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C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-016

Scope and Contents

The Rajendran Papers are arranged into the following series: Series 1: Correspondence Series 2: Research and Personal Administration Series 3: Media Clippings Series 4: Personal

Series 1 contains correspondences to and from C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran. All the correspondence has been arranged alphabetically.

Series 2 contains scientific data related to research undertaken by C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran. This series is divided into six sub-series. Sub-series 1 contains technical correspondence and data about samples that have been collected by C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran which has been processed by various institutions. The folders in this sub-series are arranged alphabetically on the basis of the institute which had processed the samples. The last folder in this sub-series contains miscellaneous handwritten notes and drawings related to their fieldwork and research. Sub-Series 2 contains photographs related to C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran’s field trips and research. The folders containing the photographs have been arranged alphabetically according to the place-names. Sub-Series 3 contains official correspondence and remarks on two project proposals related to research on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Sub-Series 4 contains booklets and a book chapter written by C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran. Sub-Series 5 contains three folders: legal and administrative documents related to C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran. These folders contain writ petitions, memorandum of writ appeals, legal correspondence, right-to-information documents, service rule-books related to their court cases about pending promotion, and leave for pursuing research and study at other places. Sub-Series 6 contains two artifacts including memorabilia of volcanic ash from Mt. St. Helens and a terracotta horse figurine. The figurine is safely stored in a separate box. Special care has to be exercised while handling the horse figurine.

Series 3 contains media clippings that have been divided into two sub-series: Media clippings authored by C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran and, media clippings collected by C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran. All the clippings in both the sub-series are divided into folders which are arranged chronologically. The clippings are from magazines, and newspapers, and also include photocopies of original articles.

Series 4 contains photographs from C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran’s time in South Carolina, USA, photographs from their personal travels, and photographs from workshops, seminars, and courses attended or conducted by them. Included in the series are photographs of them receiving awards and the physical awards themselves: the National Geoscience Award given to C P Rajendran and the National Award for Woman Scientist given to Kusala Rajendran. Also included in this series are booklets related to convocation addresses and a brochure of the Centre for Earth Science Studies which are part of ephemera.

Dates

  • Creation: 1973 - 2021

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for public access unless mentioned otherwise. In its capacity as an academic and educational center, the Archives at NCBS is making digital objects available online for open viewing and research purposes. The Archives at NCBS makes no representation that it is the copyright owner in all of its collections. While there is open access, the user must obtain all necessary rights and clearances before any use, reproduction, or distribution of material. For details, please see Section 3 of our Access Policy: https://archives.ncbs.res.in/access.

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Copyright may not have been assigned to Archives, National Centre for Biological Sciences. Permission for reproduction or distribution must be obtained in writing from the Archives at NCBS (archives@ncbs.res.in). The Archives at NCBS makes no representation that it is the copyright owner in all of its collections. The user must obtain all necessary rights and clearances before use of material and material may only be reproduced for academic and non-commercial use.

Biographical / Historical

Chittenipattu Puthenveetil Rajendran was born on 29 May 1955 at Ottapalam in Kerala. He obtained his master’s degree and his Ph.D from Cochin University of Science and Technology. He was selected for the prestigious Ramanujan National Fellowship instituted by the Government of India and carried out his fellowship in the newly created Centre for Earth Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India. His area of research covers geodynamics, seismology, seismotectonics, earthquake geology, and tsunami hazards. He has contributed to advanced studies related to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru, India. He is also the director of the Consortium for Sustainable Development – a non-profit organization based in the USA. C. P. Rajendran was born to Pavanan, a rationalist and literary critic, and Parvathy Pavanan. The journalist C. P. Ramachandran is his uncle. Writers C. P. Surendran and C. P. Sree Rekha are his siblings. C. P. Rajendran is married to Kusala Rajendran and has a son, Rahul Pavanan.

Kusala Rajendran was born on 1 December, 1954 at Thalayolaparambu in Kerala. She obtained her master’s degree in Applied Geophysics from IIT Rourkee and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in seismology from the University of South Carolina. Her work primarily deals with understanding earthquake processes, reservoir-triggered seismicity, intra-continental earthquakes, and seismotectonics. She was instrumental in establishing the Centre for Earth Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India, which has since then focused on studying earthquake source mechanisms. She was also responsible for setting up a Broadband seismic station at Peechi, Kerala, in 1999. She worked as a professor at the Centre for Earth Sciences till 2020 till her retirement. She is currently the treasurer of the Consortium for Sustainable Development – a non-profit organization based in the USA. Kusala Rajendran is the 9th child of the late K. R. Narayanan, a social reformer and a Congress politician. Kusala Rajendran is married to C. P. Rajendran and has a son, Rahul Pavanan.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (5 Hollinger style archive-boxes and one oversize container)

Language of Materials

English

Malayalam

Hindi

Arrangement

The intellectual arrangement strives to preserve provenance and original order of the papers. Where an original order could not be found, the Archives has applied an order, and folders within sub-series are arranged usually in chronological or alphabetical order. See Scope and Content section for details.

Physical Location

Archives at NCBS

Title
MS-016 C P Rajendran and Kusala Rajendran Papers
Author
Aditya R
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Archives at NCBS Repository

Contact:
National Centre for Biological Sciences - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Bangalore Karnataka 560065 India
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