The Prof. SS Ranganathan Memorial Teaching Excellence Award, 2017 ceremony was held in BITS Pilani, Pilani campus on 4th September 2017. Prof. P. Srinivasan , Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department of BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus was conferred this year’s award. This award carries a certificate and Rs. 100000/- of cash. Prof. Srinivasan was selected for this award through a well-defined procedure where he had to compete with 20 nominations received from three Indian campuses of the institute. A jury consisting of 5 members which included members from all the three campuses, and an alumni representative, went through all the nominations and arrived at a consensus decision to confer this year’s award to Prof. Srinivasan.
The Prof. SS Ranganathan Memorial Teaching Excellence Award, 2017 ceremony was graced by the BITS Pilani Vice Chancellor, Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya, BITS Pilani, Pilani campus Director, Prof. A.K.Sarkar, Dean (Alumni Relations), Prof. Arya Kumar, Family members of Prof. S. S. Ranganathan, and a few alumni who have been instrumental in instituting this award in the memory of their beloved teacher, Prof. S. S. Ranganathan. On this occasion, apart from the Vice Chancellor, and the Director, Prof. Ranganathan’s wife and daughter also spoke on Prof. Ranganathan’s commitment to teaching and his love and care for students. They shared several incidents to highlight Prof. Ranganathan’s humane personality. Mr. NS Parthasarathy, an alumnus who was taught by Prof. Ranganathan shared his experiences and mentioned in detail how he along with some of his friends decided to pay tribute to their beloved teacher by instituting this award in his name. They have contributed a corpus fund of Rs 25 lacs for this purpose.
Prof. P Srinivasan, the awardee of this year’s Prof. SS Ranganathan Memorial Teaching Excellence Award, became quite emotional when his name was announced for this award. In his award acceptance speech, he thanked the jury for selecting him for this award. He mentioned how he decided to come to teaching profession when he saw his father receiving the teaching excellence award from the governor of his state. He dedicated this award to his parents. Prof. Srinivasan discussed about his teaching in great detail.
The function ended with a performance by Ragmalika members.