NEW DELHI: The Delhi Technological University (DTU) of actor Sushant Singh Rajput is considering hosting an online prayer meeting in her memory.
Rajput, 34, was found dead Sunday at his home in Mumbai.
The actor enrolled at DTU in 2003, then known as Delhi College of Engineering, but dropped out in three years to pursue his showbiz dreams.
Even though Rajput was successful in television and film, he never forgot his alma mater.
He last visited DTU in 2019 after the release of his film Chhichhore.
The actor had shared a video of the visit on social media in which he was harassed by students but greeted them with a smile and forced them to take selfies.
“Dreams, dreams. What an overwhelming feeling. Thank you to Delhi Technological University (my DCE 🙂 for welcoming me and helping me make my dream come true.
“You will all be me, and you will all be. Much, much love. Dream 12/50 Plan a day trip to My Alma Mater. #Livingmydreams #lovingmydreams,” he captioned the video and the Photo.
Recalling his visit, DTU Vice Chancellor Yogesh Singh said he visited the hostel and interacted with the students.
“It’s very shocking that he committed suicide. There are a lot of elders who were in close contact with him. It’s shocking to all of us. He had joined in 2003 and had been there for almost three years.
“His rank across India was seventh when he was admitted. He was a very bright and intelligent student,” he told PTI by phone.
The DTU VC said Rajput’s visit in 2019 was not an “official function” but a low-key visit.
He said the university administration is planning to hold an online prayer meeting for the actor very soon.
Another professor, on condition of anonymity, said the actor had visited college three to four times in the past five years.
“He was a very sweet and humble person. Even when he visited last year, he had no bouncers to go with him and mingled with the students as if the campus was his home.
“He spent almost three to four hours and didn’t look like a celebrity,” the professor said.
The DTU professor said the actor has always been proud of his engineering background and even mentioned that he was an engineering student when he appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show.
“In the past five years, he had visited the university three or four times. Even in 2014, he had also come to spend time with students,” he recalls.
The university intended to publish a special booklet on Rajput listing his accomplishments, the professor said, adding that the DTU had published four booklets about his famous alumni in the first round.
“It was planned to have a post on him in the first round but he was busy and the interview could not be done at that time,” he said.
The university also released a statement about the actor’s disappearance.
“The DTU family are extremely shocked and sad at the sudden passing of actor Sushant Singh Rajput who was our alumnus (2003 batch, Mechanical Engineering). He was not only a popular actor, but also a popular student of DTU-DCE, “the statement says.
“This news was a great loss for the institution because a brilliant and proud former student of DTU-DCEite left for the heavenly abode. Our sincere prayers go out to his family at this difficult time,” he added.