Passing of Dr M.C. Nandeesha

With deep regret, I convey the sad news that Dr M.C. Nandeesha, the inspiration for starting the Asian Fisheries Society’s Gender/Women in Fisheries/Aquaculture activities in the early 1990s, has passed away in Chennai, India.

Farewell Dr Nandeesha. Source: Dr Mohan Joseph

Farewell Dr Nandeesha. Source: Dr Mohan Joseph Modayil

The gender and fisheries community, and others such as the fisheries education and aquaculture research and development communities, convey their sincere condolences to his highly esteemed widow, Mrs B Rajeswari Dayal, and their son.

We will prepare a profile of Dr Nandeesha and his contributions in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, those wishing to can post messages on this page to be passed to his family.

Your contributions to the family to help defray recent medical treatment costs are still greatly appreciated.

Meryl Williams

We thank Dr Mohan Joseph Modayil for creating the above graphic tribute to Nandeesha.

27 December 2012

PLEASE ADD YOUR OWN TRIBUTE AND READ THOSE BELOW (UNDER COMMENTS ) FROM:

  • Md Ghulam Kibria (2)
  • Holly Hapke
  • Govindaraju GS
  • John Kurien
  • Dr. Adekunle Dada
  • Dr. Basavaraj (tribute from a long term friend/colleague after attending Nandeesha’s funeral)
  • Sunila Rai
  • Melba Bondad-Reantaso (see image below and tribute in Comments)
  • Nikita Gopal
Tribute to Nandeesha from Dr Melba Bondad-Reantaso

Tribute to Nandeesha from Dr Melba Bondad-Reantaso (see full tribute below)

11 responses to “Passing of Dr M.C. Nandeesha

  1. “Great Memories of Professor Dr Nandeesha”

    Dear Dr Meryl and SARNISSA members,

    I’m extremely get shocked to learn this most painful news couple of hours ago from the Gender Aqua website (http://genderaquafish.org/2012/12/27/passing-of-dr-m-c-nandeesha) Professor Dr Nandeesha. It is absolutely untimely departure of Dr Nandeesha from us. I had contact with him as regular basis and even I usually met him at various international conference in different countries and as we also met each other and chat with him in the last year in Shanghai, China (GAF3). However, on this occasion I’d firmly say that we surely lost one of the dedicated soldier who had valued and remarkable contribution in the field of tropical aquaculture especially on Gender in aquaculture and fisheries in Asia and Africa region.

    Furthermore, the World aquaculture communities, The WorldFish and the FAO of the UN has lost Dr Nandeesha who was a pioneer and promising aquaculture and social scientist. We would obviously re-call him with great love, affectionate and honour.

    At this sad time, I’d like to reflect my deepest condolence to his great family, members and relatives. I wish and pray for his departed soul peacefully goes to the HEAVEN. I trust his family can bear and pass this very hard time through courage and strength from GOD.

    Regards,

    Kibria,MFMR-Namibia


    ——————————————————————————————————————-
    MD. Ghulam Kibria
    Special Aquaculture Advisor to the Hon Minister
    Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR),
    The Government of Republic of Namibia
    Private Bag 13355, Uhland Street, 4th Floor, Room 403
    WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA
    Tel: 00264-61-2053110/2053101/2053002 (Off); 00264-61-233286 (Fax)
    Cell:00264-814007719; Fax2Email: 00264-088618910
    Email: kibriamg@mfmr.gov.na, ghulam.kib@gmail.com,
    Skype: ghulam.kibria
    Web: http://www.mfmr.gov.na
    ————————————————————————————————————————————
    “Teach a man/woman how to catch fish and he/she will have food for a day,
    and teach him/her how to grow fish and he/she will have food for life”

  2. “Great Memories of Professor Dr Nandeesha”
    Dear Dr Meryl and AFS members,

    I’m extremely get shocked to learn this most painful news couple of hours ago from the Gender Aqua website (http://genderaquafish.org/2012/12/27/passing-of-dr-m-c-nandeesha) Professor Dr Nandeesha. It is absolutely untimely departure of Dr Nandeesha from us. I had contact with him as regular basis and even I usually met him at various international conference in different countries and as we also met each other and chat with him in the last year in Shanghai, China (GAF3). However, on this occasion I’d firmly say that we surely lost one of the dedicated soldier who had valued and remarkable contribution in the field of tropical aquaculture especially on Gender in aquaculture and fisheries in Asia and Africa region.

    Furthermore, the World aquaculture communities, The WorldFish and the FAO of the UN has lost Dr Nandeesha who was a pioneer and promising aquaculture and social scientist. We would obviously re-call him with great love, affectionate and honour.

    At this sad time, I’d like to reflect my deepest condolence to his great family, members and relatives. I wish and pray for his departed soul peacefully goes to the HEAVEN. I trust his family can bear and pass this very hard time through courage and strength from GOD.

    Regards,

    Kibria,MFMR-Namibia


    ——————————————————————————————————————-
    MD. Ghulam Kibria
    Special Aquaculture Advisor to the Hon Minister
    Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR),
    The Government of Republic of Namibia
    Private Bag 13355, Uhland Street, 4th Floor, Room 403
    WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA
    Tel: 00264-61-2053110/2053101/2053002 (Off); 00264-61-233286 (Fax)
    Cell: 00264-814007719; Fax2Email: 00264-088618910
    Email: kibriamg@mfmr.gov.na, ghulam.kib@gmail.com,
    Skype: ghulam.kibria
    Web: http://www.mfmr.gov.na
    ————————————————————————————————————————————
    “Teach a man/woman how to catch fish and he/she will have food for a day,
    and teach him/her how to grow fish and he/she will have food for life”

  3. This is indeed very sad news. The gender and fisheries community has been blessed to have had such a champion in Dr. Nandeesha, and the fisheries community as a whole will feel the loss from his passing for a long time. My sincere condolences to his family.

  4. Dear Sir,
    We miss you.
    You were the inspiration for every fisheries graduate of india. You were the role model for all the scientists, teachers, researchers and farmers. I feel lucky that i had an opportunity to converse with him in 2003 december during first PFGF award ceremony and he was the instrumental of that event and entire organisation. He was a genius and best human being i have ever come accross. Sir we really miss you. I pray god to give strength to their family and friends to bear the pain of untimely demise of our Guru Dr. Nandeesha sir. May your soul rest in peace sir.

  5. Dear Meryl,

    The news of the demise of Dr. Nandeesha comes as a great shock. The fisheries research community and the fishing community have lost one of their great supporters. I know from my time in Cambodia how well respected he was not only with the research community but also with the ordinary fishers who benefited from his skills in aquaculture. His passion and honesty of purpose should continue to be a great motivator for all of us to continue the good work which he started and pursued with such enthusiasm and vigor till the last day. My condolences to the family at this moment of grief, but assurances to them that they are not alone in their sorrow.

    John Kurien, Trivandrum

  6. Dr. Adekunle Dada

    May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  7. I am just back from NANDISH’s village after attending his funeral. Coming from a rural background, studying in regional language till 10th, later growing to this heights! It is possible only to a man like Nandish. In 1989 itself my father use to say one day Standish will become a V C. He became one in 2012. Never cared for his personal comforts, always thought big, made people think big, and achieve. He was a role model to people who knew him.may his soul rest in peace. Let his contributions to the mankind be remembered forever. Let us all help the family in bearing this great loss.
    Dr.Basavaraj M S, Mysore

  8. It is really a sad news. It is a great loss. I would like to extend deep condolence to bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.

    Sunila Rai, Ph.D.
    Nepal

  9. Melba Bondad-Reastaso (with kind permission)
    I fondly remember Dr Nandeesha who supported a number of projects under my direct supervision in 2007 (FAO FTP 501 on Assessment of freshwater fish seed resources for sustainable aquaculture), 2009 (WB/FAO/IFAD Gender in agriculture sourcebook), 2011 (FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report 998 on Future Directions on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries) and a 2013 publication (FAO FATP 572 on Enhancing the contribution of small-scale aquaculture to food security, poverty alleviation and socio-economic development). We had many long talks whenever we meet; and he mentioned two books (Wings of Fire – 2002 and Ignited Minds – 2003) which had inspired him written by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India. Last time we met in Shanghai, China in 2011, he gave me a copy of each. — with Meryl Williams and 2 others.

  10. For many of us Dr. Nandeesha will be remembered for his work in Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture. His infectious enthusiasm and commitment to the subject was remarkable. The best tribute to his memory will be to take his work forward.
    May God grant his soul eternal peace and give his family the strength to bear the loss.

  11. Pingback: First Anniversary of Dr M.C. Nandeesha | GENDER IN AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES

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