CHAPTER 15

College of Engineering, Guindy, 1794–1947

John Bosco Lourdusamy

This chapter analyses the origins and growth of the College of Engineering at Guindy in the Madras Presidency during 1794 to 1947. This will be an outline of the history of the college, with particular focus on the colonial context (of the establishment of the college) and the Indian response and participation. To start with, the college was very directly related to the colonial expansionist programme, as it owes its very origin to the Madras Survey School founded in 1794 by Michael Topping,1 the East India Company Astronomer and Geographical and Marine Surveyor. Even from the point of view of a purely educational history, the Survey School occupies a very significant ...

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