JNU faculty member and receiver of prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award Professor Deepak Gaur died of coronavirus here on Thursday. He was 48.
Gaur was a personnel member of the School of Biotechnology (SBT). And was currently on a delegation to the International Aids Vaccine Institute (IAVI). He was serving as the Deputy Country Director there since mid-November prior year.
Professor Pawan Dhar, Dean, SBT, said he had known Gaur for the last six years. And remembered him as one of the best faculty members.
I can’t believe that I am speaking about him in the past tense. At the beginning of this month, I had spoken to him after learning from our Whatsapp group that he had been infected with COVID-19. He was as normal full of energy, cool, and calm when I spoke to him. ‘Everything is fine. You don’t worry’, he had said. He was talking very confidently,” recalled Dhar.
He said Gaur had obtained his first dose of coronavirus vaccine. However, was not sure whether he had also carried the second dose.
Gaur left behind his parents, his wife Ritu Gaur, and two sons. His wife is a faculty partner at the South Asian University.
Professor Rupesh Chaturvedi, a faculty member of JNU, who is presently in the US, termed Gaur’s death as a personal loss.
Along with being a good scientist, he was also a good administrator, Chaturvedi added.
Gaur had been the Director of Admissions in JNU and he was active in introducing the online system of admissions in 2019.
He has rewarded with the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 2017. His research focussed on understanding the biology of parasites that cause malaria and developing vaccines that can deter the disease.
Deepak Gaur had done his Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the National Institute of Immunology, JNU. Gaur had accomplished his B.Sc (Honours) in Human Biology from AIIMS and his master’s in Biotechnology from the same institute.