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Professor. M. P. Kapoor


Department of Civil Engineering and Former Deputy Director,

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


Professor MP Kapoor was born on August 9, 1934 at Kanpur. He did his B.Sc. from Christ Church College, Kanpur, B. Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, MS in Structural Engineering from University of Minnesota, and PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio.

Prof. Kapoor joined IIT, Kanpur as a Lecturer in 1961 as founder member of Civil Engineering Department, was promoted as Assistant Professor in 1968, Associate Professor in 1971, and as a Professor in 1974. He was appointed as DOFA in December 1976 and became Deputy Director in December 1988 and was Officiating Director of the Institute from July 1991 for about a year. His areas of specialization include Structural Dynamics, Structural Optimization, Earthquake Engineering and Computer-aided design.

He worked for some time as an engineer in the U.P. Irrigation Department. He went to Iraq for two years in 1986. He worked along with Professor GD Agarwal in the Civil Engineering Department at IIT Kanpur.

Professor Kapoor availed VRS on December 2, 1993. After retirement from IIT Kanpur in 1993, he became the Vice Chancellor of Thapar University, Patiala and concurrently the Director, Thapar Centre for Industrial Research & Development for ten years.

Prof. Kapoor has been associated with NIIT Limited as advisor on the NIIT University Project since May 2005 and has taken over as the Founding Vice-Chancellor of NIIT University (NU) in December 2005. He also helped in setting up the Axis University recently in Kanpur.

Prof. Kapoor has presented and published 40 papers in National and International Conferences and National and International referred Journals. He has also been the founder member of the editorial board of an International Journal entitled "Engineering Optimization".

Prof. Kapoor has also been the Chairman and member of various National Committees on higher education constituted by AICTE, UGC, and MHRD.

Professor Kapoor was an excellent teacher. He was responsible for starting the PG course on optimization in early seventies. In the very first year, about 70 students had registered in the course. In his death, the area of optimization has lost a keen and dedicated researcher.

Since May 2010, Professor Kapoor had been staying with his son at Indra Nagar. He breathed his last in the early hours of June 23, 2011. Professor Kapoor is survived by his wife, Mrs. Shakuntala Kapoor, daughter Mrs. Rashmi Mehrotra, son Manoj Kapoor, and two grand daughters and one grandson.

The Institute expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Prof. Kapoor on his sad and sudden demise.


  • V.M.Mani wrote on 23rd June 2011
    He is a very good person and good adminstrator. As Incharge Telephones IIT Kanpur I had very close relationship with him. Myself and my wife Pansy Mani send our condelence to the family. Mani and Pansy at Chennai

  • C M Abraham wrote on 24th June 2011
    I had very close association with Professor M P Kapoor. I worked with him both the places when he was the Dean of Faculty Affairs and Deputy Director. He was a very loving and caring. I will certainly miss him. It is a personal loss for me. I can only pray to the Lord Almighty to give peace and strength to the bereaved family. C M Abraham from Trivandrum

  • Krishna Kumar Singh Tomar wrote on 24th June 2011
    I happen to be a resident of Indira Nagar and an Alumni of IIT Kanpur (Passing Year 2010). I used to see him in the colony and got a chance to interact him once . He was a great motivator for me. I can only pray to the Lord Almighty to give peace and strength to the bereaved family. Krishna Kumar Singh Tomar Indira Nagar , Kanpur

  • Pulkit daksh wrote on 25th June 2011
    All neighbrs nd well wishers of mr. Kapoor can consolidate d family nly....,, bt sudden demise of mr. Kapoor seems to b strange as he was a grt personality in itslf. Persons like him r only responsbl for d upliftmnt nd develpmnt of india.,, bt mr. Kapoor is such a miracle, can teach nd develp india frm d heavn..., praying for peace of his soul.

  • J. P. Gupta wrote on 25th June 2011
    Lots of memories between my first meeting with Prof. MP Kapoor in July 1961 when I joined as a student and the last meeting in early May, 2011 at IITK. Just recall the first meeting here. I fell ill the first week on joining IITK at Tilak Nagar Hostel. He was our warden. Thrice in one week he took me in a cycle rickshaw to consult with Dr K K Sikka, IITK consultant at his residence in GSVM Medical College, to medical shops outside to purchase the medicines, back to hostel, ensured I took medicines, and visited me daily in PM to enquire my welfare. what a Warden! His contributions to higher education in India in general and for decades to IITK in particular are legendry. My batchmates, 2nd batch of IITK, are equally shell shocked at his demise. e all pray for peace for his devout soul.

  • R. K. Vyas wrote on 26th June 2011
    I am shocked to know about the sad demise of Professor M. P. Kapoor. I consider myself fortunate to have work under his leadership when he was Director of erstwhile Thapar Institute of Engg. & Technology, Now Thapar University Patiala and Director of Thapar Corporate Research & Development, Patiala. He was a dynamic leader, a tough administrator but a soft person at the core. He always worked with strong comitment for the profession. Above all, he was a great motivator and a great mentor. His death is a personal loss to me. I feel with the death of Professor Kapoor, India has lost a visionary and an able administrator of Technical Education. I pray the almighty to provide rest to the departed soul and give the strength to the bereaved family to bear this tragic loss.

  • madhav wrote on 26th June 2011
    We lost an esteemed colleague and a warm friend. May his soul rest in peace and pray God to give solace to his family.

  • Professor Keshav Kant wrote on 26th June 2011
    I knew Professor Kapoor as an excellent person who was ready to help others all the time. I met him last in one of the AICTE Accreditation committee meetings where he served as the Chairman. The IITK Fraternity lost an esteemed colleague and he will always be remembered for his contributions to IIT Kanpur. May his soul rest in peace. In this hour of grief, I pray the Almighty to give strength and courage to his family to bear this irreparable loss and reconcile with the changed circumstances. Professor Keshav Kant (Retired)

  • Gautam Biswas wrote on 27th June 2011
    When I joined IITK, Prof. M.P. Kapoor was the Deputy Director. I found him as a mentor for many young faculty members. He often used to provide candid feedback to the junior faculty members on their performance. He used to reinforce the message that teaching performance was actual reputation of a faculty member across the Institute. Some of us were very enthusiastic about setting up our research laboratories. The country was undergoing recession. There was a slowdown in economic activity everywhere. Funds were very limited. Understandably his resources were limited too. Even then Prof. Kapoor tried to help many of us by all possible means. He also encouraged us to sit-in at the lecture classes of the core courses led by more experienced faculty members. A great leader indeed! IITK has lost a valuable jewel from its crown.

  • Subhash Pandey wrote on 27th June 2011
    I was really shocked to know this sad news. Prof. Kapoor was a very seasoned administrator and a good human being as well. I learned many things from him in my initial days of joining IIT Kanpur. May God bless peace to his soul in the heaven. Subhash Pandey. ***************

  • R.M. Singru wrote on 27th June 2011
    We are sad to hear about the passing away of Professor M P Kapoor. Besides being a contemporary in the Institute, he was our neighbour on the 22nd st, Old Type 4, and remember the kind help received from him.He was a vibrant, and helpful community man, and was dedicated to the Institute in every responsibility he undertook. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the Kapoor family, and pray for eternal peace to the departed soul. Ramesh and Sushama Singru

  • VC wrote on 27th June 2011
    Prof. Kapoor was a warm hearted and friendly individual who contributed enormously to the development of technical education in the country in general and to IIT Kanpur in particular. He was always excited about new developments in research. My recent interaction with him was during the REACH-2010 symposium. His enthusiasm towards research was palpable. He attended every session and participated in the deliberations. I and my wife express our deepest condolences to the bereaved family.

  • Dr Rakesh K Bansal wrote on 28th June 2011
    I neither got a chance ever to be his student nor the one who has worked with him. What I have noticed is that he has made my alma mator Thapar Institute of Engg & Tech, Patiala in Punjab a force to reckon with. He was a tough task master and an untiring force. More the opposition more stronger he used to become. His death has given an irreparable loss to all those who at one time or the other have remained associated with him. My condolences to the whole Kapoor family. Dr Rakesh K Bansal Thapar Alumni

  • Niranjan Dass wrote on 1st July 2011
    I am very sad to hear this news that we have lost such a lively, intelligent and very able administator. He was always full of energy & enthusism and ready to take on to any problem or any challenge. I always found him a source of great motivation and encourgement. May God bless peace to the the departed soul.

  • Dr shubham khanna wrote on 1st July 2011
    May his soul rest in peace and pray God to give solace to his family.

  • Debjit Datta wrote on 2nd July 2011
    It is a great loss to India and to IIT Kanpur.

  • Dr Pratima Khandelwal wrote on 5th July 2011
    I am just shocked to hear about the sudden and sad departure of one of the most respected leader Prof M P Kapoor, our Kapoor sir. He has been a magnanimous source of encouragement and a true confidence builder, great visionary and researcher, and a highly capable administrator. Its a great loss to the scientific community, the void so created shall remain a void only. Conveying heartfelt condolences to respected Kapoor aunty and the entire family.

  • surekha wrote on 5th July 2011
    Respected Bhabiji We are feeling very sad to learn of sad demise of Sir.His dynamism, elocution were so forceful and inspiring. He was a constant source of inspiration to us. we can never forget our visits to your home, your hospitatlity, warm welcome and guidance in our professional and personal lives.There are so many inspiring wonderful meemories of our association with our drawing room there is a painting of Krishna gifted by you which always reminds us of your love and affection.Bhabiji please take care of yourself, sir will always remain in hearts of those who loved and respected him, he has a large family of students, colleagues and friends.please convey our prayerful greetings to all members of family.i hope sir had a peaceful end. We pray to almighty to grant peace to his soul and to give strength to family to bear this irreparable loss.Bhabiji, please send your phone number, i would like to talk to you. Also pelase send your postal address. with warm deep regards surekha vimal disha

  • H.L.Padmanabhan wrote on 13th July 2011
    I remember him as an excellent teacher who taught us Structural analysis in 1971. May god give strength to his all near and dear ones to bear loss. I deeply regret his passing away and wish that his soul may rest in peace. Padmanabhan (IITK72)

  • SHASHANK K. PIYUSH wrote on 15th July 2011
    I deeply regret my sorrow on our beloved kapoor sir death.He was a great man and a great researcher .I pay my regards to him .

  • SHASHANK K. PIYUSH wrote on 15th July 2011
    I deeply regret my sorrow on our beloved kapoor sir death.He was a great man and a great researcher .I pay my regards to him .IIT kanpur will always remember him and i too.

  • Muhammad Danish wrote on 24th July 2011
    Iam a student of ISM, Dhanbad. I really feel disheartend to listen this news. May thy LORD rest his soul in peace and bounties to his family members.


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