26-NOV-2016: The Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah has expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief on the sad demise of noted journalist and former Editor of the Times of India, Dileep Padgaonkar, 72, who passed away in Pune on Friday after brief illness. Padgaonkar, who was a part of the three-member interlocutors group for Jammu and Kashmir in 2008, was unwell for past several weeks and died at a hospital in Pune.
AMU Vice Chancellor said that Padgaonkar's demise is an irreparable loss to the country and his absence will be strongly felt in media world. He pointed out that Padgaonkar figured tall amongst the people who have laid the foundation of a healthy and unprejudiced journalism in India.
AMU Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. S. Ahmad Ali remembered Padgaonkar as a man of great credentials who was known for culture and intellect. He said that a big responsibility has come on the media world to carry forward his journalistic legacy.
AMU Public Relations Officer, Mr. Omar S. Peerzada has expressed condolences for the bereaved family. He said that Padgaonkar lived as an epitome of great journalistic values and never gave up for small gains.