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

A section of the audience at the Student Activities Centre, 1983

Institute Events , Convocations

This photograph was taken during the 20th convocation of IIT Madras. According to the Annual Report of 1983, the Student Activities Centre (SAC) was built as a multipurpose auditorium cum indoor stadium. The dimension of the building was reported to be 80 metres by 55 metres. The building consisted of a central bowl, stage, spectator gallery, mezzanine floor, two conference rooms, cafeteria and a store room. It was further written that the building was intended for indoor functions, convocation, sports events, cultural activities, seminars and exhibitions. The bowl had a capacity of 900 people, and provided space for indoor sports such as basketball, tennis, badminton, table tennis and volleyball. The spectator gallery (in photograph) had a capacity of 1,600 according to the Annual Report. The total capacity of the auditorium was 2,500.

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)
18 September 1983
Student Activities Centre (SAC)