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Third Convocation, 1966

Prof. B. Sengupto presents Ms. N. Chandralekha her degree

Institute Events , Convocations , Students

Seen in the image from the right: Prof. B. Sengupto (Director) and Ms. N. Chandralekha (M.Sc. Mathematics). Ms. Chandralekha graduated with distinction. A total of 38 students (1965 and 1966) received their M.Sc. degrees during the third convocation.

Prof. Bibhutibhushan Sengupto (1905-1983) acquired his early education from Benaras Hindu University, which was amongst the first universities in India and one of the earliest universities to offer Engineering education. Later, Prof. Sengupto went to Manchester for his further education. Upon returning from the UK, he joined the Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute (VJTI) and rose to become the first Principal of the Institute. He oversaw the conversion of VJTI into a college of high repute in the 1940’s, as he facilitated awarding of degrees in engineering. VJTI became the second such college in Western India after the School of Engineering at Pune. Prof. Sengupto served as the Secretary of a high level committee for the upgrade and spread of higher technical education in India. Prof B. Sengupto was selected as the founder Director of IIT Madras in 1958, and he joined IIT Madras in 1959. He set up several teams and worked at break-neck speed, and in just 5 years from 1959 to 1964, the institute was set up, with separate buildings for the various faculties, several large workshops, laboratories, a library, hostels for students, living quarters for the teaching and non- teaching staff members, roads, an open air theatre, and a school for the children of the staff. Prof. Sengupto retired from IIT Madras in 1967. 

Central Photographic Section Collection
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Open Air Theatre
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.