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இதழ் 50
[ ஆகஸ்ட் 16 - செப்டம்பர் 17, 2008 ]


இந்த இதழில்..
In this Issue..

வரலாறு.காம் - நான்காண்டுகளுக்கு அப்பால்
மரண தண்டனை
சிதையும் சிங்காரக் கோயில்கள் - 4
The Five Rathas of Mamallapuram
Virtual Tour On Kundrandar Koil - 2
திரும்பிப்பார்க்கிறோம் - 22
Iravatham Mahadevan: Fifty years of Historical Research - An Exploration in Pictures
Straight from the Heart - Iravatham Mahadevan
Iravatham Mahadevan - A Profile
ஐராவதியும் ஐந்தாம் ஆண்டும்...
ஐராவதியின் வரலாறு
அவர் - நான்காம் பாகம்
சிறைப்பட்டது ஒரு சிட்டுக்குருவி
ஓ காகமே ... பாடுதே என் நெஞ்சமே
Issue No. 50 > Airavati Special Section
Iravatham Mahadevan - A Profile

Educational Qualifications

1945

SSLC, St. Joseph's High School, Thiruchirapalli (First rank in the school)

1947

Intermediate, St. Joseph's College, Thiruchirapalli

1949

B.Sc. (Chemistry), Vivekananda College, Chennai

1952

B.L., Madras Law College, Madras

1953

Law Apprentice, District & Sessions Court, Thiruchirapalli I.A.S. Competitive Examinations (First rank from Madras Presidency)

1954

Joined Indian Foreign Service in 1954, but transferred on request to the Indian Administrative Service, TamilNadu cadre Service Record

1954-55

I.A.S. Probationer, I.A.S. Training School, New Delhi

1955-56

Assistant Collector (under training), Coimbatore District

1956-58

Sub-Collector, Pollachi

1958-61

Assistant Financial Adviser, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, New Delhi

1961-62

Deputy Secretary, Industries Department, Government of TamilNadu, Chennai

1962-66

Director of Handlooms and Textiles, TamilNadu Projects handled: Construction of nine co-operative spinning mills Establishment of Handloom Finance Corporation (First Chairman) Started Handloom Weavers Provident Fund Scheme

1966

Joint-Secretary, Food Department, and Special Officer, TUCS Project handled: Kamadhenu Co-operative supermarket, Chennai

1966-67

Private Secretary to Food Minister, Government of India, New Delhi

1967-70

Managing Director, Modern Bakeries (India) Ltd., Ministry of Food, Government of India, New Delhi Project handled: Establishment of nine Modern Bakery units, one each in 9 States, with Australian and Canadian collaboration

1972-74

Chairman, TamilNadu State Textile Corporation Project handled: Took over 12 closed textile mills in Coimbatore district and turned them round to make profits in 2 years

1974-79

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Industries, Government of India, New Delhi Project handled: Secretariat for Industrial Approvals dealing with Industrial Licensing, Foreign Collaboration, Import of Capital Goods etc.

1979-80

Managing Director, TamilNadu Industrial Development Corporation Important projects handled: TamilNadu Industrial Explosives, Ranipet Titan Watch Company, Hosur

1980

Secretary to Government, Industries Department, Government of TamilNadu Voluntary retirement from I.A.S. in October to take up full- time academic work

Research Activities

1961-68

Research on Tamil-Brahmi Inscriptions (first phase)

Important publications:

1965 - Tamil-Brahmi Inscriptions of the Cheras of the Sangam Age at Pugalur
1966 - Tamil-Brahmi Inscriptions of the Pandyas of the Sangam Age at Mangulam
1966 - Corpus of the Tamil-Brahmi Inscriptions (Monograph)

1968-86

Research on the Indus Script (first phase)

1977

Publication of The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables (in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, and the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi)

1991-2003

Research on Tamil-Brahmi Inscriptions (second phase)

1991-96 - Second round of field work for copying the cave inscriptions
2003 - Published Early Tamil Epigraphy (Cre-A & Harvard University)

2003 - until now

Research on the Indus Script (second phase)

2007

Established the Indus Research Centre at Roja Muthiah Research Library, Chennai

Working on the book Interpreting the Indus Script: The Dravidian Model (to be published by Penguin India in 2009)

Other research publications

Published more than a hundred research papers in English and Tamil on the Indus and the Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions in various journals and other publications in India and abroad (Bibliographies including reviews are available in this volume)

Participation in International Conferences

Presented papers at the Conference-Seminars on Tamil Studies at Kualalumpur (1966 & 1987), Chennai (1968), Paris (1970), Madurai (1981) and Thanjavur (1995)

Also presented papers on the Indus Script at International conferences at Helsinki (1980, 1993), Tokyo (1983), Philadelphia (1978, 1999), California (1999) and Harvard (2003)

Academic offices and posts held

1980-90

Co-ordinator, International Association of Tamil Research

1987-91

Editor, Dinamani, Chennai

1988

President, Archaeology Section, Indian History Congress at Dharwar

1998

General President, Annual Congress of the Epigraphical Society of India at Thrissur

2001

General President, Indian History Congress at Bhopal

2004

Hon. Rector, Madura College, Madurai

2004-05

Hon. Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies
Member, Tamil Valarchi Kazhakam, University of Madras
Member, Mozhi Trust, Chennai
Member, U.Ve. Swaminathaiyar Research Library, Chennai
Hon. Consultant, Indus Research Centre, RMRL, Chennai

Awards and Distinctions

1945

Fr. Betram Gold Medal

1945-47

Fr. Betram Scholarship

1947

Rt. Hon. V.S. Srinivasa Sastri Gold Medal

1970-72

Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship

1992-95

National Fellowship, Indian Council of Historical Research

1995

Gold Medal and the title Tamil Chemmal (Madurai Kamaraj University)

1998

Copper plaque of the TamilNadu Archaeological Society

2001

Award by the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America

2003

Dr. M. Rajamanikkanar Centre for Historical Research, Thiruchirapalli: Award for achievements in Tamil Epigraphy

2004

Prof. V. Chelvanayakam Award, Colombo, Srilanka
Probus Club of Chennai: Scroll of Honour : Probus Award of Excellence (Sponsored by the Rotary Club, Chennai)

2005

Tirukoyilur Cultural Academy:Award of Gold Medal and the title 'Kapila-vanar' In recognition of services to Tamil Epigraphy

2006

P.L.Gupta Medal, by the South Indian Numismatic Society
Tiruvavaduthurai Adheenam Annual Award for 2006: Award of the title 'Sentamizh Selvar'
Sri Gomathesvara Vidyapeetha, Sravanabelegola, Karnataka: Cash Award of Rs.21,000 for deciphering ancient Jaina Tamil-Brahmi Cave Inscriptions in TamilNadu

2007

The Madras Sanskrit College Centenary Awards: Award of the Title 'Prachina-Tattva-Chintamani'. For historical and archaeological research
Dharmapuram Adheenam Annual Award for 2007: Award of Gold medal and the title 'Semmozhi Selvar'. For services to Tamil Journalism and Epigraphy

2008

Dravidian University Award

Personal Life

Married to Gowri in 1955. They have 2 sons. The elder son, Vidyasagar, who was working as an Engineer, died in a tragic accident in 1986. Gowri Mahadevan died in 1992. The younger son, Prof. Sridhar Mahadevan, is teaching at the University of Mass., USA. Iravatham Mahadevan has two grandchildren. He has founded the Vidyasagar Educational Trust in memory of his elder son with a personal donation of Rs.fifty lakhs. The Trust has donated Rs.40 lakhs to Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, to establish the Vidyasagar Institute of Bio-Medical Technology and Science, affiliated to BITS, Pilani, for M.S. and Phd., degrees. The Trust is also awarding annual scholarships to poor students studying in polytechnics and industrial training institutes in TamilNadu. Iravatham Mahadevan lives at Chennai.

Address

No.B1, Narumukai Apts.,
Brindavan Nagar Extn.,
Adambakkam, Chennai 600 088.

Tel : 044 2253 3230.
Email ID : iravatham@vsnl.net
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