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An institution for intellectual awakening

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Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Aiyer
Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Aiyer

Excerpts from the messages by Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Aiyer, the then advocate general published in The Hindu on the occasion of Madras Christian College's centenary celebrations in 1937.

Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Aiyer, advocate general:

In the quick changing times we are passing through — an age which seems to threaten the foundations of belief and human fellowship, an age in which the nations of the Western world seems to revel in the mutual destruction and national self-sufficiency, it is no small consolation that institutions like the Christina College would strive to nurture wisdom and virtue and promote human fellowship and that from its portals would go forth young men imbued with genuine spirit of culture and righteousness.

It is so gratifying to note that the college centenary is synchronising with the opening of the new buildings at Tambaram. I am particularly glad that this great ceremony would be performed by His Excellency The Governor, a representative of one of the noblest house in Scotland who has the genuine Scotchman's love of learning and who, if I may say so, is imbued with a passionate enthusiasm for general intellectual awakening of the people of this land. In the new buildings the college will be able to realise its long-cherished ambition to house the teachers and the pupils together so that the college may grow from strength to strength and develop into a residential university.

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