The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur is mourning the death of "distinguished achiever" and alumni GV Loganathan, the professor who died in a US university shootout along with 32 others.
Loganathan, who had done his masters from IIT Kanpur after graduation from IIT-Madras, is credited with linking the IIT Alumni Centre here to the Virginia Tech's engineering education department on certain projects.
"We held a condolence meeting on the campus in Kanpur on Tuesday evening," IIT director Sanjay Dhande said on Wednesday.
The alumni association observed a two-minute silence as a mark of homage to the departed soul, while his contemporaries paid rich tributes to him.
Describing Loganathan as a "distinguished achiever" in the field of civil and environmental engineering, Dhande said: "It was very agonising to conceive what happened in Virginia, where I used to teach before coming here in 2001."
Rating Virginia Tech as among the "leading academic centres in America", he said: "I cannot even imagine in my wildest dreams that a student of such a place could take to such wild behaviour."
He suspects that the free availability of weapons in the US could be responsible for the killing.
"The high standards at Virginia do keep scholars on heir toes in an academically tense environment in which today's short-tempered generation was more prone to taking law into their own hands.
"And what could have tempted the killer more easily was easy access to a gun," he added.
"After all, this was not the first incident of its type in the US. There have been a few more such indiscriminate killings carried out by trigger-happy psychopaths there," he said.