The Doctor’s Day in celebrated in many countries of the world and in India it is celebrated on the 1st of July honor the renowned doctor and the second Chief Minister of the state of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. The interesting fact is that he was born on the 1st of July 1882 and passed away on the same date in the year 1962 on his 80th birthday. On this special day, let us understand some details about this legendary physician and his service to the humanity:
Honor to the doctor:
• Dr. Roy was honored with the highest Civilian Award of the country Bharat Ratna on the 4th of February 1961. It is incidental that the 1st of July is celebrated as the CA day by the ICAI as well. He was honored with the civilian award when he was alive and it happened a year before his death.
• The Government of India set up the Dr. B.C. Roy Memorial Library and Reading room for children in the year 1967 in New Delhi at the Children’s Book Trust.
• Furthermore, in the year 1976, the B C Roy National Award was also started to celebrate the contributions he made to different fields like medicine, politics, science, philosophy, literature and arts.
July 1st is celebrated to honor this great doctor because, he is often considered the great architect of the state of West Bengal. He holds the pride of having found the three eminent cities in the state namely; Bidhan Nagar, Kalyani and Durgapur. He is one of the few personalities, who completed both FRCS and MRCP side-by-side within a period two to three years. He was the member of the Brahmo Samaj and he constituted a trust for his properties at Patna for the sake of social service.
Service to the field of medicine:
Dr. B.C. Roy played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Indian Institute of Mental Health, Infectious Disease Hospital and also in the establishment of a Postgraduate Medical College in Kolkata. After completion of his FRCS and MRCP from England in the year 1911, he served as the Professor of Medicine, Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University and the Fellow of American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He also played an important role in the starting of Indian Medical Association in the year 1928. He served the association in different capacities inclusive of working as the National President for two terms.
He also served as the first president of the Medical Council of India, which is his brain child in the year 1939 and continued to be its president till the year 1945. Before he joined politics, he earned good name as an eminent physician. Until his death he was serving as the Chief Minister of West Bengal and let us join hands to salute him on the Doctor’s Day. This is the time to honor the contributions made by other doctor’s to the society as well.