dec 4, 2007
this is a positive step. dr gp is academically brilliant. he was IIT JEE all-india-rank 1, and when he graduated with a btech from iitm, he was again the gold medalist. i don't think this has been replicated by anybody else so far as i know. he joined the national aeronautical labs, was later awarded the bhatnagar prize for young scientists, the iitm distinguished alumni award, etc., and has been director of the center for mathematical modeling at NAL.
he wrote a paper a few months back (posted in the archives of this blog) about how science education was so pitiful in india that china was -- he said -- 163 years ahead of india in this department, and falling behind further. i am not sure about the 163 years, but the chinese are doing a lot for science education. maybe gp will get to do something to improve matters.
it is also quite surprising that a hindu got this kind of post in kerala. usually all plum posts are given only to christists and mohammedans. besides, it is not clear to me that gp has a political godfather, which is also absolutely essential. anyway, here's to wishing him the best of luck. an exceptional instance when someone with actual merit and brains is put into a position of responsibility. compare this to the last communist government in kerala putting in that imbecile communist k n panikkar (who doesn't read a word of sanskrit) as the VC of sri sankara sanskrit university (obviously with a view to destroy the place, which he managed to.) it's also like romila thapar being a 'historian of ancient india' without knowing sanskrit, pali, or tamil! what does she know, i wonder? arabic? persian? (btw, arabic and persian are 'classical languages of india' according to the nehruvian establishment. haha, ROTFL!)
also, to blow my own trumpet, i want you guys to be impressed that i was all-india-rank 1 in the IIM CAT. really, no kidding.