DR Sunil Kumar Verma

Photo: 28 Jan 2016 at Kakatiya University

I Received Dozens of Awards and Trophies in the past, but for the First time, I was honoured with a Shaal. Feeling Emotional! Thanks India......

माँ
ना जाने कितनी बार महसूस किया था....
तुम्हारी कोमल उँगलियों का स्पर्श जब...
उन अनगिनत रातों में विह्हल सी उठकर अचानक...
मोमबत्तियों के मद्धिम प्रकाश में...
सिमट कर चारपाई के कोनो तक चले गए..
गर्म शाल को ढूडती थी तुम....
और मेरे कमजोर, सर्दी में ठिठुरते शरीर को...
बहदवास उनींदी आँखों से निहारती....
उसी शाल से ढक दिया करती थी माँ..!

याद है मुझे...बरसते दिनों की वो शामें..
कि जब आँगन बैठकर.....
झमाझम गिरते हुए पानी के बुलबुलों को...
पकड़ने की जिद किया करते थे हम...
तो अपने उसी शाल में छिपा लेती थी तुम माँ...

वक़्त चलता गया....
फिर अचानक वो कमजोर शरीर और मन मेरा....
शक्तिशाली हो गया...
पानी में भीगकर, बुलबुलों को पकड़ने की इच्छाएं भी तृप्त सी हो गयी शायद....
किन्तु तुम्हारे नर्म शाल के गर्म अहसास...
सुरक्षा और अपनेपन के वो विश्वाश...
भुलाये नहीं जाते...!!

सोचता था कई बार....
कि वक़्त के साथ....फिर से कमजोर हो जाऊँगा मै....
शक्तिशाली शरीर मेरा...अशक्त पड जायेगा...
सताने लगेंगी मौसमों की वो गर्मियां...वो सर्दियाँ...
अब तो तुम भी बूढी हो चली हो माँ...
तो कौन उढाएगा मुझे वो गर्म शाल....
कहाँ से लाऊंगा सुरक्षा और अपनेपन के वो अहसास....
बहुत डर गया था मै....टूट भी रहा था....

किन्तु अचानक ये क्या हुआ......
माँ के उसी नर्म शाल के गर्म आगोश में...
ये किसने छिपा लिया फिर से मुझे.....?
कौन है कि जो दे गया फिर से....
सुरक्षा और अपनेपन का वही अहसास.....
जो बरसो पहले....दिया करती थी माँ हर रोज़.....
गर्म शाल के आगोश में छिपाकर अपने.....!

कही माँ ही तो नहीं है ..?
कैसे हो सकती है वो....
माँ तो बहुत बूढी हो चली है अब.....
उठ भी नहीं सकती है बिस्तर से अपने.....
सोचता हूँ.....
कि फिर कौन हो सकता है ये.....
कि जीवित कर दियें है जिसने.....
बरसो पुराने वही अहसास.....!

नजरे उठाकर देखता हूँ.....
तो पाता हूँ क्या.....
कि माँ ही तो है.....
मेरे कमजोर पड़ते मन और शरीर को....
फिर से सुरक्षा और अपनेपन के वही अहसास दिलाती.....
अपने गर्म शाल में फिर से छिपाती सी...
वो माँ ही तो है......
भारत माँ...!!

Mother India

-----सुनील कुमार वर्मा .......


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Welcome to the Visitors of my Home Page

Dear Readers,

sunilIndia is a treasure house of valuable medicinal and aromatic plant. In its 15 agro-climatic zones, it houses more than 47,000 different plant species, of which 15,000 are of some medicinal value. The domestic market of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy is of the order of Rs. 4,000 crores, which is expanding day by day. According to a WHO report, the international market of herbal products is estimated to be US $ 62 billion which is poised to grow to US $ 5 trillion by the year 2050.

India is 2nd largest exporter of the medicinal plants and products. While this is a matter of pride for us, it poses challenges and serious threats to the existence of some critical endemic plants, which are on the verge of extinction. For the economic benefits, the unsustainable harvesting of such plants are neither ethical, nor scientific. Unfortunately, lack of effective governance policies and to some extent the political will, has lead to speedy extinction of many endemic plant species and it is continuing. While more than 1000 endemic medicinal plants are suffering varied degree of threat for extinction, the major act of the country the Wildlife (Protection Act, 1972) and its amendment 2006 only provides to protect merely the 6 plants species. As a result, many of the precious plants are being harvested ruthlessly, without any control and governance on their trade. This calls for urgent attention of not only the foresters, but the policy makes, the conservationists, scientists and visionaries of the country.

As a Scientist, I could think of an immediate need of developing and establishing the scientific procedure to identify and catalogue such plants with state-of-the-art molecular interventions in-tune to the Universal Molecular Signature Technology that we developed about a one and half decades ago to investigate the cases pertaining to wildlife. This technology is now used in entire world and has become a boon for wildlife conservationists, forensic experts and judiciary (See latest review - Verma and Goswami, 2014). As a second step, evaluating the medicinal properties of such plants with the discovery of their mechanism of action and further translational research is another arena, which needs more attention and scientific intervention.

With this note, I close here with all my best wishes to the dedicated Scientists and researchers of the country for all their achievements and contributions in the welfare of mankind and planet conservation.

"Excellence is not an accident! There is no substitute for hard work! And there is no short-cut to success!"

With best compliments,

Signature -Dr Sunil Kumar Verma, Principal Scientist, CCMB, Hyderabad, India

[Sunil Kumar Verma]

 

"It is known that several people die due to 'not working' enough and becoming unhealthy but no one on earth had died due to working hard!

-My father Sri (Dr.) Raj Kumar Verma"


Recent Official Coverage

"India Perspectives" a flagship magazine of Ministry of External Affairs, GOI, covers a story on our work on the discovery of "Universal Primer Technology" and its applications

A success story about our work on our work on the discovery of the DNA based identification of species was now published in "India Perspectives". It is noted that this technique is now known as DNA barcoding in entire world.

"India Perspectives", is a flagship magazine of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The magazine is printed in 16 languages and goes to 170 countries, disseminating interesting information about India's rich culture and tradition. It balances a unique visual appeal with articles that talk about how India is embracing contemporary trends in art and lifestyle, along with the new strides being taken in the fields of science and technology.

The full Magazine "India Perspectives" can be downloaded from the links below: You can go to pages 74-75 to read success story about our work.

Link to the article

Cheers!

Dr S K Verma



A fact from Sunil Kumar Verma appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the Did you know? column on 23 December 2014 (check views). The text of the entry was as follows: "Did you know
  • ... that Sunil Kumar Verma was co-inventor of Universal primer technology, which allows identification of any unknown biological sample and its assignation to a known species source?"
A record of the entry may be seen at Wikipedia:Recent additions/2014/December. The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Sunil Kumar Verma.

Princess and Me in 2008
Princess and Me in 2008
 

Selfie with Daughter

Sunil & Princess in September 2008