Prof. Lalitha Kameswaran, VC, MCR Medical University, Chennai 

First Oration, 1992

The first woman Director of Medical Education Tamil. Nadu and the first Vice-Chancellor of Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai delivered the first PCDE oration on 1st March 1992. Dr. Kameswaran occupied several positions during her lifetime. She worked as a Professor of Pharmacology at Madurai and Madras Medical Colleges. She was the first woman to become the Dean of Madras Medical College, member of the State Planning Commission, member, Executive Committees of Medical Council of India and President, Indian Pharmacological Society. Dr. Lalitha Kameswaran was awarded Dr. B.C. Roy National award (1983), Shiromani Nat Award (1990). She was the Fellow of College of Allergy and Applied Immunology.


Dr. P. Dasgupta, Drug Controller General of India, New Delhi

Second Oration, 1993

Dr. P. Dasgupta delivered the second PCDE oration in the Year 1993. Dr. Dasgupta spoke on "Dunkel's Draft: Impact on Indian Pharmaceutical Industry". He extensively deliberated on import of technology, modernization of manufacturing units and tie-ups between multinational and large Indian companies. He also expressed serious concern on brain-drain.



Dr. Parvinder Singh, Chairman and MD, Ranbaxy laboratories, New Delhi

Third Oration, 1994

He obtained his Master's degree in pharmacy from the Washington State University and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He joined Ranbaxy in 1967. Later, he was appointed as its Joint Managing Director in 1977 and elevated as Managing Director in 1982. He rose to the Position of Chairman and Managing Director in 1993. Ranbaxy achieved tremendous growth during his tenure. Dr. Singh was member of several key committees constituted by the Government of India and played an active role in the formulation of policy related to science and technology, intellectual property and the pharmaceutical sector. Dr. Singh delivered the PCDE trust oration in 1994.


Dr. G.V. Satyavati, Ex-Director General, ICMR, New Delhi 

Fourth Oration, 1995

Dr. G.V. Satyavati is the first woman scientist in the country to head not only the ICMR, but any Research agency in independent India. She was the coordinator of the new disease-oriented research on herbal drugs. She did her thesis from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and she was the first to report the hypolipidemic action of Guggul. Dr. Satyavati has received honors for her contributions to Medical Science, and has been invited to speak on television and at various forums around the world. Dr. G. Satyavati delivered the PCDE trust oration in 1995.


Dr. M.D. Nair, Medical Division, SPIC Pharmaceuticals, Chennai 

 Fifth Oration, 1996

He is a Fulbright Scholar, and has obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, USA. His specializations are in the areas of new drug development, patents, documentation, information systems, marketing and clinical trials. He had management education in INSEAD, Fontainebleau, Paris and Management Consultancy Institute in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Nair got several recognitions including Fellow of the National Research Council of Ottawa, Canada and Alfred P. Sloan Research Foundation, New York. He also joined research Group of CIBA Limited, Switzerland, and later of Ciba-Geigy Research Centre in Bombay. He has been a Consultant to WHO for setting up Pharmaceutical Projects in Arab countries. Dr. Nair delivered the PCDE trust oration in 1996.


Prof. Shridhar Sharma, Emeritus Professor, IHBAS, New Delhi

 Sixth Oration, 1997

From National Academy of Medical Sciences & Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences, he is an eminent psychiatrist. He received the B.C. Roy National Award in 1980, Dr. D.L.N. Murthy Rao Oration, awarded by the Indian Psychiatry Society in 1987, Lifetime achievement in the field of psychiatry in India. Earlier, Dr. Sharma was the Additional Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Director, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. Professor Sharma delivered PCDE oration in 1997.


Dr. Borje Uvnas, C, Chairman, Noble Committee, Sweden 

 Seventh Oration, 1998

A professor of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. He was a member of the Nobel Prize selection committee and the first president of International. Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR). Dr.Uvnas was instrumental in the formation of Indian Pharmacological Society. The B. Uvnas Prize of Indian Pharmacological Society is named after him. Professor Uvnas delivered PCDE oration in 1998.


Prof. Pushkar N. Kaul, University of Atlanta, USA 

Eighth Oration, 1998

He graduated from the Banaras Hindu University with a Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1955. Dr. Caul obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Kaul started his teaching career at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Before moving to the current position at Clanta University. He has served at many prestigious Institutions including the Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd. at Pune and Hoeschler Pharmaceutical Company at Bombay and in Germany. Dr. Kaul was awarded the "Leading Scientists of the World, 2006", Marquise's Who's Who in the World 2006, and Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2005 and 2006.Professor P.N. Kaul delivered 1998 PCDE trust oration.


Prof. John David Williams, University of Birmingham, UK  

Ninth Oration, 1999 

He is a major figure on the international stage in the field of Microbiology. Dr. Williams achievements are entirely the result of his own endeavours. His knowledge of antibiotics was encyclopedic. He is the founder of a trio of microbiological societies, The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), The Hospital Infection Society (HIS) and The Association of Medical Microbiologists (AMM). For over 30 successive years he organized the annual 'Topics of Infection' meetings in London. He delivered the PCDE trust oration in the year 1999.


Prof. Umesh V. Banakar, Butler University, USA

Tenth Oration, 1999

Professor of Pharmaceutics and Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and graduate programme of the Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Dr. Banakar is also the President of Banakar Consulting Services, Indianapolis. A member of NIH study section, Dr. Banakar is actively involved in several drug product development technology transfer programmes. He is the author of the book Pharmaceutical Dissolution Testing, Basic Pharmacokinetics. He delivered PCDE oration in the year 1999 on the topic "Bioequivalence testing of IR and MR dosageforms.'


Prof. Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, Director General, ICMR, New Delhi  

Eleventh Oration, 2000

He has served several medical Institutions before being appointed as Director General of ICMR. Dr. Ganguly is the recipient of several honors and awards in- eluding Norman Alpert Award (2004), GoyaL Prize in the area of Ap- plied Science (2002); INSA Shanbu Nath De Memorial Lecture Award (1993); Dr

Yellapragada SubbaRow Memorial Lecture (1999); Om Prakash Bhasin Award in Health & Medical Sciences (1997); Ranbaxy Research Award (1996); FICCI Awards (1998-99); Fice ICMR awards besides others. He delivered 11th Oration at New Delhi in 2000.


Dr. S.K Sharma, Dept of Medicine, AIIMT, New Delhi

Twelfth Oration, 2002

He is the Chief of Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, and is the recipient of Amrut Mody Unichem Prize and a consultant to WHO. He delivered the Professor Prem Chand Dandiya Endowment Trust oration in 2002 on the topic the Changing Face of Tuberculosis."



Prof. J.S. Bajaj, Ex. Member, Planning Commission, New Delhi

Thirteenth Oration, 2004

The Vice-Chairman State Planning Board in the rank of Cabinet Minister and Emeritus Professor, AIIMS, he is the first diabetologist and endocrinologist of India to be honored with Padma Shri by President of India in 1981, and Padma Bhushan in 1982. Earlier, he had served as Member (Health), Planning Commission Government of India, in the rank of Minister of State (1991-98) and steered the development of national policy and plans for population stabilization, environmental and public health nutrition and medical education. He joined the Faculty of the AIIMS in 1966, and subsequently occupied the Chair of the Professor (1979) and Head of Medicine. Professor Bajaj was the first scientist from outside Europe and the USA to have been elected as the President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Professor Bajaj delivered PCDE trust oration n 2004.


Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, Delhi Society of RUD, New Delhi

Fourteenth Oration, 2005

He is a Leading clinical pharmacologist in the country, who heads the India-WHO Programme in Rational Use of Drugs in India. He has been President of the Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs and the Delhi Medical Council. Professor Roy Chaudhury obtained his D.Phil from Oxford and he has worked as Dean of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. He is Emeritus Scientist at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi and UNESCO Professor of Rational Use of Drugs at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He delivered 14th Oration at Jaipur in 2005.


Prof. Ashok Panagariya, Principal, SMS Medical College

Fifteenth Oration, 2007

He is a graduate and post graduate of SMS Medical college Jaipur and became the Principal of the institution. He did his DM (Neurology) from PG! Chandigarh. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, He has also served as vice Chancellor of Rajasthan University of Health Sciences and member state planning board on health. Dr. Panagariya was president of Indian Academy of Neurology 2010-2011. He is a distinguished clinical neurologist in the country. He is recipient of Padma Shri, Dr BC Roy Award and Times of India -Lifetime achievement award. He delivered 15th oration at Jaipur in 2007.


Dr. Abraham Patani, Chief Editor, Indian Drugs, IDMA, Mumbai

Sixteenth Oration, 2007

He got his D.Sc. degree from the University of Mainz, Germany, Dr. Patani is also the founder secretary of Indian Drug Manufacturer's Association. He is the Chief Editor of Indian Drugs. On the R&D front, Dr. Patani established Scintific and Industrial Research, an Independent research laboratory approved by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, in Mumbai. The laboratory does basic research of finding new drugs for diseases for which no cure is available in the modern system of medicine. He delivered 16th oration at Varanasi in 2007.


Padam Bhushan Prof. Shiv Kumar Sarin, GV Pant Hospital, New Delhi

Seventeenth Oration, 2008

He has developed protocols on Gastric Varices; and the nomenclature bearing his name as 'Sarin's Classification of Gastric Varices" are universally followed. He has been the President of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology, Indian Association for the Study of the Liver, Asian Pacific Association of Liver Vice President of International Association for Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists, and he is Chairman Steering Committee of the APASL. Prof. Sarin is a fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences. He delivered 17th oration at Jaipur in 2008.


Prof. Shridhar Dwivedi, Professor of Medicine, UCMS, Delhi 

Eighteenth Oration, 2010

His principal area of research has been on 'coronary risk factors', 'Coronary artery disease in young Indians and cardiovascular hazards of tobacco. He has won 'State Health Award by Government of National Capital Region of Delhi' (2010), Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Banaras Hindu University (2009), Nadgouda Lecture Award (2009), Ind. Assoc. Clinical Med., Indian Society of Hypertension Oration, Coelho Memorial Lectureship of API (1987), Shriram Travel Fellowship of National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) (1986). He delivered the 18th oration at Jaipur in 2010.


Prof. S.K. Kulkarni, Director, Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai

Nineteenth Oration, 2010 

M.Pharm; Ph.D & FAMS, he has received prestigious 'UGC Hari Om Ashram Trust National' Award, Ranbaxy Research Foundation Award, Professor G.P. Srivastava Memorial National Award, Professor B. Uvnas prize, Sir Ram Nath Chopra Oration, Sir Shriram Memorial Oration, Professor M.L. Schroff memorial lecture, Lifetime Achievement award of the APTI, and IDMA awards. He was honored with the title °Punjab Ratan" for his Services to Education, Research and Society. He is the past President of Indian Pharmaceutical Congress and Secretary General of' Indian Pharmacological Society. He delivered 19th oration at Manipal in 2010.


Prof. G.G. Mansharamani, M.D.Professor and Head of Medicine, MAMC, New Delhi

Twentieth Oration, 2012

His main interest has been cardiology, rheumatology and recently upcoming branch of Geriatrics. Dr. Mansharamani is has been an advisor to WHO in eld of Geriatrics.. He has organized WHO workshops and International conferences. He was the chairman of WHO conferences for south east Asian region. He was awarded the honour of 'Sindhu Rattan' for his work in Geriatrics and was honoured with Rattan Shiro-mani by International society for Unity and Peace. He delivered 20th oration at Jaipur in 2012.


Prof. Jagat Narula, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, USA

Twenty-first Oration, 2013

MD, PhD, Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart Chair in Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York is recipient of prestigious American College of Cardiology Gifted Educator Award for 2012. He has contributed to the phenomenon of heart muscle cell suicide and detection of atheroscle-rotic plaques that are likely to cause acute heart attacks. His research has been funded by the NIH. Dr. Narula has received American Heart Association. Cardiovascular Institute, and the Marie-J osee and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. He delivered 21st oration at Jaipur in 2013.


Prof. Lucky Jain, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Twenty-second oration, 2014

He has conducted research in elucidating the physiology of lung sodium and fluid transport, and on strategies to enhance Lung fluid clearance, particularly in late preterm infants and those born by elective cesarean sections. He heads a NIH funded Laboratory



Dr. Vishwa Mohan Katoch, Director General, ICMR, New Delhi

Twenty-third Oration, 2014

He developed molecular methods of rapid diagnosis of TB, Leprosy , DNA chips; DNA fingerprinting methods; viability determination methods Like ATP bioluminescence etc and genomics based methods. These studies have resulted in identi cation of new genotypes, new diagnostic techniques for better understanding of molecular basis of drug resistance and mechanisms of pathogenesis of TB, Leprosy and other mycobacterial infections.He is recipient of several award including 'Excellence in Science & Technology Award' for the year 2010-2011 by Indian Science Congress Association. He delivered 23h oration at Jaipur in 2014.


Dr. Dinesh Bhargava, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi

Twenty-fourth Oration, 2015

MD, Phd, FACG, AGAF a specialist in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Therapeutic Endoscopy received Padma Shri Award in 2008. Awarded fellowship of American Gastroenterology Association (AGAF) and American College of Gastroenterology (FACG). Trained at Cornell Medical Centre and Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer centre, New York, USA. A member of American College of Gastroenterology, Indian Society of Gastroenterology. Dr. B C Roy National Award for establishing the specialty of GI-Endoscopy by President of India (1989). Dr R.M Kasliwal award for colonic diseases (National academy of medical sciences 1989). He delivered 24h oration at Jaipur in 2016.


Dr. G.N. Singh, DCGI, Delhi

Twenty-fifth Oration, 2016

Over the Last two decades several studies, by RP, with integrative research in Ayurveda and modern medicine have led to interesting hits, Leads and candidate remedies from natural products. It is not appropriate to include all such studies in the present review. But as RP is now being accepted by several nations, a summary of interesting opportunities may interest young scientists.


Dr. Ashok Vaidya, Advanced Centre of Reverse Pharmacology, Kasturtra Health Society, Mumbai

Twenty-sixth Oration, 2017

Over the Last two decades several studies, by RP, with integrative research in Ayurveda and modern medicine have led to interesting hits, Leads and candidate remedies from natural products. It is not appropriate to include all such studies in the present review. But as RP is now being accepted by several nations, a summary of interesting opportunities may interest young scientists.


Prof. Mahesh Chandra Misra, VC MG Medical & Technology University, Jaipur 

Twenty-seventh Oration, 2017

Professor and Director of Surgical Disciplines and President and Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences & Technology, Jaipur. On History and Evolution of Laparoseopic Surgery in India on 61h November, 2017. He described the milestones of developments that led to Laparoscopie surgery.




Prof. Lucky Jain, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Twenty-eighth oration, 2019

He has conducted research in elucidating the physiology of lung sodium and fluid transport, and on strategies to enhance Lung fluid clearance, particularly in late preterm infants and those born by elective cesarean sections. He heads a NIH funded Laboratory