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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 229  

Remembering Dr. G. P. SEN

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Dr. Ganga Prasad Sen, born on 1 January 1932, passed B.Sc. (1953) and B.V.Sc. & A. H. (1958) from Calcutta University with Distinction & Merit Scholarship and joined Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in 1958, passed M.V.Sc. in Bacteriology in 1960 and obtained Ph.D. (in-service) in 1971, both from Agra University.

Dr. Sen started his research career at IVRI Mukteshwar-Kumaon in 1960, as Assistant Research Officer Quality Control in 1961 where he was associated with preparation of Draft Schedule F1 Central Drugs & Cosmetics Rules which led to the subsequent formation of Division of Standardization. From 1965 to 1971 and from 1976 to 1978, Dr. Sen served as in-charge FAO/WHO  Brucellosis More Details Reference Centre where he was instrumental in the Development of Indian Standards anti- Brucella More Details abortus serum and standardized Brucella antigens including Rose Bengal Plate Test Antigen. He developed new Brucella phage which is still maintained as international standard by CVL, Weybridge, UK.

He was placed at All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata, for teaching and research in MVPH (course initiated by WHO in collaboration with IVRI and Government of India). The University of Calcutta recognized him to hold the position of Convenor Ph.D. committed in veterinary science. In 1988, he was assigned to establish the IVRI Eastern Regional Station at Belghachia in Kolkata from where he retired on superannuation in December 31, 1991.

He was honored with Fellow of Indian Public Health Association where he served as Honorary Treasurer, General Secretary and Vice-President and represented the World Federation of Public Health Associations in World Heath Organization SEARO meetings. He was also elected as President of West Bengal State Branch of IPHA. Dr. Sen was awarded Golden Jubilee Award of IPHA.

He was honored by ICAR as Emeritus Scientist in 1992.

Dr. Sen published more than 130 research papers, co-authored two ICAR monographs, and guided half a dozen Ph.D. thesis including FAO, CSIR, ICAR and ICMR Fellows.

Dr. Sen was elected as President for the period 1992-1993 of section of Medical & Veterinary Science of Indian Science Congress Association. Dr. Sen was admitted as Fellow of National Academy of Veterinary Science (India) in 1996 at Vigyan Bhaban, New Delhi. He was awarded Research Fellowship by the American Biographical Institute, USA, in 1995.

Prof. G.P. Sen was the Founder President of Association of Public Health Veterinaries.

Dr. Sen was the recipient of Prof. Ram Raksha Kiran Shukla Lifetime Achievement Award 2006 of Indian Association for Advancement of Veterinary Research. He was awarded Honorary Fellow of Association of Public Health Veterinarians in December 2006 and delivered a talk as the Founder President of APHV in the Global Meet on Food Safety and Food Security at Lucknow in November 2008.

Dr. Sen was the invited speaker at the seminar on Self-help Group organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nimpith Ashrama, South 24 Parganas in February 2009 and was felicitated at the National Congress of Canine Practinioners in February 2009.

For uplifting rural female education, he instituted Late Rajabala Sen & Dinesh Chandra Sen Endowment Award for the best poor student continuing secondary education at Sarada Math, Nimpith Ashrama, Sunderbans. Dr. Sen donated for Dr. G.L. Sharma Endowment Award for encouraging Veterinary Public Health by West Bengal University of Animal & Fisheries Sciences, Kolkata.

Dr. Sen was appointed as one of the respectable members of the Consortium Advisory Committee (CAC) for the research project on "Strategies for Sustainable Management of Degraded Coastal Land and Water for Enhancing Livelihood Security of Farming Communities".

Dr. Sen's health was deteriorating for the last several months, but the end came all of a sudden on 29.12.2010. He left behind his wife and daughter.

Indian Public Health Association joins his family in praying for the departed soul.


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