Who is Goury Acharya? The mother of missing Purdue University student Neel Acharya is in mourning after he was discovered to have died.
Goury Acharya, Neel’s mom, had announced the disappearance of her son on X on Monday, January 29th 2024.
According to her, he had been missing for over 24 hours at that point, last seen by an Uber driver who dropped him off at Purdue.
Sadly, Neel Acharya body was discovered outside the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories on Purdue’s campus.
That left the parents of Neel Acharya in mourning, as their brilliant boy who was pursuing a double major at the prestigious University had his life cut so unceremoniously short.
Currently, as we attempt to garner more details on what happened, we provide some background on Neel Acharya, his mom Goury Acharya, his death and any other information we deem pertinent in the article below.
Who is Goury Acharya?
Goury Acharya is an Indian-American educator and the mother of deceased Purdue University student, Neel Acharya.
We are going to learn all about her in this section below but first let’s briefly go over the death of her son, Neel.
Goury Archya revealed on X (formerly Twitter) on her account @AcharyaGoury that her son, Neel, a student of Purdue University, had gone missing.
Goury made the post Monday, January 29th that her son had been missing since Sunday, January 28th, the day prior, and said he was last seen with an Uber driver.
“Our son Neel Acharya has been missing since yesterday January 28 (12:30 am EST) He is studying at Purdue University in the US. He was last seen by the Uber driver who dropped him off at Purdue University. We are looking for any info on him. Please help us if you know anything,” she said.
Her post was replied to by the India’s Consulate General in Chicago which said, “(The) Consulate is in touch with Purdue University authorities and also with Neel’s family. The consulate will extend all possible support and help.”
Unfortunately, there was no good news to come as Neil’s body had already been discovered on Sunday but Goury Acharya had not been made aware yet.
Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office officials were called around 11:30 am on Sunday to 500 Allison Road in West Lafayette for a possible dead body. Upon arrival, they found a “college-aged male” deceased outside Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories on the Purdue University Campus.
In an email sent by Chris Clifton, the interim head of the Purdue University’s Computer Science Department Monday, he announced the passing of Neel Acharya.
“It is with great sadness that I inform you that one of our students Neel Acharya has passed away. The leadership in the Department of Computer Science expresses our profound sorrow for his passing. I am deeply saddened by his loss. My condolences go out to his friends family and all affected,” he said.
Goury Acharya education & career
Goury Acharya, Neel’s mom, works as a French / Technical Language Specialist with the French Faculty of the Savitribai Phule University in Pune, India.
The position is a part-time, remote job that she’s held since August of 2023, according to her LinkedIn account.
Previously, she worked with the French Faculty of the SIFIL Symbiosis Institute for Indian and Foreign Languages for close to three years between Jan 2019 and Oct 2021.
Prior to becoming an educator, Goury Acharya worked as a Senior software engineer for close to seven years – first from August 1999 to February 2004 with a company in San Jose then with an Indian company between February 2004 to June 2006.
Neel Acharya’s mom Goury had her first degree at the COEP (College of Engineering, Pune) in India, receiving a Bachelor of Engineering and Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering in 1994.
She subsequently moved to the States, studying for a Masters degree in Computer Engineering at the San Jose State University in 1999, before studying for a French Language and Literature translation course at Alliance Francaise in Delhi.
Who are Neel Acharya parents?
Neel Acharya parents are his mother Goury Acharya, and his father, whose name has yet to be publicly revealed so far.
Neel’s mother has been in the United States since 1998 when she arrived to study at San Jose State University. It’s not clear when she met his father and the pair conceived their son.
Who was Neel Acharya Purdue?
Neel Acharya was a 20-year-old Indian student who was pursuing a double major in computer science and data science at Purdue University in Indiana, USA.
He was found dead on the university campus on January 29th, 2024, after being missing for two days.
His death has shocked and saddened his family, friends, and the academic community, who remember him as a driven, talented, and charismatic person.
According to a statement by Purdue University, a “college-aged” man matching Acharya’s description and carrying his ID was found dead near the Maurice J Zucrow Laboratories on the campus at about 10.30 am on Sunday. The university said that the local authorities were investigating the incident and that there was no indication of foul play or threat to the campus community.
Neil Acharya Purdue had been missing since January 28, 12.30 am, as per a post on X (formerly known as Twitter) by his mother, Goury Acharya.
She had appealed for any information on his whereabouts and said that he was last seen by the Uber driver who dropped him off at Purdue University.
The Consulate General of India in Chicago had also responded to her post and said that they were in touch with the university authorities and Acharya’s family.
The exact cause of Neel Acharya’s death is not yet known.
The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office said that an autopsy would be performed on Monday to determine the manner and cause of death.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Neel was a bright and ambitious student who had a passion for computer science and data science.
He had joined Purdue University in 2022 as a part of the John Martinson Honors College and was expected to graduate in 2026.
Neel had completed his schooling in Pune, India, before moving to the US for higher studies.
Neel Acharya Purdue was also a friendly and outgoing person who had a lot of friends and interests.
His friend and roommate, Aryan Khanolkar, described him as a “loving, caring, charismatic soul, and will be cherished by all of us”.
He said that Acharya loved to play video games, watch movies, and listen to music. He also said that Acharya was always ready to help others and had a positive outlook on life.
Acharya’s academic achievements and personal qualities earned him the respect and admiration of his professors and peers.
Chris Clifton, the interim head of the computer science department at Purdue University, said that Acharya was a “driven individual and academically talented” and that his death was a “shock” and a “real loss to our community”.
Neel Acharya was a brilliant and charismatic student at Purdue University who died under mysterious circumstances on January 30, 2024.
His death has left a deep impact on his family, friends, and the academic community, who mourn his loss and remember his legacy. His death also offers some lessons and insights that can be learned from his case, such as the importance of mental health and well-being, the role of social media and technology, and the value of human life and diversity.
His death is a tragedy that should not be forgotten, but rather serve as a motivation and inspiration for others to live their lives to the fullest and make a positive difference in the world.
Goury Acharya son Neel and Vivek Saini
Another Indian student who suffered a similar fate to Neel Acharya, the son of Goury Acharya, was Indian student Vivek Saini, a 25-year-old who was studying and working in the US.
He was brutally killed by a homeless man, Julian Faulkner, inside a store in Georgia’s Lithonia city on January 16, 2024.
Saini had been helping the man for the past couple of days before the fatal attack.
His death sparked outrage and grief among his family, friends, and the Indian community in the US.
Faulkner has been arrested and charged with murder.
Goury Acharya’s son Neel was a student of Purdue University before his death.
According to Wikipedia, Purdue University is a public land-grant research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the flagship campus of the Purdue University system.
The university was founded in 1869 after Lafayette businessman John Purdue donated land and money to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name.
The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students.
The main campus in West Lafayette offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 masters and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and advanced practice nursing.
In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 1000 student organizations. Purdue is the founding member of the Big Ten Conference and enrolls the largest student body of any individual university campus in Indiana, as well as the ninth-largest foreign student population of any university in the United States.
Purdue University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”.
Purdue has been affiliated with 13 Nobel laureates, 1 Turing Award laureate, 2 World Food Prize laureates, 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, 18 Olympic medalists, 3 National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipients, 2 National Medal of Science recipients, 3 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, 7 members of Congress, 3 U.S. governors, and 2 heads of state.
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