The Cell, as the unit of life, is the common denominator of all the structural and functional diversity that obtains in the living world. It is only logical that the diverse biological investigations should ultimately point towards the functioning of the cell. In full recognition of this fact, the Zoology Department of Delhi University initiated biennial Cell Biology Conferences in the mid 1960s. The Indian Society of Cell Biology was conceptualized in the early 1970s during one of these meetings and an Ad-hoc Governing Body was constituted as follows:
Dr C M S Dass
Dr S R V Rao
Dr H Y Mohan Ram
Dr R N Kapil
Dr K Vasudeva Rao
Dr D M Saxena
Dr G R Sapra
Dr M R Vijaya Raghavan
The Indian Society of Cell Biology was finally launched in 1976 as a Registered Society. The society aimed to promote confluence of areas such as ultra-structure, immunology, microbiology, genetics, chromosome biology, taxonomy, developmental biology, biochemistry and physiology at one forum. In view of this the following objectives were set by the society:
To promote and integrate research and development in the field of Cell Biology and allied areas
To organize periodically Scientific meetings either under exclusive auspices of the Society or jointly with other organization
To facilitate publications in the field of Cell Biology
Prof S P Ray-Chaudhuri was elected the first President and Prof C M S Dass the first Secretary of the society and the first scientific meeting under the auspices of the society was held in the Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University in January 1977. Since then the election of office bearers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Joint Secretary, Treasurer and 12 Executive members) is held every alternate year, and the scientific meetings are held annually. The society has permanent Headquarters located at the Cytogenetics Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 005 with an Executive Secretary who maintains the records and assets, and coordinates various activities of the society.
With the passage of time, revolutionary growth in molecular biology and molecular techniques has swamped the world of biological investigations in terms of concepts and approaches. It would now be difficult to distinguish between the Cell Biology and the Molecular Biology. The Indian Society of Cell Biology has been alive to this revolution. It has become an even more authentic and versatile forum for interaction in diverse areas of cell and molecular biology. Besides holding a scientific meeting every year, the society brings out a newsletter where contributions from the members are solicited. The Society has instituted Prof S P Ray-Chaudhuri 75th Birthday Endowment Lecture in honour of its first President and Prof Jyotirmoy Das Memorial Lecture in memory of a former Vice-President. The lectures for each award are given alternate years by a front-ranking Indian Cell Biologist. The Society greatly encourages participation of young scientists in its scientific deliberations. In order to motivate them a number of prizes are allocated for the best platform and poster presentations during its annual meetings. The society also sponsors Cell Biology workshops in the country and participation in International Cell Biology meetings abroad by the member of the society.
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