A lost colleague and friend of the University of Angers
The University of Angers stands in stunned silence, bereft of an important bridge to India, an associate, a partner, a friend.
Professor Atul Tandan was a professor at the Punjab College of Technology and Engineering in Ludhiana, India. He was due in Angers last Sunday, as a visiting scholar in the Management International Master’s degree programme. His first class was scheduled for Monday, 2 March. It would not be. In the early hours of that very same day, his life was abruptly cut short at the age of 67.
Since 2009, Professor Tandan's visits to Angers were an important part of the academic year for our students and staff (see our article on Prof. Tandan's visit in 2011 in French). He was a man of suave manners, vast professional experience and academic acumen. He was also appreciated for his communication skills with the students.
Professor Tandan had an outstanding career, both in academe while remaining continuously involved in the world of business in India and abroad. International outreach was woven into his approach. Exchange partnerships were finalised with three different Indian universities for the International Management Master degree and one of the partners, Punjab College of Technology and Engineering in Ludhiana, has been extended to Engineering, as well.
Professor Tandan was instrumental in organising the participation of PCTE students in the annual International Week at the College of Law and Business Studies in Angers, and a study trip to India for our international Management students in 2014.
We mourn his passing, and we join our partners in India, and all who knew him, in tribute to this exceptional man.
Atul Tandan was a scholar and a gentleman. We stand beside our colleagues and friends in India and around the world, benumbed by the suddenness, bereaved by the loss.
Vice-President for International
Professor Tandan during one of its visits in Angers