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Dr R. H. Sankhala : A notable academician, a caring grandpa and an ideal for us

Dr R. H. Sankhala (1922-1999), a double Ph.D holder (in Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry) and an alumnus of the prestigious University of London (UoL) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Born on 21st November, 1922 in Jodhpur (erstwhile Marwar of Rajputana state), my grandpa (maternal grandfather/nanaji) was a learned men and a man of high moral values. He served as Professor in various universities in India and abroad.

Education

  • High School from Rajputana Board, Ajmer, India in 1942
  • Intermediate in Science from Rajputana Board, Ajmer, India in 1944
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) from Banaras Hindu University,Varanasi in 1946
  • Masters of Science (M.Sc) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi in 1948
  • Ph.D with Thesis: “Microbial Production of Citric Acid” from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi in 1951
  • Ph.D with Thesis: “A study of the Metabolic Products of Various Moulds” from University of London, U.K in 1956

Publications

  • Sankhala, R.H “Intermediate Organic Chemistry Condensed” (1953). Published by Sarala Press Banaras, India
  • Sen, H.D and Sankhala, R.H. “Citric Acid production by Aspergillus fumaricus” Wehmer. The International Sugar Journal London (1953), 55, 273
  • Varma, P.S and Sankhala, R.H. “Citric Acid production by A.fumaricus” Wehmer. ibid. (1954), 56, 162-3
  • Sankhala, R.H “Citric Acid production by A.fumaricus”, Wehmer ibid. (1955)
  • Sankhala, R.H “The metabolic products of Penicillium viridicatum” Westling. The Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research, India (1957)
  • “Studies in the biochemistry of micro-organisms” by: T. Rosett, R. H. Sankhala , C. E. Stickings, M. E. U. Taylor, and R. Thomas [cite web|url=http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1200169|title=Studies in the biochemistry of micro-organisms]
  • Sankhala,R.H “Metabolic products of Penicillium restrictum”. Accepted for publication by Indian Journal of Experimental Biology (1968)

Personal Details and Family

He was born in Rajasthani Mali (Saini) Society with Gotra-Sankhala in the Royal city Jodhpur city of Rajasthan in India. He had five daughters out of which three are doctors and two sons out of which, one is Mr. Kapil Singh Sankhala (DANI-CS 1997 Batch.) He is married to Smt. Saroj R. Sankhala.

He did a lot of social service in his life after retirement. He used to publish a Hindi journal for society which was titled “Pragatisheel Sainik Shatriya”. He has written many research papers on different topics in organic chemistry and biochemistry. He has taught at many National and Aborad Universities in places such as Nigeria and England. He was also associated with the Biochemical Society.

His role in family

He was a family-oriented person. His commitment and care towards family is showed by the fact that even after serving in foreign countries and in Punjab state of India, in elite academic positions, after a while he shifted back to India and his hometown Jodhpur permanently. He always guided all of his children and grandchildren, though it was for a short while due to his sad demise on 27th August, 1999. (exactly 4 months after grandmaa’s death – 27th April, 1999)

I recall the time, when he was hospitalised some 2-3 days prior to his death, he called for his grandchildren. I was approx. 10 year old at that time. He was unable to speak as he got paralysed but he made a “V” sign with his fingers, which meant blessings for victory. It’s really surprising to note that even when he was in pain and on his death bed, he wanted to give blessings to his grandchildren. This shows his infinite care and affection for his family, a thing which still make our eyes moist. He is our ideal and we are proud of the legacy which is all due to him. We all are always proud of him. We feel proud to be called as his grandchildren.

You will always be in our hearts, grandpa. Love you <3