On Monday 26th March 2018, one of the most illustrious biologists in India, K VijayRaghavan was appointed Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Government of India.
Vijay is a well-known and much-respected former director of NCBS, and was appointed Secretary of Department of Biotechnology (GOI) in 2013. He retired from that position last month, and his new appointment succeeds that of nuclear physicist R Chidambaram, who has occupied the chair for over 16 years.
In a congratulatory message, Director of NCBS and inStem, Prof Satyajit Mayor said, “Please join me in wishing Vijay all the very best in his new appointment at the helm of Science in the Indian Government, as the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. We all hope that Vijay will bring his advocacy for excellent science and its application, as well as help create necessary conditions for such an enterprise to succeed to the GoI's vision for Science in India.”
NCBS Dean Prof Upinder Bhalla added, “Vijay has always been an articulate and committed scientist and a thoughtful institution-builder. It is great to have him take on this key role at a time when science in India is so richly mixed with opportunities and challenges.”
Prof VijayRaghavan is a Padma Shri awardee, recipient of the Infosys Prize, a Fellow of the Royal Society, UK and Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.
About the PSA:
The post of Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) was created by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999, and in this capacity, Vijay will be the topmost advisor to the government on all matters related to scientific policy.
The office of the PSA is one of the three scientific bodies the government depends on for science-related matters, and the office liaises between scientific institutions and the government.
The Bangalore life Sciences Cluster wishes Vijay every success in his undertakings, now and in the future.