Celebrate peace and science in the Antarctic.On this day, December 1st, 1959, the Antarctic Treaty was signed by 12 nations so that the continent would be a place only to be used for peace and science. These diverse nations established the agreement to ...
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"Dr Parmjit Sehra" - 5 new articles

  1. Happy Antarctica Day to Everyone!
  2. Heartiest Greetings to Everyone on the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations Day, 24th October 2020, from its former WMO/UN Expert, Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra!
  3. Dr Sehra''s - Antarctica Expedition- as Reported in ' Dharamyug '
  4. Happy Teacher's Day from the First Indian to do Ph.D. on Antarctic and Global Environment & Atmospheric Studies by Exploring Antarctica and South Pole!
  5. Happy International Friendship Day - Strong Will Power and Never-Say-Die Attitude Can Stop Suicides!
  6. More Recent Articles

Happy Antarctica Day to Everyone!


Celebrate peace and science in the Antarctic.
On this day, December 1st, 1959, the Antarctic Treaty was signed by 12 nations so that the continent would be a place only to be used for peace and science. These diverse nations established the agreement to protect Antarctica as summarized below:

Antarctica Day was inaugurated in 2010 to celebrate the 1st December 1959 signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which was adopted “with the interests of science and the progress of all mankind.” Antarctica Day was initiated by the Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces (www.ourspaces.org.uk) as an annual event to build global awareness of this landmark institution, celebrating this milestone of peace in our civilization with hope and inspiration for future generations.

Map of Antarctica with the flags of the Antarctic Treay nations. 
Map of Antarctica with the flags of the Antarctic Treaty nations. Accurate for Feb 2012 (49 nations). Inner ring are the original 12 signatory nations, central ring are the remaining consultative nations and outer ring are the non-consultative nations.

The Antarctic Treaty has been signed by 48 nations to date and covers the area south of 60 deg latitude. The Treaty has ensured that Antarctica remains a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.

With a vision for young people to be aware of how countries can build on their common interests – Antarctica Day is an opportunity to demonstrate how diverse nations can work together peacefully, continuously using science as a global language of cooperation for decision making beyond national boundaries.


Learn from International Experts:
 
I am Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra, bit.ly/parmjit, an Indian Pioneering Antarctic Explorer with some details given in the following links: 

My following two articles were first published in the Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF)'s 'Indian Mountaineer' Journal/Magazine as per the details given below:

1. First Indian at the South Pole - P. S. Sehra in Indian Mountaineer, Vol. 2, 1978, and
2. Exploration of Antarctica - P. S. Sehra in Indian Mountaineer, Vol. 3, 1979. 

These articles were invited from me by Shri H. C. Sarin, IAS, Former Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) President, which were designated as very important articles of permanent value and were to be published in an IMF Book in 1977-78, but later appeared in the IMF's Indian Mountaineer Journal/Magazine in 1978 & 1979 as mentioned above. 

These articles were later also selected by the NCERT and published in its School Science Journals with due permission from the IMF under the following links:

 
One of my students abroad has also given reference of my related link in his following Facebook post recently showing my efforts to continuously spread awareness about Antarctica and climate change:  https://www.facebook.com/100025137692789/posts/817005965813986/?d=n
 
Being the first Indian to explore, winter over, circumnavigate and do Ph.D. on Antarctic & South Pole Atmospheric Studies and Global Environment, I had to even challenge the NASA/USA scientists for not including my references in their related Antarctic paper as mentioned in the following links:

A brief true story as to how India reached Antarctica and opened Indian research bases there and also a new Institute 'National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research (NCAOR), now called National Centre for Polar & Ocean Research (NCPOR)' in Goa started with the following Antarctic Proposal made to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India directly from Antarctica by myself during 1971-1973: 

ANTARCTIC PROPOSAL TO PM AND SOME CORRESPONDENCE

I sent a congratulatory message to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, the late Shrimati Indira Gandhi, on the auspicious occasion of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Indian Independence Day on 15th August, 1972 from Antarctica while I was wintering over at the South Pole there, with a proposal to launch Indian Antarctic Expeditions and open some Indian Research Bases in Antarctica, which is reproduced here.

My most cherished Antarctic dream ultimately came out to be true when my pioneer Antarctic explorations and proposals sparked lot of interest in India for its further explorations with the launching of regular Indian Antarctic Expeditions from the southern summer of 1981-1982 and the opening of some permanent Indian Research Bases in Antarctica since 1982 such as ‘Dakshin Gangotri’ and subsequently ‘Maitri’. 

I have thus opened a Gateway of India to Antarctica which is a matter of great personal satisfaction and reward for me!
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Congratulatory Message to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India from Antarctica: Official Radiogram Transmitted on 10th August 1972:

Urgent Message

To
The Indian Embassy
Moscow

Kindly transmit the following Radio Message to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India with separate copies 
to:

1. The Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, Research, Ahmedabad, India.
2. The Broadcasting Director, All India Radio, New Delhi, India.
3. The Editor, ‘The Times of India,
New Delhi, India,
and other newspapers so as to reach them before 15th August 1972. 

Et Sequentia (its copy) is for you as well. Please signal its acknowledgement and transmission accordingly.

The Message Begins:

“Heartiest congratulations to all the patriotic citizens of India on the auspicious occasion of the magnificent Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Indian Independence Day and its Silver Jubilee celebrations on 15th August 1972. Heartfelt homages to all the braves and veracious patriots whose great sacrifices earned us sovereign freedom . Those heroes shall remain immortal”.

“In memoriam and honoris causa everyone would appreciate if India lands on the South Polar Ice Cap in Antarctica in the near future and founds some Research Bases in Antarctica glorifying this historical day”.

“Ad hoc ad initium (for this purpose, in the beginning), among other member nations, India should also join the Antarctic Treaty”.

“I hope that this auspicious day will plant the following new programmes and departments :
1. ARPI - The Antarctic Research Programme of India
2. INSCAR - Indian National Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
3. ICE - Indian Interstate Council of Circumpolar Explorations and Expeditions which all combined with logistic support by the Indian Defence Services shall fruit productive scientific research.”

“That day is awaited when India landfalls on Antarctica, the seventh continent of the world, realizing the above wish of every Indian citizen”.
“May India evermore progress and prosper. May the 15th of August always bring lots of progress and prosperity for everyone in our country.”

“India has forever voiced for peace, rapprochement (harmonious relations) and entente (friendly understanding between various countries). May her demarche (foreign policy and diplomatic relations) ever succeed in upholding the world peace ad infinitum (forever).”

“Long live our peaceable Tiranga!”
“Long live our Bharat Mata”!
“Jai Hind”!

(-sd-)
Parmjit Singh Sehra
Imprimis (First) Indian wintering in Antarctica &
Project Scientist, 17th Soviet Antarctic Expedition
(1971-1973), Molodezhnaya station, Antarctica.

The Message Ends
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"Message from the Indian Embassy, Moscow to my father Shri Mohinder Singh Sehra agreeing to send our Antarctic Messages:

+µ+U¦ +ñµ +Uµ-+O¦µ¯µG¦ +µ±S+ñµ=
Dr. D.C. Biswas EMBASSY OF INDIA
Education Attache MOSCOW
No. Mos (Edn)/327/3/69-70 
1st August 1972

Dear Shri Mohinder Singh Sehra,

Kindly refer to your recent letter addressed to the Ambassador for sending messages to your son Parmjit Singh Sehra in Antarctica. We have talked to the organizers of this Soviet Antarctic Expedition and they have taken the message from us for sending it to your son. 

We have also requested the organizers to give us any message which your son might have sent from Antarctica for transmission to you and others in India.

With best wishes and kind regards
Yours sincerely,
Sd/-
(D.C. Biswas)

To:
Shri Mohinder Singh Sehra,
Postmaster, Head Post Office
Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab, India".

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This is how was initiated and founded the Indian Antarctic Programme by my humble self through the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Hydrometeorological Service (HMS) of the USSR joint agreement under which I had gone to Antarctica & South Pole and worked there from 1971-1973 and ever thereafter also as explained in the links and text given below:
(Ph.D. Thesis Statement, Indian Express clipping, etc)

The longest day in the life of Dr Sehra - Tribune India 
(Ph.D. Thesis Statement, Indian Express clipping, etc)

World Environment Day Today - Save Our Rivers Like Ganga ..

Atmospheric pollution - Europe PMC 

Atmospheric structure exploration over antarctica and ...
antarcticsociety.org.nz › uploads › 2017/07 › Antarctic.V6.8.1972.pdf(Indian Subscriber at Base in Enderby Land, page 292)
(Indian Scientist worked at Soviet Antarctic Station, pp.224-225))

Reaching the final frontier - Frontline - The Hindu (9th para)

The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Ludhiana Stories (PAU Professor gets Vijay Shree Award)

The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - LUDHIANA (Dr Sehra felicitated)

(Pl click on the above links for details)


Happy Antarctic Day to Everyone!
Celebrate Peace and Science all over the world by following the Antarctic example!

 

   

Heartiest Greetings to Everyone on the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations Day, 24th October 2020, from its former WMO/UN Expert, Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra!

The United Nations (UN) is an Intergovernmental Organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. It is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world. The UN is headquartered on international territory in New York City, with its other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, and The Hague. 


The UN was established after World War-II with the aim of preventing future wars, succeeding the ineffective League of Nations. On 25 April 1945, 50 governments met in San Francisco for a conference and started drafting the UN Charter, which was adopted on 25 June 1945 and took effect on 24 October 1945, when the UN was formally borne and began its operations. 


Pursuant to the Charter, the organization's objectives include maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development, and upholding international law. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states, with more additions subsequently, membership is now 193, representing almost all of the world's sovereign states.


The UN's chief administrative officer is the Secretary-General, currently Portuguese politician and diplomat Antonio Guterres, who began his five year-term on 1st January 2017. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. The UN, its officers, and its agencies have won many Nobel Peace Prizes, and the organization is believed to be an important force for peace and human development.


The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and its founding Charter. This anniversary comes in a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with severe economic and social impacts. But it is also a reminder that times of struggle can become an opportunity for positive change and transformation through reinvigorated multilateralism!


The United Nations (UN) earlier used to issue Laissez Passer (Identity Card) only to its employees, but when I joined it as a World Meteorological Organization, United Nations, WMO/UN Expert, in 1991 at the Department of Meteorological Services in Harare, Zimbabwe (formerly known as Rhodesia), which had just attained its independence, on deputation from its Headquarters, I was very fortunate to be issued the first UN Passport in Geneva, Switzerland at that time with full diplomatic status and immunity as long as I worked there!


Let us always live happily and let live happily even during this difficult time of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic by staying safe & healthy at home, and using mask, keeping social distancing, and maintaining proper hygrine by using sanitizers and washing hands frequently when outside and at work, as per the WHO/UN norms. 

Its (COVID-19) vaccine is expected to become available in early 2021 on which dedicated scientists are already working so hard all over the world. This difficult phase will pass by early next year and normalcy will return soon! The World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations (UN) is doing great work in this connection also.

The longest day in the life of Dr Sehra - Tribune India 
(Ph.D. Thesis Statement, Indian Express clipping, etc)

World Environment Day Today - Save Our Rivers Like Ganga ..

Atmospheric pollution - Europe PMC 

Atmospheric structure exploration over antarctica and ...
antarcticsociety.org.nz › uploads › 2017/07 › Antarctic.V6.8.1972.pdf(Indian Subscriber at Base in Enderby Land, page 292)
(Indian Scientist worked at Soviet Antarctic Station, pp.224-225))

(Former PAU Prof, ISRO, NASA/USA & WMO/UN Expert, and 1st Indian Antarctic & South Pole Explorer also to do Ph.D. on it and the Founder of the Indian Antarctic Programme, having visited and worked in all the seven continents of the world from Deep Freeze, the coldest place Vostok in Antarctica at -89.3 deg C to Furnace, the hottest place El-Zizia in Libya, Sahara Deserts at 58 deg C, with name in history and details on the internet)


Present Residential & Mailing Address:

Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra, Ph.D., 

C/o Dr. (Mrs.) Bhupinder Sehra, MBBS, MD, Senior Consultant, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Apt. A-4, Bilga General Hospital (A Unit of CMC, Ludhiana), Village & P.O. Bilga-144036, Nurmahal Road, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
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(Pl click on this new link)

Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra

 

   

Dr Sehra''s - Antarctica Expedition- as Reported in ' Dharamyug '

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Happy Teacher's Day from the First Indian to do Ph.D. on Antarctic and Global Environment & Atmospheric Studies by Exploring Antarctica and South Pole!




Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra, First Indian Explorer of Antarctica & South Pole, and also first to do Ph.D. on it.

















Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra (Left) with the First mate/Chief officer of the Ship Navarin Comrade Vitaly Evanovich Pashnechney at the Soviet Antarctic station Mirny during circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent in the 17th Soviet Antarctic Expedition, 1971-1973.


































Family Photograph (From Left to Right): 1. Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra, Ph.D., 2. Er. Gaurav Singh Sehra, B.Tech., MEng (USA), 3. Dr. (Mrs.) Bhupinder Sehra, MBBS, MD, 4. Dr. Pamela Sehra, BDS, MPH & DDS (USA)

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Happy Teacher's Day from the First Indian to do Ph.D. on Antarctic and Global Environment & Atmospheric Studies by Exploring Antarctica and South Pole! 


Everyone's first teachers are one's own parents, same for me - my mother Mrs. Satwinder Kaur (Sarpanch of VPO Bhana near Dasuya in Hoshiarpur District of Punjab in India for 20 years), father Mr. Mohinder Singh Sehra (Postmaster), and grandfather Mr. Bir Singh Sehra (Small scale farmer) whom I dedicate my whole life and work.

In India, the Teacher's Day is celebrated on 5th September, the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September 1888-17 April 1975), the great philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967, and this tradition started from 1962. He was a man of many good qualities and a favorite teacher among students. It was his request that his birthday should be celebrated as an honorable day for all the teachers in the country, in case someone is wishing to celebrate his birthday at all. So, in a nutshell, we celebrate Teacher's Day because teachers have been the architect of the society and without them no society can walk in the path of progression.

I joined the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad on 7th July 1969 for doing my Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics under the kind guidance of Prof. P. R. Pisharoty and became a pioneer in Antarctic Research & Explorations as the first ever Indian to do so under a joint Indo-Soviet Agreement between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Hydrometeorological Servic(HMS) of the USSR as described in the following links: 


The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1974 in the city of Spokane in USA, but I did it differently by becoming the 'First Indian to do Ph.D. on Antarctic and Global Environment & Atmospheric Studies by Exploring Antarctica and South Pole' as summarized in the following links:

First Indian to do Ph.D. on Antarctic and Global Environment & Atmospheric Studies by Exploring Antarctica and South Pole       


My best teacher will be always Prof. P. R. Pisharoty from Palghat, Kerala under whose guidance I did my Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics from the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) affiliated with the Gujarat University, Ahmedabad in 1976, from which was born the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with the efforts of many reputed scientists led by Prof. Vikram A. Sarabhai.

My Ph.D. Thesis is entitled 'Atmospheric Structure: Exploration over Antarctica and Inter-hemispheric Comparison' which I completed under the kind guidance of Prof. P. R. Pisharoty, my ever-best teacher, and its details are available online in the links given below:

Following the Indian Express front-page news report by its correspondent Sanjeev Gaur in Chandigarh dated 6th February 1982 which also appeared in all its other editions throughout India under the heading 'Left out in the cold' given on page 11 of the link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1klvYfl9X6Wu6eKDEwCtRVYeQu9hLy1tl 
I went abroad and joined the Al-Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya in 1982 for establishing a new Department of Meteorology & Atmospheric Science in the Faculty of Science there, a task which was earlier assigned to the University of Reading, UK. 

They reassigned this work to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Switzerland, a specialized Agency of the United Nations (UN) where it got delayed due to which the Al-Fateh University then directly contacted me to accomplish this task! I worked there till 1990 after which I joined the Department of Meteorological Services in Harare, Zimbabwe as a WMO/UN Expert on deputation from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the United Nations (UN) in 1991.

It is very rare for an individual to work in one's State Government Service, Central Government Service, and also International Government Service, but I did it after completing my Ph.D. Degree in 1976-77 from the Physical Research Research Laboratory (PRL) affiliated to the Gujarat University, Ahmedabad under the kind guidance of Prof. P. R. Pisharoty, my best-ever teacher! 

I worked in Punjab State Government Service as Professor at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana till my retirement from there in March 2007, in Central Government Service at the Space Applications Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation, SAC/ISRO, Ahmedabad from 1974 to 1982, and International Government Service as WMO/UN Expert in the United Nations (UN) with full diplomatic status & immunity for a long period.

I also worked in National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), USA as a Consultant and several other places all over the world such as Academy of Athens, Greece, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy under UNESCO, and Al-Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya, including the world's hottest place, El-Zizia in Sahara deserts in Libya at 58 deg C and the world's coldest place Vostok in Antarctica at -89.3 deg C covering all the seven continents! 

After my retirement from the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana in 2007, I worked as Director/Principal in many Engineering Colleges such as Indo-Global College of Engineering in  Chandigarh, DAV Institute of Engineering & Technology in Daltonganj/Medininagar, Jharkhand,  DAV College of Engineering & Technology in Kanina, Haryana, and Ghubaya College of Engineering & Technology in Jalalabad (W), Fazilka, Punjab. I also worked in some Private Universities such as the Lovely Professional University in Phagwara, Punjab and Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh as Professor & Head, Department of Physics there till recently. 


My True Antarctic story freely available on the internet is definitely so inspiring for everybody in this difficult time of isolation and social distancing due to deadly Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which was just a routine for us in Antarctica coupled with extremely harsh conditions of freezing temperatures, strong snowstorms with utter darkness of six months night in winter and glaring brightness of six-month daylight in summer with food scarcity and emergency there being cut off from the outside world for a long time in the following links:But all this without any national reward or monetary benefit other than losing my job and impounding of passport in 1986. It was done all due to a wrong action of Prof. P. D. Bhavsar, the then Director of SAC/ISRO, Ahmedabad, who also got my passport impounded on totally false grounds of secrecy, security, integrity, and national interest, etc., in 1986 causing me huge financial loss and extreme mental torture, but God always bless him too!


My passport was later released after a thorough probe and clearance by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 1986-87 after which I again went abroad to earn our livelihood! My Ph.D. Guide Prof. P. R. Pisharoty, and Prof. Yash Pal, former Director of SAC/ISRO, Ahmedabad, condemned Prof. P. D. Bhavsar's wrong and biased action against me, and helped me a lot in this connection!

The things would have been very different if Prof Vikram Sarabhai were alive after my return from the South Pole, Antarctica on successful completion of our 17th Soviet Antarctic Expedition, 1971-1973, whose dream of opening a Gateway of India to Antarctica I had made true by risking my own life as described in the following links:

FmiiJvVtiojyitfuo - New Zealand Antarctic Society

(Indian Subscriber at Base in Enderby Land, Antarctic, Vol.6, No.8, page 292, Dec 1972)

Parmjit Singh Sehra - DownToEarth


In my life, I was often hit very hard, but still I stood up and moved on, which tells secrets of my success, viz., - It is not how hard one hits the target to achieve success, but how hard one gets hit and still able to stand up and move on, which makes one successful in life! And after making a round of the whole globe and visiting & working in all the seven continents of the world, what I discovered was that 'East or West, Home is the Best'!

Happy Teacher's Day to Everyone!

" Let Us Save Our Earth "- Timely Warning by International Scientist

Atmospheric pollution - Europe PMC 

Atmospheric structure exploration over antarctica and ...

Antarctic atmosphere: Temperature exploration and seasonal ...    

Stratospheric Circulation over Antarctica By Parmjit ... - J-Stage

[PDF] school science - National Council Of Educational Research And ... Exploration of Antarctica -.P.S. Sehra
The First Indian to Winter over the ... - Jalandhar, Punjab, India     

Adventures of the First Indian to Winter-Over ... - Dr Parmjit Sehra   

PDF] Handbook on International Environmental Agreements (Parmjit Singh Sehra in Antarctica, Sec. 8.8, pp. 157-158  

FmiiJvVtiojyitfuo - New Zealand Antarctic Society

(Indian Subscriber at Base in Enderby Land, Antarctic, Vol.6, No.8, page 292, Dec 1972)

The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Bathinda Edition (Former NASA Scientist is Fazilka College Head

Roshi CBG-san on Twitter: "Today's thread. What connects India's 1st ...

The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - LUDHIANA (Journey to South Pole)

When Indira Gandhi's India 'invaded' Antarctica - Livemint


Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra
(Former PAU Prof, ISRO, NASA/USA & UN Expert, and First Indian Antarctic & South Pole Explorer also the First to do Ph.D. on Antarctic and global environment & atmospheric studies, and the Founder of the Indian Antarctic Programme, having visited and worked in all the seven continents of the world from Deep Freeze, the coldest place Vostok in Antarctica at -89.3 deg C to Furnace, the hottest place El-Zizia in Libya, Sahara Deserts at 58 deg C, with name in history and details on the internet)

Present Residential & Mailing Address:
Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra, Ph.D. (Sci.) 
C/o Dr. (Mrs.) Bhupinder Sehra, MBBS, MD, Senior Consultant, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Apt. A-4, Bilga General Hospital (A Unit of CMC, Ludhiana), Village & P.O. Bilga-144036, Nurmahal Road, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
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Happy International Friendship Day - Strong Will Power and Never-Say-Die Attitude Can Stop Suicides!


The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities! Friendship Day is a day in several countries for celebrating friendship. It was first proposed in 1958 in Paraguay as the "International Friendship Day". In India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and UAE, Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year!

There are three DAV Engineering Colleges in India, one at Jalandhar in Punjab, one at Kanina in Haryana, and one at Daltonganj/Medininagar in Jharkhand, and I have worked as Director/Principal in the latter two of these Colleges from 2010 to 2011. After that I joined the Ghubaya College of Engineering & Technology (GCET) in Jalalabad (W), District Fazilka, Punjab where I worked in the same position as Director/Principal from 2011 to 2013. 

Then I joined the Eternal University at Baru Sahib, District Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh and worked there as Professor & Head of the Department of Physics, Dean of the College of Basic Sciences as well as Dean of the College of Engineering & Technology and Controller of Examinations since 2014. 

Before that, I also worked as Director/Principal at the Indo-Global College of Engineering in Abhipur (Mohali), Chandigarh in 2009, and as Professor & Head of the Department of Physics at the Lovely Professional University (LPU) near Phagwara in Punjab, India in 2007 after my retirement as Professor, Department of Climate Change & Agricultural Meteorology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India on 31st March 2007.

I also worked abroad for several years in various institutions such as Consultant in NASA/USA, Academy of Athens in Greece, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) under UNESCO at Trieste in Italy, Al-Fateh University at Tripoli in Libya, and as WMO/UN Expert in Harare, Zimbabwe on deputation from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) of the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland.  


Having worked in Punjab State Government Service as Professor at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana and as Director/Principal in many Engineering Colleges and Private Universities in India till recently after our return from abroad, Central Government Service at SAC/ISRO, Ahmedabad till 1982, and International Government Service as WMO/UN Expert in the United Nations (UN) with diplomatic status & immunity besides NASA/USA and several other places all over the world including the world's hottest place, El-Zizia in Sahara deserts in Libya at 58 deg C and the world's coldest place Vostok in Antarctica at -89.3 deg C covering all the seven continents, what I discovered was that 'East or West, Home is the Best'!

An Anecdote on Suicide by a student at DAVCET, Kanina in Haryana:

Unfortunately, one student committed suicide by jumping in a pond in village Kanina located near Mahendragarh in Haryana when I was working as Director/Principal at the DAV College of Engineering & Technology (DAVCET), Kanina in 2011 after my transfer from the DAV Institute of Engineering & Technology (DAVIET) in Daltonganj/Medininagar in Jharkhand where also I was working as Director/Principal during 2010-2011 in the hostile Naxalite dominated surroundings! Some related links on DAVCET, Kanina in Haryana, India are also given below as reference.  

I remained so busy the whole day on that day with police, taking out his body from the pond after three days of search, postmortem and cremation, etc., that I returned to the College very late around 3 am in the night and couldn't sleep thereafter! 

At 9 am I called all the students for a condolence meeting and addressed them for about two hours as to why one should never commit suicide, no matter what happens in life! They listened to my long lecture in mixed Hindi & English very patiently and attentively, and took a firm pledge never to do it in their life! 

After a few days there were semester exams and one of the students was reported to having similar suicidal tendencies when his paper was checked by the faculty. They said that he had not answered even a single question but he had instead reproduced all my words which I had spoken against suicide in my lecture in that condolence meeting !

They showed me his answer sheets wherein he had repeatedly written my advice to them with all details that 'Strong Will Power and Never-Say-Die Attitude Can Stop Suicides'! I then I told them that he will never ever think of committing suicide in his life, no matter what happens, and that they should not at all worry about him now! In the next semester he worked so hard that he passed his exam with good marks in all papers! 

I wish I should have either recorded that condolence meeting lecture of mine, or taken that student's paper & answer sheets who didn't answer any of the questions asked in the exam but instead reproduced my complete lecture against suicide of that condolence meeting, as a reference for others to stop such extreme action of committing suicide by anyone! 

My parents taught me in my childhood itself that what is important in life is not how hard one hits the target to achieve success but how hard one gets hit by the adverse circumstances and still able to stand up and move ahead! So, everyone should develop a strong will power and never-say-die attitude which can certainly stop suicides everywhere in the world! 

This is what had kept me alive in the harshest and extremely cold and stormy conditions while wintering over the South Pole and circumnavigating and exploring the Antarctic continent during my active participation in the 17th Soviet Antarctic Expedition from 1971 to 1973 as the first ever Indian to do so and also becoming the first to do Ph.D. on it under the kind guidance of Prof. P. R. Pisharoty! 

Wishing Everyone A Very Happy International Friendship Day on 30th July & first Sunday of August
Every Year with an additional message that Strong Will Power & Never-Say-Die Attitude Can Stop Suicides and Lead to All Success in Life!
The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Bathinda Edition (Former NASA Scientist is Fazilka College Head)
Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra
(Former PAU Prof, ISRO, NASA/USA & UN Expert, and First Indian Antarctic & South Pole Explorer also the First to do Ph.D. on Antarctic and global environment & atmospheric studies, and the Founder of the Indian Antarctic Programme, having visited and worked in all the seven continents of the world from Deep Freeze, the coldest place Vostok in Antarctica at -89.3 deg C to Furnace, the hottest place El-Zizia in Libya, Sahara Deserts at 58 deg C, with name in history and details on the internet)


Present Residential & Mailing Address:
Dr. Parmjit Singh Sehra, Ph.D. (Sci.) 
C/o Dr. (Mrs.) Bhupinder Sehra, MBBS, MD, Senior Consultant, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Apt. A-4, Bilga General Hospital (A Unit of CMC, Ludhiana), Village & P.O. Bilga-144036, Nurmahal Road, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab, India.

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