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Professor Girja Kant Shukla was born on October 05, 1940 in Lakhimpur, UP. He passed away on May 03, 2022 at his residence in Lucknow after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
G K Shukla was a distinguished Applied Statistician who made significant contributions in various branches of Applied Statistics. He received his MSc degree from the Lucknow University in 1961. Thereafter he worked for some time at the Jute Agricultural Research Institute Barrackpore, from where he moved to Scotland to earn his PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh. He worked under the guidance of the famous statistician D J Finney (CBE, FRS, FRSE). He joined IIT Kanpur in July 1977 as an Assistant Professor and superannuated from the Institute in October 2002 as a Professor.
G K Shukla played a key role in popularizing various Statistics programs offered at IIT Kanpur. He was a genuine researcher with a refined statistical mind. His lectures in courses were quite rigorous with a strong applied component, and that made him one of the unique teachers. Due to these characteristics and his simplicity, he was very much loved and respected by his students and colleagues.
Prof. Shukla has been recognised for his work by receiving many accolades. He has been an Editor of the Biometric Bulletin, published by the International Biometric Society, and was also the Secretary and Council Member of the International Biometric Society (India Region). He was also part of the team that developed UG and PG curriculum of Statistics for UGC.
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics, IIT Kanpur, mourns the death of a valued member of its family. Prof. Shukla will be greatly missed.