Dr. M.H. Mehta, well known scientist and former vice-chancellor of Gujarat Agriculture University has been felicitated with country’s coveted honour ‘Padma Shri’. He has been honoured for his pioneering work in the field of science and technology. Mehta has donned many hats in his vast career span as a scientist, technocrat, educationist and an administrator.
“They (Padma awards) are not given easily in the areas of science and technology. It is a good feeling that they have recognised my contribution. I have been very satisfied and happy but a bit restless as there is so much to be done. As the country moves on, everything will be surrounded around agriculture and environment. And the challenge is to take technology to the doorsteps of people, applying science and technology for the benefit of masses,” said Mehta.
Dr. Mehta is working for the cause of eco-agriculture for decades. The 68 year old scientist had designed a bioshield (basically mangroves) when Tamil Nadu based Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) was hit by tsunami.
Presently, as a chairman of the regional Community Science Centre (CSC), he is spearheading the `Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyaan` that aims to restore the purity of Vishwamitri river in Baroda.
“There are several national-level projects including supporting eco-friendly agriculture and providing bio-shield to the coastline of our country. We have to also work towards improving our river systems. This award will motivate us to work harder towards this direction and provide more recognition to these projects now,” Mehta said while thanking his colleagues at Science Ashram, GSFC, Gujarat Life Sciences and the entire scientific community of the state.
Dr. M. H. Mehta is a M. Tech, PhD, and currently holds the post of Chairman in Gujarat Life Sciences P Ltd. Baroda. His area of interest is Agriculture and Biotechnology.[Source: Times of India]