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In April 1973, the Industrial Consultancy Centre (ICC) was established at IIT Madras. With the establishment of the ICC, IIT Madras aimed to provide expertise in design, development, and experimentation with regard to problems and processes in industries. The staff and faculty of the Institute would be involved, making it a self-sufficient organization. The ICC aimed to bring young engineers and technologists into the realm of entrepreneurship and self- employment.

The Centre, inaugurated by Mr. C. Subramaniam (Minister for Industrial Development and Minister for Science and Technology), is now known as the Office of Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (IC & SR). When it was set up, Prof. K. A. V. Pandalai was the Director of IIT Madras. According to the Annual Report of IIT Madras 1976-77, the ICC was established to create a link between IIT Madras and industries, promote sponsored research activities, and also relationships with industries. The organization is headed by the Dean at a Professor level.


1973 - 1983
  • 1979 – 1st Meeting of IC&SR Board.
  • 1980 - Guidelines for taking up Consultancy Jobs.
  • 1980 - Intellectual Property Rights Rules.
1983 - 1993
  • 1986 - ISRO-IITM Space Technology Cell.
  • 1987 - Industrial Associateship Scheme.
  • 1989 - Research Based Industrial Consultancy introduced.
1993 - 2003
  • 1994 -Inauguration of IC&SR Building with Conference Facilities.
  • 1995 -Technology Development Mission Projects.
  • 1996 -IGCAR-IITM Research Cell.
2003 - 2013
  • 2008 -ISO-9001 Recertification.
  • 2011 -IIT Madras awarded for filing maximum number of patent by GoI.
  • 2013 -Social Networking activities initiated.
  • 2013 -IPM Cell was set up.
2013 - Present
  • 2014 -Renovation and Expansion of IC & SR building.
  • 2018 -Tula Software go-live (Inhouse ERP system for Project Management and Accounting System).
  • 2019 -Renovation of the auditorium into a state-of-the-art facility.
  • 2020 -Common Instrument Facility setup at NAC complex.
  • 2021 -Rs. 1,000 Crore of funding and revenue generated in FY2122.
  • 2022 - National Intellectual Property Award.