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Prof. A. Ramachandran is received by Prof. B. Sengupto and Mr. C. V. Sethunathan

Institute Events , Administrators

The photograph was taken on the day when Prof. Sengupto (Former Director, second from left) stepped down as Director, thus handing over the reins to Prof. Ramachandran (third from left). 

Prof. Sengupto was the first Director of IIT Madras (1959 to 1967). He was responsible for the growth of IIT Madras in its early years. It was under his guidance that most of the infrastructure at the Institute, including the academic complexes, workshops and hostels came into existence. 

Prof. A. Ramachandran was the son of Dr. A. L. Mudaliar, the first Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Madras. The father-son duo were in office at the same time as Director and Chairman from 1967 to 1969 until Dr. Mudaliar retired that year. Prof. Ramachandran was the Director until 1973.

The Registrar Mr. C. V. Sethunathan is also seen in the photograph to the far left. Mr. Sethunathan taught Physics at the Vivekananda College, Madras and the V. O. C. College, Tuticorin. Before joining the Institute, he was the Principal and Head of Department of Physics at Sri Sankara College, Kaladi, Kerala State. This information has been recorded in the first edition of Pradeep magazine.

Gourishankar Collection
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Building Sciences Block (BSB)
Transfer of charge
11 December 1967
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.