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Prof. Surendra Gupta served IIT Kanpur as faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering since 1971 and at the post of Professor since 1977. After attaining the age of 62 years, he retired on 30th September 2001 and remained with the Institute until 30th June 2002. Thereafter he served as Director of a private Institute in Sonipat, Haryana for few years and then moved to Mumbai at his son’s place.
Before joining IIT Kanpur, he worked in Andhra Pradesh State Electricity Board during 1960-64 and English Electric Co. Ltd. UK during 1964-71, which he joined after completing his Ph.D. from Imperial College UK in 1964. He has been actively involved in development of several courses at Undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the department. He has taught institute core courses such as ‘Introduction to Elect. Eng.’ and professional core and elective courses at UG & PG level. He also took responsibility of developing and modernization of Basic Electrical Eng. Lab and EMEC lab. being used by B.Tech students. He has taught almost all the courses in the area of Electrical Power Systems.
Prof. Gupta carried out several Institute administrative responsibilities. These include Dean Academic Affairs during 1990-93, Organizing Chairman of J.E.E. 1989, Head examiner and chief paper setter of GATE several times. He has also participated actively in the corporate life on the IITK campus such as serving as Chairman, Senate Rules Committee; Chairman, Senate Nominations Committee; Chairman, Senate Election Committee; Chairman, Health Centre Committee; Chairman Staff Training Board; Chairman, Swimming Pool Committee; Chairman TAC, Air-conditioning; Advisor, Horticulture, and member of several institute and departmental committees. He also acted as Vice Chairman, IFAC committee.
On 23 December 2021 morning, he breathed his last at Mumbai. He has left behind him his wife Veena Gupta, who was at Central School IIT Kanpur for several years, son Nirjhar, daughter Nidhi and their family.
We convey our deep condolences to his family pray to the Almighty to allow his soul to rest in peace.