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Pushpa Mittra Bhargava Fonds

  • IN APUA PMB
  • Fonds
  • 1928-2017

The Pushpa Mittra Bhargava Fonds contains documents, paintings, postal stamps, matchboxes and objects. The documents include his notable writings, research papers, correspondence with eminent personalities, handwritten notes, and newspaper articles.

Bhargava, Pushpa Mittra, 1928-2017

Documents

This sub-fonds contains documents including Pushpa Mittra Bhargava's notable writings, research papers, correspondence with eminent personalities, handwritten notes, and newspaper articles.

Bhargava, Pushpa Mittra, 1928-2017

Scientific temper

This series contains speeches, correspondence, administrative records, articles and writings, printed materials, newspaper articles, and handwritten notes. PM Bhargava was deeply involved in discussions on scientific temper and critical of religious practices which invoked supernatural powers. Here we find records documenting radio speeches delivered on the subject, administrative records belonging to the Society for the Promotion of Scientific Temper, papers pertaining to the Nehru Centre in Bombay, reports on the Seminar on ‘Scientific Temper and Spiritual Values’ held at the Centre in 1983, correspondence with individuals about superstition and godmen, and Bhargava's own writings. A large number of letters are exchanged between PM Bhargava and Makarand Paranjape, and another set of exchanges is with Meera Ananda. The Statements, Articles, and Writings subseries contains a 1980 signed statement on scientific temper with correspondence around the drafting of the same. It also includes a published article by PM Bhargava.

Bhargava, Pushpa Mittra, 1928-2017

Administrative Documents of Forum of Scientists for Peace and Development, Scientific and Technical Forum for Society, Science for Society (Andhra Pradesh)

Formal records pertaining to the Forum of Scientists for Peace and Development, the Scientific and Technical Forum for Society, Science for Society (Andhra Pradesh). This includes a constitution with objectives, membership guidelines, memoranda, subscription information, and the functions of executive committees and office bearers. The file also includes associated correspondence and handwritten notes.

TV Series Temples of Modern India - file 4

Email prints and speeches for Workshop of Temples of Modern India on topics such as epigenetics. Email includes details of travel expenses incurred by PM Bhargava. Emails with TV Venkateswaran, Rajendra Kondapalli, and Ganga Nair

Correspondence by KV Acharya and VV Paranjpe

This contains correspondence between PM Bhargava and KV Acharya. This also has a write-up by Acharya, titled 'Receipt of Foreign Contribution by Voluntary Associations in India, 1999-2000'. Then there is another set of correspondence between PM Bhargava and VV Paranjpe, which includes a handwritten letter by Paranjpe to PM Bhargava.

Correspondence between PM Bhargava and Meera Ananda

This contains correspondence between PM Bhargava and Meera Ananda. The correspondence are placed along with the content for a book titled 'Toward a Secular India: Why Scientific Temper Matters' and also the draft of the first chapter titled 'Religiosity, Secularism and Scientific Temper: An Overview'.

Drafts of Radio Talks on Scientific Temper

These are radio speeches to promote Scientific Temper on behalf of the Society for the Promotion of Scientific Temper. This contains handwritten notes and undated documents which are arranged alphabetically. This also has a speech by an unknown author.

Correspondence and newspaper clippings related to Seminar on 'Scientific Temper and Spiritual Values'

This contains a few letters related to the seminar on 'Scientific Temper and Spiritual Values' held at the Nehru Centre, Bombay, on January 22 and 23, 1983. This has an article by Rajeev Joshi, titled 'The (Ir) Relevance of Religion to Modern Man, along with a few newspaper clippings and a brochure on the seminar.

Collaborations

This series focuses on various collaborative efforts with institutes and governments that Pushpa Mittra Bhargava actively participated in. It contains correspondence, memoranda, and other official documents of significance. The series is divided into three subseries. Details on each of the subseries are given below.

Subseries 1: Collaboration between Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The initial discussions on a collaboration were initiated between the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. On 3 March 1982, PM Bhargava sent the draft version of the proposal to Dennis O Johnson, the Scientific and Technological Attache for the American Embassy. In 1985, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) came on board as a collaborative party. The final Memorandum was executed in 1986 between CSIR and NIH.

Subseries 2: Collaboration between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF)

This subseries contains files about the collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in New Delhi, India, and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) in London, United Kingdom. This contains copies of the drafts of the memoranda and official papers, including handwritten, photocopied, and original letters. However, there is no copy of the final signed memorandum in this subseries.

Subseries 3: Collaboration between India and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

The subseries contains files about the scientific and technological collaboration between India and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). PM Bhargava visited the Soviet Union to engage in discussions with eminent scientists there and establish a collaborative partnership. This series includes correspondence between PM Bhargava and Nurul Hasan, the Ambassador at the Embassy of India in Moscow, USSR, as well as Prabhakar Lavakare, who served on the National Bio-Technology Board of the Department of Science and Technology. The final memorandum was executed by the Prime Minister of India and the General Secretary of the USSR in Moscow on 3 July 1987, and a photocopy was sent to PM Bhargava.

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH and CCMB from 1982 - March

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. This file has a letter from November 1982 addressed to Dennis O Johnson, Scientific and Technological Attache for the American Embassy and an enclosure titled 'Draft agreement providing for the conduct of cooperative research and associated interactions between the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad 500009 (India) and National Institutes of Health (Fogarty International Centre, Bethesda, MD 20205, USA' along with two appendices that are retained as found.

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH and CCMB from 1984 - April

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. All the letters in this file are from April 1984. All the letters in this file are addressed to S Varadarajan, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology. Two copies of the same letter are preserved since they have annotations on them. This letter also has an enclosure. This enclosure consists of a letter and a 'Plan of Action for Mutual Cooperation Between the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad 500009 (India) and the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA', which is at the end of the file. Though this plan is attached to more than one letter, only one copy is preserved.

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH and CCMB from 1985 - January to May

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. The letters in this file are from January to May of 1985. This file includes letters either addressed to or written by John H Lewi of the Department of State, the Bureau of Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs, KN Johry, Director of CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research); and many more. There were two letters addressed to Yaspal, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, and S Varadarajan, Director-General of CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), respectively, and both letters had the same enclosure. However, only one copy of the enclosure is preserved in this file to avoid repetition. This enclosure contains a letter from Philip E Schambra, Science Attache of the Embassy of the United States of America, New Delhi, and two annexures of its own titled 'Intellectual Property, Copyrights and Patent Provisions' and 'Suggested specific items of work on which, in the opinion of staff of CCMB, a collaboration between CCMB and NIH may be mutually profitable'. Two copies of a letter addressed to S Varadarajan, Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), are retained since both letters contain different annotations.

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH and CCMB from 1985 - May to September

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. The letters in this file are from May to September of 1985. This file includes letters either addressed to or written by Philip E Schambra, Science Attache of the Embassy of the United States of America, New Delhi, KN Johry, Director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and many more. Two copies of a few letters are retained since they have different annotations on them. A letter from 16 August 1985, sent to KN Johry, has another letter as an enclosure from 1984, which is retained as found. This also has another document attached titled 'Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISC) : Proforma to Accompany Proposals for Holding International Symposia/Seminar/Exhibition/Workshop/Training Course etc. at the National Labs./INSTTS'.

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH and CCMB from 1985 - October

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. This file has two copies of the same letter from November 1985. However, both copies are retained since one has an annotation. This letter is addressed to KN Johry, Advisor, International Bilateral Cooperation of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and has multiple appendices, which are retained as found. Most of the appendices in this file are originals. This file also has a small handwritten note.

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH and CSIR from 1985 - November

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. This file has one letter by KN Johry, Advisor, International Bilateral Cooperation of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), to PM Bhargava from November 1985. This letter has an enclosure that is the 'Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation Between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, India, and National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA' and two appendices, which are retained as found. This is the first copy of the memorandum to include the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as a collaborator instead of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). This also has a handwritten note and an annotated cover.

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH, CCMB and CSIR from 1985 - November to December

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. The letters in this file are from November to December of 1985. This is the file that notes the change in collaborative parties. Here, one of the collaborators, the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India, is replaced with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India. This contains one letter addressed to Edwin D Becker, Associate Director for Research Services of the Department of Health and Human Services, USA, which has two enclosures of the same memorandum. One of the enclosures is a photocopy of the draft 'Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation Between the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India, and the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA' and two appendices. This also includes another corrected photocopy of the same, where the collaborative party's name is corrected from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). This also has another letter from Edwin D Becker along with which he encloses the revised 'Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation Between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, India, and National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA' and two annexures.

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH, CCMB and CSIR from 1986 - January to March

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. The letters in this file are from January to March of 1986. This file includes letters either addressed to or written by Philip E Schambra, Science Attache of the Embassy of the United States of America, New Delhi, Edwin D Becker, Associate Director for Research Services of the Department of Health and Human Services, USA, and many more. Though it was attached with many letters, only one copy of the draft 'Memorandum of Understanding For Cooperation between the National Institutes of Health and Indian Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB)' is retained. The last letter by Philip E Schambra has another corrected photocopy of 'Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation Between the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India, and the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA' which is annotated with corrections to be made since the collaborative party has changed from the Centre for Cellular Molecular Biology (CCMB) to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). There are also a few handwritten notes, and the half cover of the file is also retained since it has a stamp of CCMB and RRL on it.

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH and CSIR from 1986 - March to May

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. The letters in this file are from March to May of 1986. This file includes letters either addressed to or written by Edwin D Becker, Associate Director for Research Services of the Department of Health and Human Services, USA, ML Saxena, Health Science Specialist of the Embassy of the United States of America, and many more. A few letters are repeats from previous files. However, these are retained as found since they are part of enclosures. Though it is attached with many letters, only one copy of the draft 'Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation Between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research New Delhi, India and National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland, USA' along with its two appendices is retained. All the letters that have this as an enclosure are placed before it. 

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH and CSIR from 1986 - September to October

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. The letters in this file are from September to October of 1986. This includes letters addressed to or written by KN Johry, Advisor, International Bilateral Cooperation of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Edwin D Becker, Associate Director for Research Services of the Department of Health and Human Services, and many more. One of the letters had two copies of the 'Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation Between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research New Delhi, India and National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland, USA' along with its two appendices as its enclosure. However, only one copy is stored to avoid repetition. This also has an itinerary.

Correspondence about collaboration between NIH and CSIR from 1987 - January to October

This file contains mostly correspondence about the collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. The letters in this file are from January to October of 1987. This includes letters addressed to or written by Edwin D Becker, Associate Director for Research Services of the Department of Health and Human Services, KN Johry, Advisor, International Bilateral Cooperation of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and many more. This file also has an itinerary. This also has a small handwritten note and a letter from Philip E Schambra with an enclosure that reads, 'Joint Statement by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Government of the United States of America'.

Documents about collaboration between CSIR and ICRF from 1987 - February

This file contains mostly documents about the collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India, and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), London, United Kingdom. The documents in this file are from February 1987. This file has a letter addressed to MJ Crumpton, Deputy Director of Research of Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories, and an enclosure titled 'Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation Between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research New Delhi, India and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund London, United Kingdom' along with two appendices that are retained as found. This also has a few loose documents and a short handwritten note.

Documents about collaboration between CSIR and ICRF from 1987 - September

This file contains mostly documents about the collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India, and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), London, United Kingdom. The documents in this file are from September 1987. This file has a letter from KN Johry of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) addressing PM Bhargava. Along with this letter, he has attached an enclosure with a 'Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation Between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research New Delhi, India and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund London, United Kingdom' and five appendices that are retained as found. 

Documents about collaboration between CSIR and ICRF from 1987 - October

This file contains mostly documents about the collaboration between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India, and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), London, United Kingdom. The documents are from October 1987. This file has a handwritten letter from Vasanta Subramanian addressed to PM Bhargava. Along with this letter, he has attached an enclosure titled 'International Scientific Collaboration (Form to be used for visits under Project Orientated Bilateral Programmes of CSIR and for Collaborative Projects)' and two appendices that are retained as found. This form is a signed photocopy of the original. This enclosure also includes a photocopy of a letter addressed to V Subramanian from Bryan Straker of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Even though the letter lacks a date, the date in the form is taken into account. The date on the form is October 1987.

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