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Thursday, 01 Dec 2022

EXPLORE@IITM for SC/ST students in their final year BTech/ MTech in Mechanical Sciences

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Greetings from IIT Madras. I am Prof. Shanthi Pavan, Dean of Academic Research at IIT Madras. I am writing to you on behalf of our Director with a request to publicize the following event that IIT Madras is conducting for SC/ST students in their Final year BTech/ MTech who could potentially pursue Masters or PhD at the IITs. 


EXPLORE@IITM (EXposure to Post-graduate  Learning Opportunities and Research in Engineering @ IITM):


Final year BTech/ MTech students and recent graduates (who are finishing in 2023 or earlier) from CFTIs belonging to SC/ ST category and having CGPA greater than 7.5 are invited to visit IIT Madras for 3 days (Dec 19th to Dec 21st 2022). This is currently open to only mechanical sciences (Mech. Engg., Civil Engg. or similar/equivalent/allied departments).


During this visit, they will be exposed to various opportunities available at IIT Madras for post graduate education and the long-term benefits of such a pursuit. Further, they will be visiting our facilities - labs as well as other student facilities. They will also be interacting with faculty in their fields of interest to understand the kind of research and development activity that is being carried out at IIT Madras. The interaction will be with the following departments at IITM: Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Civil Engineering, Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering. With this, we hope to convince them to look at post-graduate education as a very good option to further their career.


IIT Madras will reimburse basic travel costs. Irrespective of the mode of traveling, reimbursement will be made on the basis of shortest route by train in 3A (3-tier AC) or the actual fare, whichever is lower. Further, starting point of journey and return point must be the same. IIT M will also provide food & accommodation for the visiting students.


The interested students can fill the following form on or before 11 November 2022 (Friday) to indicate their interest in visiting IITM:

Short-listed students will get an invitation from IITM by 15th of November. 


We request you to kindly publicize the event with the final year students from Mech. Engg, Civil Engg., and any other similar/ equivalent department in mechanical sciences. It could also be shared with recent graduates in your Institute who are from the mentioned categories and may be interested in exploring opportunities for higher studies.


Motivation for the Programme: 


We have observed over years that the number of applicants from the SC/ ST category who are applying for our MS & PhD programs are very less. We have had some interactions and found that quite a few of them do not know of the opportunities and the modalities for pursuing post graduate education at IITs. Quite a few of them did not know that GATE score is not required for MTechs from CFTIs to pursue PhD at IITM or for BTechs from CFTIs with CGPA > 8.0 to pursue Direct PhD (MS+PhD).


Our Institute is conducting an immersion programme to expose the final year BTechs/ MTechs to the opportunities available at IIT Madras through post-graduate academic programmes like Master of Science by Research (MS) and PhD in Engineering in addition to the more popular MTech programme. In addition to these opportunities, we will also impress upon them the benefits of upskilling with a post-graduate degree at an IIT. 


Shanthi Pavan

Dean Academic Research

NT Alexander Institute Chair Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Chennai 600036