Dr.Chettiar's Correspondence

letter to Mr M.. Visvesvaraya
Dr.RM. Alagappa Chettiar

'Alagappa College P.O.

          3rd May, 1955.

Dear Sir,

I tender the heart-felt thanks of the members of the Elementary Education Committee including myself for the pleasant half an hour that you so kindly spared for us, including your refreshing and vigorous thoughts on that subject. It was indeed an exciting thing for us. to hear the words of one of your age and eminence on Elementary Education, that is, for kids of 5 and above. You have by your remarkable determination and devotion marked out a new chapter in your life which should be most encouraging and inspiring to every one who cares or who is privileged to read it. Kindly accept our sincerest thanks.

I must tender for the second time my sincere thanks for the very delightful dinner that you gave me that night in the presence of your young nephew Mr. Krishnamurthi and his wife. More than the dinner, naturally I enjoyed your company and precise thoughts and plans for the future. As far as you are concerned, though you have been telling me that

you have come to the end of your life, you have a real heroic manner of planning for the future because what in fact you plan in not merely for yourself but for the entire country. Only people who know you and your work can really properly admire the great asset the country possesses in you.

I cannot close my letter better than by repeating my request to you that I made that night, i.e. you should kindly so arrange as to be away for a few hours from Bangalore at Karaikudi to visit my various institutions and particularly the Engineering College. Arrangements have been made to take you from Bangalore by plane on the 23rd June morning arriving at Chettinad airport within an hour or so. You spend a few hours with the students and the staff and, what is more, with me and, later in the evening to get back to Bangalore by plane about 50' clock. I have conveyed all details to Mr. Krishnamurthi. I shall get into touch with him further with regard to this little but devoted plan of mine.

Yours very sincerely,
Sd..RM. Alagappa Chettiar

Sri M. Visvesvaraya,
Uplands, High Ground,