A Tribute to Dr Pushpa Mittra Bhargava: Architect of Modern Biology in India

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PM BhargavaDr. PM Bhargava (22 February 1928 – 01 August 2017)

On Tuesday, 1st August 2017, biologist Dr Pushpa Mittra Bhargava died at the age of 89. Bhargava (Born: 22 February 1928) was the founder of ‘CSIR Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB)‘ one of the prime research institute of India located in the city of Hyderabad. Bhargava was  a pioneer in the field of biotechnology in India. In the decade of 70s, Bhargava was instrumental in the setting up of a separate department for biotechnology (DBT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology of Government of India.

Until July 2017, Dr PM Bhargava was the chairman of the Medically Aware and Responsible Citizens of Hyderabad, the Sambhavna Trust, Bhopal, and the Basic Research, Education and Development Society (BREAD), New Delhi. Bhargava also served as the Vice-Chairman of the “National Knowledge Commission” during 2005-07. Bhargava was the recipient of over 100 national and international honours and awards including the Padma Bhushan (Received in 1986; returned in 2015 on matters of principle) and the Legion d’Honneur in 1998 from then President of France.

Dr Bhargava is popularly known as the Architect of Modern Biology in India. The online archive of the nine decades of the work of PM Bhargava is presented on http://pmbhargava.com in nine volumes.

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Dr Sunil Kumar Verma. A Tribute to Dr Pushpa Mittra Bhargava: Architect of Modern Biology in India. In: विज्ञान संग्रह. vigyaan.org. Access URL: http://vigyaan.org/blogs/obituary/1252/. Retrieved September 23, 2017.

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Dr Sunil Kumar Verma is an experienced Principal Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry for more than 20 years. Skilled in Molecular Medicine, Genetics, Translational Research and Wildlife Forensics, Dr Verma has done his doctorate from the University of Oxford. UK. He had been the inventor of 'Universal Primer Technology' (US Patent 7141364), which led to the establishment of India's first wildlife forensics cell in the LaCONES of CCMB to provide wildlife forensics services to the nation. He is also the recipient of several national and international awards and honours, including the 2008 CSIR Technology Award, the 2009 NRDC Meritorious Invention Award of Govt. of India and the 2009 BioAsia Innovation Award in recognition of his contribution to Indian science and technology.

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