The late Padmashri S. Natarajan, (1901-1977), the Founder of ELTAI, started his career as a Science and English teacher and rose to serve successfully as Headmaster of a Training school, as Director of All-india Council for Secondary Education—what is now known as the NCERT—Member of several Education Commissions, one of the founders and later President of the South Indian Teachers’ Union, and Vice-President of the World Confederation of the Teaching Profession. He also served for a term as a Member of the Madras Legislative Council.
He started a number of organizations for the welfare of teachers and worked ceaselessly for their professional development. He founded, apart from ELTAI, the Association of Mathematics Teachers, the Association of Science Teachers, the Association of Geography Teachers, the SITU Council of Educational Research, and the Society for the Promotion of Education in India.
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