Prof Ashok Sahni,former Dean University Instructions (DUI) and Professor Emeritus,Department of Geology,Panjab University (PU),while referring to his grandfather- Prof Ruchi Ram Sahni,said,Many of us would be happy leading just one life. Ruchi Ram Sahni led many lives and led them well.
He was speaking on the theme,Grandfather: Leading Many Lives as the key speaker during the inaugural function commemorating the 150th birth anniversary year of Prof Ruchi Ram Sahni held in Panjab University on Friday.
An idea mooted by the Vice Chancellor,Prof Arun K Grover,the year-long celebrations will showcase one of the most iconic alumni of Panjab University,Prof Ruchi Ram Sahni,who was a scientist,an innovator,an enthusiastic educationist,a fierce patriot,a devoted social worker and the catalyst behind popularizing science education in Punjab .
As Prof Ashok Sahni revealed through the course of his presentation,his grandfather was a man of independent thinking and progressive ideas.
Ruchi Ram Sahni was amongst those who favoured a modern approach to education even as the debate on whether to focus education on the rationality of the West or the mysticism of the East raged around him,said his grandson.
Ruchi Ram Sahni was also a teacher with a practical bent of mind. An astute businessman,he understood the importance of capital in funding ones dreams and ambitions.
As Prof Rajesh Kochhar,CSIR Emeritus Scientist,IISER and co-convener of the Commemoration Committee said in his thematic address,Ruchi Ram Sahni was a singularity. He did not fit into an existing pattern. Yet,he is more relevant today than he was in his own time.
Prof R P Bambah,former PU V-C,in his brief address said,It is always inspiring to think of people who lay the foundations,the fruits of which we are reaping.
The same was highlighted by Prof Arun K Grover in his welcome address when he spoke of interactions and connections in academia.
Prof Grover illustrated how Homi Bhabha,SS Bhatnagar and Ruchi Ram Sahni were interlinked in a manner so that one supported the other in his or her academic pursuit. The same is true of the rest of academia.
The chief guest,K K Sharma,advisor to UT Administrator,took the thought further when he said that it was a pleasure to see the efforts made by the University to bridge the gap between academia and the Administration since both are crucial in taking society forward.