JNUTA deeply mourns the passing of Professor Pramod Talgeri, formerly of the Centre of German Studies, SLL&CS. Along with Prof. Anil Bhatti, Prof. Talgeri was a founding member of the Centre of German Studies, when it was established in the early 1970s.
Prof. Talgeri was a highly regarded Germanist, philosopher and interpreter who was instrumental in introducing the then unconventional subject of translation studies as an academic field of study at the CGS. Along with Prof. Verma of the Japanese Centre, Prof. Talgeri organized the first International Conference on Translation in Delhi in the 1980s.
Prof. Talgeri was the Dean of the School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies for two terms, and later was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, where he, once again, introduced new and innovative areas of study. After retiring from JNU in 2007, Prof. Talgeri continued teaching in other Universities and contributing to the further expansion of German Studies.
Prof. Talgeri is remembered by his colleagues not only as an academic, but also for his warmth and friendliness towards all. He did much to create an atmosphere of democratic functioning within the Centre and the School, which created a wonderful non-hierarchical working environment. He was also an excellent teacher and is remembered fondly by all his students. This is a great loss to our community and we extend our condolences to Mrs. Talgeri, their children, friends and colleagues.