goons and gangsters operating from Lucknow University.
Dr. R. P. Singh's effort to clean the campus of gangsters who intend
to make a political career from University Campus (taking head on the
politicians), has attracted national and international attention and
won him Indian of the year 2006 (by Times of India).
While politicians keep criticizing him for not letting Lucknow
University be used as their den, media has been reluctant in
highlighting his past accomplishments. I got a very rare opportunity
of having a very close interaction with him during Indo-German Winter
Academy 2004. During his tenure at IIT Kharagpur, he had a fruitful
research career and was among the foremost researchers in his domains.
He had more than 200 publications and was author/co-author of a number
of books. He research interests spanned a number of domains very
relevant to India. During the academy, he talked about his works on
preservatives for Indian foods like Mangoes and agro-friendly
After retirement, he could have chosen to join any institution at some
cosy position. He choose to join Lucknow University, probably because
he wanted to change the system there. While it is really heartening to
see him taking some bold decisions, it is also unfortunate to see how
the system bullies such bravehearts of society.