NRS campus gets IVF pioneer’s bust, boys’ hostel named after him | Kolkata News

Kolkata: Former students of NRS Medical College on Friday paid tribute to Subhas Mukhopadhyay, the IVF pioneer and a “scientist ahead of his time”. Two programmes were organized during the day — on NRS campus in the morning and at National Library in the evening.
Both events were attended by India’s first “test tube baby” Kanupriya Agarwal, whom Mukhopadhyay had christened “Durga” when she was born on October 3, 1978.
Mukhopadhyay’s bust was unveiled on the NRS Hospital campus while a demand for conferring Bharat Ratna on Mukhopadhyay was officially made at the National Library event.
The boys’ hostel has been named after Mukhopadhyay and a plaque bearing his name has been put up outside the room he stayed in. Former colleagues, students and doctors recalled their association with Mukhopadhyay at NRS. Recalling his teacher as “an inconspicuous man with a briefcase”, eye surgeon Abhijit Ghosh said, “He wanted to send the message that a doctor must also be a scientist.”
“I am thrilled that our crusade for my scientific father’s Bharat Ratna or Padma Vibhushan may now be a reality,” Kanupriya told TOI.
Association secretary Jayabrata Sen Sharma said, “We knew the room he stayed in the hostel as the ‘Super quarter’.”
Director, health services, Ajay Chakraborty said, “We must pledge to support our future generations and encourage a mentality of research among students.”
A demand for conferring Bharat Ratna on Mukhopadhyay was officially placed in the presence of Governor Jagdeep Dhankar by the Academy of Clinical Embryologists at the National Library auditorium. Dhankhar said he would forward the petition on Mukhopadhay’s posthumous national award to the Centre.

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