A Tribute to Prof. C. N. Chakravarti
The Centre of Russian Studies deeply mourns the demise of the Founder Director of Institute of Russian Studies, Prof. C. N. Chakravarti, on November 9, 2017. Prof. C. N. Chakravarti’s name is synonymous to the Russian Language Programme as his entire life was dedicated to the promotion of Russian Studies in India.
Having started his career by teaching Russian at the Department of Modern European Languages at Delhi University, he rose to the position of heading the Department after which he became instrumental in setting up the Institute of Russian Studies (IRS) in 1965. As the Founder Director of the Institute of Russian Studies he played an important role in promoting Russian Language. He held several prominent positions at the Jawaharlal Nehru University when the Institute of Russian Studies became a part of JNU in 1969 and was renamed as the Centre of Russian Studies as a part of School of Languages. He was the Chairperson, CRS; the 4th Dean of School of Languages from 1975 to 1978; the Dean of Students Welfare from 1983 to 1985 and the hostel warden too.
As a pioneer of Russian Language, he contributed towards the writing and teaching methodologies of the language. Not only was he a conscientious, meticulous and an ardent promoter of the language, but was a simple, genuine and a loving person who guided several generations of students and teachers. He was the first recipient of the PUSHKIN MEDAL in 1979, given for promotion of Russian Language, which made his name equally renowned in the erstwhile USSR, where his books and his personality became an inspiration for both Indian and Foreign students.
He will be deeply missed by the Centre of Russian Studies, the vacuum created by his demise will never be filled, but he will forever be living with us through his books and vision, which will continue to pave the path for generations to come.
The Centre of Russian Studies salutes to Prof. C. N. Chakravarti, the pioneer of Russian Language and we are sure that his rich persona will continue to guide us in years to come. The Centre stands with Sushmita, his daughter and the family in this hour and ensures them of our support always.
May his soul rest in peace !!!