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Dr. A.C.Pandey


Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


Dr. Arun Chandra Pandey was born in Faizabad, September 1936. He went through his school education in U.P., and obtained his B.A. degree from Agra University in 1957, LL.B. from Lucknow University in 1959, and M.A. in Linguistics from Lucknow University in 1963.

Dr. Pandey joined as a faculty member in English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in May 1964. In the late 1960s he spent some time in UCLA, USA on a KIAP (Kanpur Indo-American Program) fellowship, and returned in 1970 with a certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Thereafter, he pursued his Linguistics under the supervision of Prof.P.P.Sah, and completed his doctoral work on some aspects of Hindi phonology in 1979. 

He continued as a faculty member at IIT Kanpur until July 1 1994, at which time he took voluntary retirement. He then settled in Bhopal, M.P.

Dr. Pandey's specialization was in generative phonology, historical linguistics, and Indo-Aryan linguistics. He made valuable contributions to the area of Hindi phonology. In addition, he had a special interest in theater, an interest he actively pursued even after his retirement.

Dr.Pandey passed away after a phase of ill health in Bhopal, in the morning of February 20, 2012. He is survived by his wife and a son.

A quiet, warm-hearted, and self-effacing person, Dr. Pandey will be respectfully remembered for his dedication and commitment to his teaching and other responsibilities. All of his colleagues and students have fond memories of Dr. Pandey as an excellent, conscientious teacher and a simple human being.


  • C M Abraham wrote on 27th February 2012
    Dr Pandey was very close to me when we were staying in Type-II houses. We had lot of old memories. He was also staying in Type-II during those days. He was very quiet and very understanding person. I lost touch with him once he left IIT K to settle down in Bhopal. I personally lost a friend of mine. My heart-felt condolences and pray to the Lord to give strength to Mrs Pandey to bear this great loss. Let his soul rest in peace. C M Abraham

  • Dinesh Nath wrote on 27th February 2012
    May God give peace to the departed soul.

  • Arjun Singh wrote on 28th February 2012
    May God give peace to respectable Dr.A.C.Pandey

  • npandey wrote on 29th February 2012
    Knowing him and his family since mid seventies,was always a helpful and wonderful person.May god give peace to his soul and courage to aunty and nandu.

  • nandan pandey, shri krishna mishra wrote on 29th February 2012
    hearing to this message. we are totally shocked .this is a invaluable defect of our country. we are praying to god for their holy soul .and we are praying for their family to overcome this moment of this sorrow this is the natural rule and also said by the god lord krishna in geeta that everything is changeable and mortal . body is mortal as well as soul is immortal the god is great and almighty we again praying for your family to overcome on this sorrow nandan pandey shri krishna mishra Ph.D scholar

  • Naveen wrote on 11th March 2012
    RIP Dr.A.C. Pandey


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