IIIT Hyderabad deeply mourns the sudden passing away of IIITH’s all-time favourite Prof R Govindarajulu this morning.
We are extremely saddened to convey the news about the passing away of our beloved Prof R Govindarajulu earlier today. He has not been keeping very well for some time but was active enough, even planning on a trip to the USA in the summer. He underwent some tests yesterday and was to have more today. Apparently he died peacefully in his sleep, after eating some food last night, talking to his sons in the USA, etc.
Popularly known to everyone as RGR, Prof Govindarajulu was an early faculty member of IIIT Hyderabad and played a significant role in making IIIT a top-class institution that it grew to become. He was by far the most loved and cheered for faculty member of the institute. He was full of energy to teach and full of old-fashioned charm. There is no doubt he cared for every student as an individual, taking care to know about and to guide them. We as faculty members learned much from him also. He taught at the institute even in the M’2020 semester. He will be missed by the students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other well wishers of the institute greatly.
Let us carry the little flame he lit in our minds and collectively in the institute forward with the same passion and keep him in our hearts as we journey forward.
Please join us in remembering his passion for teaching and love for students that characterized him most by sharing your fond memories of him at firstname.lastname@example.org as we create a digital memorial in his honour.
With a heavy heart,
Prof P J Narayanan