Architect of India’s first and world’s second test tube baby

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Dr. Subhas Mukherjee's life and work was published in the "Dictionary of Medical Biography"
The works of Dr. Subhas Mukherjee came into recognition much after his death. During his lifetime he published his paper in Indian Journal of Cryogenics and presented his findings in the Indian science Congress, in January 1979. He also discussed his experiment in the "Fifth International Congress on hormonal Steroids 1978" held at New Delhi in 1978. He was also invited by the Rotary club of Belur to speak on Test Tube Baby in 1978.

1985 - 19th June: Dr. Subhas Mukherjee Memorial Reproductive Biology Research Centre (promoted by Behala Balananda Bramhachari Hospital, Jadavpur University and Advanced Centre for Cryogenic Research, a sponsored unit of Indian Cryogenic Council) was inaugurated by Prof. Ashok Mitra, ICS, an eminent demographer and a professor at JNU. Valuable guidance was received all through from Late Prof. M. M. Chakraborty, former Vice - Chancellor, Jadavpur University and President, Dr. Subhas Mukherjee Memorial Reproductive Biology Research Centre.

1991: Renowned film director, Shri Tapan Sinha, directed a Hindi film "Ek Doctor ki Maut" based on a story written by Sri. Ramapada Choudhury, an eminent journalist. The story was based on the events in the life of Dr. Subhas Mukherjee. The film received a National Award.

1994 - 19th June: A new division of the Memorial Centre, named as 'Food & Nutrition Division' was inaugurated by Mr. Abdur Razzak Molla, Hon'ble Minister for Food Processing Industries, Govt. of West Bengal, with the objectives of conducting R&D work relating to Food Processing and Applied Nutrition, as also to provide training. Incidentally, Dr. Subhas Mukherjee carried out research work on nutritional evaluation of Norwegian FPC supplements on Bangladesh refugees during 1973-74.

1997- 8th February: Dr. T C. Anand Kumar, former Director of the Institute of Research in Reproduction (ICMR) Bombay, also known to have produced India's first documented Test Tube Baby delivered Dr. Subhas Mukherjee Memorial Oration at Science City in Calcutta during 3rd National Congress on Assisted Reproductive Technology organized by Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction. After getting most of the published and unpublished papers of Dr. Subhas Mukherjee and the technical report submitted to the Govt. of West Bengal: (1978), Dr. Anand Kumar emphatically expressed that he was convinced that Dr. Subhas Mukherjee produced India's first test-tube baby. He published a paper to that effect in "Current Science" April 10th, 1997. He has analyzed in detail and expressed that the following technological first should be credited to Mukherjee.

2001: Following this revelation the Dr. Subhas Mukheriee Memorial Reproductive Biology Research Centre was encouraged to publish a book entitled Architect of India's First Test Tube Baby - Dr. Subhas Mukherjee" containing most of the published and unpublished research contributions of Subhas Mukherjee.Recognition by Jadavpur University

2002: The Indian Council of Medical Research acknowledged the contributions of Subhas Mukherjee with regard to the work on IVF and recorded it in their document "National Guidelines for Accreditation, Supervision and Regulation of ART Clinics in India". Prof. Dr. N.K.Ganguly, director general of ICMR had also taken appropriate interest in this matter who had also delivered the Dr. Subhas Mukherjee Memorial Oration on 21st January, 2004 organized by Indian Cryogenics Council.

2003, 28th April: Prof. Sunit Mukherjee, the only surviving member of the IVF team, was felicitated by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers at a function in Kolkata and was conferred the Honorary Fellowship by Dr. P. G. Rao, President of I.I.Ch.E.

2003- 3rd October: Silver Jubilee of IVF in India organized by Hope Infertility Clinic, Inter Academy Biomedical Science Forum and Indian Council of Medical Research held at Bangalore. India's First Test Tube Baby, "Durga" or Kanupriya and the only surviving member of the IVF team, Prof Sunit Mukherjee were felicitated.

2005: The Health & Family Welfare Dept. of Govt, of West Bengal, particularly with the initiative of the Hon'ble MIC, Dr. Surjya Kanta Mishra has taken 3 important steps in perpetuating the memory of Dr. Subhas Mukherjee in a befitting manner. Firstly, re-designation of the post of Professor of Physiology in the NRS Medical College as 'Subhas Mukherjee Professor. Secondly, installation at an appropriate place in NRS Medical College of a plaque in memory of Dr. Subhas Mukherjee. Thirdly, constituting a committee with Director of Medical Education as Convener, to examine the feasibility of establishing an institute for research in reproduction and stem cell with a view to perpetuating the memory of Subhas Mukherjee and his major research work in reproductive physiology and endocrinology.

2005 - 4th February: Subhas Mukherjee Memorial Oration delivered by Dr. T. C. Anand Kumar, organized by Indian Society for Study of Reproduction & Fertility Regulation at Kolkata.Dr. Subhas Mukherjee's works were recognised and thoroughly discussed at the event of IVF - 30 years, organised by Brazilian Medical Society in Sao Paulo 2007

2005 - 21st June: Inauguration of the Training Unit of Food & Nutrition Division of Dr. Subhas Mukherjee Memorial Reproductive Biology Research Centre by Sri Sailen Sarkar, Hon'ble minister for Food Processing Industries & Horticulture, Govt. of West Bengal

October 19th, 2005: Prof. Dr. Asim Dutta Roy, Dept. of Nutrition. Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. Special Memorial Lecture on 'Evolution, Epigenetics and Maternal Nutrition.' Commemorating 20 years of Dr. Subhas Mukherjee Memorial Reproductive Biology Research Centre. Dr. Surjya Kanta Mishra, Hon'ble Health Minister of West Bengal was present as Chief Guest.

2007: Dr. Subhas Mukherjee's life and work was published in the "Dictionary of Medical Biography" by Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, London England. Edited by W. F. Bynum and Helen Bynum and published Greenwood Press, Westport, CT 06881. ISBN 0-313-32881-1

2008: Dr. Subhas Mukherjee's works were recognised and thoroughly discussed at the event of IVF - 30 years, organised by Brazilian Medical Society in Sao Paulo 2007.


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