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April-June 2002 issue

Lalla-Ded Educational and Welfare Trust

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Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri


Dr. Moti Lal Dhar

A well renowned scientist of the country

(Inputs by Dr. B.N. Sharga)

Dr. Moti Lal Dhar was born on 22nd October 1914 in his ancestral house situated in Gund-andar locality near Nai Sarak in Srinagar district of the Kashmir valley in a middle class Kashmiri Pandit family. He passed his Intermediate examination from Sri Pratap College in Ist Division and got the scholarship of the J&K government fro further studies. As there was no provision for higher studies in Science in the Kashmir valley at that time, he went to Lahore in Punjab province, to pursue his higher studies in Science.

 Dr. Dhar, after completing his post graduation course in Organic Chemistry from the Punjab University, obtaining first position, went to England in 1938 for his doctorate. He completed his Ph.D. thesis in Chemistry in a record time of 15 months.  He was the first Kashmiri Pandit from the Kashmir valley who obtained a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the London University in 1940.  He was then selected as the Chief Chemist and Works Manager of the newly established Drug Research Laboratory at Jammu.

 In 1950, Dr. Dhar came from Jammu to Lucknow and was made Head of the Medicinal Chemistry Department of the Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR). In 1963, Dr. Dhar became the Director of Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow.

 Dr. Dhar, after his retirement as the Director of C.D.R.I. of Lucknow, became the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1975. He was made the Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi on 2nd February 1977. He resigned from this post on 15th December 1977 being fed up with too much of politicking connected with this post, which was quite contrary to his nature. 

 The government of India honoured Dr. M.L.Dhar with the coveted civilian title Padma Shree in 1971 for his epoch making research in the field of Medicinal Chemistry, especially Chemotherapy. Dr. Dhar passed away after a protracted illness on 20th January 2002 at the ripe age of 88 years in New Delhi.

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