Fifth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile


MEHTA, DR. JIVRAJ N., M.D., (Lond.), M.R.C.P. (Lond.) L.M. &S. (Bombay) (Cong.) Gujarat-Amreli—1971, Son of Shri Narayan Mulji Mehta; b. at Amreli, August 29, 1887; ed. at Amreli High School, Amreli, Grant Medical College, Bombay, and London Hospital Medical College, London; m. Shrimati Hansa Mehta, January 3, 1924; 1 s. and 1 d.; Doctor; Founder and President, London Indian Association, 1912-13; Secretary, Indian Guild Science and Technology, 1911-13; Assistant Director, Hale Clinical Laboratory, London Hospital, London, 1914-15; Chief Medical Officer, Baroda State, 1923-24; Dean, G. S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Bombay, 1925-42; participated in Non-Cooperation and Quit India Movements and was sentenced and imprisoned for 2 years on each occasion i.e. in 1932-33 and in 1942-44 respectively; Director-General, Health Services and Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Government of India, New Delhi, 1947-48; Dewan of Baroda, Baroda State, 1948-49; President, (i) Indian Medical Association and All India Medical Conference, 1930 and again in 1945; and (ii) Indian Conference of Social Work, 1950 and again in 1952-54; Member, (i) Bombay Medical Council, 1931-32 and 1937—47; (ii) Medical Council of India, 1938—42 and again in 1947—63 and Chairman of its Post-Graduate Committee, 1962-63; (iii) Governing Body, Indian Research Fund Association, 1931-32, 1937—39 and 1946—51; (iv) Scientific Advisory Board, Indian Council of Medical Research, 1953—56; (v) Atomic Research Committee, 1953—60; (vi) Board of Scientific & Industrial Research, C.S.I.R., 1942—62; (vii) Governing Body, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1958—62 and (viii) Advisory Committee and later, Member, Governing Body, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 1957—63; Chairman, (i) Pharmaceutical & Drugs Committee, C.S.I.R., 1942—62; (ii) Executive Council, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, 1958—62; (iii) of the Committee appointed by the Government of Bombay in 1946 to report on the working of the Bombay Medical Practitioners' Act and (iv) Administration Efficiency Committee, appointed by the Government of Bombay in 1946; Vice-President, International Conference of Social Work, 1957-58; Leader of the Indian Delegation to the International Conference of Social Work held at Tokyo, Japan, 1958-59; Minister for Public Works, Government of Bombay, 1949—51; Minister for Finance, Industry and Prohibition, Government of Bombay, 1952—60; Chief Minister and Finance Minister, Gujarat State, 1960—63; High Commissioner for India in U.K. and Ambassador to the Irish Republic, Dublin, 1963—66; Member, Dhara Sabha, Baroda State, 1923-25 and its President, 1948-49; Member, (i) Constituent Assembly, 1948-49, (ii) Bombay Legislative Assembly, 1949—60 and (iii) Gujarat Vidhan Sabha, 1960—63.

Social activities.—Helped in the establishment of the Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital and a Member of its Board of Trustees and Executive Council since its inception in 1940; Chairman, Executive Council of the Kamala Nehru Hospital for the last 15 years; helped in the establishment of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; also helped materially in establishing the Institute of Management at Ahmedabad in 1961 and served as the Chairman of its Council uptil, 1963; Vice-Chairman, Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation since 1952; Chairman, Amreli, Jilia Vidya Sabha since 1959.

Favourite pastime and recreation.—Various Social Welfare activities and helping in Educational and Research activities.

Publications.—Published research papers (i) Studies regarding presence of Glycogen in Suprarenal bodies—Lancet (London), 1917, (ii) Height, Weight, Chest Measurments relating to some school children (male) in Bombay and (iii) "Sarabhai Oration" on "Health Services in India—a review of the past, present and problems, facing the future"—1967.

Clubs.—Member, Willingdon Sports Club, Bombay.

Travels abroad—U.K., Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Austria and Japan.

Permanent address.—'Everest House', 14, Carmichael Road, Bombay-26.