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Felicitation to Prof.M.Anandakrishnan

Padma Shri Prof.M.Anandakrishnan Felicitation at Hotel Hilton

I had the opportunity to be attending the  felicitation function for Padma Shri Dr.M. Anandakrishnan organized by Tamil Nadu foundation USA today at Hotel Hilton, Chennai.

Padma Shri Prof.M.Anandakrishnan Felicitation at Hotel Hilton

Padma Shri Prof.M.Anandakrishnan felicitation at Hotel Hilton,Chennai

Prof. (as we call him affectionately) accomplishments are long. I had the privilege of walking behind him in few occasions over nearly two decades period, trying my best to observe & learn, through one of his facets as Founder Chairman of INFITT propagating Tamil language in Information Technology. Three occasions I have seen him close from dressing room and part of the team under him are 1999 Tamil.Net 8 bit Tamil encoding, 2010 Chemmozhi conference in Kovai, Tamil Nadu Government G.O. on Unicode standard, apart from few other occasions.

(From left) Valli Anandan, Venkatarangan, Prof., Palaniappa Chellappan, Cadgraf A.Elangovan

(From left) Valli Anandan, T.N.C.Venkatarangan, Prof, Palaniappa Chellappan, Cadgraf A.Elangovan

He is man of few words, but each word he speaks is measured and delivered after deep thought. I have written few conference resolution drafts, committee recommendation drafts, when I share it to him he reads them carefully and completely, then suggests edits of few words, those edits will be insightful and at the same time profoundly altering my own understanding of the underlying work. When I was fresh out of college, being naive I thought that technical standards discussion meant algorithms & source code, but watching Prof. work I learned they are equally about navigating bureaucracy & procedures, managing shrewdly personality landmines and above all having your goal always in sight. Couple of detours in between during your journey should be welcomed, not resisted which can derail the whole train. His ability to spot talent at early stage and bring them are legendary. Thank you Prof.

May almighty shower a long life for you!!!