The Vice Chancellor
Prof. Parija is an eminent academician, erudite medical microbiologist, avid researcher, keen votary of medical education and an able administrator. A former Director of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry – an Institute of National Eminence, Prof. Parija possesses nearly three and half decades of rich and satisfying teaching, research and administrative experience. An author of 15 books and more than 300 research papers in national and international journals, Prof. Parija epitomises commitment, dedication and total involvement in the chosen profession.
Prof Parija has held several key positions in the past. A WHO expert in a committee for compilation of data on global prevalence of food-borne microbial diseases. He was awarded the prestigious fellowship by the World Health Organisation. As a member of Research Advisory Board of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences , Dharan, Nepal, member of Board of Examination in Parasitology , Colombo University , SriLanka and visiting Professor of the College of Medicine & Health Sciences , Sultan Quaboos University, Muscat , Oman he has contributed immensely to the growth and progress of Medical Microbiology. He joins the select band of Medicial Microbiologists who have been conferred with the D,Sc., degree.
The development of simple, economical and rapid diagnostic tests in sero diagnosis of parasitic diseases such as amoebiasis, cysticercosis and hydatid disease has been his forte. Prof Parija was the first to scientifically document and report the prevalence of Entamoeba moshkovskii from India. Prof Parija conducted a comprehensive knowledge, attitude and perception study of rural people in Nepal.
Awards, accolades and recognition galore. These include the Internal Oration Award 1977 conferred by BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan , Nepal in the frontiers of Medical Microbiology, in general and Parasitology, in particular.
The most prestigious Dr BC Roy National Award of the Medical Council of India was given away to Prof. Parija in the year 2003 for his nodal contributions to the development of Medical Microbiology. Other accolades include the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists Award (2015), Distinguished BHU Alumnus Award (2012) and several others.
Professor Parija is the Editor-in- Chief of the online journal, Tropical Parasitology, Associate Editor of BMC Infectious Diseases, BMC Journal of Case Reports , BMC Research Notes and member of the Advisory board for many on-line Journals.
Prof Parija has founded the Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology, the only professional Organisation of Medical Parasitologists in India. He has been conferred with various fellowships that include FAMS, FICAI, FABM, FIMSA etc.. A highly popular teacher, Prof. Parija has guided several MD and PhD students and has been examiners for MBBS, MD and PhD of various universities.