Administrators , Institute Events , Inaugurations
Vanavani School was established on the IIT Madras campus in 1963. It was opened by Dr. A. L. Mudaliar (Chairman, Board of Governors) on 8 July 1963. Father Murphy’s article in the Annual Number of 1965-1966 titled ‘The Vanavani Primary School’, explains that the school was given its name by the Director Prof. B. Sengupto. Father Murphy notes that the name combines ‘knowledge’ with ‘goddess of the forest’.
Seen in the historic photograph, from left: Prof. B. Sengupto (Director of IIT Madras), Mr. R. Natarajan (Registrar), Dr. A. L. Mudaliar (Chairman, Board of Governors), Father Murphy (Professor of English, Loyola College) and Mr. Y. S. Ramaswamy (Superintending Engineer). Mr. T. N. Venkataraman (Chief Security Officer) is seen wearing a white uniform (behind Mr. R. Natarajan).
An identical photograph can be found in the Gourishankar Collection in Album 0208 under the ID: 001/0208/IMG_0207