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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014   (0 Comments)
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BITSAA Alumni Communication

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.

Regards,

Alumni Communications

 



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