GURGAON : Noted historian Bipan Chandra died
on Saturday, August 30 at his residence here after
prolonged illness. He was 86. “He had not
keeping well for past few months. He passed away at
6 am,” his family said.
A Padma Bhushan awardee, Chandra had donned
multiple roles including that of chairperson
of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal
Nehru University, Member of the University Grants
Commission (UGC) and the Chairman of the National
Book Trust (NBT).
Considered to be a specialist in economic and
political history of India, Chandra had authored
several books including “The Rise and Growth of
Economic Nationalism”, “In the Name of
Democracy: The JP Movement and the Emergency”, “Nationalism
and Colonialism in Modern India’”and “The
Making of Modern India: From Marx to Gandhi”,
The left leaning author had founded the journal
Enquiry and was a member of its editorial
board for a long time.
Born in 1928 in the Kangra district of Himachal
Pradesh, Chandra studied at Forman Christian
College, Lahore, Stanford University, US and the
University of Delhi.
Economist G K Chadha is no more
NEW DELHI : Noted economist, Pof G.K. Chadha
died here on March 1 following a heart attack. He
Carrying an enviable clout in the Prime Minister's
Office, he mentored many Punjabi dons who now grace
vice-chancellor's post in various universities. He was
appointed first president of the SAARC-established South
Asian University here and was associated with it since
its inception in 2008.
Born in 1940, Chadha was also the former vice chancellor
and professor emeritus of the Jawaharlal Nehru
Chadha had also served as member of the Economic
Advisory Council to the prime minister and chaired the
UGC Pay Review Committee (Sixth Pay Commission) for
university and college teachers.
He has written 16 books besides contributing 98 research
papers to national and international research journals
on various development issues relating to India and
other developing countries of Asia, notably South-Asia,
Indonesia and China.
Despite his ill health lately he was appointed a
member of the search
committees for central universities of Rajasthan and
He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
His death was mourned in Chandigarh by
Panjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun K
Grover, teachers and students who expressed grief over
his sudden demise.
Chadha did his Masters and Doctorate in Economics from
the PU, where he also served as faculty member and
chairman of the Department of Economics. Later, he
joined Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Historian Barun De is no more
CALCUTTA : Barun De, the eloquent historian
who specialised in India’s social and economic
history in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Bengal
Renaissance and British constitutional history, died
in Calcutta on July 16, 2013 after a prolonged illness.
He was 81 and is survived by wife Rama Bai, son
Bikramjit and daughter Urmila.
De, who was born in October 30, 1932, into an
illustrious Brahmo family, studied at Presidency
College, where his teacher was eminent historian
Sushobhan Chandra Sarkar. Years later, his son,
Professor Sumit Sarkar, studied under De in the same
college. After his graduation, De went to St.
Catherine’s College, Oxford, to complete a second BA
in history, and later obtained an MA from the
University of Oxford.
In the late 1950s, De was lecturer at Calcutta
University. He completed his D.Phil in Indian
history at Nuffield College, Oxford, in 1961. His
Oxford thesis, completed under the supervision of Dr
C.C. Davies, was entitled Henry Dundas and the
Government of India: A Study in Constitutional
De has held several prestigious academic positions
since, and was a member of many organisations. He
set up institutions like the Centre for Studies in
Social Sciences and the Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad
Institute of Asian Studies.
He was senior professor of social and economic
history at IIM Calcutta and director of the Centre
for Studies in Social Sciences for two terms from
1973 to 1993. He was Maulana Azad Fellow at the
Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies.
De was also chairman of the West Bengal Heritage
Commission from 2008 to 2011, on the board of
trustees of the Victoria Memorial Hall and a member
of the governing body of Indian Museum.
His former student, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, a
former vice-chancellor of Visva-Bharati, said: “In a
simple word he was a veritable fountain of
knowledge.” Calcutta University VC Suranjan Das,
another former student of De, spoke of De’s ability
to inspire students to think afresh and the ability
to set up institutions.
Tapati Guha-Thakurta, director, Centre for Studies
in Social Sciences, said De was an inspiring figure
and a scholar with a wide range. He was an important
academician who looked for people from diverse
disciplines to join the centre.
P V Indiresan passes away in Pune
NEW DELHI : Top educationist and a professor
of electronics and electrical engineering Dr P V
Indiresan passed away in a Pune hotel room on Sunday
February 24, 2014 morning. He was 84, but quite active.
His son-in-law in Vasant Vihar here said that he had
gone to Pune to chair the Election Commission’s
technical committee meet on EVMs. He is survived by
his wife Jayalakshmi, two daughters and a son.
His last rites were performed on February 26 at
Delhi, family sources said.
Former director of IIT Madras, he fought and won a
landmark cases in country's technical
education history and headed some of the most
important committees in higher education.
Indiresan taught for forty years in the IIT system
and was Director, IIT Madras. He was a past
President of the Institution of Electronics and
Telecommunication Engineers and of the Indian
National Academy of Engineering. Among his several
awards are the Padma Bhushan, Honarary Member ship
of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical
Engineers, US, and the Honorary Doctorate from the
Karnataka Technical University.
A graduate from the Indian Institute of Science,
Indiresan did his doctorate from Birmingham
University and began his teaching career at Rourkee
University (now an IIT). After serving as Director,
IIT Madras, for five years (1979-84), he stayed on
as a Professor at this IIT for a year, before going
to Germany on a teaching assignment for another
year. He then moved to IIT Delhi where he retired at
the age of 65 after teaching for 40 years.
Debo Prasad Barooah
GUWAHATI : Former Vice-Chancellor of
Gauhati University, Debo Prasad Barooah, passed away
here on January 28, 2014 in a city hospital. He was
He was an ideologue of the anti-foreigner movement
in Assam and was the vice-chancellor of GU from
January 26, 1986, to January 25, 1991. Before that,
he was the head of the political science department
and dean of the faculty of arts of the university.
Highly regarded for his knowledge of political
science and history of the region, he was admitted
to International Hospital on January 23 where he was
recuperating from pneumonia, but later suffered
cardiac arrest. The end came around 4 pm , according
to family members.
Born on October 1, 1930 in Guwahati, he had a
brilliant academic record beginning with his
graduation in 1954. In his postgraduation he topped
his class. He did his D Phil on the thesis
Indo-British Relations 1950-60.
He started teaching as a lecturer in History in
1957 and later served as a reader in Political
Barooah was Professor and Head of Political
Science from 1978 till his elevation as the
university vice-chancellor in 1986. He served his
five-year term with great distinction and
contributed to the growth of the institution.
As an academic he mentored many students and
researchers and acted as guide to 23 scholars. He
was involved in several post-retirement assignments,
including his association with the University Grants
Commission. He was UGC Emeritus Fellow for two
years. He was also Senior Associate of National
Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
Barooah, till after his retirement, produced a large
number of research papers, which are highly regarded
in intellectual circles. Some of those have been
published in national and international journals.
Some of his published works include : World History,
Indo-British Relations 1950-60, World War I and II
and Other Essays, Aspects of History of Assam,
Karagaror Diary, among others.
Peopled thronged his Kharghuli residence after his
death, and mourners included a cross-section of
people. Gauhati University VC O K Medhi said that
his passing away was not just a loss for the
University but for entire Assam.
Barooah was born to Taraprasad Barooah and
Jibankumari Devi on October 1, 1930, at Bharalumukh.
He passed Class X from Golaghat Government Higher
Secondary School, graduated with first class in 1954
and got masters from Gauhati University in 1956.
Barooah played a role in organising the first
political convention of the AGP in Golaghat in
October 1985. But he stayed away from direct
involvement with any political party.
Gaokhonor Pora Jogotkhonoi and Swadesh aru
Swajatir Dostabej are two of the books written
AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said, “He was
with us since the days of the Assam Movement. He
gave us suggestions whenever we approached him.
Today, we have lost a good adviser.”
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi condoled his demise.
Ramdas P Shenoy
BANGALORE : Dr. Ramdas P Shenoy, former
Director of the Electronics and Radar Development
Establishment (LRDE), a unit under the Defence
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO),
Bangalore, passed away after a brief illness, on
16th Aug 2012, according to a statement issued by
"Considered the father of Radar research and
development in the country and an internationally
acclaimed expert in Radar, Dr. Shenoy was the
Director of LRDE from 15 Nov 1973 to 27 April 1987"
the press release states. He initiated the
development of many contemporary radars in DRDO,
many of which are presently in service with the
He was also responsible for the development of many
communication systems for the armed forces.
He was one of the first Distinguished Scientists of
DRDO and was conferred the Padma Shri award by the
Government of India in 1987. After his retirement
from DRDO in 1989, he pursued his research interests
as a visiting professor in the Indian Institute of
He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the
DRDO in 2002. He is survived by his wife and three