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Dr. A. L. Mudaliar cuts the ceremonial ribbon to inaugurate Vanavani School, 1963

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

Collection:
Central Photographic Section Collection
Album Name:
Visit of Theodor Heuss, 1960 and Inauguration of Vanavani School, 1963
Photograph ID:
001/0022/IMG_0693_1
Album ID:
0022
Event:
Inauguration of Vanavani School
Place:
Vanavani School
Date:
8 July 1963

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