Inaugurations , Visiting VIPs
This photograph was taken during the inauguration of the Open Air Theatre (OAT) which coincided with the foundation stone laying ceremony of IIT Madras.
From left, Mr. Rajagopalan (Deputy Registrar, wearing white suit in background), Prof. B. Sengupto (Director, wearing white suit and black tie), Mr. Y. S. Ramaswami (Superintending Engineer), Dr. h. c. Heinrich Luebke (President of the Federal Republic of Germany, addressing audience), and Mr. R. Natarajan (Registrar) at the event.
In his address, Dr. Heinrich Luebke stressed the success that was born out of the co-operation between the two countries and their governments. He quoted a line by Mahatma Gandhi 'Knowledge will be the common property of the people', and went on to say that "The stone which I now have the honour to lay should be a constant reminder of this task to us and to all who teach and study in this Institute."
An identical photograph can be found in the Gourishankar Collection in Album 0259 under the ID: 001/0259/IMG_0344