P Maheswari's body was found hanging in her hostel room, police said, adding the motive behind her taking the extreme step was being probed.
"IIT, Madras, reports with deep sadness the death of a post-doctoral research scholar in the campus. The scholar's family has been informed. The institute is taking necessary action and extending full cooperation to civil authorities," it said in a statement.
"The institute extends its deep felt condolences to the family and the near and dear ones of the scholar for the unfortunate, untimely and devastating loss," it said without divulging any further detail. IIT-M had witnessed suicide of two students in September and October last year.