WAR TIME BABY
Thorapadi where I was born, is a nice village
about 2 miles from vellore town. As the village dependent on rain water
for irrigation, most of the people use to migrate for out side jobs many
ending up in military services.
Early childhood days were exciting as i used
to be the pampered kid of the joint family of grand father T.G.RajaGopal
Mudaliar & Grandmother Jaghadhamal
The primary education was in the school just
opposite to our house & so there too i was an important kid !
(1945 to 1950)
Parthasarathy Primary School is the place where
even my father studied.
I used to be very bright and stood first in
the class always. Remember having solved a problem even before my teacher
could on the black board.
Used to be a great Organizer of sports events
and acted as king in school drama “Manu Needhi Cholan”
Those were really the happiest days in the
WALKING TO VELLORE
Vellore is 2 miles away from home
and the place is known for the Christian Medical College and Hospital.
I had to sit for an entrance test to get admission
in the Voorhees High School. One has to be very good or you need strong
backup to get admission. I got it so easily doing very well in the entrance
Everyday students have to walk two mile up
and down. Though it was a good exercise, we had little time for other extra
curricular activities. Next seven years walked away in the school &
SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION
(1951 to 59)
Voorhees High School used to be the Best school
those days in the whole of North Arcot District. we used to proudly say
that Dr.RadhaKrishnan a student of the college rose to become the president
of the country ! In Voorhees College I did my pre university education during
I used to be very good in studies and always
within three ranks in the class.Mathematics,Tamil & English used to
be my favorite subjects. Got first prize in proficiency in Tamil besides
getting prizes in essay competitions in Tamil & English.
MOVED ON TO BIG CITY
Many in the family said that we cant afford
Engineering Education involving stay in the hostel for five years.
of India Scholarship came as a boon from the Gods.
Though the admission itself was tough i got
through due to distinction in Mathematics, Logic and Physical Sciences
Stay at Hostel away from home & parents
was tough and used to run back to thorapadi to see mom & dad almost
every week end. Eventually got used to living alone to take care of my needs.
College of Engineering Guindy
(1959 to 1964)
This is a famous College, one of the oldest
in the country started by British more than hundred years ago. Situated
in a very big campus and had excellent facilities. Those days more than
thousand students and staff stayed in the campus hostel and used to be
a township by itself.
Most of the Senior Engineers in the southern
states of India have studied here and considered to be the best place to
study Civil, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering courses.
Mechanical Engineering attracted me more than
other subjects and got it for specialization.
I found Engineering Education very tough as
one has to start running to labs in the early mornings and till evening
you attend various classes. There after you spend all the time preparing
lab records & reports.
Found the subjects concerning Machines &
Doing a project work on Time & Motion
Study was interesting.
Challenge of learning Engineering
We were in the first batch of new system of
tough engineering education called ‘Integrated Course” introduced from
our first year
Standards were raised high and course content
increased to very high levels Teacher training programs were just got introduced
at that time
Apprenticeship during holidays & factory
visits were very useful.
There were too many students failing in the
final exams & getting detained. However I was successful and could pass
out with first class.