Eminent epigraphist and Tamil scholar Shri. Iravadham Mahadevan has been selected for this year’s Ayyan Tiruvalluvar award. The award, which carries Rs. 1 lakh and a gold medal, is given every year to Tamil scholars, poets, social and cultural activists.
Through the Vidyasagar Educational Trust, established in memory of his son Vidyasagar, Shri. Iravadham Mahadevan made a munificent donation to establish an institution to promote Biomedical Technology and Science as a unit of Medical Research Foundation (MRF) at Sankara Nethralaya. Accordingly, the Vidyasagar Institute of Biomedical Technology and Science (VIBS) was established at Sankara Nethralaya on October 25, 2006.
The present ongoing postgraduates programme included under VIBS is the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology conducted by the Medical Research Foundation as a collaborative programme of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.
A recipient of several awards and honours, Shri. Mahadevan was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1970 for his research on the Indus script and 22 years later, the National Fellowship of the Indian Council of Historical Research for his work on the Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions. In 2009, Iravatham Mahadevan was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.