Address presented to Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, Deputy Director,
BITS, Pilani on the eve of his retirement
We have assembled here today to express our respect, affection and good wishes and to bid farewell to you on the eve of your retirement.
You joined BITS in
1965 and brought with you a rich, varied and valuable experience of teaching
and research in
Sir, your contribution in multifarious activities of the Institute has been so rich, so intense, and so wide-ranging, that it is difficult to mention them all. We may, however, recall a few of them. As the Vice-Chairman of BITS Senate, you conducted its deliberations most sagaciously, with prudence and judicious discernment. Many teachers who participated in the Intensive Teaching Workshops organised and conducted by you, have not only benefited from your perceptive observations but also imbibed some of the excitement and exuberance that you exuded during the discussions.
You have piloted
academic reforms, written articles on educational innovation, played a leading
role in policy-making, involved yourself deeply in curriculum planning, and
faculty recruitment and development. You
have transmitted the significance of the Institute’s achievements and
aspirations with pointed force and rare effectiveness in all forums, and on all
occasions – be it a freshman orientation programme, a briefing session for
important visitors, or a gathering of scholars. During your visits to the
Apart from being a
distinguished educationist, you are an eminent mathematician. You have taught courses practically in every
branch of mathematics, at various levels, since 1947. It is largely through
your efforts that the significance of Linear Algebra in undergraduate
programmes was realised and it was given a place in all first-degree
programmes of BITS. Besides guiding several Ph.D. and first degree Theses you
have published a number of books and research papers in the areas of Linear
Algebra, Functional Analysis and Combinatorial Mathematics. All the books have been very well received
and appreciated. Your work,
Combinatorics - Theory and Applications has won international recognition.
It has been simultaneously published in
But it is not
Mathematics alone that has occupied your time and attention. Your personality is soaked in the spirit and
philosophy of Hinduism and imbibes in itself the rich cultural heritage of
Your genial sense of humour, flashes of wit, ready sociability, we all shall miss. We would like to assure you, Sir, that we shall always remember you with deep affection and regard. We earnestly wish you, Mrs. Krishnamurthy and other members of your family a long, happy and fruitful life. We pray to God to bestow upon you his choicest blessings and to fill every moment of your life with bliss.
Friends and Colleagues
Birla Institute of Technology and Science