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M.S. Ananth to step down as Director of IIT-Madras

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M.S. Ananth, Director of IIT-Madras. File photo
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After a ten-year stint, M.S. Ananth will step down as Director of Indian Institute of Technology-Madras by June.

Mr. Ananth said on the sidelines of a lecture at IIT-M on Tuesday that he had conveyed this to Union Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal. His resignation had been forwarded to the MHRD.

“My tenure ends in June 2012. I have asked to be relieved by June this year.”

Prof. Ananth took over as ninth director of IIT-M in 2001. His tenure as Director is the longest since the inception of the institute.

Prof. Ananth said that he was looking to take up the post of emeritus professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore or Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay over the next two years.

Under his leadership, the institute initiated measures such as curricular reform, HRD programmes, ISO 9001:2000 certification for several of its sections, IT infrastructure development and industry-oriented academic programmes.

His plan is to leave the institute after the formal inauguration of IIT-M Research Park that was postponed a number of times in the recent past. A B. Tech from A.C. College of Technology in 1967, Prof. Ananth received his M.E (1969) and Ph.D (1972) from the University of Florida, USA. He joined IIT-M as assistant professor in 1972 and rose to be the Head of the Chemical Engineering Department in 1991. His research interests are thermodynamics and mathematical modelling. After serving as Dean, Academic Research and Academic Courses, he was elevated as Director.

He was the most casteist directors of IITM. Under him SC/ST students were regularly harassed. There are many cases pending against him. In fact his second term appointment was itself illegal.

from:  Akshay
Posted on: Apr 19, 2011 at 12:14 IST

Prof Ananth has been a constant source of inspiration for everyone who had anything to do with IITM over the past decade. Thank you for everything, Prof Ananth. We will miss you.

from:  Koushik Viswanathan
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 18:13 IST

A great leader- his time as director has helped IIT-M reach great heights. It has also been controversial, but only in a way a leader who takes brave decisions would create controversy. He will forever be remembered as a reformer and as a visionary thinker. Indian academia is losing one of its best administrators and champions.

from:  Arundhati
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 13:05 IST

We will miss you sir, as we take a bow, in RESPECT.

from:  Vignesh Sundaram
Posted on: Mar 30, 2011 at 13:01 IST

IITs might have produced millions of models, and we still find that the world behaves not according to the models but according to its own fuzzied rules. In conditions like these, one ought to be suspicious about efficacies surrounding models, yet, for obvious reasons, academics in IITs treat these models as imperfections and then try to generate more models. While a technology-enabled world is providing unequal opportunities and challenges to the rich and poor, to humans and non-humans, these premier institutes seem to bury their head inside these sand models and go on discussing about deficiencies in earlier claims and new discoveries in their newer claims. How strange ?

from:  CK Raju
Posted on: Mar 30, 2011 at 11:29 IST

Prof. Ananth is not just a distinguished professor and administrator. He is also a visionary and has been instrumental in bringing new projects and schemes at IIT Madras. I had the opportunity to interact with him when he was the Dean of R&D - he was approachable and respected the views of students and researchers at the institute. He is also a very jovial and witty man, always in the mood to quip and make people laugh.His has been a marathon contribution to IIT Madras. I am sure his retirement will leave a huge void to fill.

from:  Shankar V
Posted on: Mar 30, 2011 at 09:17 IST

Under his leadership, the institute lost all it's luster and became one of the least talked about IIT. It has not contributed anything worthy in research as well. Also, to top it all, the IIT-JEE 2010 became an total spoiler. It cannot be a thing that could have happened unintentionally,but was a planned one to boost one community.

from:  Velumani
Posted on: Mar 30, 2011 at 01:02 IST
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