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Dr. M.K. Bhan
Former Secretary to the Government of India
Department of Biotechnology
Ministry of Science & Technology

Dr. M.K. Bhan is MBBS, MD Pediatrics, DSc. (Honorary), Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (FNA), Fellow, Academy of Sciences (F.ASc) and Fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences (F.A.M.S.) 

He is recipient of numerous awards:Padma Bhushan 2013,  “Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award", 1990, for medical sciences, the highest Scientific Award below 45 years of age in Indian Sciences, National Ranbaxy Award, 1990, for Medical Sciences, Achar Gold Medal of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, 1984, for the best original research, S.S. Mishra Award of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, 1986, for the best unpublished research, Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award, 2003 and Pollins Foundation Research Award for US 100,000 (Year 2003) 

Dr. Bhan is involved with policy formulation role as: Chairman, WHO Task Force on child health research, Member, Board of Directors, International Vaccine Institute, Korea, Chairman, National Task Force on micronutrient policy, Member, Technical Advisory Group, World Health Organization, Member, NIH Task Force on Rotavirus Vaccines, Chairman, Maternal and Child Health Research, Indian Council of Medical Research, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Institute of Nutrition, India, Member of the Jury for nearly all major national science awards in India such as Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Birla Science Award and Ranbaxy National Award, Member, Science and Engineering Research Council, Department of Science and Technology, India, Member, Medical Biotechnology Board, Department of Biotechnology, Member, Technical Advisory Group, Child and Adolescent Health Division, World Health Organization, Geneva, Chairman, National Adaptation Committee, Integrated Management of Child Health, India, Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Indian Council of Medical Research, Advisor to the Drug Regulatory Authority of India, Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Institute of Enteric Diseases and Cholera, India, Member, Program Advisory Committee on Medical Biology, Department of Science and Technology, India, Member, Immunization Advisory Board, Government of India. Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Tuberculosis Research Centre, India, Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Institute of Epidemiology, India, Chairman, Committee for Preparation of Strategy for Promotion of neonatal health in South East Asia, SEARO. 

Dr. Bhan has played a leadership role in promoting primary health care for children in rural India during last two decades. His main endeavor has been to bring fruits of science and technology to national programs for children. He has provided advocacy and leadership to many programs in India including promotion of oral rehydration therapy, micronutrient supplementation, introduction of new vaccines and greater coverage with existing ones. The IMNCI integrated program developed under his Chairmanship is being introduced in the reproductive child health program of the Government of India. This strategy will play a key role in reducing infant mortality in India. Dr. Bhan has provided leadership to the National Diarrheal Disease Control program which has resulted in reducing diarrheal death from nearly 1.2 million per year to 600,000 per year. He has trained thousands of primary health worker and doctors in oral rehydration. Dr. Bhan created an operational strategy for micro nutrient supplementation in India. He has been a cementing force in bringing stakeholders together for the cause of child health in India.

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