Prof Pramod Subramanyan, assistant professor of computer science and engineering department of India’s ace Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) died of suicide on the campus on Wednesday at 2.30pm.
According to campus sources, 35-year-old’s body was found hanging in a room on the campus. Kalyanpur police on coming to know about the incident reached the institute, brought down the body and sent it for postmortem examination. Pramod did not leave any suicide note and probe in the untimely death has begun.
Later in a press communique undersigned by IIT-K director Prof Abhay Karandikar read:
I am saddened to inform you about the tragic and untimely demise of Prof. Pramod Subramanyan, assistant professor in the department of computer science and engineering today afternoon. In him, we have lost a bright and rising star in computer science in the country. We deeply mourn his demise and pray to the Almighty to give strength to his family. May his soul rest in peace.
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Since there is no suicide note, the cause of suicide could not be known immediately.
Currently, the institute is almost vacant due to COVID-19 with no students present except for the faculty members who reside on the campus.
According to a report by Dainik Jagaran, Pramod is survived by wife who is also an assistant professor in the computer science department and the couple has a three-year-old son. Pramod had joined the institute couple of years ago and was working on many national and international projects. He has been remembered as extremely creative and hardworking faculty and was involved in Cyber Security Innovation Hub. As reported by the local daily, police is suspecting family dispute as the cause of suicide and will be investigating in this direction.
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