Past RI director M K Panduranga Setty passed away on Jan 21 at 90 due to age-related ailments. He was a member of RC Bangalore, RID 3190, and a trustee of Rotary News Trust. For long years he had steered the content of the magazine in Bengaluru.
Setty, a recipient of RI’s ‘Service Above Self’ Award, had served RI as a member of the strategic planning committee, membership development committee, districting committee, election review committee and the Centennial History of Rotary committee. He had also served as chairman of RI’s executive committee (1992–93), Rotary Foundation (India) and the South East Asia Regional PolioPlus Committee.
A veteran educationist, Setty expanded the academic operations of the Rashtreeya Sikshana Samithi Trust, of which he was president emeritus, into an empire, and was chancellor of the RV University run by the trust.
As an industrialist he was instrumental in building the milling technology from scratch in Mysuru after studying an advanced course in Switzerland. Thanks to his efforts in its formative years, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has become a premier B-school in the country. Setty was appointed by the Karnataka government as chairman of the Karnataka State Industrial Investment & Development Corporation Ltd.
(Detailed obit in the March issue)