Alumnus Honours Former Faculty

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  1. Ramkamal Bhattacharya says:

    We were taught Thermodynamics by Prof Davis in our third year (1965-66). He was excellent in the precise delivery of his lectures – to the point and not beating around the subject confusing the beginners. His class was one we never wanted to miss because of the high dose of wit and humour accompanying the technical content. I was in RK Hall for seven years myself (B.Tech & M.Tech) and he as the Asstt. Warden was one who would casually walk through the hostel to interact informally with the students. If a bunch of students were smoking and he walked into the room, he would immediately declare -“Don’t put your hands inside your kurtas and burn the dress, in fact I am going to light one myself”. One of the amusing traits of Prof. Davis was to insist on 40-pages notebooks for the assignments. Anything less or more, he would dump them in the waste basket without a word.
    It was our habit to write the statement “we know that” to state the established formula (such as PV=RT) during the course of a derivation in the paper. He would circle that statement in his trademark red pen, draw an arrow to the margin and write in his crystal-clear handwriting -“leave me out of it”!
    He was a darling teacher to us who combined fun and humour to all his teachings and interactions.

  2. Jayananda Hiranandani says:

    I was his student 1959-60 and colleague from 1960-66. He was very good at checking grammar, spelling and punctuation for question papers. He was in the Refrigeration Laboratory of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

  3. KDSR Somayajulu says:

    Professor Davis was a friend and colleague at IIT Kgp. I always appreciated his wit and ready smile.
    Sad to note that he is no more. Glad that Vinod Gupta set up a Professorship in his memory.

  4. Sourav Bhunia says:

    IIT Kharagpur and her students have been blessed with truly exceptional and inspirational professors. I’m reminded of another professor from the Refrigeration Lab., late Ramesh C. Arora. He was also the first director of the School of Medical Science and Technology. He too was brilliant, chariasmatic and strict. He influenced and helped many students to pursue their dreams. One of his students, Sandipan Ghosh Moulic, currently holds the Refrigeration Lab professorship.

  5. Yogi M says:

    As a proud alumni of IIT Kharagpur (B. Tech ECE 1985) and also a neighbor of Prof A. S. Davis, while I was growing up in Trichy (early 70s), it is truly gratifying to come across this. He used to work at the Mechanical Engineering Department in REC, Trichy (now NIT Trichy).

  6. Jaikrishna B Shukla says:

    I was also a student of Prof.Davis sir.It happens I was a class mate and also Patel hall mate of Sri Jayananda.
    Great nostalgia.
    I am extremely happy to remember those wonderful days and time spent at IIT campus.

  7. Dr.N.K.Choudhary says:

    Really a great gesture on the part of Vinod Gupta to keep himself attached to the great institution and to his teacher in particular. Really IIT professors were very caring to their students, even my time in 1960 when entered KGP. I am sure same spirit is continuing today and why institution is an international brand. Wish IIT system keep on innovating continuously to be competitive globally.

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