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Prof. Sanjeev Aggrawal, Director of the Goa Campus, Passes Away

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Dear BITSian,

With profound grief and sorrow, we wish to inform all of you that Prof S K Aggrawal, the Director of BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus and the Chairman of the Office of Alumni Affairs, passed away due to a sudden heart attack at around 1:00pm on the 11th of January, 2014. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Prof. Aggrawal held a PhD from IIT Kanpur, an M.Tech from IIT Kanpur and an MsC. from the University of Delhi.

Earlier to his stint at BITS Goa, he worked with the IIT Kanpur as the Dean of Resource Planning and Generation and with the TRDDC as a Research Scientist and Consultant. He was a fantastic teacher, much involved in the teaching of core fluid mechanics courses and a whole array of electives on software engineering and computer science. He earned heaps of much deserved praise from his students. Even more importantly, he inspired a culture of research in a whole army of younger faculty members.

He had a distinguished career - doing world class research, most of which can be seen in his publications relating to Re-engineering Cobol Programs, Supercomputing and various other on Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science.

In his brief stint as a director, he spoke about a lot of innovative changes to the campus, from new academic buildings to the student teacher ratio being planned for the next 7 years. He encouraged students to pursue research oriented projects and even extended an invitation to personally e-mail him for any assistance on this.

Prof. Sanjeev was one of the finest human beings we have had the privilege of having amidst us. He was an unassuming friend, an indigenous collaborator, a gentle mentor and a worthy role model- all in one for many of us-and will be missed sorely.

Mr. Raju Reddy, the chairman of BITSAA international, and the BITSAA Board of trustees express their condolences to the bereaved family.

Mr. Raju said:-

Deeply saddened and a big loss to BITS. Came to know him over last few months as a determined and sincere leader with a big ambition for alumni relations and BITS. Thoughts and prayers with his family.

May his soul rest in peace.


Alumni Communications


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Sad demise - Chandana Damodaram

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 05, 2013

We are deeply saddened to inform you with grief that ‘Chandana Damodaram’ (2001A2PS789) passed away in Atlanta, Georgia battling breast cancer. Chandana was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer a year ago and fought hard till her last breath. Her last rites were performed in Atlanta.

She was an active member of Civil Association in BITS and continued her interests in water resource management after pursuing MS in USA.

She was 29 and is survived by her father and brother.

She will be truly missed by all of her loved ones.

Please join us in praying God to grant peace to her soul and provide enough strength to her family & friends to withstand this tragic loss.

Quote from her – "It’s easy to get caught up in a crisis, but if you’re only watching the ball, then you’re missing the game.”

Full name of the deceased: Chandana Damodaram
Age at death: 29
Residence: Atlanta, Georgia
Date of Birth: 8th February 1984
Day and date of death: Thursday, 16th May, 2013; 7.30 AM EST
Place of death: Atlanta, GeorgiaCause of death: Breast Cancer

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Tragic Demise - Gagan Chadha( '94 Pilani)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 26, 2013
BITSAA is sad to announce to sudden demise of Gagan Chadha, 94 batch BITS Pilani. He was swept away by the currents at the Jim Corbett National Park during a company event. Gagan was 36 and is survived by his wife and a 1 year old son.

Gagan co-founded Value First which grew to become multicrore company. Gagan was also a truly passionate BITSian and was an active member of the BITS Spark initiative.

Some of the things he actively supported were:

  • Mentored more than half a dozen teams for New Venture Creation course
  • Invested in a bunch of young BITSian companies
  • Hosted a Spark Mentors workshop at his office

Nature has it's treacherous ways and has taken away such an amazing guy at such an young age! Let's all take a moment to remember Gagan and pray for his family.


" This is really tragic news. I came to know of it couple days back. Gagan was my batchmate and a very good friend of mine. He was always happy, always smiling and super-friendly guy. He spread happiness whereever he was. It is one of the most shocking thing for all of us who have known him personally. Our hearts and prayers go out to him and his family" - Amit Khetan

"This is indeed tragic. I knew Gagan as a very special dc (discipline senior) who was instrumental in not just keeping Technoeta (ET's APOGEE exhibition) alive but also inspiring us to continue despite being one of the smallest groups on campus !From the messages here - it is clear he is leaving a legacy behind! It is extremely important for us at spark to acknowledge an entrepreneur role model and his impact on us BITSians. Rest in Peace Gagan!
" - Kannan Palaniswamy

"He was a man with a big heart and with a deep passion to helping entrepreneurs. I still remember him calling me in the middle of the night, begging us to set up a formal fund so that he could put in more money at one go! He was always ready to come forward and help BITSAA in any way he could"  - Rishabh Kaul

"Very saddened to hear about Gagan. Reading all the notes from those of you who knew him well, he seems like an embodiment of all that we want to see in BITSian entrepreneurs - compassionate, giving and a risk taker with great leadership skills. Early support from folks like Gagan was instrumental in getting BITS Spark off the ground and we cannot underestimate the value of such contribution when you are trying to start something new with an ambitious goal. I met Gagan at least once during my meets in Delhi and he struck me as a soft spoken and friendly soul. I wish I had more opportunities to get to know him. Please pass on our condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. "- Raju Reddy

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Sad demise - Razeen Ahmed (Batch of 1999)

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 11, 2013

Dear BITSians,

It is with profound grief and sorrow that we wish to convey the sudden death of Razeen Ahmed (BITS Pilani batch of 1999) in Paris on January 3rd. His mortal remains were laid to rest in Coimbatore on 19th January.

Razeen was a very active member of the CSD and the EEE Assoc, and his multimedia presentations enlivened many an important event in the auditorium. As a core member of CRAC, he built and maintained lasting relationships with the mess employees. He was a valued employee of Schlumberger and was working as an Intouch Engineer in Paris.His passion for life and willingness to go the extra mile for his friends and family will forever stay in our hearts. He is survived by his parents, Mr Rasheed Ahmed and Mrs Rabia Ahmed and his brother Mr Rameez Ahmed.

Please pray for Razeen's soul to rest in peace and to give his family the strength to bear this loss.

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Prof. Suresh Ramaswamy (SuRa) Passes Away

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dear Alumni,

We are deeply saddened to inform that Prof. Suresh Ramaswamy, (Dean Administration, BITS Pilani Dr. KK Birla Campus) passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest around 10:30 PM on August 27th.

Prof. Suresh Ramaswamy, fondly known as SuRa is a BITSian from the 1980 Batch. He received his Ph.D. in 1990 from University of Rochester, New York under the guidance of Dr. Carl R. Hagen in the field of High-Energy Physics. He taught Physics at the Pilani campus for 10 years and was the Chief Warden before he moved to the Goa campus. He was known to be very innovative, broad-minded and liberal.

Apart from many of his achievements, he was awarded the Distinguish Faculty Award during the BITSAA Global Meet 2011.

He was just 49 when he passed away. He is survived by his wife Dr. Radhika Vathsan, who is also a faculty in the Physics Department at the Goa campus and his little daughter Shipra.

On behalf of the Alumni, we would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and pray to the almighty to bear this great loss.

His last rites is scheduled to start at 2:30 PM today at his residence and the procession to the crematorium will begin at 3:00 PM. A special floral tribute and a condolence meeting has been scheduled at the Goa Campus Auditorium at 6:00 PM.

You can convey your condolences on twitter using the hash tag #profsura. BITSAA will collate your messages pass it to his family.

Click here to read more about A Tribute to Prof. SuRa?

BITSAA Alumni Communications

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Sad Demise of Mr. A C Talwani of BITS Pilani batch 1951

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 12, 2012
Dear Bitsians,

We are sorry to inform you of the sad demise of Mr. A C Talwani (1951-53) Elect on 8th April 2012 after losing a long battle with the Big C. His mortal remains will be cremated at Lodhi Road Crematorium, on Lajpat Rai Marg New Delhi at 11 am on 9th April 2012.

Mr. Talwani was the founder member of BITSAA Delhi Chapter and also its Past President.

Mr Talwani was the MD of Cable Corporation of India ( A Seimens Subsidiary ) from where he retired in the early 90s. He was actively involved with Transparency International.
He is survived by his wife Mrs Renu, Son-Sandeep & Daughter- Deepali.

We pray to all mighty God to grant peace to his soul & strength to his family to bear this tragic loss.

(Posted on behalf of BITSAA Delhi & BITSAA International by Mr. Pradeep Sethi)

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