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(Respected Vice Chancellor and Dean Kamal Aggarwal, Distinguished SubbaRow Laureate Professor Daman Saluja, Dear Friends of the Faculty and Student Body and Esteemed Members of the Audience.

We are on the eve of the 124th Birth Anniversary of one of the greatest biochemists and medical scientists of the Twentieth Century.

We celebrate again the life and achievements of a long lost son of India who wished to do his outstanding research in his homeland and put down India as a top contributor to medical and scientific research worldwide. He was frustrated by the then colonial power. He did not get due credit for what he did in the field of molecular biology because the USA was then a secondary scientific power to Britain whose science bureaucracy was zealous of maintaining the then position of the United Kingdom.

Yellapragada SubbaRow wanted at one time to continue in India the research he had begun at Harvard but again the British colonialists did not let him have the facilities he needed. That is why all his path-breaking discoveries of vitamins, antibiotics, anti-cancer treatments and the anti-filarial were made in the USA.

No wonder he remained in his own land an unsung hero for a long time but there is a much greater awareness of Dr SubbaRow's work in India now than there was may be 20 or 25 years ago.

The credit for this goes in a large measure to the School of Biotechnology of the Indraprastha University which instituted this lecture series in 2002 and made it the longest. I have lived to be on my 14th pilgrimage today to this centre of excellence which has the distinction of holding the longest series fulfilled sixteen years ago my cherished desire for a lecture series in memory of Doctor Yellapragada SubbaRow whose biography I had the privilege of writing. There were several initiatives after Dr SubbaRow's untimely passing in 1948 to perpetuate his memory through lectures at schools, universities and medical bodies.

One of the first was perhaps the memorial lecture by that dissident scientist Dr J B S Haldane in New Delhi organised by Dr Sushila Nayyar the then union health minister. None of the initiatives crossed the number six.

We of The National Committee for Dr Yellapragada SubbaRow Centenary Celebrations endowed quadrennial lectures at the Indian National Science Academy in 1995. Sixth was the last INSA lecture. That was in 2011. It is eight years now and there is no word about the seventh. What happened to the endowment, nobody knows.

Although some of these SubbaRow Memorial Lectures were initiated long years before, none of them are anywhere near the mark set by IPU at the School of Biotechnology. Dr K Kannan initiated the Memorial Lecture at this vibrant university in 2002 and his successor deans,

Professor P C Sharma and Professor N Raghuram made it an annual tradition.

I am particularly gratified that Professor/Dean Kamal Aggarwal is continuing the tradition What distinguishes the IPU lecture series is not just that it has reached the 14th milestone and has not lost steam? It has no endowment and every new lecture is a fresh bid by the concurrent dean supported by the faculty, staff and student body and nurtured by successive vice-chancellors and financed by the university itself in the years that did not find outside sponsors.

Let me reiterate the appeal I have been making to our Vice-chancellor to institutionalize this Memorial Lecture series either by formal budgeting a university endowment or securing an endowment from a government or a private source.

I am also anxious that the website is taken over by an association or institution or by a new body registered by group of academicians and others. I seek the advice of seniors present here this afternoon.

The SubbaRow Laureates, Indian and foreign, are big names in biotechnology and related fields of science and medicine.

Professor Saluja has now entered the galaxy of distinguished SubbaRow laureates. I consider this particularly significant because we have in Professor Daman Saluja the first of the many lady SubbaRow Laureates who would, I hope and wish, grace this hall in the years to come. She has chosen "Understanding the functional divergence of p73, a member of the p53 family of proteins" as her tribute to the memory of Yellapragada SubbaRow.

I congratulate her, felicitate her. For, her research will hopefully contribute to the eventual fulfilment of Dr SubbaRow's last obsession -- a cure for cancer. May be I should use the plural and say cures for the varied forms that cancer takes.

Indeed, Dr SubbaRow made a beginning with methotrexate but died even as he was setting up a cancer research centre in the New York exurb of Pearl River. His research colleagues and medical collaborators were sure he would have fouind a cancer cure had he lived longer.

Prof Saluja's presentation will go on line like the preceding ones in my website www.ysubbarow.info. I was helped to create the website by the 2002 batch of students at this School of Biotechnology. It has since then been built up to be a treasure house of all and everything by and on Dr Yellapragada SubbaRow. There are still many digitized documents to be processed and uploaded into the archives sub-site and I am at it. I would be helped if some of you in the present batches join me in this task. We can discuss how we can go about it later this evening. I am with you waiting for Madam Laureate to make her presentation.

(c) Evelyn Publishers, This Website is dedicated to Dr Yellapragada SubbaRow whose contribution to human well being is unparalled