Prof Dhruva Kumar Jha, who was a professor in the Department of Botany, Gauhati University breathed his last on 4th of February, 2023, following an accident a few days ago, when he sustained serious head injuries. Prof Jha is survived by his wife and only son. It's an extreme loss to his family and the dear and near ones and an incalculable loss to the university, the GU Community, particularly the Department of Botany, where he has served for over 30 years. It's a loss to the entire scientific community as he has been one of the finest botanists of the country, the region, and a rare asset the university had. A very familiar and prominent face in the university, who will be dearly missed by all of us.
A pall of gloom descended over the entire campus when the residents came to know about his accident and the grave nature of the injuries.
Prof Dhruva Kumar Jha did his MSc in Botany from Patna University with specialisation in Plant Pathology and completed his PhD in Microbial Ecology from NEHU, Shillong. He joined Gauhati University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany in 1991 and became a Professor in 2010. He published extensively in the field and successfully guided several doctoral students leading to the degree of PhD. His research paper on plant-growth promoting rizhobacteria with PN Bhattacharyya, published in the journal World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology (Springer) remains one of the best cited papers from Gauhati University and also in the subject with a citation over 1400 till date. His academic profile can still be accessed in the GU Website.
May his soul rest in peace.