 9444397349
Tunga Dr.Deepa Venkitesh -


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Students Activities & Clubs

Music Club

The Music Club, IIT Madras was founded in October 1970, by a dedicated group of faculty, staff and students. The aim was to promote listening to classical music amidst campus residents, students included. Several stalwarts have performed at this acoustically and aesthetically structured Central Lecture Theatre (CLT) to sizable audiences observing pin drop silence. Looking for subtleties, nuances, peace and quite? Well, this is where you should attend a music concert. And when we say stalwarts, we mean it. Whom do you want - Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagvathar, D.K.Pattammal, Lalgudi Jayaraman, Balamuralikrishna. Well, the list can go on. Many have performed under this banner and have appreciated our audience.

Astronomy Club

The Astronomy club of IIT Madras is a group of campusites who are enthusiastic about hobby astronomy. The club acts as a base for all amateur astronomy related activities and aims at popularising it in the institute. The exchange of information and spreading of general awareness about various astronomical events find a common platform in the club. Currently with around 20 regular "members", the club meets monthly or fortnightly (mostly during weekends) to hold sky watching and astrophotography sessions. The sessions are usually held at Sangam, the institute's skating ring.

IIT Madras Film Society

With its silver jubilee just round the corner, the IITFS, from the time of its inception has dedicated itself to the cause of screening technically brilliant and thought provoking movies. A registered society, it is affiliated to the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI). Over the years, the IITFS has screened movie classics and documentaries from all over the world with the objective of exposing the viewers to the cultural heritage of other countries. Movies screened in the past include all-time greats like Pather Panchali, Roman Holiday, Casablanca, Vertigo, Do Bigha Zameen, Il Postino and My Fair Lady among others. Membership is open to all students and staff members of the institute. Movies are screened regularly at the Central Lecture Theater (CLT).

Film Club

The Film Club screens the weekly Saturday Night English movie at the Open Air Theater - popularly known as OAT. The Open Air Theatre is located opposite the Humanities and Sciences Block. The OAT is the venue for the weekly Saturday night Film Club movies, GF & KR basketball matches and cultural events like professional shows and music concerts during Saarang. It can seat over 7000 people and usually plays to packed capacity. The OAT movies, as they are popularly known, attract large crowds comprising not just students and campus-ites, but non campus-ites (Employees staying outside) as well. Over the years, the OAT movie has acquired the status of a tradition of sorts at IITM - movies run to packed audiences. Tamil movies are screened on the first Saturday of the month and Hindi movies are screened on the first Saturday of the subsequent month. Regional movies (Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada) find a place on special occasions and festival days and are screened by the respective regional associations.

Speaking Club

The Speaking Club of IIT Madras is the longest running literary club in the institute. Since it's conception four years ago by a group of Senior students , the club through its activities has helped students in the campus improve their public speaking skills.The club is popular for its informal setting that has attracted freshmen and Seniors alike. It creates a great platform ideal and conducive to learn from each other and from their own mistakes! Its sessions are designed to have fun along with the ingrained learning process. Along with activities like JAMS , extempores , street plays etc. for Seniors , the club has arranged sessions on how to's of presentations and interviews. The co-ordinators help facilitate the event and come up with necessary tips and feedback that helps the students overcome their fear of public speaking and improve further. Typically 4 to 5 events or sessions are conveniently spaced so as to comfortably fit most student's schedules.

Hiking Club

In the campus,there is a Hiking Club being run by the students,which organizes hiking tours to the exciting destinations every year.

Photography Club

The Photography Club has facilities and cameras for hire. The club encourages amateur photographers and beginners interested in learning the techniques of photography. The Photography Club functions from the first floor of the Humanities and Sciences Block and is next to the Central Photographic Section.


Passions run high as the twelve hostels battle it out for the Lit-Soc trophy which is awarded to the hostel securing maximum number of points in literary and arts activities conducted throughout the year. The Lit-Circle aims at improving the standards of lit-activities on campus. Meetings are organized at the SAC where students are trained to represent the institute at other cultural fests. The Lit-Circle is the ideal place to get information about an event which holds your interest.


Prakriti, the Wildlife Club of IIT Madras, Was founded in April 2002 by a group of wildlife enthusiasts comprising of students, faculty, staff, residents and alumni of IIT Madras. The formation of the club was spurred by a growing recognition of the need to protect the unique biodiversity of the IIT Madras campus. The IIT Madras Campus was carved out of a natural forest that formed part of the Guindy National Park. The Guindy National Park and IIT Campus come under Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest type - the least common vegetation type seen in India. The campus can be considered as an ideal example for the co-existence various types of mini-ecosystems. The main inhabitants of these ecosystems are the blackbuck, spotted deer, jackals, mongooses, monkeys, squirrels, toddy cats, wild cats, various types of reptiles, a plethora of insects including about 40 different species of butterflies and about 100 species of birds. IITM campus also hosts large groups of migratory birds and butterflies every year.

Amateur Radio Club

The Amateur Radio Club is an electronics enthusiasts delight. It has a powerful transceiver located at the basement of Brahmaputra hostel.


Centre for Innovation (CFI) is a Student Lab at IIT Madras. Set up with funds donated by the batch of 1981, it is set in the building that houses the Central Workshop, right in the middle of the academic zone in the beautiful IIT Madras Campus.
CFI was started in 2008 with an objective to be a forum for creative output of the budding engineers of IIT Madras. It provides students the necessary platform for realizing their ideas. A great workspace, a comprehensive inventory, ample guidance from faculty & senior-students and the zeal and passion of the CFI team make CFI a gifted asset for IIT Madras students. And over time, CFI has successfully evolved into a hub which encourages thinking and provokes students to generate novel ideas making it truly the centre for innovation.

Analytics club


Near By Hangouts within 5km From the Campus

  • Entertainment
  • Health & Grooming
  • Shopping
  • Bank / ATM
  • Adyar Ananda Bhavan
  • Park Hyatt Chennai
  • Rainforest Restaurant
  • Azzuri Bay
  • The Grand Sweets and Snacks
  • Crimson Chakra
  • Pizza Hut
  • The Pirates
  • The Rock Restaurant
  • Sangeetha Veg Restaurant
  • Fortis Malar Hospital
  • anna university GYM
  • Dollars and Pounds
  • Adyar Woodlands
  • TTK Hospital
  • Just Salwars
  • Phoenix Marketcity
  • Hot Breads
  • The World Bank
  • Corporation Bank

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