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Jasbeer Singh Bisht:
Wish you all best of luck from whole uttarakhand in achieving the target. You all are doing noble work for which God will show you the path.

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:
In Posers Series. This year we will be releasing Posters of Jaswant Singh, a great Social Activist and Dr D D Pant.

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:
The Second Poster, we will be releasing about Dr D D Pant, a Famous Scientist.

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:


We will like to give some more information about Dr D D Pant here.

A Brief  Biodata of Prof. Debi Datt Pant [Slightly  modified version of the one published in 2006, Proceedings of Seminar at Naini  Tal] Born: 1918, Village : Deorari  (Pithoragarh) U.P. (now Uttarakhand)
Died: 2008, June  11 (Haldwani, Uttarakhand).
Academic Qualification
 M.Sc. Physics, Benares       Hindu University,       Varanasi       in 1942 (First batch of Spectroscopy student of Prof. R.K. Asundi).

* D.Sc. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 1949.     Research
 Worked with Prof. C.V. Raman at Indian       Institute of Science, Bangalore       (1942-44) on Photoconductivity of Diamond and the luminescence spectra of       Uranyl salts.

* Worked at N.R.C., Ottawa       with Herzberg, a Nobel Laureate, 1960.
* Fulbright Scholar (1960-61) worked in       Prof. M. Kasha*s Lab.
* Established research laboratory at D.S.B.       Degree College       (Nainital). The initial work on Uranyl salts had been extensively quoted       in *Spectroscopy and Photochemistry of Uranyl Compounds* by B. Belford and       B. Rabinowitch (1965). Various aspects of luminescence of Inorganic and       Organic molecules dopants, etc. using steady state and a locally       fabricated life time measurement device upto micro-second range was       studied. Interesting D2O effect was found in lifetime and       quantum yield. Energy transfer studies were made in rare earth. The       research activities in the lab have been extended to the study on       photophysics of structurally and biologically important molecules using       steady state and time resolved spectroscopy in nano- and pico-second       ranges.
* About One hundred forty research       papers have been published and twenty students have received Ph.D. degree       under him.     Awards, Recognition and Academic roles
 Awarded fellowship of Sigma Si, USA       1969.

* Awarded fellowship of Indian       Academy of Sciences Bangalore.
* Received Raman Centenary Award.
* Asundi Centenary Award.
* Also actively involved in several       other educational programmes with UGC, U.P. Govt., Govt. of India, Science       Education, NCERT, etc.
* Selected for USID programme to study       Science Education in USA.       Participated in International Conference in Columbus,       Ohio, Gordon conferences on       Spectroscopy, Raman Centenary, CNR Paris (1976), Himalayan Ecology, etc.
* Foggety short time visitor Rockyille       (1982 & 84) etc.    
 Lecturer at Agra       College, Agra.

* Professor at RBS       College, Agra.
* Professor at DSB       Govt. College,       Nainital, Uttaranchal (1952-62).
* Principal, DSB       Govt. College,       Nainital, Uttaranchal (1962-71).
* Director of Education, UP 1971-72.
* Dean, Faculty of Science, University       of Agriculture and       Technology, Pantnagar, Uttaranchal (1972-73).
* Vice Chancellor, Kumaun       University, Nainital       (1973-77). Since 1978 Emeritus Professor, Advisor and Principal       Investigator of several sciences research projects.         contributions  of Prof. D. D. PantDr. D.D.  Pant was a rare and judicious mix of a physicist, an educationist and a social  activist. He was an institution in himself.
He was a student  of Nobel laureate, Sir C.V. Raman and had the rare distinction of doing his  post-doctoral with him. Dr. D.D. Pant imbibed a scientific temper from the  great C.V. Raman and an insatiable quest for truth for which the great  scientist was known. Dr.Pant was his favourite student and he profusely  expressed his appreciation for him and wanted him to work in the lab of a Nobel  laureate, outside India.  Dr. D.D. Pant infused with a spirit of nationalism and Gandhian ideology  politely refused the offer and opted for a career in teaching and research in Agra  College, Agra  at a paltry sum of Rs.100 only. Dr. D.D. Pant sacrificed his career and  preferred to popularize Physics in a nation which had been shackled by the  alien yoke.
Dr. D.D. Pant did not make a  compromise with his ideology of popularizing Physics in India.  Untouched by brain drain, he stated in a recent interview that *I have no  regrets for sacrificing my career and I don*t gloat over what I sacrificed; but  given an opportunity, again I would follow the same path.*
In 1964,  he declined the position of Professor and Head of the Physics Department of  Rajasthan University because research equipment support was not assured to him.  In 1972, he resigned from the coveted position of Director of Education, Uttar  Pradesh to become Dean of Science and Humanities at Pantnagar  University so as to  continue his work as a scientist. In 1973 he accepted the founder Vice  Chancellorship of Kumaun University for fulfilling his childhood dream of  disseminating education to masses in the hills who could not afford education  outside the region owing to economics constraints. His motto was :education for  those who are residing in fragmented pockets in geographical isolation. It was  a result of his total dedication toward research that the Physics Department of  D.S.B. Campus, Kumaun  University earned an  international repute with the most advanced equipments in the frontier field of  Time Resolved Spectroscopy and its identification as a national centre in this  field. To him also goes the credit as a Vice Chancellor that he invited  Professor K.S. Valdiya and Professor J.S. Singh to join Kumaun  University both of whom  were awarded FNA (Fellow of National Academy of Science) during his tenure as  Vice Chancellor.
For a person of his academic  achievements several honours were conferred on him and he got the opportunity  to work as a Fulbright Scholar (1960-61) with Nobel Laureate Prof. M. Kasha of USA  and in Henzberg*s Lab in Ottawa.  He was awarded the Raman Centenary Gold Medal and had the rare distinction of  being the first scientist to receive the Professor Asundi Centenary Award.
He had been a  great teacher, had supervised the research of 20 Ph.D. students, and published  140 research papers in National and International journals. All the Ph.D.  scholars from his school of Photo  Physics have blossomed into good teachers and scientists and  are working in leading institutions, both in India  and abroad.
Dr. D.D. Pant  was an avid reader and had a voracious appetite to delve into subjects like  Ecology, History, Philosophy, Culture and Literature, etc. His communicative  and oratorial skills are impeccable and he had a tremendous capacity to  simplify any subject and communicate it to the audience in an extremely popular  style. His penchant for reading and his analytical skill laced with outstanding  dialogue delivery and language had made him a very popular teacher and a thinker.
Dr. D.D. Pant  was a self-made man, with a very humble background. He got his early education  in a village school  of Pithoragarh district  and had to negotiate a distance of 50 km to the road head from his village.  This is why he had a deep insight into rural problems of the Himalayan region.  The ruggedness of the terrain, its inaccessibility and lop-sided development by  the U.P. Govt. in Uttaranchal, his anguish and concern for the region inspired  him to institute the Uttarakhand Krantidal and mooted the idea of a separate  hill state.
 Dr. D. D. Pant became a lifetime legend as founder Vice Chancellor  of Kumaun University. The quality which distinguishes Prof. Pant from rest of  the Indian scientists is that he combined undertaking research of highest quality  with his commitment to social work that is reflected in his widespread  popularity among the masses of the rural hills. His awe inspiring popularity  had wafted through the masses and made him a source of inspiration not only for  students but also for the village folk. It would not be an exaggeration to  state that his humane attitude and sensitivity towards societal problems had  made him a folk hero in Uttarakhand

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