by Joydeep Dutta, IIT Kanpur.
have known Professor Puri since 1999. At that time I was a post-doctoral fellow
at the Indian Statistical Institute and I used to visit Professor Suresh
Chandra in IIT Delhi quiet regularly. I was introduced to Professor Puri by
Professor Chandra. From then whenever I have met him I have always seen him
smiling. This is a rare quality in any human being. I do remember traveling in
his car quiet a few times from IIT Delhi to Delhi University to deliver some
all my interactions with him, I learned how knowledge can make a person so
humble. The respect which he showed to young researchers like me is remarkable
and that gave one a lot of strength and courage to work hard. I last met him in
August 2005 and as always he was smiling. He always encouraged youngsters to
work hard and do good research.
guess the highest tribute that we as young researchers can pay to Professor
Puri is to do research of highest standards and secure India's name permanently in the world map of optimization.
Professor Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
by S. K. Sehgal (Retired) CMC Ltd.
news on TV that Prof Puri had met a tragic death left me and the family shocked
and unbelieving. Prof Puri was my wife's mama and thus we had a very sacred
relationship. But from day one, at the time of my marriage, he stated that he
believed more in friendship than in relations of family ties. We were friends
ever since then.
had the special quality of making all his friends and relatives feel that they
were very close to him. May be it was his infectious smile or the caring
attitude. He was always at hand whenever some one needed help, whether it was
physical presence, monetary help or simply moral support. Such gems are rare to
find and all his friends will treasure the remembrances with love and
Sehgal (Retired Executive Director)
Message by Abhinav Roongta (ex-
was very sad to hear about Prof M C Puri's death. I took two of his courses
during my B.Tech. in electrical engineering at IITD from 1997-2001. In both the
courses I was in his section. The first course was MA 120 in the second
semester. Prof. Puri was the course coordinator for this course. He taught very
well and explained things thoroughly. I attended his lectures and never had to
read the textbook. Whatever notes I took from his lectures were good. He
maintained excellent standards in the class. I remember he used to come to
class always on time and would take attendance in the first five minutes of the
class. Since he himself put lot of efforts in his teaching, he expected the
same from his students. He would expect that before you apply a theorem to a
problem, you must justify that theorem is applicable to that problem.
I learnt a lot and enjoyed that course even though I did not get ‘A‘ grade. The
second course I took with Prof Puri was Probability and Statistics in the
seventh semester. Again it was a great learning experience. I remember once a
student asked a question during the lecture and Prof Puri was honest to say
that "I reserve my comments on this" since he was not sure of the answer.
Prof M C Puri's personality commanded respect. He was one of the best teachers
I came across during my B.Tech. I just could not believe when I read the news.
It just feels like yesterday when I used to walk from Nilgiri hostel to the
institute and attend his lectures, trying to hurry up so that I can reach the
classroom in the first five minutes and not miss the attendance.
I moved to US for my masters and Ph.D. in 2001. Once I tried to find his email
ID on IITD's website so that I could write to say hello to him but I did not
find the email address. A few days back I was talking to my friend and
batchmate Rahul Agarwal and he also said that Prof Puri was a great teacher: He
not only knew his subject well but also made efforts to explain it to students
I pray that GOD gives Prof Puri's family members the strength to bear this loss.
Message by Sarbvir Singh (ex-
a student of Prof Puri from 1988 to 1993 as part of the 5 Year Integrated
Masters Program in Maths & Computer Applications at IIT Delhi. He was an
exceptional man and teacher. I have done courses under him ranging from ‘Maths
I’ to ‘Advanced Optimization’ and I owe my appreciation and understanding of
optimization mostly to him. He was kind enough to take the time to indulge my
questions and explain the deeper aspects of optimization theory to me when I
was just one of his many under graduate students. I think he not only taught me
optimization but a much deeper skill of scientific thinking which has stood me
in good stead in my career.
my MBA course at IIM Ahmedabad, I really understood the value of his teaching
as I was able to apply optimization to real world issues due to the base that
he had helped me build. It brought a lot of joy (and grades!) in my life
as I was actually able to do something with the theory and help
entrepreneurs run their business better.
I was deeply saddened to hear of Prof Puri's death but could not help smiling
when I read that he had pushed aside his colleagues while not being able to get
out of the way himself. To me that was the essence of the man - always others
Message by Surender Kumar (ex-
Anybody who ever had slightest interaction with Dr. M.C. Puri will
be severely shocked at his death.
Dr. Puri taught me Operational Research at Hans Raj College, Delhi University in 1973-74. He was the most dedicated teacher I ever had in my entire
graduation and post graduation. The entire class loved to hear him.
He was himself a pass out from Hans Raj College, the Merit Board displays his
name with Honour.
Dr. Puri had been continuously involved in research work and he also motivated
a number of his colleagues and students to do research work.
His contribution to the Operational Research Society of India (ORSI) can not be
forgotten. In 1980s, he organized Annual Conventions of ORSI in Delhi on two occasions and I had the privilege of assisting him.
More important than everything else, Dr. Puri was a unique personality. He will
always think and plan how to help others without ever expecting or accepting
anything for himself. Talking to him was a pleasure. His heart was pure beyond
My tributes to him.
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