Meet up: Dr C T Kurien and Dr Arthur Mangalaraj visiting London
Meet up: Dr C T Kurien & Dr Arthur Mangalaraj -14 Sept 18:00 - 21:00
MCC alumni in the UK are fortunate in being able to meet, mingle, reminisce informally over dinner with both Dr Arthur Mangalaraj and Professor C T Kurien together on Wednesday 14th September 2011 at the Indian YMCA, Fitzroy Sq, London W1 between 1730 - 2130 hrs.
The nearest tube stations are: Warren Street(Northern and Victoria lines); Goodge Street (Northern Line); Great Portland Street, Euston Square (both on Circle, District and Metropolitan Lines); Regents Park (Bakerloo Line). Northern Line trains do not stop at Tottenham Court Road.
After finishing school in 1942 in MCC High School, Dr Arthur Mangalaraj studied for his B.Sc ( physics) in MCC (1942-46).On graduation, he joined Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai as tutor in physics. (1946-49). In 1950 Dr Mangalaraj returned to his alma mater to be tutor in physics and to be in charge of the PG Wing of Heber Hall. While tutoring the undergraduates, he also obtained his M.Sc in physics from the University of Madras in 1951. In 1952, he was appointed as lecturer in physics in MCC where he has continued to be on the staff in various capacities ever since. In 1960 he was deputed to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru for further studies on X Rays and to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai for doing research on neutron diffraction. In 1975 Dr Arthur Mangalaraj obtained his Ph.D from the University of Madras specialising in spectroscopy.During 1975-85 he served as warden of Selaiyur Hall. Since his 'official' retirement in 1985, Dr Mangalaraj has continued to dedicate himself to teaching electronics and computer science in the School of Continued Education in Madras Christian College.In the early 1990's he initiated and brought to fruition a new post-graduate course in electronics in the University of Madras.Dr Mangalaraj will share with us his memories of the late professor George K Mathew at the meet.
Professor C T Kurien took his Master's Degree in Economics from Madras Christian College in 1953 and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1962. He was Professor and Head of the Department of Economics in Madras Christian College from 1962 to 1978. He was the warden of Heber Hall during 1962 -66.In 1978 Professor Kurien took over the Directorship of the Madras Institute of Development Studies. This Institute was founded by Malcolm Adiseshiah (also of MCC) in 1970 and was reconstituted in 1977 as a national centre for social science research within the framework of the Indian Council of Social Science Research. He was Director for a decade during which he built up the place as a noted institution combining rigour and relevance in its academic programme. He served as Chairman of the Institute from 1997 to 2003.Professor Kurien's writings - consisting of 15 highly commended books, many research papers and popular articles --84 was one of the economists invited by the Secretary General of the United Nations to make an independent evaluation of the global food situation. His contributions as teacher, researcher and commentator have been recognised, as National Fellow of the University Grants Commission (1975-77), and of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (1992-94). He was also the recipient of the University Grants Commission's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. Professor Kurien was the President of the Indian Economic Association in 2002. In 2003 he retired from active academic work and now lives in Bangaluru. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangaluru. Professor Kurien will join us with his anecdotes of 'nostalgia unlimited'.
A sum of fifteen pounds will be collected on the day at the gate which includes the costs of the meal in the Indian YMCA and other expenses. In the case of family members coming along with alumni, ONLY an extra amount of six pounds for every additional person will be collected.
Contact details : Daniel Ponnuraj (mobile: 07766353644); Mohansingh email@example.com