The National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), New Delhi, has instituted an annual memorial oratory event in the honour of eminent medical scientist Dr Jai Gopal Jolly, former professor emeritus at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
Dr Jolly, who was known as the father of transfusion medicine in India, passed away last year on October 5.
Institute authorities said the Dr JG Jolly Oration had been instituted to recognise outstanding contributions by a clinical and/or bio-medical scientist in the field of Transfusion Medicine and Immunohaematology, besides other fields.
The lecture will be delivered at the annual meeting of the institute by a scientist of eminence, who has distinguished himself/herself in the field.
Dr Jolly was a pioneer in the field of voluntary blood donation and the country celebrates his birthday, October 1, as the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, since 1975. He retired from PGIMER in 1986 and later served as professor emeritus. He ran a campaign against the sale and purchase of blood in the country in the 60s, and the central government incorporated his work in the country’s National Blood Policy in 2002 that stipulated blood donation be only voluntary.
Dr Jolly was invited by the then chief minister Pratap Singh Kairon to join the PGIMER upon its establishment, which he did on October 1, 1963, and then became the founder-head of the department of transfusion medicine. There have only been 11 orations which NAMS has instituted. The PGIMER has constituted an oration in name of Dr Jolly, which will be delivered on Monday by Dr Vinay Kumar, professor chairman, department of pathology, Biologic Sciences Division and The Pritzker Medical School, University of Chicago, Chicago IL.