Way back in 1956, under the leadership of Late Mr. P.N.Arunachalam 56-T, an Association was started in the industrial town of Sindri (Bihar).
For various reasons, such as Paucity of patronage by members due to preoccupations and impracticality of getting together Alumni of different professions,
it did not come upto expectations. At the same time, in Madras, Engg. & Technology graduates of 1956 batch started an Alumni Association under the
leadership of Mr.CH. Veera Reddy 56-C. This also could not take off for the same reasons.
However , the burning desire to have our Association continued to persist. In the beginning of 1970, Late Mr. CH.VeeraReddy,
Late Mr.P.N.Arunachalam, Mr.E.Vedagiri, Late Mr.T.Sambasivam and a few other Alumni of 1956 batch revived the idea of forming
this Association at Madras where there were more than 500 of our Engineering and Technology Alumni employed in different professions at that time.
Dr.S.Sathikh 59-M, catalysed their thoughts and set the ball rolling in 1975. An adhoc committee consisting of the following 14 Alumni was formed:
Dr.S.Sathikh 59-M - Convenor
Mr.CH.Veera Reddy 56-C
Meetings of the adhoc committee were held at the residences of Mr.CH.Veera Reddy and Mr. P.N.Arunachalam to set up the objectives, modus operandi of membership drive, plans for
the first General Body meeting and for the Inauguration of the Association.
The objectives of AUETAA were set up as:
- To promote fellowship among Annamalai University Engg – Tech graduates.
- To render mutual assistance among Alumni in Professional Development.
- To provide employment and higher educational opportunity to fresh graduates.
- To keep in touch with the University and give necessary feed back for developing new curriculum , improving quality of education etc.
- To present in various University bodies for the benefit of the University’s development.
- To promote entrepreneurship among Alumni.
- To install a medal for outstanding all round proficiency among each year’s graduates of Annamalai University Eng – Tech.
- To have a building of our own to accommodate our Office , Guest House and Library.
The byelaws of AUETAA were drafted for putting up to the General Body.
On 2nd October 1975 our first General Body Meeting was convened at Hotel Woodlands and voted the byelaws of our Association and elected
the members of the Executive Committee which in turn elected the Office Bearers.
Thus AUETAA – Annamalai University Engineering and Technology Alumni Association was born.
The Executive Committee unanimously elected all the Office Bearers. In electing Mr.CH.Veera Reddy 56-C as the First President,
AUETAA was fortunate to have a leader of sagacity. His contributions for the formation of AUETAA have been immense which cannot be measured.
He was magnanimous to spare a room for us in his office and to put his staff at the disposal of AUETAA.
The Executive Committee also unanimously elected Dr.S.Sathikh 59-M as the First Secretary whose devotion and dedication to AUETAA was and continues
to be simply total. His ambitions to strengthen AUETAA by continuous efforts on membership drive laid a strong foundation for our Association.
AUETAA was registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 vide Registration
Number S.No.186 of 1975 on 4th December 1975 and our First Team for the period 1975-1977 was as under:
President: Mr.CH.Veera Reddy 56-C, Executive Vice- President: Mr.P.N.Arunachalam 56-T, Vice-President: Prof.G.A.Krishna Pai 50-C ,
Secretary: Dr.S.Sathikh 59-M, Joint Secretaries: Mr.P.N.Srinivasan 55-T. & Mr.M.Rabindranath 63-T, Treasurer: Mr.E.Vedagiri 56-C.
Executive Committee Members: Mr.D.Felix Arokiaraj 52-C, Mr.A.V.Krishnan 53-M, Mr.S.Deenadayalan 56-E, Mr.P.L.Jambulingam 56-M, Mr.A.C.Kamaraj 56-M,
Mr.T.Sambasivam 56-E, Maj.J.Victor 56-M, MR.T.C.Pitchappan 57-T, Mr.T.S.R.Pandurangan 64-M and Mr. M.M. Ashroff 67-M.
On that day our membership was 12 Life Members and 188 Annual Members.
Dr.Rajah Sir M.A.Muthiah Chettiar was approached and requested to be the Patron of AUETAA which he very kindly and
readily consented and was appreciative of the aims of AUETAA. We owe our indebtedness to Late. Mr. M.P.Damodaran
Syndicate Member A.U. and the then Minister for Local Administration and our Alumnus Mr.S.Ramachandran 59-E who
lent splendid support during the formation of our Association