Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 17:
Prof Subas Chandra Parija has become the first man from Odisha to take over as the Director of the prestigious Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), the second most important health instiution in the country after All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
After finishing his MBBS degree from SCB Medical College in Cuttack, Prof Parija did his post graduation at Benaras Hindu Univesrity (BHU). He went on to receive a DSc degree from Madras University.
Acknowledged as one of the front ranking parasitologists in the world, Prof Parija has been an advisor to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organistaion (WHO). He has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and researcher as an advisor and visiting faculty at various research institutions in Nepal, Oman, Malayasia and Sri Lanka.
Prof Parija has written over 10 books on microbiology, parasitology and immunology. Over 250 of his articles have been published in leading research publications around the world. The founder of Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology, he has been part of the editorial board of many medical journals, besides being the editor-in-chief of the online journal Tropical Parasitology.
The seasoned academician has received many awards and recognitions for his research work and his contribution to the field of medicine. Among them are the Bidhan Chandra Ray award, the most prestigious award for medical professionals in the country, and BPKISH international award.
Prof Parija is the son of the late Managobinda and Nishamani Parija of Khuntala village in Rahama area of Jagatsinghpur district and the younger brother of Bhubaneswar based entrepreneur Kailash Chandra Parija.