Academician Hoshan Moogat passes away
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Mathematics teacher and senior academician Hoshang Moogat, known for his jovial ways of teaching and easy-to-understand methods, died here on Friday. The octogenarian, fondly called by many of his students as 'Bawa', breathed his last at a local private hospital, where he had been admitted for treatment of stomach-related ailment for past around 10-days.
Mourning the death of their beloved teacher, Moogat's students, some of whom have been placed at top positions across the globe, said that his legacy would live on in their hearts forever. Moogat, who taught mathematics for students belonging to two generations, had been appointed on governing bodies of some of the noted educational establishments in the city. The former Nowrosjee Wadia College principal, he was president of Sardar Dastur Schools among other academic responsibilities.
"Besides good teacher, Prof Moogat had cheerful attitude. He made mathematics easy for students. His teaching methods were unique and easy to grasp. His jovial nature always ensured cheerful atmosphere in classroom," said Raymond Rebello, a 55-year old real-estate consultant, who was Moogat's teacher in mid 70s. Senior journalist Pranab Majumdar, who learnt mathematics from Moogat in early 80s, said Wadia College classroom used to get packed with students during lectures of the 'mathematical wizard'.
"Students often used to bunk lectures of other professors, but not that of conducted by Moogat. Even, students from other colleges used to come to Wadia College for his lectures, who were allowed to sit," he recalled. Majumdar also specifically recalled Moogat's special style of uttering mathematical formulae in a catchy tone and even dancing to the tune of it, which in turn, he said, would ensured students never forget them.
Moogat's students placed across the world mourned the death of their 'darling professor' and shared condolence messages and rare photos through the social media. "Back in 1991-92, I was one of the many students of class XII, panicked by mathematics. We were fortunate to have you (Moogat) to teach us for few months and from then on mathematics was fun with your guidance till second year BSc. Along with mathematics, you taught us values and principles..the treasure that shaped us as individuals and still helps us at crucial moments in our life," said Snehal Yerawadekar, one of Moogat's students in her Facebook message.
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