Mahendra Pal

University/Organization: Ex-Professor of Addis Ababa University

Country: India


Prof. Mahendra Pal, an internationally renowned scientist and a well known distinguished academician, has over 46 years experience of Veterinary Science. Prof. Pal obtained BVSc and AH, MVPH, Ph.D. and DSc. in 1969, 1975, 1981, and 2008, respectively. He worked in Veterinary and Medical Colleges in India and abroad, and published over 520 papers and authored 7 books. Prof. Pal guided over 67 students at DVM, MSc, MVSc, and Ph.D. level in India and Ethiopia.

He is credited to develop Sunflower seed agar (Pal’s medium) (1980), Modified sunflower seed medium (1986), APRM medium (2015), PHOL stain (1990), and Narayan stain (1998) for the study of fungi. Prof. Pal elucidated for the first time the etiologic role of many fungi in various clinical disorders of animals and humans. He has established for the first time the prevalence of Cryptococcus neoformans in the environment of New Zealand, Nepal, and Djibouti.

Prof. Pal reported the first isolation of Candida albicans from mastitic milk, and Trichophyton verrucosum in dermatitis of camel in Ethiopia. His biography is published in Who’s Who in World. He is recipient of Distinguished Teacher Award, Jawaharlal Nehru Award and Life Time achievement Award. Prof. Pal is the First Indian Veterinarian who worked as JSPS Visiting Scientist at University of Tokyo, Japan. Recently, Indian Association of Veterinary Public Health Specialists has instituted Prof. Mahendra Pal Award in Zoonoses in order to remember his pioneer contribution in Veterinary Public Health. Considering his immense and long contribution of over 46 years in mycology, Prof. Pal is known as Father of Veterinary Mycology in India.

 Research Interest

Prof. Mahendra Pal research interest incudes: Veterinary Public Health: Epidemiology of zoonose; Diagnosis of mycoses;Ecology of fungal pathogens;Food microbiology.