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The Director’s address, 1983

Buildings , Faculty , Inaugurations

This photograph was taken at IIT Madras’ 20th convocation held at the Student Activities Centre (SAC). Prof. P. V. Indiresan was the Director of IIT Madras at the time. Prof. Indiresan contributed quite extensively to the Institute during this period. One of his major contributions to the Institution was the introduction of a credit system which aimed at helping the students academically by allowing them the freedom of choice of subjects. The system also focused on the consistency of grades. He also introduced a system of having Deans in the Institute for the first time. This was primarily to delegate authority and increase efficiency. 

In terms of infrastructure, Prof. P. V. Indiresan set up the Students Activities Centre (SAC) with a budget of 30 lakhs. The SAC was to house an indoor stadium with three squash courts or one basketball court with a seating capacity of 1500. In addition, the SAC also housed three billiard tables, changing rooms, cloakrooms and most importantly, a modern cafeteria. The SAC was inaugurated shortly before the 20th convocation took place.
Seen in the photograph are, (in first row, from left) Chairman of Board of Governors of IIT Madras Mr. A. Sivasailam, chief guest and President of India Mr. Giani Zail Singh, Union Minister for Education and Culture Mrs. Sheila Kaul, Minister of Health Dr. H. V. Hande and (addressing the audience) Director of IIT Madras Prof. P. V. Indiresan. 

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18 September 1983
Student Activities Centre (SAC)
20th Convocation and Inauguration of Student Activities Centre