Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
Logo of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
|Location||Pune, Maharashtra, India|
The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology or IITM is a scientific institution based in India for expanding research in meteorology of the tropics in general with special reference to monsoon meteorology of India. The current director of IITM is Dr. Ravi Nanjundiah.
As proposed in the third five-year plan of India, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) was founded as the Institute of Tropical Meteorology on 17 November 1962 at Pune as an individual unit of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the main organisation responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasts, and detecting earthquakes in India.  On the recommendation of Committee for Organization of Scientific Research of the Government of India, Institute of Tropical Meteorology was then made an autonomous institution under the new name Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology on 1 April 1971. Till 1984, it worked under the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. In 1985, it was taken by the Department of Science and Technology/Ministry of Science and Technology. As per the notification No. O.M. No.25/10/2006 dated 19 July 2006 by the President of India, the Institute has been put under the control of the Ministry of Earth Sciences with effect from 12 July 2006.