AIIMS professor Dr Balram Bhargava was today appointed the Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of the Department of Health Research according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry.
Dr Balram Bhargava is an Indian cardiologist, medical educationist and innovator, known for his expertise in the trade and for his social commitment. The Government of India honoured him in 2014, by awarding him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the field of medicine.
According to a separate order, renowned scientist Renu Swaroop has been appointed the Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology.
Swaroop, is currently senior adviser in the same department, has been appointed to the post for a period of two years or until she attains 60 years of age, the ministry said.
The Delhi-based ICMR is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world.