Madras Institute of Technology

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Department of Information Technology, Radha Nagar, Chromepet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600044, India
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N12° 56' 53.16" E80° 8' 23.064"   (12.9481, 80.13974)
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The Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) is an engineering institute located in Chromepet, Chennai (Madras), India. It is one of the four autonomous constituent colleges (University Departments) of Anna University It was established in 1949 by Chinnaswami Rajam as the first self-financing engineering institute in the country, and later it merged with Anna University. The institute was at that time an experiment in technical education, for it introduced to India new areas of specialization: aeronautical engineering, automobile engineering, electronics engineering and instrumentation technology. MIT was the first self-financing college opened in India.
The MIT is the first institute in India to offer postgraduate courses in avionics and mechatronics. The institute also has an unusual practice of "T-series" a student mentoring system by senior students The aeronautical, automobile and electronics departments of this institute are very popular and get the cream of students in Tamil Nadu, usually having very high cut-offs with seats getting filled in the early batches of first-day counselling.
The alumni of this institute include former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, and writer Sujatha Rangarajan. The former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University Dr P Mannar Jawahar is a former MIT-ian. The cultural festival of MIT Mitafest, is well known in the vicinity of Chromepet. The institute campus is also home to AU-KBC Research Centre.
With the dawn of Independence, the need for establishing a sound technological basis for the industrial advancement of the country was realised. At this juncture in 1949, Mr Rajam Iyer donated INR 5, lakhs through the sale of his house and founded the MIT, and raised funds from people and industries for its running. Sri M K Ranganathan, Rtd Chief Engineer, became the first principal of the institute.

At a time when other engineering institutions were offering conventional courses in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering at the undergraduate level, Mr Rajam launched the experiment of introducing for the first time in the country new areas of specialisation in Engineering, namely Aeronautical Engineering Automobile Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Instrument Technology. During the early years, the institute offered Diploma in Engineering to science graduates. Over the years, the institute has expanded its original programme and now offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Production Engineering, Rubber and Plastics Technology, Computer Science Engineering and Information Technology. Now the institute accepts students who have passed the 12th board examinations for its undergraduate programme.
Instrumentation and Control did not exist in India as a subject of study in 1949. Now, this branch of applied science and technology has become important in industry, and past students of MIT now hold key positions in research and development organisations, manufacturing industries and educational institutions within the country and abroad.

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Madras Institute of Technology

Address: Department of Information Technology, Radha Nagar, Chromepet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600044, India
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