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Hard work will pay off : A talk with Dr Arumugam, DAA

Dr Arumugam Manthiram is one of the Distinguished Alumnus Awardees of the year 2015. He earned his PhD in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1981, and currently directs one of the largest and most productive research groups at the University… Continue Reading →

“We need to be goats, not sheep”: A Talk With Professor Jayant Haritsa

Professor Jayant Haritsa. Alumnus of electrical engineering from the batch of 1981. Chair of the Computer Science and Automation department of IISc. A brilliant database specialist who has been awarded the Infosys Prize in Engineering and Computer Science in 2014,… Continue Reading →

“I Chose Yale for it’s Active Film Society” : A Short Interview with Professor R. Nagarajan

Prof R Nagarajan (1981/ B.Tech/ Chemical) is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Dean, International and Alumni Relations. Below is an excerpt of his interaction with the Chennai36 team.

Love in All the Wrong Places

Some might consider my being a private detective an aberration for an Indo-American, but I couldn’t care less. Actually, I consider it a natural regression in my life. First, I got kicked out of school for trying to seduce my… Continue Reading →

Hear it from a Professor: Prof. S. Radhakrishnan

Prof S Radhakrishnan graduated with a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras in 1966, post which he completed his M.Tech (in 1971) in Engineering Mechanics and Ph.D (in 1981) in Biomechanics also from IIT Madras. Here he talks about… Continue Reading →


Mr. Madhavan was a creature of habit. Of him, it could fairly be said that you could set your watch by his actions. He woke precisely at 6:30 am, to the ringing of his antique hand-keyed alarm clock; he was… Continue Reading →

The Case of The Disappearing Databaser

I’m a dick, ok? Private detective, that is. Do you have a problem with that? If you do, I got a pair of brass knuckles in my trouser pocket that can rearrange your facial features in a hurry.

The Case of the Distraught Dancer

As the sole Indo-American detective in Silicon Valley/ Bay Area, I get a lot of business from the community; you might have read of my exploits in “The Case of the Purloined Programmer”, “The Affair of the Disappearing Databaser”, etc.

Spotlight ‘Focus’ – In Conversation with Dilip Venkatachari

The Editorial Team faced one of those instances, when a person’s resume runs longer than the article we plan to write, when we ran into Mr Dilip Venkatachari. With a BTech in Electrical Engineering he flew straight to Rice University… Continue Reading →

Some memories of my time at IIT Madras (1976-1981)

  Desmond Nazareth is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of the Batch of 1981. Here he talks about his memories from his time here at insti.

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