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A lighter moment at the inauguration of the Computer Centre, 1973

Institute Events , Administrators , Visiting VIPs

The Computer Centre at IIT Madras was inaugurated with the installation of the newly acquired IBM 370 in 1973. The IBM 370 was a powerful computer which was brought to IIT Madras with the help of West Germany. It was installed in a record time of 18 days.

The chief guest at the inauguration was Dr. Erhard Eppler who was the Minister for Economic Co-operation for the Federal Republic of Germany. Mr. C. Subramaniam (Union Minister for Industrial Development and Science and Technology) inaugurated the Computer Centre.

Seen in the photograph, from left, Prof. H. N. Mahabala (Head, Computer Centre), Prof. A. Ramachandran (Secretary to the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, face partially covered), Prof. K. A. V. Pandalai (Director, fourth from left), Dr. Erhard Eppler (Minister for Economic Co-operation, Federal Republic of Germany, fifth from left), Mr. A. L. Taylor (Regional General Manager, IBM, India, sixth from left), Mr. C. Subramaniam (Union Minister for Industrial Development and Science and Technology, seventh from left) and Prof. S. Sampath (Deputy Director, extreme right).

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17 November 1973
C. Gourishankar (1936-2002). A geologist by qualification, Gourishankar started his career as a photographer after working for many years with the Geological Survey of India. In everything that he did, Gourishankar strove to achieve flawlessness and impeccable quality. Thus his photography too was characterised by this drive for perfection. Every photograph that Gourishankar took was meticulously planned and shot and printed with diligence and patience. Gourishankar carried out most of the official photography at IIT Madras in the 1960s.
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