|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 643-644
A Tribute to Prof. M. C. Pant
Ramesh S Bilimagga
Secretary General, ICC 2017, International Collaboration Committee AROI, India
|Date of Web Publication||9-Oct-2015|
Ramesh S Bilimagga
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Bilimagga RS. A Tribute to Prof. M. C. Pant. J Can Res Ther 2015;11:643-4
August 13, 2015, was a gloomy day for radiation oncologists of the country. It was difficult for them to fathom Prof. M. C. Pant our beloved president of the association is no more. The whole oncology community was wonderstruck by the sudden demise of this burgeoning stalvert. Those of us who interacted with him closely know how gentle, affectionate the person was.
Prof. Pant was born on October 11, 1956, in the village of Kunkoli, Ranikhet (Uttarakhand). His preliminary education was in the village school and higher education was at Mission College at Ranikhet. After obtaining MBBS in 1979 and MD in 1985 from K. G. Medical College (now Medical University), he joined his Alma mater as a lecturer. He had specialized training in Japan on computed tomography (CT) scanner and was in the charge of CT at the same college.
He is known for establishing medical institutions. His dexterity in bringing up green field medical projects was well-known. The Lucknow Cancer Institute, Lucknow a first Comprehensive Cancer Hospital in Uttar Pradesh, Swami Ram Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center in Haldwani, Dr. Susheela Tiwari Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center Dehradun and Rural Cancer Hospital in Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh) are all few to name. Prof. Pant was instrumental in establishing a picture gallery and written the history of 100 years of K. G. Medical College (now CSM University - Lucknow). This was dedicated to the people by the Honorable President of India Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam in 2005.
He was an astute administrator. He directed Dr. Ram Manohar Institute of Medical Sciences and instrumental in the setting up of super specialty Medical Institute in Gomthinagar, Lucknow. Recognizing his extraordinary capability was selected him as Vice Chancellor in Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Uttarakhand Medical University Dehradun by the Uttarakhand Government. He was the former director of Ram Manohar Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow and Former Head, radiotherapy department, GSM Medical University, King George Medical College, Lucknow.
He was passionate about cancer prevention work and established a cancer detection center for early cancer detection and prevention as social responsibility. His notable contribution in this regard is noteworthy in the district of Uttarakhand almost for two decades. He relentlessly conducted cancer education and cancer detection program in 23 districts in Uttar Pradesh. It has benefited more than seven lakhs people. This extraordinary work he was recognized by Government of India and honored him with the fourth highest civil decoration of the country "Padma Shree" by the President of India in January 2008.
He is a well-known figure in the research work and published 89 research papers in various International and National Medical Journals. He has authored five books in cancer and ten books on cancer control and prevention in Hindi. In the past 5 years, he was engaged in the genetic research transformation caused by the use of tobacco. His dream project was a tobacco cancer research program for the prevention of cancer.
Prof. Pant has extended his services as Visiting Professor in Tokyo University, Japan; Rush University, Chicago; California University, MD Anderson Cancer Institute and National Cancer Institute, USA; Dichin Barge University Germany, Chinese University, Hong Kong, and Rosewell Cancer Institute USA.
His career as academician has spanned over 30 years; Prof. Pant was honored and given awards by about 15 National and International Bodies. To mention a few national award - Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy national award given by Medical Council of India besides Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in 1999. Prof. Pant was honored for his medico-social services by CM of Uttarakhand in 2006. He was honored with D. Sc (honoris causa) by Kumaun University in 2008.
Prof. Pant was closely associated with Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (AROI) for more than three decades. By his selfless contribution to the development of association, he gradually climbed from the ordinary member to the coveted post of the President of AROI.
Prof. Pant was as a symbol of benevolence. There is a saying among his colleagues "no one returned empty handed from his chamber. He helped everyone to the best of his capacity." That is, the personality we lost the vacuum which is impossible to fill.
Dr. Pant is survived by his wife Smt. Nirmala Pant, Director, Lucknow Cancer Institute and he is blessed with two children. Eldest Dr. Siddharth Pant, Radiation Oncologist and one daughter who has completed B.Tech.
May his soul rest in peace.
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