28 October, 2020

A Gift In Death

A mystery largesse for a medical college

A. Bala
A Gift In Death
outlookindia.com
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It was as if they had lived  on another planet. After headlines announcing that  a New York-based radiologist,  Dr Rajasekhar Sham, had, with his wife Lucila, left Rs 18 crore to the University of Madras; after the university’s inquiries into the background of this generous alumnus; after Facebook posts from radiologists inviting responses from his friends and colleagues, Dr Sham remains a mystery. No relatives, friends or classmates have been in touch.

For the university, the news delivered by a legal firm in the summer of 2009 that an alumnus had left it this sum, the largest from an individual, came as a surprise. While it claimed the amount, it did little to discover the antecedents of a donor of whom it knew almost nothing. The case only got importance after the new vice-chancellor, G. Thiruvasagam, took over last October.

“It’s a proud moment to learn that a former student has donated. Students will benefit from his munificence,” says Thiruvasagam, outlining plans...

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