Contribution of Prof. Dr. Mahendra Pal in Science Prof.Mahendra Pal, an internationally renowned scientist and a well known distinguished academician, has 520 papers and authored 7 books to his credit. Prof. Pal guided over 67 students at DVM, MSc and Ph.D. level in India and Ethiopia. He is credited to develop Sunflower seed agar (Pal’s medium) medium, APRM medium, PHOL stain and Narayan stain for the study of fungi. Prof. Pal elucidated for the first time the role of Cryptococcus neoformans in the mastitis of goat and buffalo, Fusarium solani in corneal ulcer of buffalo, Aspergillus fumigatus in rhinitis of camel and mule, Trichophyton verrucosum in dermatitis of deer, Candida tropicalis in human lung empyema, Nocardia asteroides in keratitis of cattle. He has established for the first time the prevalence of Cryptococcus neoformans in the environment of New Zealand, Nepal, and Djibouti. He has reported the first isolation of Candida albicans from mastitic milk , and Trichophyton verrucosum in dermatitis of camel in Ethiopia. Prof. Pal’s biography is published in World’s Who and Who. He has travelled to several countries such as New Zealand, Belgium, Japan and Ethiopia for delivering guest lectures and undertaken collaborative research works. Prof. Pal is the recipient of “Distinguished Teacher Award”, and “Jawaharlal Nehru Award”. Indian Association of Veterinary Public Health recognized the laudable contributions of Prof. Pal in the field of Veterinary Public Health and conferred him with “Lifetime Achievement Award”. He is the First Asian to work as “Deputy Editor” of Mycoses, published from Germany. In addition, he is serving as a Honorary Editor, Associate Editor, and Member of the Editorial Board of many scientific journals. Prof. Pal is the First Indian Veterinarian who worked as “JSPS Visiting Scientist” at University of Tokyo, Japan. He is serving as “Member” of Infectious Diseases working Group of EAZWA, Switzerland. Prof. Pal was instrumental in starting Ph.D. programme in Veterinary Public Health at Anand Agricultural University, India and also at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Prof. Pal was awarded “Fellow” by National Academy of Veterinary Sciences, and also by Korean Society of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Seoul, South Korea. Very recently, Indian Association of Veterinary Public Health Specialists has instituted an award in the name of Prof. Pal to remember his outstanding, immense, commendable and significant contributions in science. The name of award is “Prof.Mahendra Pal Award in Zoonoses”, which is given every year during National Conference of Veterinary Public Health to a scientist, whose research is judged best by panel of Experts. Considering the last 46 years significant, commendable and pioneer contribution, Prof. Pal is known as “Father of Veterinary Mycology” in India.
Veterinary Mycology, Veterinary Public Health, Food Microbiology, Epidemiology of Mycoses, Zoonoses.