T.T .Narendran most popularly known as MAMA endeared well to student’s community across generations. Our eminent Professor joined IIT Madras in 1971 and obtained his PhD in Industrial Engineering. He then joined the services of the Institute in 1976 as a Lecturer. Later, he was an Associate Professor and a Professor in 1991 and 1995 respectively.
He has an exemplified academic versatility and his career in the institute began in the early, post German assistance, pre-computer technology stages of development, when many academic processes were beginning to be defined. During his career, he has guided many research scholars published more than a hundred research articles in reputed Journals and prestigious conferences. His papers have been cited by the most prolific authors in these disciplines and he was among their top 10 contributors worldwide over a decade.
Professor TT Narendran has proved himself an exemplary teacher who has enthusiastically offered courses outside his academic moorings and his humour that characterised him, the power of bringing smile in every student. His name will always be associated with the courses on Operations Research, Simulation and Production Management.
Professor also stands out among his great contributions to our Institute like pioneering PGPEX VLM multi – Institute partnership program and he led the conception, design, launch, offering of the MBA Programme.
He has donned several Leadership and Mentorship hats and is calm, friendly and helpful attitude towards all. He is known for his spontaneous humour involving puns in multiple language and is the backbone of the music club which hosted all India’s great classical musicians and instrumentalists. It can be truly said of him, “If ever there was a teacher whom every student would love to be with, it is him! “
As a honour to Professor T.T. Narendran, Department of Management Studies proposes to set up a chair in his name which will be called as PROF T.T.NARENDRAN INSTITUTE CHAIR AT IIT MADRAS – DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES. This chair will be endowed with a sum of Rs. 65 Lakhs and the returns arising out of this endowment will be used to support a Professor who will occupy this chair. This appeal is addressed to all alumni who had great regards to Professor T.T. Narendran.
We appeal to all of you to join hands in this endeavor and contribute generously.