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Welcome to IIT MADRAS!

Welcome to IIT MADRAS!

We welcome and value the richness you bring to the University and the community. Our goal is to support your academic success by helping you navigate the challenges you encounter as an international student or scholar. The Office of International Relations assists you with the immigration-related aspects of your stay in IIT Madras. We are committed to being a reliable, efficient, and professional resource, and we consider ourselves your advocates in the University and beyond. Information for international employees and researchers who plan to come to the University and for those who have very recently arrived.

About the Campus

IIT Madras is located in the city of Chennai which is also the state capital of Tamilnadu, a southern state in India. Chennai is the fourth largest city in India and comparatively a new city, about 350 years old (1639). The city was formerly known as Madras and was renamed Chennai, which evolved from old name ‘Chennapatnam’. Chennai is a coastal city with the second largest beach in the world known as ‘Marina’ beach. The climate is generally hot and humid. In summer (May – July) the temperature reaches up to 42° C (107° F) while in winter (Dec. – Feb.) it is slightly less hot, 18° C (64° F). The Monsoon season starts in September and lasts till November

IIT Madras is situated on Sardar Patel Road and is flanked by Adyar, Taramani and Velachery. The campus is opposite to the Central Leather Research Institute and Anna University. The campus is spread over 250 hectares of lush green forest, which is midway between the Chennai Airport and Central Railway station, and is well connected by buses and local trains.

The campus is around 14 km from the Central Railway station. Adyar is the nearest bus terminus to the campus. The Institute in itself is located around 2.5 km inside the campus. Two parallel roads, Bonn Avenue and Delhi avenue, lead you through the residential zone, under a canopy of green, to Gajendra Circle (otherwise called GC) and the administrative block. Buses ply between the gate and other locations on campus at regular intervals. Named after mountains, the IITM buses take you to the GC, academic zone and hostels (named after rivers) for a nominal fare. (This has infact led to the joke that IIT is the land of moving mountains and stationary rivers!)

The institute has two banks situated in the campus, State Bank of India and Canara Bank. Both the banks are regular branches in the campus and are housed in separate buildings. Application forms for important national level exams such as JEE, GATE and CAT are sold in these banks.

State Bank of India : Institute employees have their salaries credited to the State Bank of India. State Bank of India has two ATMs – one located in the bank premises and the other near the Taramani Guest House.
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9400 (Office)

Canara Bank : The Canara Bank is located near the shopping center close to the residential area. One ATM is located in the bank premises.
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9405 (Office)

In addition there is a ICICI Bank ATM located in the Hostel Management Office for the benefit of students.

Following the recommendations presented in the Campus Biodiversity Report, the Campus Environment Management Commitee (CEMC) has approved the removal of some of the most invasive vegetation on campus, which have been a threat to its wildlife and biodiversity. These are

  • Antigonon Leptopus (creeper bearing pink flowers)
  • Croton Bonplandianus (small plants with tiny white inflorescence)
  • Prosopis Juliflorathrony (plants and full grown trees)
  • Cassia Siamea (tree with yellow flowers)
  • Cereus Peruvianus (cactus)

Prakriti (Wildlife Club)
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.

Prakriti maintains its own website at

Bus Transport
The Institute provides Bus transport to facilitate commuting within the campus. There are four regular buses and 10 battery-powered vehicles. These buses are named after mountain ranges & peaks in India. These Buses ply to and fro, every 20-30 minutes between the IN-Gate and Gajendra Circle (GC), Hostel Zone and Department Zone. The Bus-Shed is located near the Staff Canteen

The campus has a couple of food joints, frequented more perhaps by hostelites looking for a change from hostel grub than the occasional visitor. The Campus Cafe is open from 8.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M. on all working days including Saturdays. A wide variety of South Indian and North Indian dishes are available. During lunch time Meals are available at very nominal rates.

“Basera” located between Godavari and Saraswati hostels is open from 6.00 P.M. to 2.00 A.M. A variety of North Indian dishes are available here.

Campus Cafe
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9472 / 73

Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9479

Guest Houses
The Institute has two guest houses within the campus. The guest house near the Admin Building is called the Bose-Einstein Guest House and the guest house in the hostel zone is called the Taramani Guest House. The Bose-Einstein Guest House has altogether 18 A/c Suites with a telephone and a TV in each room. VIPs, Institute guests and invited guests are usually accommodated here. The Taramani Guest House has 83 rooms in total. Out of which 18 are Suites, 29 air-conditioned rooms and 36 non-airconditioned rooms. Housed in an imposing double storeyed building and located at a central place, TGH provides boarding and lodging facilities for the Institute guests and Visitors, newly appointed faculty, staff members, delegates and participants attending various conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops. TGH is operated as a non-profit activity to mainly support the academic and research activity on the campus with a homely atmosphere and ambiance traditionally acclaimed for its environs of hygiene and food of homely relish and richness. Please use the downloadable forms given below for making reservations.

Reservation Form

Bose-Einstein Guest House
Office : +91 (44) 2257 8400
Kitchen : +91 (44) 2257 8419

Taramani Guest House
Office : +91 (44) 2257 8450
Entrance : +91 (44) 2257 8470

The Institute Hospital maintains its own website at

Post Office
The campus has a Post Office and a Telecom Centre. The IIT campus comes under a separate postal zone and it is a postal delivery office. There is a separate Telecom Centre meant for sending telegraphs, fax messages and making long distance telephone calls. The telecom centre is located in the Management Science building near the Library. The post office is located near the State Bank Of India and works on all weekdays from 7.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. and from 9.00 A.M. to 2.00 P.M. on Saturdays.

IIT Post Office
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9444

Telecom Centre
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9945

There are two schools located inside the campus

  • Kendriya Vidyalaya IIT
  • Vanavani Matriculation Higher Secondary School

Kendriya Vidyalaya IIT follows the syllabus prescribed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and comes under the purview of the Central Government of India. The school admits students for Std I to XII.

Vanavani Matriculation Higher Secondary School is run by the IIT Campus Educational Trust (CET) and follows the Matriculation syllabus of the Tamil Nadu State Government. The school admits students for Std I to XII. It also has a primary school for LKG & UKG and a newly built ‘Creche’.

The campus has two shopping centres which cater to the needs of the students and residents. The Students’ Facility Centre (SFC) located opposite the Narmada hostel has the following

  • Gurunath Departmental Stores
  • Gurunath Patisserie
  • Hair Cutting Saloon
  • Xerox Shop
  • Telecom Centre

The TUCS shop is located in the residential zone and supplies groceries, provisions and other essential items. It also has a book store, xerox shop and a telecom centre. A separate Telecom Centre with fax and telegram facilities is located near the Central Library.

Students’ Facility Centre
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9476

Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9478

Telecom Centre
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 9945

For an institution located in a metropolis, in a sprawling campus which also happens to be a reserve forest, security is of paramount importance. It is with this in mind that IIT Madras has developed an efficient security system.

The Security Wing of the Institute has laid down a set of rules and regulations which have to be complied with by all residents and visitors on campus. The Security Wing is headed by the Chief Security Officer and has a Duty room functioning round-the-clock to prevent any breach of security.

It is the responsibility of all the residents of the campus that they inform the Chief Security Officer / Duty Officer / Duty Room immediately on noticing any mishap, suspicious movements of persons, any untoward incident happening and/or, information regarding probability of any of these. Timely information is of vital importance.

Police Jurisdiction
IIT Madras, because of its location, falls under the jurisdiction of two different POlice Stations. These Police Stations and their respective jurisdiction in the campus are as under.

  • J-4 Kottupuram PS
  • Area North East of Road Mandakini hostel – Krishna Gate (Residential zone, Institute zone and Sarayu Hostel).
  • J-7 Velachery PS
  • Area South West of Road Mandakini hostel – Krishna Hostel (All hostels except Sarayu)

Any case related to Traffic rules violation and Traffic accidents fall under the jurisdiction of Police Station Adyar (Traffic Investigation)

Any case warranting Police Cover / Assistance should be reported to the Inspector of Police of the respective Police Stations. Such incidents should also be brought to the notice of CSO for internal enquiry. It must be understood that the Security wing of the institute has no policing or constabulary powers. It has only watch and ward responsibility.

Mandatory Security Requirements
Listed below are certain security requirements which must be adhered to on campus.

  • Identity Cards
  • All employees of IIT Madras are required to carry ID cards issued by the Institute. This document must be produced on demand to the Security Personnel. The NIOT and IC & SR issue separate cards for their employees.
  • Temporary Passes
  • The Security wing issues special passes to contractors, casual employees, labourers employed by the Institute, servants, vendors and temporary visitors. These papers are time-bound and are NOT licenses for services to be rendered by the individuals.
  • Daily Passes
  • These passes are issued to casual visitors by the security personnel manning the gate (entry points). Passes issued for one gate are not valid for another gate.
  • Group Passes
  • These are issued to groups of workers employed by contractors or the institute and to groups of students from other Institutions visiting our departments and centers.
  • Vehicle Passes
  • The CSO’s office issues metal tokens for two-wheelers and cycles, self-adhesive stickers for four-wheelers (with color codes to identify campus-ites and non campus-ites) and temporary passes to vehicle owners. The Vehicle Registration Book must be produced for receipt of the passes/tokens. Gate passes are issued to monitor movement of stores/materials out of the Institute premises.

Miscellaneous Points
Speed limit of any powered vehicle within the campus is 40 km/h. Persons below the age of 18 years are not permitted to drive powered vehicles. Consumption of alcohol at public places inside the campus is not allowed Poaching/hunting/fishing is strictly prohibited. Lighting of open fires on the campus is not allowed. Trafficking in/or possession of any type of drugs is an offence.

Chief Security Officer
Selvamani G
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 8261
Email :

Duty Room, Security Section
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 8280
EMail :

There are three temples on campus – the Sree Durga Peeli Amman Temple, the Jalakanteswarar Temple and Vinayagar temple. The Sree Durga Peeli Amman Temple, known for its serene atmosphere and picturesque surroundings, has the shrines of Lord Vinayaka, Lord Murugan and the Navagrahas. The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Peeli Amman. The temple organizes the ‘Aadi Thiruvizha’ in the Tamil month of Aadi. Elaborate ceremonies are performed during the Navarathri festival when the Goddesses are taken out in procession. The temple is located on Delhi Avenue.

A stone’s throw away from the Adyar In-Gate is the Jalakanteswarar Temple. The temple houses the shrines of Lord Jalakanteswarar and his consort Goddess Kathyayanee, Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman and the Navagrahas. Navarathri, Mahashivarathri and other festivals are celebrated with great splendour at the temple which is also the venue for music concerts by upcoming artistes.

The Vinayagar temple is situated behind Taramani House. The temple has the shrine of Lord Vinayaka and a Shiva Lingam.

Catholic Mass is conducted at the NCC Building every Sunday at 8:30 am. All campus residents attend the mass. Priests and students from Satya Nilayam, a seminary located in Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai, assist in conducting the mass. The church has an active youth group called Genesis which organizes activities, picnics, get-togethers etc. for its members. Visits to orphanages and old-age homes are arranged by the members of the church on a regular basis. A variety of programmes are organised during the Christmas season and for Easter. The church is affiliated to the Adyar Parish.

The House of Prayer is situated on the Sardar Patel Road, just outside the campus. A Protestant Mass is held on Sundays, in different languages, at different times of the day. The House has a choir, which performs carol services during Christmas and Easter. Choirs from other churches are also invited to perform at the House of Prayer.

Jalakanteswarar Temple
Phone : +91 (44) 2445 9482

Durga Peeli Amman Temple
Phone : +91 (44) 2445 9481