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20th Convocation, Inauguration of Student Activities Centre, Miscellaneous Pictures

A graduand photographed at the podium after receiving his degree during the 20th convocation, 1983

Institute Events , Convocations , Administrators

This photograph was taken on the 20th convocation day of IIT Madras. This was the first convocation to be held at the newly opened Student Activities Centre (SAC) which was inaugurated on the same day.

According to the Annual Report of 1983, 216 students were awarded the B.Tech., 178 the M.Tech., 52 the M.Sc., 60 the M.S. and 72 the Ph.D. degree of the Institute. The B.Tech. robes were maroon, while the others were white.
Seated, in first row, from left, Mr. A. Sivasailam (Chairman, Board of Governors of IIT Madras), Mr. Giani Zail Singh (President of India and chief guest), Mrs. Sheila Kaul (Union Minister for Education and Culture) and Dr. H. V. Hande (Minister of Health).

N S Vinodh Collection
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N. S. Vinodh, 57, had his early education in Bangalore, and thereafter obtained his B.Tech. in Civil engineering from IIT, Madras in 1986. He was an avid photography enthusiast and in his third year was the Secretary of the Photography Club. He then did his MBA from IIM, Lucknow, and spent the next 25 years in the corporate world holding senior positions in the field of Corporate Real Estate with leading multi-national financial services companies such as ANZ Grindlays Bank, HSBC, and Fidelity Investments. Vinodh continued with his hobby of photography and combined it with his love of travel and wildlife. He opted for early retirement to start his own real estate company in Bangalore as well as pursue his interests in traveling, history and writing. He is the author of “A Forgotten Ambassador in Cairo – The Life and Times of Syud Hossain”, a book published recently. He is married to Sheela and they have two sons, Nikhil and Ashvin, both based in the United States.
20th Convocation and Inauguration of Student Activities Centre (SAC)
Student Activities Centre (SAC)
18 September 1983