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A National Committee for Dr. Yellapragada SubbaRow Centenary Celebrations meanwhile came into being with Giani Zail Singh, seventh President of India, as chief patron because of the initiative of G V G Krishnamurty and Dr S Sriramachari.  Representatives of INSA the Indian National Science Academy, Indian Council of Medical Research, Medical Council of India, Departments of Science and Technology and of Biotechnology, Delhi University, Directorate General of Health Services, Institute of Pathology and All India Institute of Medical Sciences were associated with the National Committee. The Committee mounted a scientific seminar at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences on the morning of January 10, 1995, held a public function of homage at the Mavalankar Auditorium on the evening of January 12 and hosted the release of the SubbaRow commemoration stamp by the Vice-President of India, K R Narayanan, on December 19.  It used part of the funds it saved to endow a Memorial Lecture to be awarded, with an honorarium of Rs.25, 000, once in three years by INSA to a pioneer in biomedical sciences.  The first lecture was awarded to Prof N R Moudgal, Professor in the Centre of Reproductive Biology at Bangalore's Indian Institute of Science who presented his research on the Male Contraception at INSA on 16 March 1997.  The National Committee provided the Indian Academy of Sciences in Bangalore a set of Dr SubbaRow's scientific papers for the publication it undertook of the Collected Works which, alas!, are yet to see the light of the day.

 

A photo exhibition on the life and work of SubbaRow was created by N K P Muthu Koya the distinguished artist of DAVP and was mounted at the AIIMS and Mavalankar Hall celebration of the Centenary.  It took a tour the Nation in the seven years following. 

 

It was first taken by Dr K Kannan, the biotechnologist, to Visakhapatnam for exposition at the 47th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress in December 1995 as its agenda included a slot on the 29th for Homage to Yellapragada SubbaRow with a lecture on "Eternal Challenges - Diseases and Therapies - Dedication of a Lifetime'.

 

With the exhibition as anchor, Professor Bangaru Ramesh Babu at Hyderabad's American Studies Research Centre organised, July 10 to 13, 1996, lectures by distinguished scientists, slide shows, screening of popular science films and an essay contest for High School students.  A symposium on 'Mechanism-Based Drug Design' was held in conjunction at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, with invited lectures from top scientists in house as well as from the Indian Institute of Science and the Ranbaxy Research Laboratories.

 

Mumbai, with a citizens committee of which V V Govardhan Rao was the key member, hosted the photo exhibition at Sachivalaya Gymkhana from January 12 to 14, 1997.  Vithal Nadkarni's front-page focus in Times of India on the lives saved from the plague drew to the exhibition a steady stream of people who had benefited from, or known beneficiaries of, SubbaRow's vitamins, antibiotics, anticancer drugs and antifilarial.

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