Eminent scientist and ‘Father of DNA finger printing in India’, Lalji Singh, passed away last night following a massive heart attack while he was on his way to Delhi. Singh, the 25th vice chancellor of the BHU, hailed from neighbouring Jaunpur district’s Kalvari village.
“He complained of chest pain when he reached the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport to board a flight for Delhi. He was taken to the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Trauma Centre from there but he could not be saved,” OP Upadhyaya, chief medical superintendent of the Sunder Lal hospital in the BHU, said.
He was also an alumnus of the BHU and completed his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from there. Singh was also the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has condoled the demise of eminent scientist.
“Lalji Singh was the father of DNA finger printing. The country has lost a great educationist and scientist after his death,” he said.
He joined the BHU in 1962 after completing his intermediate from a school in his native district. Singh, the founder of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), also served as its director.
He was the officer-on-special-duty (OSD) at the Centre for DNA Finger Printing and Diagnostics (CDFD) in Hyderabad between 1995-1999.
Singh also found various institutes and laboratories that included laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES), Genome Foundation, that aims to diagnose and treat genetic disorders affecting the underprivileged people, especially in rural India.
(With inputs from PTI)