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Jai Rup is VC of Punjab central varsity
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Other appointees in region

RC Sobti — HP
MC Sharma — Haryana
Abdul Wahid — J&K

Amritsar, February 28
Internationally renowned geneticist Dr Jai Rup Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University, is one of the 15 academicians who have been appointed Vice-Chancellor of new Central universities of the country. He will be the V-C of the Central university to be opened in Punjab.

Appointed VC of GND University on July 22, 2006, he is considered to be the pioneer in India in human genetics: prenatal and postnatal diagnosis of genetic diseases.

Interestingly, Dr RC Sobti, who has been appointed VC of the Central university in Himachal Pradesh, is also a Punjabi and belongs to Tarn Taran.

The three-year term of Dr Jai Rup Singh as VC, GND varsity, will end on July 22 this year. The decision to set up new varsities got Parliament’s nod earlier this week with both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passing the Central Universities Bill, 2009.

Interestingly, Dr Jai Rup Singh is the son of eminent Punjabi scholar, late Prof Pritam Singh, and grandson of Giani Sahib Singh, a Sikh scholar.

A FIMSA recipient, Dr Jai Rup Singh, had stint as scientific advisor of the GENDIA International Foundation, USA; chairman of the Indian Genetic Alliance for the Prevention of Genetic Disorders and Care of the Families; and president of the Indian Society of Human Genetics (2001-02). Besides, he has also represented Asia as vice-president of the International Genetic Alliance, USA; the World Eye Foundation India; and the International Association of Human Biologists.

Dr Singh did his doctorate from AIIMS in 1973 and joined GND varsity the same year. He was elevated to the post of Professor in 1986. He set up the first independent Department of Human Genetics in India at this university and also established a unique internationally reputed Centre for Genetic Disorders a first in any Indian university.

Recently, in a major breakthrough, a team led by him and supported by scientists from the National Institute of Health, USA, and the Institute of Human Genetics, Berlin, Germany, had identified three new cataract-causing genes in Indian families after 15 years of research.

Dr Singh has published three scientific books, 11 manuals and over 80 research publications. He has guided over 50 students for PhD, MPhil, MD and MSc. He had successfully organised four international symposia on human genetics and 12 training workshops.

He has also organised free diagnosis of genetic diseases like thalassemia and also providing genetic diagnosis, counselling and guidance to patients since 1973.

Dr Singh had been honoured with various medals and awards in recognition of his commendable services in the field of human genetics.



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