An Educationist par excellence Dr. M. Abel received his home call


An Educationist par excellence Dr. M. Abel received his home call

Prof.M.Abel the founder Vice Chancellor of the Sri Krishna Devaraya University passed away in the early hours of Tuesday the 27th November 2012  at his residence in Tambaram, Chennai.

Dr.Abel would have been 90 by next month, was a Professor of Political Science and Principal of Madras Christian College for many years from where he was invited by the Govt. of A.P. to be the first Vice Chancellor of S.K.University and later as the founder Vice Chairman of Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education(APSCHE), Hyderabad.                                                                                                                                                          Dr.Abel celebrated his late wife’s birthday on Monday the 26th and spent a normal night and towards the morning of  27th November, he breathed his last while asleep.  He is survived by 3 daughters – Kala, a professor now retired; Deepthi formerly General Secretary, YWCA, Chennai currently on the staff of Christian Aid India, Chennai; Rekha formerly from CARITAS currently a free lance consultant in Hyderabad; and one son – Dharmaraj Abel, a Bank Manager in New York; 7 grand children and 3 great grand children.  Dharmaraj is expected in Chennai  on the morning of the Thursday the 29th and immediately thereafter the mortal remains of Dr.Abel are to  be laid at rest in the Church Cemetery in Tambaram.

Dr.Abel an educationist par excellence was responsible in shaping the lives of thousands of young people over the years and until his death, he was engaged in training students of dalit background for the “All India Services”.  Dr.Abel was closely connected with the church related organizations and made an immense contribution to  the poor and the excluded.   Marking the silver jubilee of the Church of South India, Dr.Abel was commissioned to study the life, service and witness of the Church and the outcome was  the popularly known Abel commission report that  spoke of several reforms the church in India needed to undertake.

He was  a frontline leader of the  National Council of Churches in India and was responsible for the reorganization of CASA.  He also served as the Director of Community Service Centre, as Secretary General of Christian Education Council of India and a host of organizations both Christian and Secular that kept him ever on his feet to search and serve people as part of Christian Witness.    

In his death, the ecumenical fraternity and the educational institutions of our country  have lost an iconic person.

May his soul rest in Peace

Dr.Jetti A.Oliver