IIT-Bombay to hold condolence meet for alumnus, Goa CM Manohar Parrikar
The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) will be holding a condolence today to pay tributes to their alumnus, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who died after a long illness on Sunday.
The meeting will be held at 5 pm at the institute’s P C Saxena auditorium.
Parrikar (63), who had also been the defence minister, passed away at his private residence in Panaji yesterday evening after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.
In 2017, he addressed the 55th convocation of the Mumbai-based institute where he told the graduates to take up jobs in social and development sectors.
An alumnus of the famed institute, he also asked students to join politics and the Army, said a former IIT-B student who was present at the convocation ceremony.
“Why can’t IIT graduates, who have had the best engineering education in the country, take up academics and run some of these colleges, and transform their quality?” Parrikar had then said.
The institute in its condolence message said Parrikar’s demise came as a shock to them.
“He was the institute’s distinguished alumnus and keenly involved with many initiatives at IIT Bombay. He was also deeply involved with the launch of IIT Goa,” it said.
On the Alumni Day in 2014, IIT-B felicitated Parrikar, who graduated in metallurgical engineering from the institute in 1978, in recognition of his contribution to the development of the country.
Parrikar had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February last year and in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, and New York since then. After the news of his demise broke, condolences poured in from across party lines.