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A star has fallen: Prof PV Indiresan has passed away

February  24, 2013

Youth for Equality pays humble tributes to our beloved patorn Prof P.V. Indiresan, former Director of IIT Madras. He passed away in Pune on Sunday morning. The end came for this endearing teacher of electronics and electrical engineering in his hotel room, hours before he was to chair the Election Commission’s technical committee meet on EVMs. He was 85, and is survived by his wife Jaya, two daughters and a son.

Despite being in his 80's , like a true patriot and nationalist he always supported and attended countless initiation by youth for Equlaity.

The was a renowned educationist who was also known for his relentless campaign and strong views against discriminatory Reservation policies in India. He was a petitioner in several PIL's in the supreme court.

Dr. P V Indiresan was educated in Presidency College, Madras, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and at the University Of Birmingham, UK. He started his career at the University of Roorkee and then joined IIT Delhi. Prof. P V Indiresan also served as the Director of IIT-Madras. He is considered as the Best Ever Director the Institute had. Currently, he was iserving the Planning Commission at New Delhi. He had been the President of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, and of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

Prof. Indiresan was twice awarded the highest prize of the Inventions Promotion Board, by the Government of India.  He has the rare honour of being made an Honorary Member by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA.
A highly respected thinker, Indiresan was a member on countless GOI committees; he was given the Padma Bhushan in 2000. Every Prime Minister from P.V.Narasimha Rao onwards would seek his advice and respect his views even though he had been critical of each one of them in his writing.

He was extremely close to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, before, during and after his Presidency. Kalam was a passionate votary of Indiresan’s pet programme PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), which he felt was the only way to decongest our cities.

Prof. Indiresan was a prolific writer on societal, economic and development issues. He was a regular columnist with national dailies like Business Line, The Hindu and The Indian Express. He has also written a book “Managing Development: Geographical Socialism, Decentralization and Urban Replication".

He will forever remain an inspiring figure for everyone here at Youth for Equality.

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