New Delhi, May 18 (DN&V) The country’s prominent scientist Prof SK Joshi, who was one of the best science leader and condensed matter physicist died on May 15, 2020 at the age of 86 at his residence in Gurugram.
Prof. Joshi immensely contributed to Indian science and academies by serving at various positions including DG CSIR and Secretary government of India from 1991 to 1995. Secretary, Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Foreign Secretary of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), President of the of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Vice President of the Indian Academy of Sciences, President of the National Academy of Sciences President of Indian Physics Association, President of the Materials Research Society of India, President of the Indian Science Congress Association.Prof. Joshi was the brainchild behind enhancing the industry-academia interactions, and bringing the national labs to the ambit of deemed universities e.g. TIFR, HBNI etc. He was also the Chairman of the elite committee who established 5 DST-Centers Higher Education Institutes, including the Panjab University, Chandigarh. He was awarded a D.Sc. honoris causa from Kumaun University, Kanpur University, Benaras Hindu University,and the University of Burdwan.
Prof Joshi was also long associated with national anti-corruption body India Rejuvenation Initiative (IRI). The IRI said his passing is a great loss to the nation. The senior members of IRI said that those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with him have lost a great teacher and mentor. He was a great soul and a very humble person who was always ready to advise and enrich us with his vast knowledge and experience. He leaves behind his wife and a son Sanjay, who is well settled in USA with his family.