1960 batch of B.Sc (Hons) Mathematics of Annamalai University-An appeal for any information.
Many of my young friends may not about the Intermediaate course after SSLC and the post graduate Hons programme which was existing about 60 years back in South Indian Universities. During those times after ten years study in Schools and completing SSLC or matriculation Examination , students desirous of higher studies joined Intermediate , which was a two year course .This was followed by graduation of two years duration or a three year post graduate study called Hons. The advantage of Hons course was you can save one year of post graduate study and the disadvantage was that once you fail in the final examination , you do not get any chance to re appear in the exam but become an ordinary intermediate . I studied INtemediate in 1955-57 in Kerala(last batch of intermediate of Madras university) followed by B.Sc(hons) in Mathematics between the years 1957-60 in Annamalai University (Again the last batch of Hons course of south Indian universities). We were 13 students in the maths hons class, Our Professor and Head of Department was one Dr.Ganapathi iyer . All the 13 students were extremely studious and were considered as Intelligent . Yesterday I happened to browse through the My autograph book signed by my friends and teachers .My memory went back to my dear classmates and friends.
Among the 13 students, there were three lady students and ten male students including me . I was suffering by poverty induced inferiority complex and throughout the three years never spoke a word with my three lady classmates. Thogh the other ten were my friends , three of them were close with me . Though after 1960 when we completed the study we went to different directions, me and my closest friend kept contact with each other till last year when he attained the feet of God last year . I am jotting the names of my classmates and What information I remember about them. They all must be in the late seventies. If any one of you know about any of them, do inform me.
He was my closest in the class. He was possibly much poorer than me. His father Doraisamy Satrigal was a follower and assistant of Maha Periyavaa.When my friend showed flashes of intelligence Maha Periyava himself asked one of his followers in Chidambaram to pay his fees and another to provide bording and Lodging for him. Ofcourse he insisted that my friend should maintain a tuft. After the studies he worked for some time as lecturer in the university itself , completed his Ph.D , became a mathematical expert and served various universities and settled down in USA . Any one can read about him in his great essay “I lived with God”- https://mahaperiyavaa.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/i-lived-with-god-absolutely-a-must-read/ and also homage to him after his death written by me http://rajathathablog.blogspot.in/2014/07/homage-to-my-friend-drdsundararaman.html
She was an extraordinarily brilliant student and got first rank in our batch. I understand she belonged to Mannargudi in Tanjore district and was an Iyengar . After the course , she got married and moved to Germany .Afterwards I did not hear anything about her.
He was another brilliant student in our class.After working for a few years, he went to Indian statistical Institute and completed his Ph.D there and then he got a teaching job in mOnasch university Australia .He settled down in Austraila. I did contact him about ten years back and I do not know his whereabouts now.
We used to call him “lead” because he was Pb .He belonged to Sirkazhi , a temple town near Chidambaram .All his life he was in the teaching section of Annamalai university . I did meet him some 20 years back, when I visited the University. At that time he said he had a daughter living in Bangalore .
He was a simple individual who some how did not jel with higher mathematics . Some how he completed the course. Later I heard that he became prosperous by running a Tutorial coaching centre in Pondichery . I heard he became very rich and popular because of this.
He belonged to Nagapattinam town of Tamil Nadu. After few years I heard that he was working in LIC in Tanjore. Some 6 years back my friend Sundararaman told that he had come to visit his daughter in USA. I could not get his contact details from my friend.
7.Sri Chendur Pandian
Mr.Pandian was my very close friend. Unlike me he was not an Hons student but a student studying for M.A. (they joined in the second year of the course) .He belonged to a village called THalaivan Kottai in Tirunelveli district.Among us 13 , he was the only married student.I vaguely rember that his wife’s name was Kottathai . Me , Pandianm and Sundara Raman once went together once to see Kumbhakonam and Tanjavur . He was an extremely simple and jovial person .
He belonged to averi Patnam of Salem district and again was a close friend of mine.He was a very good chess player and had reached the finals of tAmil Nadu chess tournament. He was not able to complete his M.A. and after a long time I heard he was a school teacher in one of the schools of Salem district.
9.Smt Meenalkshi Veerappan
She was the only student in our class who belonged to the Nagarathar community and belonged to a village called Natarajapuram. Later I understood that she was working as a professor in Meenakshi college Madurai and was married to some gentleman who was registrar of Annamalai university.
She was an extremely intelligent student. In the 90s I heard that sg he was a principal of a ladies college in Nagar koil.
11. Sri Sundararajan
He belonged to Chidambaram and was a day scholar and I did not hear about him after I left Chidambaram.
I had one more class mate about whom I do not remember any thing.
All of them would be spending their evenings of life in various corners of the world and unlike me may not be net citizens .If any of the readers are their children or grand children do contact me as I am very much interested in knowing about them, P.R.Ramachander