IIT Madras accomplishments

National rankings – NIRF & ARIAA


overall, for third year in a row


in Engineering, for sixth year in a row


in Research


in India in the ARIAA 2020 rankings for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Established India’s first University-based Research Park, which houses the IITM Incubation Cell
  • Recognized as one of the ten public “Institutes of Eminence” by the Govt. of India

21 research clusters

IIT Madras has started multiple research initiatives, including about 21 clusters which it has internally funded each to the tune of $500K (~3.8 crores INR) so that they can pursue research in multiple areas. One of those clusters is in energy, and comprises seven centers of excellence that are engaged in research spanning the whole spectrum of energy generation, storage, conversion and distribution.

Research @ IIT Madras

General info

Research highlights

Recent research updates from IIT Madras


Research areas

Research details by department and by faculty member


Energy & Sustainability Research

National Centre for Combustion Research & Development (NCCRD)

World’s largest combustion research centre.

Founded by the Combustion Institute – Indian Section and supported by Science and Engineering Research Board, Dept. of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India

Develops state-of-the-art capabilities in combustion research.

Research interests include automotive, thermal power and aerospace propulsion, fire research and microgravity combustion. 

Endeavours to promote academic research in combustion and develop trained researchers, as well as increase the number of scientists and engineers in combustion research.

Many industrial and R&D organizations work closely with the NCCRD. Visit the Centre

More from NCCRD web site

Energy and Emissions (EnERG) Laboratory –  EnERG Lab 

Established in 2016

Focus on applied research in the areas of energy and emissions.

Actively involved in development and testing projects in areas of waste heat recovery, solar energy, aerosol, and emissions

Solar powered cycles, waste heat recovery from process using steam and Organic Rankine cycles, heat pumps

R&D works on emission measurement and control devices.


Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS)

Established in 2010 through collaborative efforts with various universities in Germany and IIT Madras to provide a platform for research on various aspects of sustainability like land-use patterns, water, environment, etc.

Focus on environmental protection regarding water resources, energy, land use, rural development and waste management, and aims to develop the capacity and capability to promote sustainable development in Germany, India and South Asia.

A major feature of IGCS is the interaction between German and Indian scientists, providing the possibility to study and research both at the IITM and at German Universities. 

Awards scholarships to students and researchers whose projects on sustainability issues.


Centre for Technology & Policy (CTaP)

Provides analyses and strategy options to national policy-making bodies by leveraging the Institute’s cutting-edge research activities in the areas of water and sanitation, energy systems, human healthcare as well as educational technologies.

Promotes strong, action-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches that involve the engineering and social science faculties as well as incubation centres of the Institute.


International Centre for Clean Water (ICCW)

Established in 2018 with the objective of creating water professionals for tomorrow, ICCW ideates and translates disruptive technologies in the pursuit of sustainable clean water. 

With its network of renowned water professionals, the Centre bridges the gap between industry and academia.

Key actions include building a strong network of scientific minds across academia and industry, nurturing technologies, incubating companies and tackling the socio-economic issues related to water at the grassroots level.

Houses state-of-the-art equipment that is required for water research, product design, incubation and pilot production, with the corresponding technical, financial and legal services to encourage constant innovation.

Partners with various governments, co-operatives, NGOs, and industries.


Other research centres

National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways & Coasts More 
Centre for NEMS & Nanophotonics More 
Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre More 
Centre for Computational Brain Research  More 
Centre for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence More
Centre for Railway Research More
Centre for Excellence in Wireless Technology More
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Development Centre More
China Studies Centre More
Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Centre More
Central Electronics Centre More
High Performance Computing Environment More

Innovation for Industry

Industrial Consultancy

Design & Analysis of Industrial, Bridges & Offshore structures

Design & Development of Equipments

Failure Analysis

Foundation Engineering

Maintenance Engineering 

Modeling & Simulation Studies

Metallurgical & Instrumental Analysis

Process & Product Development

Software for Industrial Applications

Vibration, Acoustics & Seismic Studies


Gopalkrishna Deshpande Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (GDC)

Established in 2017

Vision is to become a world leader in innovation research.

Provides thought leadership and networking drive to aid in building systems and processes that facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship

Aims to foster innovation in a way that it permeates activities ranging from teaching to research to product development and policy making.

Gives concrete form to groundbreaking solutions that surface from the Institute’s labs, faculty, research scholars, as well as young minds to create economic and social impact on a substantial scale.

Bridges gaps between the Institute and the marketplace.


Centre for Technology Transfer

IIT Madras has technologies / IPR developed through Research and Development work in the Institute.

These are available for commercial exploitation through Technology Transfer, Licensing of IP, Startup/Incubation, taking the idea forward through a commercial stage.


Centre for Innovation

India ‘s largest student run innovation lab

CFI Open House – flagship event to showcase the recent work and achievements of student innovators

Has over 10 specialized clubs – from 3D printing to astronomy

Awards & rankings in over 50 national & international competitions


Incubation & Startup Ecosystem

IITM Research Park
  • 70+ R&D Partners
  • 17 R&D Sectors
  • 200+ Incubated Startups
  • 13 Startup Sectors
  • 200+ Lab & Test Facilities
  • 1300+ Patents Filed


Incubation Cell
  • India’s leading Deep-tech Startup hub.
  • 225+ startups
  • 2000 crores+ investments by VCs & angel investors
  • 10,000 crores+ valuation
  • 125+ patents filed
  • 4000+ jobs created


  • Fosters Indian biotech innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Lab, office space & equipment 
  • Product commercialization support


IITM – Rural Technology & Business Incubator 
  • Design, pilot and incubate scalable business ventures with a rural focus
  • Education, health, agriculture, financial inclusion, vocational training, micro-enterprise development and technology solutions appropriate to rural needs.