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Dr. Arunachalam Kumar passes away

Dr. Arunachalam Kumar passes away

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Mangaluru, Dec 08, 2017: Dr. Arunachalam Kumar, former dean of KSHEMA and former Professor and Head of Department of Anatomy, KMC Mangalore, passed away at 6:00 a.m. on December 8, 2017 at Bhadravathi at the age of 68, following terminal illness. He had been diagnosed of lung cancer in March 2015 and had been undergoing treatment from time to time.

Dr Arunachalam...

Born on April 27, 1949 he had studied for his MBBS and MS at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and Manipal under Mysore University in the late sixties and early seventies. Later on he joined the same institution and served as Professor and Head, Dept. of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. After serving KMC for over two decades, he joined K. S. Hegde Medical Academy (KSHEMA) where he worked as a professor of anatomy and later as Dean. He also served as Director (R & D) at Nitte University. In 2014, he joined the Kanachur Medical College as a Vice Chancellor and Vice Chairman. He had also served as Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine at Kuwait University, Kuwait in 2002 and 2003.

Often considered to be an eccentric genius and a prodigy, he was extremely popular among his students and was deeply admired for his versatility and his extraordinary knowledge and understanding of diverse subjects. In an article published in Outlook magazine, he had once famously predicted Sachin Tendulkar’s back injury by studying his batting posture. His prediction had been subsequently proved true when the legendary cricketer took a break to heal his injury. He had also developed a technique for predicting earthquakes and natural calamities by observing beaching trends among whales. 

He had been cited in Limca Book of Indian Records, 1994, for having the maximum range of scientific research papers in India. The subjects he researched on included Anatomy, Paediatrics, Urology, Medicine, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Forensic Medicine, Dermatology, Community Medicine, ENT, Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering, Sports Medicine, Dentistry, Ornithology, Computer Science, Political Science, Environmental Science, Entomology, and Sociology.

Dr. Arunachalam Kumar

During his career spanning almost 50 years, he had produced a prodigious amount of intellectual output which included hundreds of published scientific papers in international and national journals, articles galore in national and local mass media, radio and television programmes. He had authored books and had been bestowed with innumerable honours including Karnataka Rajyotsava Award for Medical Service 2002. To add to his quirks, he was ambidextrous and could draw with both hands.   

Dr. Arunachalam Kumar was also one of the founder members of the Dakshina Kannada Rationalist Association (then called as South Kanara Rationalist Association) when it was founded in 1976. Even after discovering that he had only a short time to live, his spirit remained undeterred and he continued to be active in all his passionate pursuits. “Life gives, life takes. Be stoic and face what is to come. Make the best of your remaining time, enjoy, savour and revel in the joys and simple pleasures of life,” he wrote in a website.

Soon after his diagnosis, one of his close associates, former colleague and fellow rationalist Prof. Narendra Nayak has invited him to a give a talk on his experiences and he glad obliged. Later Prof. Nayak observed in an article published in, “He faced his terrible diagnosis with courage. He has been given the best available medical treatment and has been writing about it in his blogs on When his students came to know about his problems they set about collecting funds for his treatment. When I visited him he expressed that despite of all his problems he refuses to believe in any supernatural power and remains a staunch rationalist.” 

In his demise Mangalore has lost a genius and an inspiring figure who could infuse the youth with passion for knowledge and pushing oneself to the limit.

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Cherry KOVOOR, Kochi Fri, December-8-2017, 11:27
RIP dear Sir
Kamalaksha NAIK, KARKALA/MUMBAI Fri, December-8-2017, 1:05
Sad demise of Dr. Arunachalam Kumar is a great loss. Kind soul will be remembered for long time. Pray for the departed soul rest in peace.
Jardine Boniventure Dsouza, Mangalore Fri, December-8-2017, 12:59

The Iconic Mega Star , Who Touched So Many Lives, An Inspiration incomparable. Dr.Arunachalam Kumar, The True Leader Leaves.....

Tina Dsouza, Udupi Fri, December-8-2017, 12:58
Sad news . RIP .
Nuthan, Mangalore Fri, December-8-2017, 12:57
Rest in peace sir, The legendary role model for all,
NV Paulose, Mangalore Fri, December-8-2017, 12:56

Dr. Arunachalam Kumar is no more physically with us. His teachings guide us in many areas. A wonderful soul I was in contact with like plenty others he had in his friends list. He always believed in humanity. My heartfelt condolences to Lakshmi, Ravi and the little one who were his family showing how humanity should be loving each other. Me too among them and there are plenty of admirers for Dr. Arunachalam Kumar.

Sudarshan Puttur, Mangalore Fri, December-8-2017, 12:54
We pray R. I. P., dear Dr. Arunachalam Kumar sir... A legend has joined the stars today.... The decades story of his success screened behind memories.
Bharath Mallya, Bengaluru Fri, December-8-2017, 12:53
It is our which always keeps us alive . Rest in peace
Vidhya K Rao, Mangalore Fri, December-8-2017, 12:43
Sad demise of Dr. Arunachalam Kumar. May the eternal soul rest in peace.
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