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Remembering KKS

K K Subrahmanian (KKS), an admired academic, and a wonderful human being, was a mentor in the true sense of the word. As a compassionate researcher and committed teacher he has had a lasting impression on generations of students. From 1984 onwards, KKS was at the Centre for Deve lopment Studies (CDS) Thiruvananthapuram where he systematically groomed and guided a young generation in the area of industrial economics. KKS had a threepronged strategy. First, he stimulated young minds with his MPhil lectures on economics of technological change and Indian industry. Second, he built up a decent collection of books in the CDS library in the area, which is now one of the finest in the country. Finally, he guided students with tremendous commitment even when they came with raw ideas and rudimentary analytical skills.

The number of MPhil dissertations done at the CDS in industry studies since 1985 bears testimony to KKS’ encouragement. He always found time for students. Even with a decline in his health he would read their draft theses or papers. His house often used to be the meeting point for students to unwind, clarify and sort out issues.

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