A Tribute to Dr PM Bhargava (22 February 1928 – 01 August 2017)

Dr PM Bhargava

PM Bhargava

Dr. PM Bhargava (22 February 1928 – 01 August 2017)

Pushpa Mittra Bhargava (Born: 22 February 1928 – died 01 August 2017) was the founder and the founder Director of “Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB)” one of the prime research institute of India located in the city of Hyderabad. Bhargava  is a pioneer in the field of biotechnology in India and is one of the earliest persons to use the term “genetic engineering”. In the decade of 70s, Bhargava was instrumental in the setting up of a separate department for biotechnology (DBT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology of Government of India.

Until July 2017, Dr PM Bhargava was the chairman of the Medically Aware and Responsible Citizens of Hyderabad, the Sambhavna Trust, Bhopal, and the Basic Research, Education and Development Society (BREAD), New Delhi. Bhargava also served as the Vice-Chairman of the “National Knowledge Commission” during 2005-07. Bhargava is the recipient of over 100 national and international honours and awards including the Padma Bhushan (Received in 1986; returned in 2015 on matters of principle) and the Legion d’Honneur in 1998 from then President of France.

Dr Bhargava is popularly known as the Architect of Modern Biology in India.


From Imprints of India. MF Husain and PM Bhargava

Painting by MF Husain (From “Imprints of India” by MF Husain & PM Bhargava)

Aggression for its own sake is foreign to man,
As it is, genetically, in the animal world.
A lion will not kill for the sheer pleasure of killing.
But man is forever killing other men for fun,
As it always does to animals making them extinct.
If our species is to survive on our planet Earth,
We must learn to control the fury of our own genre.
And learn lessons from the history and the animal world.

– PM Bhargava

 PMB Memoirs: Nine Decades of PM Bhargava

A Tribute to Dr Pushpa Mittra Bhargava (22 Feb1928 – 01 Aug 2017)Sunil Kumar Verma
Principal Scientist, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad 500 007, india

22 February 1928, India…..
Entire country was disturbed and agitated…
Local Police was assaulting and beating the people…
This was the time when….
The Simon Commission came to India…
People of India Opposed the Commission with black flag….

22 February 1928….
This was the day when Gandhi wrote a letter to Henry Neil of France…
That millions of children of India are starving…
for want of nourishment….
and want of sufficient clothing under the British Rule….!

22 February 1928….
This was the day when….
A meeting of all the political parties of India
was being held in Delhi……
for drawing up a constitution acceptable to all….

22 February 1928…
While the nation was struggling to decide the future for its citizens….
through constitutional reforms….
The destiny had already decided…
The future of the biological sciences of India…..

A child was born in Ajmer City of Rajasthan….
To Dr Ram Chandra Bhargava….and Gayatri Devi Bhargava….

The Architect of Modern Biology of India
Was Born….


Dr PM Bhargava delivered thousands of lectures, wrote more than 550 popular articles, six books and published more than 125 scientific papers in his lifetime. “PMB Memoirs: Nine decades of PM Bhargava” is an online archive of the nine decades of the work of PMB. The memoirs have been divided in nine volumes. Starting from the first volume for 22 February 1928-38, the decade of PMB’s birth, each volume archive one decade of his work. The archive also presents rare photos, videos and other literary work of PMB in a systematic fashion.

Archive of Scientific & Popular Articles written by PM Bhargava- In Nine Volumes

Each popular article written by Dr Bhargava is a revolutionary masterpiece and is written much ahead of its time. Every line written by Bhargava has a deep meaning and an immortal message.

PMB Memoirs

Sunil Kumar Verma

Dr Sunil Kumar Verma, Scientist, CCMB

“While working in CCMB as a Scientist, I grew up listening and reading to the timeless thoughts of PM Bhargava. It was not easy for me to understand his philosophy on various issues, therefore, I decided to read his work in detail in systematic fashion. The “PMB Memoirs” was an outcome of these endeavors, which I am pleased to present through this archive for the larger benefit of the community and the Nation.”

Jai Hind

Dr Sunil Kumar Verma


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