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Prof.D.S. Kothari

Professor Daulat Singh Kothari (1906-1993) was an eminent Indian scientist and educationist.[1] There is also a research centre named after him ,DS Kothari Research Centre ,Miranda House ,University of Delhi. After his return to India, he worked at the Delhi University from 1934 to 1961 in various capacities as reader, professor and Head of the Department of Physics. He was scientific advisor to Ministry of Defence from 1948 to 1961 and was then appointed as chairman of the University Grants Commission in 1961 where he worked till 1973.[1] He was the chairman of the Indian Education Commission of 1964-66, popularly known as Kothari Commission, which was the first ad hoc commission set up in India for the modernization and standardization of education in India

Achievements and Honours Heading D. S. Kothari was president of the Indian Science Congress at its golden jubilee session in 1963. He was elected President of Indian National Science Academy in 1973. His research on statistical thermodynamics and his Theory of White Dwarf Stars gave him an international reputation.

The Padma Bhushan was conferred on him in 1962, and the Padma Vibhushan in 1973.[5] He was also listed as a "Proud Past Alumni" by the "Allahabad University Alumni Association.

He was appointed Scientific Adviser to the Minister of Defence in 1948,(Prof.D.S. Kothari)a position he continued to hold until 1961. In 1961, he was appointed(1906-1993)Chairman of the University Grants Commission. He helped to raise the quality and level of facilities for advanced studies and research in Indian Universities. The Report of the Indian Education Commission (1964-66) of which he was the Chairman, was hailed as a landmark in educational reforms in India and other developing Countries.

Professor Kothari was keen on identifying talented students and nurturing them. The National Science Talent Search Programme and the subsequent National Talent Search Programme started by the National Council for Educational Research and Training owe their origin to his vision. He took personal interest to meet children on the National Science Day (February 28) and inspire them to pursue Science.
Professor Kothari was Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University for two terms (1982-92). He served the Indian National Science Academy in various capacities and was its President from 1973 to 1974. He received several honors and awards, and honorary degrees from several Indian Universities. Among these were the Meghnath Saha Medal of the Indian National Science Academy and the National Award of the National federation of UNESCO Associations in India. He was Foreign Member of the then USSR Academy of Sciences. The Government of India honored him with Padma Bhushan in 1962 and Padma Vibhushan in 1973.On his retirement from the University in 1971, he was appointed Emeritus Professor and he continued to maintain close contact with students and teachers. He spent the later years of his life working relentlessly to achieve a synthesis of Science, education and moral values. He also wrote and lectured extensively on these topics in the hope of ushering in a brighter and peaceful future for the coming generations almost till his death on 4th February 1993. His life was devoted to the pursuit of knowledge in its widest sense, and to the country's educational system to enable others to do likewise.