Institute Events , Convocations , Inaugurations
The venue of the 20th convocation was the Student Activities Centre (SAC) which was inaugurated that day. Convocations took place at the Open Air Theatre (OAT) prior to the construction of SAC. In the case of rains, the OAT would get flooded, hampering the proceedings of the event. The SAC was an indoor facility which was far more convenient in the case of rains.
Seen in the photograph are, Dr. Raja Ramanna (Chairman, Board of Governors of IIT Bombay, first from right), Mrs. Sheila Kaul (Union Minister for Education and Culture, second from right), Prof. P. V. Indiresan (Director, fifth from right).
The entrance to the Student Activities Centre (SAC) is visible in the background. The other individuals in the photograph are yet to be identified. It is mentioned in the Annual Report of IIT Madras, 1983-1984 that Dr. Raja Ramanna was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) during the 20th convocation.