The Vice Chancellor
Dr Subhash Chandra Parija is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Shri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry. He is the former Director and also Dean (Research) of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry. He obtained MBBS (1977) from Utkal University, Cuttack; MD (Microbiology) (1981) from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) , Varanasi ; PhD (Microbiology)(1987); from University of Madras , Chennai . He is one of the very few Medical Microbiologists of India to be conferred DSc (Microbiology) , highest degree in research, for his contribution in the field of Medical Parasitology by University of Madras ,Chennai. Prof Parija was conferred with the Distinguished BHU Alumnus Award in the field of Medical sciences during the celebration of 150 years anniversary of BHU in the year 2012. Dr Parija currently figures among 2 % Top Scientists in World in Tropical Medicine in the year 200, as per the study conducted by Stanford University , the USA.
Prof. Parija has nearly four decades of teaching and research experience , contributing mainly in infectious diseases, especially parasitology, diagnostics and public health. He is actively involved in conducting research programs on immunology, epidemiology and simple, cost effective diagnostic tests for parasitic diseases in the community and low resource settings. Prof. Parija and his team have contributed in clinical and diagnostic parasitology. They were the first to demonstrate and detect excreted parasitic antigens in urine for diagnosis of hydatid disease and cysticercosis, to report detection of Entamoeba histolytica DNA in the urine and saliva for diagnosis of amoebic liver abscess, document Entamoeba moshkovskii from India, evaluate multiplex PCR for simultaneous detection of Entamoeba histolytica, Entamoeba dispar and Entamoeba moshkovskii in stool specimens for diagnosis of intestinal amoebiasis , and also document the subtype identification of Blastocystis in Pondicherry. Prof Parija did innovations in stool microscopy techniques by use of LPCB, KOH, wet mount preparation of stool, thick smear of stool, formalin-acetone method for concentration of stool etc. for better identification of parasitic diseases.
Prof. Parija, author of more than 400 research papers, has supervised more than 85 PhD, MD and other postgraduate theses as supervisor and co-supervisor. He has 2 published patents, 3 copyrights, one technology transfer. Prof Parija authored /edited 16 books including most popular “Textbook of Parasitology”, and the most recent “Effective Medical Communication, The A,B,C,D, E of it”; published by Springer.
Prof. Parija is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, London; Royal Society Biology , UK and International Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He is also a Fellow of many professional bodies of eminence such as the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi ; the Indian College of Pathologists, New Delhi; the Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology, Pondicherry and many others.
Prof Parija is the member of the Expert Committee of the Food and Agricultural Organization – World Health Organization (FAO-WHO) for formulating guidelines on food safety for parasites. He chaired the Committee for Pondicherry Declaration on the Identification and Detection of Entamoeba histolytica ; transferred the cost effective diagnostic tests in parasitic diseases to the University of Parendenya, Sri Lanka under the agesis of Indo-SriLanka Joint program on the technology transfer. He has served in the academic, examinations and research advisory committees of many national and international institutes including the BP Koirala institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal; Colombo University, Sri Lanka, and College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Sultan Quaboos University, Muscat, Oman, and Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia.
Professor Parija is currently, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Tropical Parasitology; Executive Editor of SBV Journal of Basic, Clinical and Applied Health Science (JBCAHS), Annals of SBV, Pondicherry Journal of Nursing, Journal of Scientific Dentistry; Editor of Topical series on HIV/AIDS and opportunistic diseases and co-infection, and Associate Editor of BMC Infectious Diseases, BMC Journal of Case Reports(JCR) ,BMC Research Notes etc. in addition to being the member of the Editorial board of many Journals.
Prof Parija has founded the Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology, the only such organization in India, started Tropical Parasitology, a scientific journal in parasitic diseases, initiated IATP-quality assurance programme for parasitic diseases in India , started the post-doctoral progrmme in Tropical Parasitology ; currently being introduced in many premier medical Institutes across the country. He has also founded the Health & intellectual Property Rights Academy (HIPRA), an unique body , to promote the knowledge ,study and practice health care intellectual property rights of India.
Prof Parija has received more than 26 awards both international and national including BPKIHS Internal Oration Award (1997) of the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal , Dr BC Roy National Award (2003) of the Medical Council of India, Dr R.V. Rajam Oration Award ( 2019) and Dr. PN Chuttani Oration Award ( 2007) of the National Academy of Medical Sciences ,Prof. BK Aikat Oration Award ( 1998) and Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award (1992) of the Indian Council of Medical Research ,Dr. Subramaniam Memorial Oration Award (2015 ) of the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists) ,Sri SM Ismail Oration Award (2005 ) of the Indian Association for Development of Veterinary Parasitology, Dr BP Pandey Memorial Oration Award (1998) of the Indian Society for Parasitology, Dr SC Agarwal Oration Award (2001) of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, Dr BP Pandey Memorial Oration Award (1998) of the Indian Society for parasitology, etc.
Prof. Parija has contributed immensely towards institution building, medical education, and mentored students both undergraduate, postgraduates, PhD scholars and young faculty to peruse their interest in research and carrier in parasitic diseases of public health importance.
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.