National Doctors’ Day: 1 July [ Current Affairs ]

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The National Doctors’ Day is celebrating on 1 July every year across to increase the awareness about the doctor’s role in day-to-day life. It marks the birth anniversary (and death anniversary) of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy (1182 - 1962).

Importance of the day:

  • The importance of the day seeks to honor legendary physician, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy whose birth and death anniversary matches on the same day.
Image shows the Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy

Image shows the Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy

Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy whose birth and death anniversary matches on the same day.

Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy:

  • Born on 1 July 1882 in Patna, Bihar and died on 1 July 1962 in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy was a very respected physician and a well-known freedom fighter.
  • He was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal and continued in his post for 14 years from 1948 until his death in 1962.
  • He is often conceiving the great architect of West Bengal. He had founded five cities of West Bengal Durgapur, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, Kalyani and Habra.
  • Dr BC Roy was also a member of the Brahmo Samaj. He was a graduate of the Medical College Calcutta from the University of Calcutta.

Awards and Honours:

  • His contribution to the country was rewarded by a Bharat Ratna award in February 1961. The Union Government has instituted Dr BC Roy National Award in his memory.

- Published on: July 4, 2016