Bangalore: Padma Bhushan Award for Veteran Physician, Administrator, Dr B M Hegde
Daijiworld Media Network – Bangalore (SP)
Bangalore, Jan 26: Veteran physician and administrator from the undivided Dakshina Kannada district, Dr B M Hegde, has been chosen for the Padma Bhushan award under medical category.
Dr Belle Monappa Hegde was born on August 18, 1938. Presently, he resides at 'Manjunath', Pais Hills, Bejai, Mangalore. He is an affiliate professor of Human Health, University of Northern Colorado since 2002, chairman, Bihar State Health Society’s Expert Committee, Patna, member, Postgraduate Medical Education Board, Government of India, former chairman, Ohio University Trust, Bangalore, chairman, Gandhipathi Engineering College Governing Board, Vellore, chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mangalore Kendra, editor in chief, Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes, Mangalore and Pennsylvania State University, USA, former vice chancellor, Manipal University, former professor of cardiology (Visiting), London University since 1982 till 2009, is admired not only for his skills in the medical field, but also for his humane approach and his insistence of minimum use of medicines and his stress on holistic medicine.
Hegde has the following educational qualifications to his credit:
MBBS (Madras), MD (Lucknow), FRCP (London), FRCP (Edinburgh), FRCP (Glasgow), FRCPI (Dublin), FACC (USA) and FAMS. He has undergone training in cardiology at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, under Nobel Laureate Bernard Lown, training in cardiology at the National Heart Hospital, The Middlesex Hospitals, London, under Late Walter Somerville and Late Richard Emanuel.
As a student, he was a gold medalist and had won prizae in surgery from Madras University. DGHS from the government of India and scholarship for MD from Lucknow University. He is backed by the experience spanning over 45 years in teaching the undergraduates and postgraduates.
He was the visiting professor for various universities. He has been the chairman of Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan in Mangalore for the last 35 years. He has authored 35 books in English and Kannada besides presenting 289 research papers in the country and abroad.
Dr Balagangadharanatha Swamiji, spiritual head of Adichunchanagiri Mutt (Social Service), and Pandit Puttaraj Gawai ( Music) have also done the state proud by being picked up by the centre for the Padma Bhushan awards. Arundhati Nag (Theatre), Dr B Ramana Rao (Medical), Prof Kodaganoor S Gopinath (Medical), Prof R Satyanarayan Rao (Science and Engineering) and Dr Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath (Science and Engineering) have been chosen for the Padmashree awards.
Nobel laureate, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, head of Apollo Group of Hospitals, Pratap Reddy, and former Reserve Bank of India governor, Y V Reddy, have been chosen for the second highest civilian award, ‘Padma Vibhushan’. Well known cine music director, A R Rehman, and Bollywood actor, Amir Khan, have won the ‘Padma Bhushan’ awards.
No one has been chosen for conferring ‘Bharat Ratna’, the highest civilian honour in the country.
Out of a total of 130 Padma awards announced, six are Padma Vibhushan awards, 43 are Padma Bhushan and the remaining 81, Padmashree awards. Under the category, foreigners, NRIs and persons of Indian origin, 13 have been selected.
Famous theatre artistes, Ibrahim Alkaji and Zohra Sehgal and Mridangam exponent, Umayalapuram K Shivaram, have been chosen for Padma Vibhushan awards.
Cricketer Virender Sehwag, hockey player, Igatius Tirkey, Farmula 1 driver, Narayanan Kartikeyan, badminton star, Saina Nehwal, boxer Vijender Singh and Ramakant Achrekar, who had coached Sachin Tendulkar, have been picked for the Padmashree awards under sports category.
Tamil music composer, Ilayaraja, Hindustani classical music maestro, Pandit Channulal Mishra, danceuse Mallika Sarabhai, former cabinet secretary, B K Chaturvedi are among the Padmabhushan awardees.