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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Prof. P.V. RAMAMURTI:Silver Personality of May 2009


Prof. P.V. RAMAMURTI – The Father of Modern Indian Gerontology

Prof. P.V. Ramamurti was born in 1936 at Madras, now Chennai. He has graduated with Honours in Psychology (1956) from the Madras Christian college (MCC) and Dip. in Anthropology from Madras University. He briefly served at the MCC before joining Sri Venkateswara University in 1959. He superannuated in 1996 as Professor of Psychology, Co-ordinator UGC, DSA Programme; and Dean of School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. He was the first Ph.D in Psychology of Aging in India; first to secure a Research Project on Psychosocial aspects of Aging (from ICSSR); first to author a scientific paper on Psychology of Ageing (1956) first to introduce the teaching of Ageing as a subject in India, and was the founder Director of the Center for Research on Ageing in the Department of Psychology, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.

He secured the Sandox International Project Award, on the study of successful Ageing, the Basu Medal of the Association of Physicians India. The Distinguished Gerontologist Award of Age care (India). The Indian Science congress Association Platinum Jubilee lecture Award, Pranavananda Trust lecture award and Award for life Time achievement in Research in Psychology and the Life time Achievement Award of the Association of Gerontology India. He was also awarded the US Fulbright senior fellowship. He was a member of the National commission on older persons.

His Academic distinctions include being a consultant to the United Nations on the Agenda for Ageing Research, consultant UNFPA and continues as faculty for the United Nations international Institute on Ageing, Malta, short training programmes. He is also a consultant in the area of Ageing for INIA,UN Malta, UGC, ICSSR, ICMR, DST, MSJ & E and NIHFW and is patron of the Association of Gerontology India and its former President.

At 73 years of age he still contributes for the future of many youngsters, Salute to the Father of Modern Indian Gerontology.

1 comment:

AMITAVA DESARKAR said...

Can I get e mail id of Prof. Ramamurty, because I need two scales on social support and adjustment of old age for my research work.

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