The creation of a chair in the School of Tropical Medicine (STM) to posthumously honor Subhas Mukherjee has been suggested by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The former was a Kolkata-based physician credited with India’s first test-tube baby.
There should be an award and chair instituted in the memory of Subhas Mukherjee. His efforts were not recognised. Research was continuously obstructed.
Mukherjee created the world’s second and India’s first baby (named Durga) using the in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedure Oct 3, 1978.
Louise Brown, born July 25, 1978 in Britain, was the world’s first baby through IVF.
However, Mukherjee’s contributions were not recognised and he was also barred from attending international conferences. Following the ostracism, he committed suicide in 1981. The chief minister also appealed to doctors to stay back and serve the state.
“I request all the doctors not to leave Bengal. Researchers should be given all resources and should be free from mental pressures to conduct their studies,” she said.
She also inaugurated the Centre of Excellence for HIV and AIDS at the STM and a host of other facilities at various institutes.