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Manmohan Singh turns nostalgic after visiting PU's economics dept

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Former Singh today turned nostalgic after visiting Panjab University's department of economics in Chandigarh, recalling his journey there as a student and later as a

After delivering the first S B memorial lecture on '- Strengthening the roots of our Democracy', Singh and his wife visited the economics department.

He interacted with students and faculty members there.

When students asked how Singh felt, Upinder Sawhney, the chairperson of the department, said: "The former PM smiled and said 'very good' and 'I am nostalgic'."

Singh did his MA in economics in 1957 from the PU.

He recalled his association with the PU and Rangnekar, who was

"The department of economics in those days (after the country's partition) was located in Hoshiarpur, along with many other university departments. I joined the department of economics as an MA student in 1952. This was the first year of adoption of the new MA syllabus in whose preparation Dr S B played a pioneering role. He was a who inspired me to go to after my M.A. examination.

"On return from Cambridge, I joined the department of economics as a Soon thereafter the department of economics moved to and I had the privilege of working in the department with Dr as its head. Dr Rangnekar and his wife treated me and my wife as a member of their family. That was the happiest period of my life and I recall it with gratitude to Dr. Rangnekars," said Singh.

He later visited at the PU to see the nearly 3,500 books and memorabilia donated by him.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 19:30 IST