THE UT Administration on Thursday recommended names of three city residents for Padma awards.
The names of Dr Amit Bhattacharjee, sportsman Abhinav Bindra’s mentor; Dr D Behera, head of pulomonary medicine at PGIMER, Chandigarh; and Subhash Ghosh, an artiste, were sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The names were recommended by UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore after a detailed discussion with the officials of the UT Administration. Thursday was the last day for submission of the names.
A research officer by profession, Bhattacharjee had helped Abhinav in winning a gold medal at Beijing Olympics in 2008. He has travelled extensively with Bindra from Sydeny Olympics 2000, Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 where Abhinav finished fourth. Bindra has acknowledged Bhattacharjee’s contribution in his autobiography. He is an associate Erikson coach from Erikson Coaching International. Bhattacharjee is skilled in software that reads human brain frequency under pressure, music stability and breathing pattern.
Holding multiple doctorate degrees, from 2000-2006, Bhattacharjee has also done several certified courses. An executive member of Chandigarh Sports Council, he has mentored and trained sportsmen like Sayantan Das, international chess master, golfer Ajeetesh Sandhu and Indian Army shooters of Mhow.
Dr Digambar Behera, head of pulmonary medicine, was the one who had helped in developing the post-doctoral (DM) programme in the super-speciality of pulmonary and critical care medicine for the first time and the only one of this kind in the country. He has authored several books on respiratory medicine. Dr Behera was awarded the Fogarty International Fellowship by the government of USA . He had visited the University of Washington, Seattle for 13 months (February 1991 to February 1992) and worked on experimental animals. He was engaged in teaching MD (medicine), DM (pulmonary medicine) and DNB students, guiding both post-graduate and post-doctoral students, research, and patient care mainly of pulmonary diseases. A total of 475 papers, including original articles, abstracts, editorials and reviews have been published. He has already got 26 national and 11 international awards.
Subhash Ghosh, an artiste, modified the classical guitar with the harmonious elements of veena, sarod and sitar, christened as sarasveena. He has been running an academy of indian classical music and fine arts for the last 16 years where he teaches Indian music to the children and youth.