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Right to Information

1.0 About the Act

A citizen has a right to seek such information from a public authority which is held by the public authority or which is held under its control. This right includes inspection of work, documents and records; taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records; and taking certified samples of material held by the public authority or held under the control of the public authority. It is important to note that only such information can be supplied under the Act that is available and existing and is held by the public authority or is held under the control of the public authority. The Public Information Officer is not supposed to create information that is not a part of the record of the public authority. The Public Information Officer is also not required to furnish information which require drawing of inference and/or making of assumptions; or to interpret information; or to solve the problems raised by the applicants; or to furnish replies to hypothetical questions. 

For more details visit:

Transparency Officer: to promote institutional transparency within the public authority through proactive and effective implementation of the provisions of Section 4 of the RTI Act 2005.

Dr. Jane Prasad, IP & TAFS
Phone : 044 2257 8100

Nodal Officer: shall be the authority for receiving/facilitating requests and forward the same to CPIOs and also responsible for processing the requests related to RTI.

Mr. P.V. Karunakaran
Joint Registrar, RTI
Phone : 044 2257 8028/8029

CPIO & Appellate Authority

  • All matters pertaining to the Courses unit (UG & PG)
  • CPIO
    Mr. P. Sarvaharana
    Deputy Registrar (Academic Courses)
    Phone : 044 2257 8035
  • Appellate Authority
    Dr. Prathap Haridoss
    Dean (Academic Courses)
    Phone : 044 2257 8030
  • All matters pertaining to Research Unit.
  • CPIO
    Ms. K. Vijayalakshmi
    Deputy Registrar (Academic Research)
    Phone : 044 2257 8044
  • Appellate Authority
    Dr. Shanthi Pavan
    Dean (Academic Research)
    Phone : 044 2257 8040
  • All matters pertaining to Administration Section viz., Personnel & Establishment matters, Estate, Pension, Insurance., etc.
  • CPIO
    Mr. A. Babu
    Deputy Registrar, Administration
    Phone : 044 2257 8105
  • Matter related to Finance and Budget
  • CPIO
    Mr. R. Muralidharan
    Deputy Registrar, Finance & Accounts Email:
    Phone : 044 2257 8243
  • All matters related to students other than Academic related matters.
  • Appellate Authority
    Dr. Nilesh J Vasa
    Dean (Students)
    Phone : 044 2257 8050
  • All matters related to recruitment of faculty and staff. Miscellaneous RTI Queries
  • CPIO
    Mr. P.V. Karunakaran
    Joint Registrar, Recruitment
    Phone : 044 2257 8115
  • All matters related to Institute Purchases and tenders.
  • CPIO
    Ms. Sheba Sabari P K
    Assistant Registrar (Stores & Purchase)
    Phone : 044 2257 8287
  • Appellate Authority
    Prof. Ravindra Gettu
    Prof.-in-charge, SPC
    Phone : 044 2257 8287
  • All matters pertaining to IC&SR
  • CPIO
    Mr. P. Thangapandian
    Deputy Registrar (IC&SR)
    Phone : 044 2287 8066
  • Appellate Authority
    Dr. Manu Santhanam
    Dean (IC&SR)
    Phone : 044 2257 8065
  • Matters related to Press/Media, Annual Reports, Rankings, CCASH
  • CPIO
    Ms. Rashmi Uday Kumar
    Assistant Registrar (C&PR)
    Phone : 044 2257 8293
  • Appellate Authority
    Dr. R.G. Robinson
    Dean (Administration)
    Phone : 044 2257 8020
  • Matters pertaining to GATE / JAM / JEE / HSEE entrance exam and related matters
  • CPIO
    Dr. Rayala Suresh Kumar
    Chairman, GATE/JAM
    Phone : 044 2257 8201

    Dr. Sunetra Sarkar
    Chairperson, JEE(Adv), HSEE
    Phone : 044 2257 8221
  • Appellate Authority
    Dr. Prathap Haridoss
    Dean (Academic Courses)
    Phone : 044 2257 8030
  • Matters pertaining to CCE, NPTEL, BSc Online Programmes
  • CPIO
    Dr. Devendra Jalihal
    Chairman, CEE/CODe
    Phone : 044 2257 8221
  • Appellate Authority
    Dr. Manu Santhanam
    Dean (IC&SR)
    Phone : 044 2257 8060
  • Matters related to Engg. Unit and Horticulture.
  • CPIO
    Mr. K. Dharmaraj
    Superintending Engineer
    Phone : 044 2257 8154
  • Appellate Authority
    Dr. Ligy Philip
    Dean (Planning)
    Phone : 044 2257 8080

2.0 About Organization:

2.1 Name:

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai-600036, Tamil Nadu

2.2 Particulars of Organization:

(1) Objective of the Institute:

The primary objective of the Indian Institutes of Technology is to provide scientists and technologists of the highest caliber who would engage in research, design and development to help building the nation towards self-reliance in her technological needs.

(2) Brief history of the Institute:

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) at Chennai has established a reputation, both nationally and internationally, for excellence in Technical Education, Research and in Consultancy. IITM is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research.

It all began in 1956, when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, was on an official visit to West Germany and was offered assistance by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, to set up a higher technological institute in India. This resulted in the signing of the first Indo-German Agreement in Bonn in 1959, for the establishment of an Indian Institute of Technology at Madras. On July 30, 1959, Prof. Humayun Kabir, the then Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs, inaugurated the Institute.

IITM is a residential institute with nearly 573 faculty, 9180 students and 750 administrative & supporting staff and is a self-contained campus located in a beautiful wooded land of about 250 hectares. It has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country.

The Institute has sixteen academic departments and a few advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organized in a unique pattern of functioning. A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical & supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras. The campus is located in the city of Chennai, previously known as Madras. Chennai is the state capital of Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India.

2.3 Organizational Structure:

The Director is the principal academic and executive officer of the Institute. He reports to the Board of Governors. The Chairman of the Board executes the contract between the Director and the Institute. The Director is ex-officio Chairman of the Senate. The Senate comprising all the professors of the Institute decides the academic policy of the Institute. The Director is assisted in the management of the affairs of the Institute by seven Deans: Dean – Administration, Dean – Academic Courses, Dean – Academic Research, Dean – Students, Dean – IAR, Dean – Planning and Dean – Industrial Consultancy & Sponsored Research, Associate Dean (IC& SR) and the Registrar.

Organizational Chart

(3) Vision / Mission:


To be an academic institution in dynamic equilibrium with its social, ecological and economic environment striving continuously for excellence in education, research and technological service to the nation.


To create and sustain a community of learning in which students acquire knowledge and learn to apply it professionally with due consideration for ethical, ecological and economic issues.
To pursue research and disseminate research findings.

To provide knowledge-based technological services to satisfy the needs of the society and the industry.
To help in building national capabilities in science, technology, humanities, management, education and research.

(4) Quality Policy:

To pursue global standards of excellence in all our endeavours namely, teaching, research, consultancy and continuing education and to remain accountable in our core and support functions through processes of self-evaluation and continuous improvement.

(5) Core Values:

  • Development of human resources to serve the nation.
  • Recognition of teaching as a unifying activity.
  • Nurturing integrity, creativity and academic freedom.
  • Retaining a willingness to experiment with new paradigms.

2.4 Service being provided by the Institute:

(1) Teaching UG, PG and Research levels:

The various academic departments in the institute offer course based degree programmes and also degree programmes that are inclined towards research. The following courses based degree programmes are offered by the departments:

  • Bachelor of Technology (B Tech)
  • Dual Degree progammes in Engineering leading to B Tech and M Tech
  • Master of Technology (M Tech)
  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • PG Diploma
  • M.A Integrated Programme
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The following are the Research oriented degrees offered by the departments:

  • Master of Science by Research (MS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

There are sixteen academic departments in the institute. All the departments have the doctoral programme. The following departments offer B Tech and/or Dual degree programmes.

  • Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Applied Mechanics
  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Engineering Design
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Department of Ocean Engineering
  • Department of Physics

In addition to these the departments of Mathematics and the Department of Applied Mechanics offer M Tech programmes. The departments of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry offer MSc programmes while the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a five- year integrated MA programme. Department of Management offers MBA programme.

The following User Oriented programmes leading to M Tech degrees are offered by the various departments.

  • Port Management (Ocean Engineering)
  • Building Technology and Construction Management (Civil Engineering)
  • Computational Mechanics (Department of Civil Engineering) Automotive Technology (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Software Engineering (Computer Science and Engineering)
  • Digital Signal Processing (Electrical Engineering)

For more details please see Institute website

(2) To conduct state-of-the-art research in technological and fundamental in frontier areas of science and technology.
(3) To undertake sponsored research and consultancy.
(4) To cater to continuing education program of the Govt. of India.
(5) To organize conferences, seminars and short term courses.

2.5 Address of the Institute:

Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai - 600 036
Tamil Nadu

2.6 Institute working hours:

Academic Departments: 8.00 AM to 04.45 PM (lunch break 12.00 noon to 12.45 pm) 
Administration: 9.00 AM to 05.30 PM (lunch break 1.00 pm to1.30 pm) 
Institute Hospital and Security Section: round the clock / Library - please see Institute website.

2.7 Council, Board, Committees and other Bodies.

Following are the Main Committees / Governing body of the Institute

Board of Governors
Finance Committee
Building and Works

3.0 Functions:

3.1 Power and duties of Officers and Employees:

Director is the Principal Academic and Executive Officer of the Institute. The Director shall be responsible for the proper administration of the Institute and for the imparting of the instruction and maintenance of discipline therein. The Director has the power to incur expenditure in accordance with the procedure as may be laid by the Board/MHRD from time to time.

Deans shall assist the Director in academic and administrative work and maintaining liaison with Institution of higher learning and research.

Registrar is the custodian of records, funds of Institute and such other properties of the Institute.

Other officers and staff of the Institute assume powers, responsibilities and duties as assigned to them from time to time by the Director.

For more details see Act and Statutes of the Institute.

3.2 Procedure followed in the decision making process including channels of supervision and accountability:

As per Act and Statutes of the Institute

3.3 Details of norms set by the Institute for discharge of its functions:

As per Act and Statutes of the Institute

3.4 Rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records held by it for discharge of functions:

1. As per Act and Statutes of the Institute
2. Fundamental Rules
3. Supplementary Rules
4. General Financial Rules
5. Ordinances & Regulations for all courses.
6. Further Government of India Guidelines / Norms / Orders / Procedures issued from time to time.

3.5 Statement of the categories of documents held by the organization or under its control:

Administrative Office Orders / Decisions and Guidelines as approved by Institutes' Governing Body i.e. Board of Governors (BOG).

3.6 Directory (telephone numbers and email addresses) of officers and employees:

Institute Telephone Directory

3.7 Monthly remuneration of officers and employees.

Pay scales of various cadres of the employees.

3.8 Budget allocated to each agency indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditure and reports on disbursements made:

Grant in aid sanctioned and released

3.9 Execution of subsidy program and details of beneficiaries of such programmes:

No subsidy is given.

3.10 Particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with or representation by the members of public in relation to formulation of policy and implementation thereof:

Interested persons may write to the Public Information Officer of the Institute.

3.11 Details in respect of the information available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form:

All relevant information about Institute activities are made available on our website.

3.12 Facilities available for obtaining information including working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use:

Library is only for registered users (students, faculty & staff) and not general public use.

3.13 Monthly remuneration received by each of its employees and officers including the system of compensation as provided in the institute’s regulations:

Pay scales of various cadres of the employees.


4.0 Fee:

Rs 10/- shall be in favor of Registrar, IIT Madras

4.1 Application Form:

Self-certification regarding bonafide citizenship of India be enclosed.
Certification regarding below poverty line issued by competent authority if applicable be enclosed.

Information required:

Rs. 10/- by Demand Draft/Banker Cheque/Postal Order in favour of Indian Institute of Technology Madras to be deposited for each information.  IIT Madras is receiving RTI applications online with effect from 02.02.2017.
RTI application can be filed online by the citizens using the link mentioned below:

This is a portal to file RTI applications / first appeals online along with payment gateway. Payment can be made through internet banking of SBI & its associate banks, debit / credit cards of Master / visa and RuPay cards.  Through this portal, RTI applications / first appeals can be filed by Indian Citizens for all Ministries / Departments and few other Public Authorities of Central Government.

4.2 Application is to be sent directly to:

Public Information Officer
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai 600 036

Click here for the Right to Information Act 2005.

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