Kohima, April 09 (NEx): A short condolence service was held today, at the Zunheboto Government College (ZGC) to pay last tribute to Dr P. Pandey who passed away last night, April 8th, 2021 at his home town in Madurai. He served as the Asst. Professor in the college for more than 30 years at the Department of Political Science, and retired in the beginning of 2020, a press release from the media coordinator, informed.
The Principal of ZGC, Dr K Nishena Nekha said that it was a very sad moment for everyone, and recalled Dr. Pandey as a very down to earth person who always wants the best for the college. He also informed that a condolence message would be sent to his wife and family through post or by other means at his home town in Madurai. The Principal also prayed the almighty God may bless the grieving family and the departed soul.
Vice principal, Zhekugha Sema on behalf of the ministerial staff stated that everyone was eagerly waiting for Dr Pandey’s return to the District and college as he still had some official work and that he would once again meet with the faculties and the students of the college, but it was very unfortunate. He also said that Dr Pandey has a close relationship with each and everyone irrespective of their work, position, etc. The VP further said that he was very friendly and infact like a brother to him and always guided him well. He mentioned that although we are far away from his family, he sent his deep condolence for the departed soul.
Asst. professor, President ZGCTA, Dr Phukato Sema also spoke on behalf of all the teacher and said that Dr. Pandey was the senior most among the faculty and posses a fatherly nature. He proudly said that Dr. Pandey served not only as a teacher but showed up the true meaning of teaching in the college, as he served for 30 years in the college and have also served as an executive member in the Zunheboto Government College Parents Teachers Association. A farewell program was to be planned for him last year but due to the COVID induced lockdown it was not possible and today he has left everyone and his last rites being observed in the college, he said. Sema also mentioned that Dr. Pandey was always generous and maintained a good environment in the college and even among the faculty staffs.
Students from the Department of Political Science while delivering the condolence speech said that it was unfortunate for everyone to hear the sudden demise of Dr. Pandey. His guidance and teachings were something to be remembered and the students thanked him for everything that he has done for the welfare of the students. They recalled him as a very supportive person who respects everyone. The students also conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and paid huge respect to the departed soul.
The General Secretary, ZGCSU, Topeka said that Dr. Pandey was the kind of teacher who always shows kindness and sympathy towards the students, and never left anything behind in guiding the students to the best. He conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family.
Dr T Chandrashekharan who was his close friend said that he couldn’t believe his friend was no more. He said that Dr. Pandey was now free from all the responsibilities as he retired last year and said that he wanted to meet the students and the faculty once again but sadly that could not happen. He was not a teacher but a friend who served for more than 31 years in the college. He added that death is not the end of everything but it’s a gateway to another life and now he is enjoying his life with God almighty in heaven. He also conveyed condolences to the bereaved family.
Other teachers and friends also delivered words of gratitude and condolence message. Former student and former GS, Holoka T Sumi also spoke at the event. A tributary song was presented by Asst Professor Tiasunep Ozukum, Department of Geography.