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National Biological Laboratory

From the 1950s to the 1970s, scientists and administrators in India held extensive discussions on setting up a National Biological Laboratory. This laboratory did not eventually take shape. However, the conversations around it paved the way for the founding of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in 1977.

This series contains documents that reveal some of the early discussions on the laboratory, including a plan published by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in 1964 and a note drafted by PM Bhargava in 1972 on the need for such a laboratory.

Bhargava argued that modern biology was connected to other branches of science and needed an integrated approach that involved experts from various scientific backgrounds. He also emphasized the urgent need for India to participate in the biological revolution that was taking place globally, especially in biochemical and biological technology.

Bhargava, Pushpa Mittra, 1928-2017

Letters pertaining to Method of Science Exhibition from 1978 - arranged D to L

This contains letters pertaining to the Method of Science Exhibition from the year 1978. These letters are arranged from D to L. This file contains letters either addressed to or written by Anjani Dayanand, MS Iyengar, Rasheeduddin Khan, Prem Lal and many more. It also contains the 'Corrected and revised text of the speech of Prof. Rasheeduddin Khan, MP, delivered in the Rajya Sabha on 17th August 1978, on the reported dismantling by NCERT of the Exhibition on The Method of Science'. All the enclosures are retained as found.

Appendix 2, draft letter-head - exhibition on 'We and the Method of Science' - file 1

This contains documents pertaining to the setting up of the Method of Science Exhibition. This file contains mainly letters, along with other enclosures in the form of appendices. These documents are retained as found. These documents are mainly copies; hence, some letters can also be found in files from the subseries 'Correspondence' and 'Accounts' pertaining to the years 1975 to 1977.

Annexure for sections 5 to 8 - compilation of documents - file 2

This contains documents pertaining to the Method of Science Exhibition from its preparation to its dismantling. This file contains mainly letters, along with other enclosures in the form of appendices. These documents are retained as they are. Certain documents are referenced in the legal documents file 1 (see subseries 'Legal documents'). Some letters can also be found in files from the subseries 'Correspondence' pertaining to years 1975 to 1979.

Annexure for sections 5 to 8 - compilation of documents - file 4

This contains documents pertaining to the Method of Science Exhibition, from its preparation to its dismantling. This file contains mainly letters, along with other enclosures in the form of appendices. These documents are retained as they are. Certain documents are referenced in the legal documents file 1 (see subseries 'Legal documents'). Some letters can also be found in files from the subseries 'Correspondence' pertaining to the years 1975 to 1979.

Letters between B Premanand and PM Bhargava discussing the transfer of the Method of Science Exhibition from Birla Science Centre - file 1

This file contains correspondence between B Premanand and PM Bhargava discussing the transfer of the Method of Science Exhibition from Birla Science Centre; however, there are also others to whom the letters are addressed or written, such as MW Pandit, A Muralikrishna, and many more. All the enclosures are retained as found.

Letters between B Premanand and PM Bhargava discussing the transfer of the Method of Science Exhibition from Birla Science Centre - file 2

This file contains correspondence between B Premanand and PM Bhargava discussing the transfer of the Method of Science Exhibition from Birla Science Centre; however, there are also others to whom the letters are addressed or written, such as MW Pandit, Arun Bhargava, Vasantha Surya and many more. All the enclosures are retained as found.

Legal documents pertaining to Method of Science Exhibition - file 3

This file contains documents pertaining to the court case for the Method of Science Exhibition. This file contains enclosures from Bhargava's letter to B Ganguly. It contains statements by Bhargava in regards to affidavits and handwritten notes. All the enclosures are retained as they are. The remaining enclosures can be found in legal File 4.

Sections V, VI & IX - part 1

Contains draft of exhibition content from pages 1 to 30. Pages 5 and 6 are missing. For earlier version of the draft refer to 'NCERT Exhibition' content draft - part 1

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