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In Memoriam

The Shiv Nadar University mourns the loss of some of our dear colleagues and friends. These faculty members have been the foundation on which this university has been built. Their loss will be deeply felt, even as they continue to live on in the legacy they leave behind through their work and their students. The university remembers these amazing personalities as forever woven into the fabric of the university’s history and its future.   

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike, American author, poet, lawyer. A man with an unquenched zest for life and adventure, Col. Sanjay Ganjoo (Retd.) was an inspiration to all who knew him. His professional legacy as well as the exemplary qualities he displayed in an individual capacity will shine bright for many years to come. Col. Ganjoo joined Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NCR in 2014 as Senior Manager, Administration. He led charge of his team of 200 security personnel with a firm yet engaging leadership style drawing upon his years of service experience in the Indian Armed Forces. Always a thorough professional, Col. Ganjoo’s confident composed demeanor made him a dependable and approachable colleague. In discharging his duties to the highest caliber, he earned the respect of not just his immediate team and colleagues within the university, but he was well-known and respected even outside the campus. His astuteness of maintaining good relations with the surrounding villages greatly enhanced the safety and security provisions for all residents of the university and its various
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Shrimoy Roy Chaudhury’s life and career cannot be summed up in a list of generic adjectives. Those who have had the opportunity to know him closely would agree that he had an unquenchable appetite for the wonders of life, a unique ability to find the spectacular in the mundane, and an empathetic core, which enabled him to treat everybody around him as his equals. Following the footsteps of his favourite historians like Marc Bloch and Ranajit Guha, Shrimoy had inculcated a democratic practice of sharing of knowledge among his peers and students and that will remain his lasting contribution to the academic community at large. Born in Kolkata, Shrimoy finished his masters in modern South Asian history from the University of Calcutta and started research as a fellow in the department of South and South-East Asian Studies in the same institution. Finally, he completed his Ph.D. from the Department of History at the Syracuse University, New York. His dissertation, titled ‘Engrafting Modernity: Daktari in Nineteenth Century Bengal, c.1830-c.1900’, was awarded the prestigious Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Dean’s All Syracuse University Doctoral Prize for Outstanding
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A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.  Let us take a moment to remember Professor Balakrishnan or Balan (as he preferred to be called) for not only his scholastic and intellectual achievements, but also for his very positive spirit, empathetic leadership and the enormous legacy for the University that he leaves behind. Balan took charge as Shiv Nadar University’s Chancellor in April 2014 from Late Mr. T.S.R. Subramanian, the founding Chancellor, and remained in Office until September 2018. He played a pivotal role in shaping the University as a higher education institution of excellence and global stature with his rich experience in academics, research and expertise in global learning pedagogy. His many contributions resulted in several recognitions, including in the University being chosen as an ‘Institution of Eminence’. He was also Chairman of the Executive Council when the University was still in its early years. Summing up the idea that forms the bedrock of the University’s mission and what we represent, Balan had said in his speech at the Shiv Nadar University Convocation 2018: “How to facilitate and enhance learning can be greatly helped with
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