IIT Madras has many laboratories for respective fields that includes Speech and Vision Lab, PACE Lab, Systems Development Lab, Microelectronics and MEMS Lab, Artificial Intelligence and Database Lab and Precision Engineering and Instrumentation Lab. The Central Library of IIT Madras works towards the dream of education and total development. The Central Library provides a safe, calm, comfortable scenario that enables progress of knowledge. The main motto of the Central Library is to smooth building of knowledge through asset, planning and circulation of knowledge resources. All the class rooms are well furnished, air conditioned, equipped with projectors so all students can easily give their presentations.
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Students Activities & Clubs
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
In the campus,there is a Hiking Club being run by the students,which organizes hiking tours to the exciting destinations every year.
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.
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.