Dr. G. Raghuram,
Professor, Public Systems Group,
It just seems that the ultimate sacrifice that
Dr M C Puri was destined to do was for the field of Operations Research and
Mathematics, sacrificing his life to irrational terrorism, while protecting his
dear students and colleagues. No words can describe Dr Puri's
humility and dedication to the profession.
I first met Dr Puri in his capacity as the
organiser of the ORSI convention at Delhi more than 15 years ago, when as a
young faculty at IIM Ahmedabad, I wanted him to consider the participation of
six students from IIMA at discounted rates. He was sensitive to the
matter did the best that he could within the framework of the convention.
Since then we have been meeting each other at
ORSI conventions or during visits of mine to IIT Delhi. He has
been a regular participant in the ORSI conventions and probably holds the
record of attending every single convention ever since he started for over 30
years. The amazing thing is that he never sought any
"office" in the Society, while always willing to work for it with all
During my tenure as ORSI President, when the
matter of editorship of OPSEARCH was raised with him, being the self-effacing
person that he was, he proposed other names saying that they should be
considered first. He was always willing to play a worker
role. When the APORS convention was to come to India, he was willing to work for Delhi as the location, or if Bangalore were to be considered, he would
support it with all his organizational efforts. The ORSI council
chose Delhi and Dr Puri played the key role in ensuring its successful conduct.
At every convention that I attended, being the
humane person that he was, he always made it a point to seek me out and spend
time as friends. Even at Bangalore, on 27th December 2005, we were sitting together during the inaugural session. Little did I know that
that was to be our last hour together.
I will miss Dr Puri, his gentleness and pure
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