The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India pays tribute to Dr Sanjay Bajpai (February 1965- May 2021) who served as Head of Technology Mission Division at the Department of Science & Technology (DST). The nation has lost an experienced technocrat with a demonstrated history of designing and managing creative national, and international research and development programmes. He displayed an exemplary commitment towards facilitating the creation of an eco-system for accelerated research, technology and innovation for clean and affordable water and energy in India by working, for months, from a hospital bed while negotiating all the pains and stresses of battling an organ rejection. Dr Bajpai did his doctorate from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and mechanical engineering from Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur.
Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to GOI, paying his deepest condolences said, “Deeply saddened by the untimely loss of a colleague like Dr Sanjay Bajpai. Sanjay was passionately committed towards the application of science, technology, and innovation for socio-economic progress. Using his three-decades-long experience at DST, he wanted to create an ecosystem in the country that leads to quality research outputs, desirable mission outcomes and perceptible long-lasting impact on the ground. He has set an ever-lasting example on work ethics for the entire science community by taking meetings on clean energy and water, from his hospital, till the end.”
“A man of disarming smile, friendly disposition, calm demeanour, extraordinary generosity, total commitment, humility and deep insights with exceptional contributions, a helpful gentleman to the core-- that's how Sanjay will be forever etched in the memories of his colleagues and friends at DST and across the wider S&T landscape. He leaves an abyss that will be hard to fill” posted DST Secretary Prof. Ashutosh Sharma in Dr Bajpai’s memory.
The O/o PSA wish strength to his family and colleagues in this hour of grief.