Chennai: Though two alumni —T.N. Seshan, former chief election commissioner and Chandrika Tandon, founder of Tandon capital associates — represented two different periods in Madras Christian College, they both went on to achieve in their respective fields without forgetting their roots.
And when MCC, which completed 175 years, and the MCC Alumni Association decided to recognise the accomplishments of various alumni, they chose to honour these two alumni in its first edition of the alumni series held on Wednesday.
Seshan completed BSc Physics (honors) in 1952 and joined the college faculty. “Education has changed out of shape now. Everyone should have a vision to make MCC world-class in education. Departments like English should be upgraded,” he said.
Another alumnus who was felicitated was Chandrika Tandon, who completed B.Com from MCC in 1973 and went on to work with 20 global institutions, their boards and CEOs.
Chandrika who founded the advisory firm Tandon capital associates also has a passion for music. She said, “I studied in Holy Angels, T. Nagar and never went to Tambaram from T. Nagar. It was difficult for me to convince my mother.
Also, my mother was having this plan of getting me married at a young age.” Though Tandon’s family was very conservative, she said that her focus and commitment to win and achieve in her field made her determined to overcome many obstacles in life.