Administrators , Visiting VIPs
In 1988, several distinguished German visitors, including Mr. Hans Klein, Dr. Konrad Seitz visited IIT Madras. The reason for this visit was to officially hand over the Siemens 7580-E Computer System to the Institute. The computer was a gift from the Federal Republic of Germany. While the German Government funded the computer, the Indian Government too played a role in this. The Indian Government reportedly paid 18 percent of the amount. The computer cost around two crore rupees according to a Campastimes interview with the Computer Centre manager Mr. P. Seshasayi.
In this photograph, Prof. H. N. Mahabala (Computer Science and Engineering Department, second from left) appears to be giving Mr. Hans Klein (Minister for Economic Co-operation, Federal Republic of Germany, fourth from left) a memento during the event. Also seen, Prof. L. S. Srinath (Director of IIT Madras, extreme left), Mr. A. L. Mudaliar (Chairman, Board of Governors, third from left) and Dr. Konrad Seitz (Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany).