The Madras Institute of Technology is a premier engineering institute located in Chromepet, Madras (Chennai), India. It is one of the four autonomous constituent colleges of Anna University. It was started in 1949 by Mr. C. 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. The MIT is the first institute in India to offer postgraduate courses in avionics and mechatronics. This Institute also has a unique practice of "T-Series", a student mentoring system by senior students.The aeronautical 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 have achieved prominence in various fields and include Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (the "missile-man of India"), and the writer Sujatha among others.Th current Vice-Chancellor of Anna University is a former MIT-ian as well. The cultural festival of MIT, Mitafest, is well known in the vicinity of Chromepet.. The AUKBC research institute has good research facilities and faculty , with students helping from various departments in projects which have resulted in several international papers and patent filings.