BANGALORE : Space scientist and former
Chairman of ISRO, Udupi Ramachandra Rao, died here
early morning on July 24.
According to an ISRO official, cited by PTI news
agency, he took his last breath at around 3 am in
the morning. “Rao breathed his last during the early
hours, around 3 AM today,” ISRO Public Relations
Director Deviprasad Karnik told PTI. According to
ISRO officials, the 2017 Padma Vibhushan
award winning scientists is survived by his wife, a
son and a daughter.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed profound
grief over his death. In a post on Twitter, the
Prime Minister said that he is saddened by Professor
Rao’s death. “Saddened by demise of renowned
scientist, Professor UR Rao. His remarkable
contribution to India’s space programme will never
be forgotten,” he wrote.
Born in Admaru village in Udupi district he had his
early education at the Christian High School in
Udupi. Later the family moved on to Ballari, where
Prof. Rao did his inter-junior course. He later
continued his education at Ananthapur and other
After retiring from ISRO, Prof. Rao visited and held
meeting with the officers of district administration
as Chairman, Karnataka State Science and Technology
A noted scientist, Prof. Rao liked to interact with
students. He participated in the student-scientist
interaction at the Poornaprajna College in January
2015, at which select students from degree and PU
colleges and general public were present. “I love
interacting with the students,” he had said back
At the interaction programme, when asked by a
student which was the happiest moment in his life as
astrophysicist, Prof. Rao said that creating the
satellite Aryabhatta in the sheds of Peenya in
Bengaluru for two-and-a-half years and later its
successful launch in USSR was one of his happiest
Professor Rao, who served as the Chairman of ISRO
for 10 years between 1984-1994, was included in the
highly prestigious International Aeronautical
Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame last year during the
closing ceremony of IAF Congress 2016 in
Guadalajara, Mexico. He was also included in the
prestigious “Satellite Hall of Fame” at Washington
DC in 2013.
As ISRO Chairman, Professor Rao had accelerated the
development of rocket technology which led to the
launch of ASLV rocket and the operational PSLV
launch vehicle, according to ISRO’s profile. He was
also responsible for initiating the development of
Geo Stationary Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and the
development of cryogenic technology in 1991.
Historian Bipan Chandra is no more
GURGAON : Noted historian Bipan Chandra died
on Saturday, August 30, 2016 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.
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.