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Facilities for research scholars

  • Central library, IIT Madras: The IIT Madras Central Library has more than four lakh books in almost all areas of science and arts. The library also subscribes to more than a thousand scholarly journals and provides both electonic and paper access. Visit the website of the Central Library at:
  • CSE Department library: The CSE department library has a well stocked library catering to all research areas and courses taught in the department. The library has around 10,000 books, and the stock is regularly being updated. In addition, research scholars can request for specific books to be purchased through their advisors.
  • Access to online publications: IIT Madras subscribes to several online refreed journals through the INDEST consortium, including journals of the IEEE, ACM, Springer and Elsiver. Access is provided to these journals from all computers in the campus.
  • Video conferencing facilities: The IIT Media Resource Centre provides facilities for high speed video conferencing.
  • Computing facilities: Most computers in the department run some flavour of Linux. The Department Computing Facility (DCF) has a large number of networked PCs and Sun workstations. In addition, most of the labs have their own mail/web servers and dedicated facilities for heavy computation. Solaris, MacOS and MS Windows environments are available. Also, the IIT Computer Centre has several high end computing platforms.
  • Working environment: The Department provides a stimulating research environment. Most of the labs have some sort of a seminar system in place. In addition to the Department library, cubicles are available for quiet reading in the Research Scholars' Bay. The relation between the students and faculty are very friendly and informal.
  • Extra cirricular activities: IIT Madras is spread over 600 acres in a reserve forest. The Institute provides facilities for all-round development including an Olympic size swimming pool, facilities for various sports and games, vibrant cultural and science festivals.
  • Campus housing for married scholars: Cheap campus housing is provided for married scholars and their families. Due to limited number of apartments, a waiting period of about a year is currently unavoidable for getting campus housing.
  • Other facilities: IIT Madras is a residential Institute. There are two schools, a post office, banks and ATMS, shopping centre, and a hospital on campus. See the IIT Madras website for more details.


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