National Doctor’s Day Current Affairs

President Pranab Mukherjee presents BC Roy National Awards for 2008, 2009 & 2010

President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday presented the Dr BC Roy national awards for 2008, 2009 and 2010 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

These awards were presented on the occasion of National Doctors’ Day observed on July 1 to pay honour and tribute to India’s most famous physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.

The awardees are

  • 2010: Nikhil C. Munshi, O.P. Kalra, Tejinder Singh, Subash Gupta, Amrinder Jit Kanwar, Rajendra Prasad and Glory Alexander.
  • 2009:H. Sancheti, Renu Saxena, Atul Kumar, A.K. Kriplani, Kanan A. Yelikar, H.S. Bhanushali, G.V. Rao, Moti Lal Singh, C.N. Purandare and C.V. Hari Narayan.
  • 2008: Rajeshwar Dayal, Mammen Chandy, Neelam Mohan, Rohit V. Bhatt, Mohan Kameswaran, Harsha Jauhari, Gopal H. Badlani and Yash Gulati.

About BC Roy Awards

  • The BC Roy Awards were instituted by the Medical Council of India in 1976 in memory of renowned physician and former West Bengal Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.
  • They are bestowed annually in the following categories: Statesmanship of the Highest Order in India, Eminent Medical Person, Medical man-cum-Statesman, Eminent person in Philosophy, Eminent person in Arts and Eminent person in Science.

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1 July: National Doctors’ Day

The National Doctors’ Day is observed on 1 July every year across to raise the awareness about the doctor’s role in daily life.

Significance of the day: The observance of the day seeks to honour legendary physician, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy whose birth and death anniversary coincides on the same day.

About Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy

  • Born on 1 July 1882 in Patna, Bihar and died on 1 July 1962 in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • He was a highly respected physician and a renowned freedom fighter.
  • He was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal and remained in his post for 14 years from 1948 until his death in 1962.
  • He is often considered the great architect of West Bengal. He had founded five cities of West Bengal Durgapur, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, Kalyani and Habra.
  • He was also a member of the Brahmo Samaj. He was an alumnus of the Medical College Calcutta of the University of Calcutta.
  • Awards and Honours: Bharat Ratna (1961). The Union Government has instituted Dr BC Roy National Award in his memory.

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