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This series contains documents pertaining to vaccines and vaccination programmes, including the polio vaccine. Note on subseries: The documents in the Polio Vaccine subseries cover PM Bhargava’s conversations with scientists, government officials, and former Prime Minister of India PV Narasimha Rao on polio vaccination in India. Bhargava’s main contention was that the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) discovered by Jonas Salk ought to be used for any mass immunization program in India instead of the cheaper but less effective Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). Included here is an exchange between Bhargava and Jonas Salk on the subject. The subseries also includes newspaper articles, including two written by Bhargava.

Bhargava, Pushpa Mittra, 1928-2017

Indian Social Science Congress

In July 1987, the Twelfth Indian Social Science Congress was organized at the University of Mysore. As part of this event, PM Bhargava chaired a symposium under the subject head ‘Science and Technology Policy Studies’ and titled ‘The Outlook for Science and Technology in India at the Turn of the Century’. This series contains programmes and booklets with the schedule of speeches, drafts of speeches delivered at the symposium, articles by researchers who participated in the event, and correspondence leading up to the Congress, including letters of invitation and appreciation for participation. Certain documents also pertain to the Thirteenth Indian Social Science Congress. The records in this series cover the period between the years 1986 and 1987. It includes an article by PM Bhargava on biology titled 'The dawn of the age of biology: Where are we bound for?'.

Bhargava, Pushpa Mittra, 1928-2017

Correspondence on Twelfth Indian Social Science Congress - file 2

This contains correspondence on the Twelfth Indian Social Science Congress between PM Bhargava and NP Chaubey. This also contains a draft note on 'Indian Society at the turn of the century: objectives and strategies'. Along with this, there is one membership form, one list of invitees, and one tentative programme list.

Abstract of speeches

This contains an unsigned letter from PM Bhargava, which he has addressed to Ashok Jain. This also contains the abstracts of speeches for the Twelfth Indian Social Science Congress, and a list of speeches.

Method of Science Exhibition

This large and significant series contains 272 files pertaining to the Method of Science Exhibition. In 1975, PM Bhargava was invited by the director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Rais Ahmed, to set up an exhibition on the method of science. What followed was a decades-long endeavour to create and disseminate this exhibition and to give it a permanent home.

Although initially set up in Bal Bhavan, New Delhi, the exhibition was locked by Bhargava in 1977 following the general elections and a subsequent regime change both at the central government level and within the NCERT. In 1978, Bhargava discovered that the exhibition had been dismantled without his knowledge. After an investigation and a court dispute regarding this, the exhibition was eventually bought by the Andhra Pradesh government and installed at the Andhra Pradesh State Public Library. It was finally inaugurated on 12 November 1984, just a few days after the assassination of Indira Gandhi. In 1992 the exhibition was shifted to the Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad. In 2000, B Premanand, publisher and editor of ‘The Indian Skeptic’ wanted to bring the exhibition to Kerala but discovered that the material had been neglected and was unusable. Along the way, the exhibition had been documented by the Films Division and released in the late 1980s, and text from the exhibition serialized in the publication ‘Science Today’.

The records in this series are divided into 8 subseries based on the following record types: correspondence, accounts, official documents, exhibition materials, administration, articles writings and printed materials, compilations, and newspapers. Within each subseries, records are arranged thematically or chronologically, paying attention to the significant phases that this exhibition went through:

The initial conception and preparation period


Investigation and court case

Shifting of exhibition to Andhra Pradesh and subsequent inauguration

Shifting of exhibition to Birla Science Centre

Media and outreach initiatives

Involvement of B Premanand and proposed set up in Kerala

Bhargava, Pushpa Mittra, 1928-2017

Letters pertaining to Method of Science Exhibition from 1976 - arranged A to B

This contains letters pertaining to the Method of Science Exhibition from the year 1976. These letters are arranged from A to B. This file contains letters addressed to SMR Ansari, Ruby Atal and BL Bery of Vazir Sultan Tobacco. This has a few lists of solar eclipses in India from 1976 to 2000 as enclosures. This file also contains correspondence with no addressee by PM Bhargava.

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