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Mr. K. T. Chandy addresses the audience during the Computer Centre inauguration, 1973

Institute Events , Faculty , Inaugurations

In the book ‘Computer Education in India: Past, Present and Future’, there is a brief mention of Mr. Chandy’s speech. According to the book, Mr. Chandy “said the computer centre would function as a focal point for sophisticated research in the South.”  

Mr. Chandy was the Founder-Director of the first Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in India — IIM Calcutta. He served various positions, as Chairman of Food Corporation of India, Hindustan Steel Limited and Kerala State Industries Development Corporation (KSIDC). During his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Governors at IIT Madras from 1972 to 1978, Mr. Chandy was also Chairman of KSIDC.

From left, Mr. K. T. Chandy (Chairman, Board of Governors), Prof. S. Sampath (Deputy Director), Prof. A. Ramachandran (Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India), Dr. Erhard Eppler (Minister for Economic Co-operation, Federal Republic of Germany), Mr. C. Subramaniam (Union Minister for Industrial Development and Science and Technology) and Prof. K. A. V. Pandalai (Director). Behind the stage is a large mural (partly visible) made by IBM on Prof. Mahabala’s request. The mural showed a clear picture of the IBM 370 system.

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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.
Inauguration of Computer Centre
Central Lecture Theatre (CLT)