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New Director for IIT-Madras
By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, DEC. 21. Prof. M.S. Ananth has been appointed as the Director of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras at Chennai. Prof. Ananth succeeds Dr. R. Natarajan, who has been appointed as the Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education.

The President has approved the appointment of Prof. Ananth, now a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at IIT-Madras, according to an IIT release.

The 56-year- old Professor graduated from the A.C. College of Technology with a gold medal in Chemical Engineering and obtained a Ph.D. in molecular thermodynamics from the University of Florida in 1972. On his return to India, he joined IIT-Madras.

He has several publications in international journals and won several awards. He has held senior positions such as Dean of Academic courses and Dean of Academic Research, besides being responsible for extensive curricular revisions in the B.Tech programme. He was closely associated with the preparation of the strategic planning of the IITM Vision 2010.

Prof. Ananth was a visiting professor in the Princeton University and the University of Colorado; was Visiting Scientist in the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado and at RWTH, Achen, Germany.

A distinguished scientist, he is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is the National Coordinator for a mega project approved in principle by the Human Resource Development Ministry on Technology Enhanced Learning for Rs.48 crores involving 14 technical institutions in the country.

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