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Prof. S.C. Agarwal – A researcher and a Leader of Par excellence President IAMM – 1977-78 

Prof. S.C. Agarwal, an outstanding medical microbiologist of the country was a brilliant academic and research scientist. After graduation with distinction from King George Medical College, Lucknow followed by postgraduation (M.D. Path & Bact) from the same college, he proceeded to U.K. under Nuffield Fellowship in Medical Sciences and completed his Ph.D. degree from London University a Wright Fleming Instt. He was the only Indian Medical Microbiologist to receive D.Sc. (Medicine) from London University for his work in microbiology & immunology of infectious diseases. Recipient of World Lifetime Achievement Award (USA) Prof. Agarwal was Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Medical Sciences & Royal College of Pathologists. After a short stint as Senior Scientist at the Central Research Institute Kasauli where he established the National Salmonella & Escherichia Centre, he founded the Dept. of Microbiology at PGIMER, Chandigarh in 1964, which turned out to be one of the best teaching & research departments in the country. Later, he developed the departments of microbiology at JIPMER Pondicherry and SKIMS Srinagar. In between he was also Serologist to the Govt. of India. His research contribution had been in the field of diphtheria, typhoid, cholera and mycetoma. He developed a L-(forms) lysate and ribonucleic acid vaccine against cholera and purified vaccine against typhoid & propounded the new theory of toxaemic shock in diphtheria. He was the first to show the role of Respiratory Syncitial Virus and different types of Para influenza viruses in respiratory infection in children in India. All these research findings have been published in National & International journals of repute. Prof. Agarwal was responsible to emphasise the need of separate association of Medical Microbiologists. He along with his some other colleagues in particular Prof. K.B. Sharma & Prof. S. Subramaniam established the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists in 1976 & was its Founder President in 1977 and 1978 which has become a highly vibrant scientific association in the country. He established the annual Prof. S.C., Agarwal Prize to be awarded to a distinguished & outstanding medical microbiologist of the country based on his/her original & significant research contributions. Several of his students are occupying prestigious chairs in Microbiology in the country and abroad. 

Dr. R.C. Mahajan 

Past President IAMM (Founder Member) 

S.N. Bose INSA Research Professor and 

Emeritus Professor Department of Parasitology PGIMER, 

Chandigarh – 160 012

Dr. H.I. Jhala (1919-1984) 

President IAMM 1979-80 

Dr. Harshadrai Ishwarlal Jhala was born on 13 th January, 1919 and after obtaining his licentiate from College of Physicians & Surgeons graduated in Medicine from the Grant Medical College, Bombay in 1943. In 1945 he obtained the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and obtained MD in Pathology and Bacteriology in 1947. Dr. Jhala had been a doyen of Indian Medical Microbiology and can be truly considered as pioneer in the field of Virology in this country. During his tenure as Professor and Head of the Department of Pathology and Bacteriology at the Grant Medical College Bombay in the 1950s, he took keen interest in developing the discipline of Microbiology and made valuable contributions to the advancement of medical education. Dr. Jhala held the post of Director of Haffkine Institute Bombay for 11 years from 1958 onwards. During his tenure as Director he contributed immensely to the growth of Haffkine Institute, both in the field of research in tropical diseases and production of biologicals. Along with late Professor Gharpure he initiated a programme in Poliomyelitis both with respect to surveillance and production of polio vaccines. In recognition of his services, the Royal College of Pathologists (London) elected him its Fellow in 1966. He retired from government service as the Director of Medical Education of Maharashtra State but remained active in the professional field first at H.N. Hospital, Bombay and later at Arogaya Mandal Hospital in Karamsad. He made a mark as an administrator in all the institutions where he served. He was committed to the cause of Pathology and Microbiology and served with distinction as President of both Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists, and the Indian Association of Medical Microbiolgists in 1979-80. The latter association grew to greater heights during his strewardship as the President. He also served as an editor of the Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology for about 6 years. His services were utilized by the WHO as a Consultant. He was a Fellow of Academy of Science (FASc) and a Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences. He will be remembered by all his students, colleagues and staff as a very kind, humane and considerate person ever willing to help everyone. In his passing away the scientific community in India in general and Microbiologists in particular have lost a very ardent research worker, a scientist, an excellent teacher, philosopher, guide and friend. 

Dr. K.B. Sharma 

Past President IAMM (Founder Member) 

B-7, Swasthya Vihar New Delhi-110092


Professor Atindra Nath Chakrabarty (1930-2002) 

President IAMM - 1986 

Professor Atindra Nath Chakrabarty was born in Calcutta in 1930. After completing I. Sc. From St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, he obtained his M.B.B.S. degree from Calcutta Medical College in 1954. He was a Gold Medallist in M.D. from King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, from where he also completed his D.C.P. He then came to Calcutta and joined the West Bengal Government Health Services. He worked in N.R.S. Medical College and Hospital and School of Tropical Medicine. In 1960, he was selected as the first medical student for the award of Commonwealth Scholarship and went to Manchester to study Diploma in Bacteriology, which he completed with flying colors. After returning to Calcutta, he joined as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Bacteriology at P.G. Hospital. As he faced some difficulties in pursuing fundamental as well as applied research in Bacteriology, he later joined the Department of Pharmacy, Jadavpur University, as Reader. Here he got all the facilities to carry out his research and started bringing in projects from ICMR, UGC and CSIR. From here, he moved on to IIEM (now IICB), hoping to get greater facilities in Research. However, in 1977, he joined Calcutta University as the first Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology. His main aim was to establish a department of Medical Microbiology at University College of Medicine, Calcutta that materialized in 1979. Since 1981, innumerable M.D. students have come out from his Department. Prof. Chakrabarty also ably guided more than 50 M. Pharma. and Ph.D. students. All of his students are well placed in institutions and hospitals throughout the world. Prof. Chakrabarty pioneered research in various fields of Microbiology, making some breakthrough contributions in many fields. Amongst his chief achievements are 

1) Cultivation of Leprosy backillus and establishing the significance of transmission of the bacillus and from soil to man. 

2) Recognition of a new class of compounds that are internationally acclaimed as ‘Non-antibiotics’. 

3) Discovery of a new mode of transfer of genes through transformation. 

4) Detection of the presence of drug-resistant DNA in the non-synthetic antibiotics and possible chance of transfer from antibiotics themselves in creating drug-resistant bacteria in nature. He has almost 200 national and international publications to his credit, and he also authored a book entitled ‘Non-antibiotics: a new class of unrecognized antimicrobics’. He was invited to deliver lectures in various international and national conferences, along with many workshops in the field of Medical Microbiology. He received Dr. S.C. Agarwal Oration Award, H.I. Jhala Award and also the IAMM Endowment Award. He was President of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM) in 1986 and delivered the presidential oration on cultivation of leprosy bacillus. Prof. A.N. Chakrabarty breathed his last on 25 November 2002 in Bangalore while attending the 26 th Annual Congress of the IAMM. He has left behind him his wife, children and grandchildren and innumerable students, colleagues and friends. 

Dr. Sujata G. Dastider 

Prof. & Head, 

Division of Microbiology 

Dept. of Pharmaceutical Technology Jadavpur University, 

Kolkata –700 032

Professor Kunti Prakash (1934-2001) 

President IAMM - 1988 

Professor Kunti Prakash was born in Lucknow on 1 st September 1934 and had her preliminary education in Lucknow and Agra. She graduated in Medicine from S.N. Medical College, Agra in 1958. She started her career in Microbiology at Lady Hardinge Medical College in 1960 and except for a short stay at UK and in Maulana Azad Medical College, she remained in the Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi till her retirement as Director Professor in 1992. Dr. Kunti Prakash together with Dr. K.B. Sharma at Lady Hardinge Medical College charted the Microbiological Research and Education in 1961 and they worked as professional colleagues for almost 40 years. What was initiated in the nineteen sixties by them, ultimately became an epoch-making Research work due to her dedication and tireless pursuit in her quest over the decades. She was an accomplished research worker par excellence and a kind teacher. She put in lot of effort for her postgraduate students guiding them sagaciously and appropriately. Almost 40 postgraduates who obtained degrees of M.D. and Ph.D. during her period at LHMC are scattered all over the globe and are engaged in carrying out research in the field of infectious diseases and many of them have reached the pinnacle of the scientific field. Professionally she scaled great heights in the field of streptococcus and these endeavors put India on the world map leading to recognition of WHO Collaborative centre at the Lady Hardinge Medical College in 1980. Her scientific accomplishments put her on a very fast track and very quickly even in late 1970s reached the pinnacle of her career and gained international leadership in the field and many national and international awards came her way viz; Hari Om Ashram Research Award of MCI 1980. Y.S. Narayan Rao Award of ICMR 1984 and S.C. Agarwal Prize of IAMM 1988 and honorary F.R.C. Path (London) 1984. Her lifetime work in the streptococcal research led to important initiative of the Govt. to start control of RF/RHD on a national level under Jai Vigyan Scheme. In fact International streptococcus meet which was held in India in 2003 where we were the hoping to felicitate her at that juncture which could only be a tribute. Her contributions to the IAMM were immense right from the date of its inception. She was among the sixteen signatories signaling the birth of Indian Association of Microbiologists in 1976. The first conference of IAMM in Lady Hardinge Medical College was largely due to her untiring efforts. She was founder Associate Editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology in the years 1982-88 and ably assisted the founder editor Dr. K.B. Sharma in putting the journal on firm footing. She was elected President of IAMM in 1988. 

Dr. K.B. Sharma 

Past President IAMM (Founder Member) 

B-7, Swasthya Vihar New Delhi-110092