Top scientist and vaccine expert quits as Director of THSTI

Gagandeep Kang

Chennai: Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, resigned from her position at the institute on Monday.

Kang said on Monday that she had resigned due to personal reasons. A professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences at Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore, she had been on lien to THSTI since 2016, and had another year to go in her tenure.

She is one of India’s most eminent medical scientists who played a critical role in the development of the indigenous rotavirus vaccine.

Her unexpected resignation as Executive Director of the THSTI, the prestigious Faridabad-based public health research institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Department of Biotechnology, has shocked many.

In recent months, Dr Kang was closely involved in work related to testing for the novel coronavirus. Her resignation comes as India fights a grim battle against the virus — and just a day after it surpassed Russia as the country with the world’s third heaviest caseload of Covid-19.

Kang’s tenure was supposed to end in August 2021. The 57-year-old medical scientist, however, requested the Department of Biotechnology to let her go by the end of August.

 

NT Bureau