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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.   

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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Tushar Joag (1966 – 2018) lived his life as an engaged artist-citizen, locating art as a tool of social and political change, and embedded in real life. Describing himself as a public intervention artist, Joag is arguably one of the pioneers of public art in India through which he honed his guerrilla-like performative actions in the public sphere. Locating his practice through aesthetics and politics, Joag investigated the geopolitical paradigm of his time, particularly economic liberalization and global capital. He aligned with persuasive subaltern movements that critiqued policies of both the state and capitalist regimes. At the same time, he was aware of his caste, class and gender privileges which extended his quest to understand hegemonies both at home and the world. He co-founded the Open Circle (1998-2008) with the firm belief that art is for people hence collaborated with a range of thinkers and practitioners from other fields at the World Social Forum, Mumbai (2004). He curated exhibitions, performances and social actions within the context of free exchange of ideas and proposals for better governance which functioned through activist modes of protest and resistance in
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We are blessed to have known a person like Dr. Sunanda Sukumar. She was a woman of strength and a lively spirit too. If one day we will want to see her again, then we should not look anywhere but within our students across the departments and schools as she has nurtured and trained many of them. Sunanda was born to be a scholar and a teacher. She had a mind both incisive and sympathetic. And we in SNU, were lucky to have her valuable keenness, her dignity and purpose, in our midst.   
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