Prof. Sudarshan delights all at his alma mater
KOTTAYAM: Not every one can boast of spending a whole day with this world renowned physicist whose time is worth in gold. However, for Prof. E. C. George Sudarshan, it was a day set apart for his alma mater. It was a day to re-live his days as a student at the CMS College during one of the most tumultuous periods in the nation’s history; it was also a day to remember some of his illustrious teachers whom he had tried to emulate all his life.
What impresses one about this man who is counted among one of the greatest minds India has ever produced, is the utter simplicity with which he carries himself among this friends, well-wishers and fans. The man who had spent most of his adult life in the U.S. was at ease in his chaste “Kottayam Malayalam” and those who approached the great scientist in awe were soon put to ease by Prof. Sudarshan with his genial disposition.
Soon he was surrounded by students and young faculty members with requests for autographs. He was no more the distant star who had done seminal work in quantum optics, challenged the scientific community which his theory on tachyons or the vedanti whose dialogues with J. Krishnamurthy had spread new light of philosophical discourse to many. This was just Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan an alumnus of their college.
During the interactions he himself said, “Today, I feel like a grandpa. For the grandchildren, their grandpa is the greatest.” He had studied maths at the college for his intermediate class. Thanks to two of his most cherished teachers- George Thomas who taught Physics and P. A. Eapen who according to Prof. Sudarshan, was the mathematician among mathematicians, whose advice he followed, he took physics for his B.Sc. (honours) at Madras University College.
According to him, Prof. Eapen was the ideal teacher “whose knowledge exceeded what was required of him.”
His alma mater, he said was not only a springboard to higher education to many people but a place where one was taught that ‘you are destined to greater heights’. One of the sweet memories as an alumnus was the moment when he and former president K. R. Naryanan met in Delhi and introduced themselves as alumni of CMS College, he said. A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Prof. Sudarshan was extended felicitations along with another Padma awardee,and alumnus K. T. Thomas, former judge of the Supreme Court. Both were to be joined by Kavalam Naryana Panciker, another Padma awardee and alumnus, at Friday’s function.
Prof. Sudarshan also inaugurated the Centre for Research in Mathematics and also the P. A. Eapen Endowment Trust. Visiting scholar of Texas University and wife of Prof. Sudarshan G. Bhamathi, CMS College principal Korula Isaac, Bishop Commissary of Madhyakerala CSI diocese Rev. T. O. Oommen, head of the Department of Mathematics Prof. Roy Skaria, and others spoke.