REC extends CSR support to IIT Madras for Installation of 2 MW rooftop solar panel (SPV) on Campus

Chennai, January 6, 2017: Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC), A Govt. of India Navratna Enterprise, has agreed to extend a financial assistance of Rs. 1450.00 Lakhs under CSR initiative to Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), for the project ‘Installation of 2 MW rooftop solar panel (SPV) in the academic zone and hostel building’ at IIT Madras campus in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) in this regard was executed today between REC and IIT Madras. Ms. S. Jayanthi, Chief Project Manager, REC and Prof. Krishnan Balasubramanian, Dean, Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (ICSR), IIT Madras signed the MoA in the presence of other senior officials of REC and IIT Madras including Prof. David Koilpillai, Dean Planning, IIT Madras and Prof. R. Nagarajan, Dean, International and Alumni Relations, IIT Madras, among others. Speaking about this CSR initiative, Ms. Jayanthi said, “We are interested in increasing the generation and consumption of renewable energy all over India. IIT Madras has great potential and expertise in this field and that is the reason we decided to support this particular project.” The main objective of the project is installation of 2.00 MW roof top solar PV system in the academic zone and hostel zone of IIT Madras for power generation in order to reduce peak demand from the grid in the campus and also carbon footprint and dependency on non-renewable energy sources. The energy generated by the solar panels will go to a centralized grid from where it will be distributed across Campus. “IIT Madras already has 1.1MW solar panels installed on the Campus rooftops. This will further help in reducing our dependency on conventional sources of energy. We are thankful to REC for sponsoring a large size project of this nature at IIT Madras and funding it through their CSR channel,” added Prof. Balasubramanian. The installation of the solar panel is expected to take around 15 months. IIT Madras currently has CSR activities supported by over 20 companies.

Campus Safe During Heavy Rains - December 3, 2015

  1. The campus and its residents are safe.
  2. Hostel student messes are functioning as usual.
  3. Water and Drinking Water supply is taken care off.
  4. Families of Students, if required, for further information please call Dean of Student's Office at 04422578051/9444008051.
    (Please avoid to the extent possible beyond office hours)
  5. The campus is without electrical power. TANGEDCO are doing their best under the circumstances and have promised to resolve the situation at the earliest.
  6. Telephone connectivity is minimal


NPTEL National Programming on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is an initiative of the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc) for creating video and web course contents in engineering and science. Into its 12th year now, there are 900+ web and video courses across 23 disciplines available for download and viewing on the NPTEL web site distributed under the CC-BY-SA licence.

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NPTEL Open Online courses were initiated so that students anywhere can directly learn from faculty in top colleges. While enrollment and learning is free, students can also obtain a certificate from the IITs, based on successful completion of an exam, for which there is a nominal examination fee. Online learning offers a new way to explore subjects that one is passionate about.

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Learn for free, Learn Together and Learn from the Experts The courses have no eligibility criteria and are open to anyone and everyone. Students can review and assess their progress and directly interact with course instructors to understand concepts better An optional in-person proctored certification exam is offered at the end of the course to earn certificates from the IITs

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  • Prof. Managala Sunder.K (Dept. of Chemistry, IITM)
  • Prof. Prathap Haridoss (Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IITM )
  • Prof. Andrew Thangaraj (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IITM)

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Immerse : The IIT Madras Research Magazine

At IIT Madras, research is a preoccupation of around 550 faculty members, 3000+ MS and PhD research scholars, more than 800 project staff, and a good number of undergraduates as well. It spans everything from basic curiosity driven investigations to research directed at finding disruptive solutions to the daunting challenges facing India in water, energy, healthcare, transportation, housing and education. This edition of Immerse gives a glimpse of the myriad streams of research being pursued at IITM. Download the file from here.

IITM to be part of Compact Muon Solenoid experiments of CERN

IIT Madras is excited to announce that IIT Madras has recently been included to join the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiments of CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics). This will open up a tremendous opportunity for us not only in the area of Physics but also in a large number of related technologies which are initiated and applied at CERN.


CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 21 member states. India is an associate member of CERN.

CERN is well-known for the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. The world-wide-web (www) was also invented at CERN. CERN is not only an international laboratory for fundamental research in experimental high energy physics but also provides a platform for innovation in technology through international collaboration. The two experiments that discovered Higgs boson are ATLAS (
A Toroidal LHC Apparatus)and CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid).

India has been part of CMS experiment since it’s inception. A handfuls of Indian institutes are full members of the CMS experiment. BARC, TIFR, SINP, NISER, Delhi University and Punjab University. This year, IISER, Pune and IIT MADRAS have joined the CMS experiment as full members.

IIT Madras, the only IIT to be a full member of the CMS experiment, is now part of one of the biggest international collaboration involving more than 3000
scientists, engineers, and students from 172 institutes in 40 countries. Our students and research scholars will now get an opportunity to work at CERN. The data produced in this experiment is processed through grid computing centers located all over world. We expect to directly participate in research in fundamental Physics, related technologies and developments in grid computing.


Coherent structures in Turbulence

Turbulence, a highly random phenomenon, is known to exhibit organised motion of fluid elements, known as coherent structures. Studying the motion of these structures gives us insights into understanding turbulence. The figure shows these coherent structures, called 'line plumes', that form on a horizontal plate that is heated to cause turbulent convection. For the first time, we classified the various types of motion of these structures and found out the scalings of these motions. This image appeared on the cover of Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol 749. For further info click here.

Posted by: Dr. A. P. Baburaj (AM)

Smart Graphene Nanofluids

Graphene based nano-suspensions called Nanofluids have shown great potential to be the next generation of smart fluids. These nanofluids are prepared by dispersing properly functionalized Graphene in fluids such as water, ethylene glycol, oils etc. The suspensions show excellent thermal transport properties with ~10-100% increase in the thermal conductivity of the fluid and similar augmentation in forced convective heat transfer coefficients. They behave as ‘smart’ fluids and conduct more heat with increasing temperature. Graphene embedded collagen can lead to bio-nanofluids which is promising for use in cancer hyperthermia and targeted drug delivery.

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