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Distinguished guests and some of the IIT Madras faculty pose for a photograph, 1973

Institute Events , Visiting VIPs , Inaugurations

The photograph was taken during the inauguration of the Computer Centre at IIT Madras in 1973. Several visitors graced the occasion including C. Subramaniam, Erhard Eppler and former Director A. Ramachandran. The inauguration event was held at the Central Lecture Theatre (CLT) while the Computer Centre was located on the first floor of the Building Sciences Block (BSB).

Seen in the image, from right, Prof. K. A. V. Pandalai (Director, extreme right), Prof. H. N. Mahabala (Head of Computer Centre, third from right), Mr. K. T. Chandy (Chairman, Board of Governors, fifth from right), Prof. S. Sampath (Deputy Director, sixth from right), Mr. C. Subramaniam (Union Minister for Industrial Development and Science and Technology, seventh from right), Mr. A. L. Taylor (Regional General Manager, IBM, India, eighth from right), Dr. Erhard Eppler (Minister for Economic Co-operation, Federal Republic of Germany, ninth from right) and Prof. A. Ramachandran (Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, tenth from right). The other persons in the image are yet to be identified.

Gourishankar Collection
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17 November 1973
C. Gourishankar (1936-2002). A geologist by qualification, Gourishankar started his career as a photographer after working for many years with the Geological Survey of India. In everything that he did, Gourishankar strove to achieve flawlessness and impeccable quality. Thus his photography too was characterised by this drive for perfection. Every photograph that Gourishankar took was meticulously planned and shot and printed with diligence and patience. Gourishankar carried out most of the official photography at IIT Madras in the 1960s.
Inauguration of Computer Centre