Top virologist quits institute, creates stir

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 6

Top virologist Gagandeep Kang in the present day created a stir as she stop the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, an autonomous physique underneath the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Kang resigned because the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) institute’s government director shut on the heels of the controversy across the ICMR asserting intentions to launch India’s first indigenous Covid vaccine by August 15.

Kang was earlier named head of the ICMR group on Covid vaccine analysis, which was later disbanded.

The scientist, who made historical past final yr by turning into the primary girl working in India to be elected to the Royal Societies UK within the 400 plus years of its historical past, is learnt to have cited private causes for the resignation from the institute she had been serving for 5 years. Her tenure was to finish subsequent yr. Officials at DBT didn’t touch upon the event. It was not instantly clear what triggered the transfer on Kang’s half, however the timing of her resignation did increase eyebrows. A researcher within the authorities system mentioned Kang, who was a professor at CMC, Vellore, earlier than coming to THSTI, had been hoping for a while to return to the mum or dad institute the place she has her major lab analysis arrange. Kang didn’t reply calls or messages.

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