Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras: Groundbreaking Research and First Rate Teaching

8:47 faculty members 170 research students and about 200 undergraduate students we are one of the biggest physics departments in the country we have a four-year beta program and engineering physics we have five year BS + ms integrated program for students coming after their high school we have a two year MSC program for students coming after their DSC and a two-year mtech program for students coming up with MSC on BTech this is in addition to a regular ph.d program which we have I was strengthen our academic program lies in the bread which we can offer to a student we have faculty working in areas related to highly industrial oriented materials research to string theory in addition we have several colloquia and seminar which offers exposure to a breadth of topics to students on the research front the first point note is that over the past few years we have made considerable enhancement in the research infrastructure adding to our traditional strengths and condensed matter and Materials Research we have now added a experimental particle physics group and strengthened our theory group we have established a nanotechnology Center which state-of-the-art facilities wherein we carry out research on the fundamental and applied aspects of nanomaterials CNTs and thin film nano structures we also work closely on industry related problems and this is one of the main strengths of the center two of the areas that are actively pursued by the experimentalist in the department or oxide electronic materials and intermetallics some of the areas of research are magnetism and F electron systems magnetic cooling magnetic phase detection magneto electrics phase transitions plasmon resonance thin films energy photovoltaic spintronics and imaging of material surfaces by microwaves we work on graphene our work focuses on the interplay of elasticity and electronics in these atomically thin membranes another aspect of our work looks into graphene that has been decorated with hydrogen atoms where we have exotic electronic states and we are in the process of implementing these ideas for hydrogen storage and energy applications in related areas the theoretical effort of our department looks into quantum many-body phenomena as well as the role of disorder and interactions in strongly correlated systems we also work on soft matter in particular we are interested in the structure and dynamics of these systems using techniques such as x-ray neutron scattering and imaging techniques in photonics and spectroscopy we investigate a wide range of phenomena in light and matter and for that we have included lot of indigenous components in our experiments which helps us train students and manpower so experiments and research on light part of it is focused on characterization and applications of ultra-fast laser pulses and also looking into micro cavity modes then another part is interaction of light and matter where we are looking into regular and random media and there we are focusing on light localization and enhanced emission there's also interest in looking into structure and dynamics of interstellar medium ions which is of interest in astrophysics and for that we are using photoelectron spectroscopy the directions we are heading towards we are developing a state-of-the-art multiple ion trap setting up an advanced femtosecond laser facility which will enable us to start some strong field physics related experiments we are also working on applications where we are probing the possibilities of using random media for solar energy harvesting and sensors the theoretical physics group at IIT M pursues research in a wide spectrum of areas such as atomic physics biological physics condensed matter physics nonlinear dynamics quantum information and computing quantum dynamics string theory gravitation and cosmology the wide spectrum of research at IIT Madras as enabled us to offer advanced courses to undergraduate on contemporary topics this has enabled undergraduate to contribute to a research programme an exciting recent development is iit madras joining the CMS collaboration at cern in the coming years as we strengthen our conventional areas of activity we'll be looking for new directions to expand our research and also explore new paradigms of teaching you

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  1. IITians do a B tech degree… B tech stands for bachelors in technology and engineering. After passing from an IIT a student must become an engineer, not a manager. For management IIMs exist. IIT is not for preparing students to enter corporate world, rather it is for creating world class engineers. Unfortunately today IITs don't produce engineers. They produce managers, investment bankers, educators, politicians, actors, authors and what not. This is a gross injustice to the term b tech and this system of IITs is not serving the purpose that it is meant for…. Sad but TRUE!

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