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Professor Man Mohan Sharma – Eminent Chemical Engineer from Rajasthan

Manmohan sharmaPersonal Profile

Man Mohan Sharma was born in Jodhpur(Rajasthan) on May 1,1937. He did his education at Jodhpur, Mumbai and Cambridge and at the age of 27 he was appointed as a Professor in the University of Mumbai, Department of Chemical Technology.

Professor Sharma has published 235 papers based on original research, in international journals of high standing, and supervised 71 students in completing their Doctoral dissertations during his distinguished career.

His Contribution in Growth of Different Industries

He has been member of Board of Directors of several reputed companies like Indian Petrochemical Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Hindustan Organic Chemicals, Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd, Gharda Chemicals Ltd and Resins and Plastics etc from the early 1970s. He brought a rare clarity to the planning of to various industries as their adviser/consultant.

Professor Sharma was an exponent of innovations and he stressed for the industry to adopt techniques which eventually led to the successful implementation of many technologies. This resulted in substantial improvement in turn over, and financial advantage in different sectors of industry such as soda ash, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum refining.

He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, Govt. of India on different occasions and had been Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas from 1981 to June 2001. Currently he is Chairman of FIST, DST and Swarnajayanthi Fellowships/Scholarships, DST.

Professor’s Contributions to Chemical Engineering

He was editor of one of the most prestigious journals in Chemical Engineering, namely Chemical Engineering Science (Pergamon Press, UK) from 1975 to 1986. In addition, he has been member of Editorial Advisory Boards of several international journals of repute. For outstanding publications, he got the Moulton Medal of the Institution of Chemical Engineering, U.K. in 1971 and 1977.

Awards and Honours

For his contributions and achievements, Prof. M.M. Sharma has been recognised through several honours and awards. Some of them are: S.S. Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences in 1973, FICCI Award in 1981, the Vishwakarma Medal of the INSA in 1985, G.M. Modi Award in 1991, Meghnad Saha Medal in 1994, the prestigious Leverhulme Medal of the Royal Society in 1996, H.K. Firodia Award and Shatabdi Puraskar of the Indian Science Congress Association in 1999.

BHU Varanasi, Roorkee University, SM Kanpur University, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and University of Mumbai have honoured Prof. Sharma with Honorary Doctorates.

Prof. Man Mohan Sharma was elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) in 1976 and was President of the Academy in 1989-1990. He was elected as the Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), U.K., in 1990 and was the first engineer from India to become a Fellow. Prof. Sharma was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1987 and Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

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Asrani – Famous Comedian of Indian Film Industry

Asrani is a well known comedian actor of Indian film industry.


Personal Profile of Asrani

Asrani was born on 1 January 1941 in Jaipur, Rajasthan to a middle class Sindhi family. He completed his matriculation from Xaviers School and did his graduation from Rajasthan College, Jaipur.

He simultaneously worked as a voice artise on All India Radio, Jaipur, to pay for his education. His wife ‘Manju Bansal’ is also an actress ans son- Naveen Asrani  is an established Dentist in Ahmedabad.

Memorable Comic Role of Asrani

Asrani  has acted in more than 300 Hindi & Gujarati film and some has been some memorable, such as the jailer in Sholay, Prashant in Chupke Chupke, Chandru in Abhimaan Babu in Bawarchi and Nagesh in Chhoti si baat.

Directed Movies and Sang Songs

Asrani has also directed some movies: Udaan (1997) Dil Hi To Hai (1992) Hum Nahin Sudhrenge (1980) Salaam Memsaab (1979) Chala Murari Hero Banne (1977) Amdavad No Rikshawalo (1974).

In 1977, Asrani sang two songs in the movie Alaap, both were picturised onto him. A year later he sang a duet with the singing legend Kishore Kumar for the film Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan. Asrani recently made a special appearance in the Punjabi film Yaariyan.

The 90′s and 2000′s have also seen him in a number of blockbuster films lik eJo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Hera Pheri, Chup Chup Ke, Hulchul and Deewane Huye Pagal and he is an integral part of comedies by Sajjid Nadiadwala and Priyadarshan

Awards and Reorganization

  • Best Actor, Best Director Award from Gujarat State Government for “Saat Qaidi” (Gujarati)
  • Filmfare Award for best comedian in 1973 – Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar
  • Filmfare Award for best comedian in 1976- Balika Badhu
  • Shama Sushama Award for Best Comedian – Anhonee
  • Filmfare Award for best comedian in 1990

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Jagjit Singh – World Renowned Indian Ghazal Singer

Jagjit Singh, the famous Ghazal singer, is also known across the world for his soulful voice.


Personal Life of Jagjit Singh

He was born on 8th February, 1941 at Sri Ganganagar district  in Rajasthan. His father Sardar Amar Singh Dhiman was a Government official and his mother Sardarni Bachchan Kaur had a religious family background. He had four sisters and two brothers and he is known as Jeet by his family.


He went to Khalsa High School in Sri Ganganagar to study science. After matriculation at Government College, Sri Ganganagar he went onto DAV College, Jalandhar  to graduate  in arts. He is a post-graduate in history from Kurukshetra University.

Expertise in Various Indian Classical Forms

Jagjit Singh’s association with music goes back to his childhood. He learnt music under Pandit Chaganlal Sharma for two years in Ganganagar, and later devoted six years to learning Khayal, Thumri and Dhrupad forms of Indian Classical Music from Ustad Jamaal Khan of the Sainia Gharana school.

Musical Career

In 1969 he got married with the popular singer Chitra Singh. They both produced numerous soulful and melodic Ghazals which were enjoyed by a wider audience. Some of the popular albums of the couple were Ecstasies, A Sound Affair and Passions.

Around 1970′s, the world of ghazals was dominated by renowned names like Noor Jehan, Malika Pukhraj, Begum Akhtar, Talat Mahmood and Mehdi Hassan. Jagjit Singh made the efforts to come with his first album titled “The Unforgettables”, which was a collection of semi-classical Indian music.

The different melody and freshness in Jagjit’s voice appealed to all and he was recognized by the industry.

His later albums named Hope, In Search, Insight, Mirage, Visions, Kahkashan (Galaxy), Love Is Blind, Chirag (Lamp), etc. have made him the top Ghazal singer in the country and a favorite among fans.

Apart of albums, he also sung many devotional and hindi movie songs. Popular films include Arth, Saath Saath, Premgeet, Tum Bin, Sarfarosh, Dushman and Tarkeeb.

Awarded “Padma Bhusha”  in 2003

He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2003, the third highest civilian honour, for his contribution to music by the Government of India. In 2006 he was also awarded Teacher’s Achievement Awards.

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