Indian Institute of Technology Madras or IIT Madras (IITM), is a public-funded engineering institution based in Chennai. A constituent of the Indian Institutes of Technology system, IITM has been recognized as an Institute of National Importance. Founded in 1959, IITM was the third establishment under the Institutes of Technology Act (1961) of Indian Government. It was set up as a result of the first Indo-German Agreement signed in Bonn. The institute has been rated the top engineering institution by the National Institutional Ranking Framework for four consecutive years – 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
IITM has 16 academic departments and numerous research centres with about 550 academic instructors, 8000 students and 1250 administrative and supporting staff members. It offers postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in distinct disciplines of engineering, technology and pure sciences.