Indian Journal of Community Medicine

: 2015  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 213-


Pradeep Kumar 
 Department of Community Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Pradeep Kumar
Department of Community Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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Kumar P. Obituary.Indian J Community Med 2015;40:213-213

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Dr. Chirantan Kumar Purohit, MD [PSM], FIAPSM, FIPHA did his MBBS and MD [PSM] from SMS Medical College, Jaipur. After serving for a brief period at S. N. Medical College, Jodhpur, he moved to Gujarat and joined Government Medical College, Surat, as Assistant Professor where later on he was promoted to Associate Professor. He joined B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad in 1980, as Professor and Head of Community Medicine Department. He also served as Medical Superintendent of New Civil Hospital Ahmedabad, attached to B. J. Medical College Ahmedabad, Deputy Director [Medical Education] at Gujarat Government and he retired in 1998 as Director of PG studies and Research from B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad.

He was the great force behind the recognition of the Preventive and Social Medicine [PSM] subject in the state and his constant efforts made it possible to have separate examination of PSM at undergraduate level under the Gujarat University. He was also instrumental in drafting the curriculum for the new course of undergraduate students as per the MCI guidelines, which is being still followed by all 6 medical colleges under Gujarat University.

Dr. Purohit had been a very efficient teacher and his specialties were Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Total 20 postgraduate students were trained under him and he had more than 50 research publications to his credit. He was very strict yet very popular postgraduate teacher. He will always be remembered by his students with great respect and affection.

His contributions in IAPSM Gujarat chapter are as below:

He was one of the driving forces behind formation of Gujarat chapter in 1992 and his contribution in drafting its constitution was noteworthy.He was first President of State Chapter.He was first recipient of prestigious NINAD oration of state chapter which is conferred every alternate year to one of the prominent public health expert from state.A special prize named after him "Dr. CK Purohit Best paper Award" has been instituted by the state chapter which is given every year to the best work published by a young scientist from Gujarat during the annual conference.After his retirement from government service, he settled down in Surat where he breathed his last and left this world peacefully on 18 th April 2015 after a prolong illness.

On behalf of members and office bearers of Indian Association of Preventive and Social medicine [IAPSM] and staff and the readers of Indian Journal of Community Medicine [IJCM], we deeply mourn his death and pray to the almighty to give strength to his friends and family members to bear this loss and his soul may rest in peace.