Ashok Panagariya
Born22 August 1950
Died (aged 70)
  • Neurologist
  • medical researcher and academic
SpouseMeena Panagariya
ChildrenArihant Panagariya, Aditi Tandon, Arushi Jain
RelativesArvind Panagariya (brother)

Ashok Panagariya (22 August 1950 – 11 June 2021) was an Indian neurologist, medical researcher and academic, known for his research on nerve cells and neuromyotonia. He was a vice chancellor of Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur[1] and a member of the Planning Board of the Government of Rajasthan.[2][3] He was a recipient of the Dr. B. C. Roy Award, the highest Indian award in the medical category.[2] Ashok Panagariya was awarded the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.[4] He died on 11 June 2021 due to COVID-19 complications.[5]

Early life and education

Ashok Panagariya was born on 22 August 1950 in Jaipur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan,[6] in a family of freedom fighters. His father Balu Lal Panagariya was a civil servant in the govt of Rajasthan.[2] He obtained his MBBS in the year 1972 and completed post-graduate training in Internal Medicine in 1976 at the Sawai Man Singh Medical College; he then obtained his DM in Neurology at PGI Chandigarh and became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.[7]


He headed the department of neurology at the SMS Medical College and became the Principal of the institution.[3][8] He also served as vice chancellor of Rajasthan University of Health Sciences,[1] as the president of Indian Academy of Neurology 2010–2011[9] and was a member of the State Planning Board on health.[2][3]

Panagariya was a professor emeritus of the SMS Medical College and an honorary neurologist to the Armed Forces of India.[6] He was the chairman of DISHA Foundation, a non-profit non-governmental organization engaged in the welfare of people with special needs.[10] He was also associated with the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and the Press Club of Jaipur, as a member.


Panagariya had more than ninety publications in peer reviewed journals[6] and contributed to a textbook on neurology by Walter George Bradley.[11] He also wrote on health issues and the science of spiritualism.[9][12]

Awards and recognition

Panagariya received the Merit award from the Government of Rajasthan in 1992.[6] The Medical Council of India awarded him the Dr. B. C. Roy Award, the highest Indian award in the medical category, in 2002.[13] He was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2014 by the Government of India.[4]

He was a recipient of the UNESCO Award for medical/social contributions, the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Times of India[citation needed] and of the Lifetime Achievement Award of Madras Neuro Trust.[14]


In 2022, the Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN) established the Dr. Ashok Panagariya Research Scholar Award, an annual award in memory of Panagariya. This award, presented by the IAN, is granted to neurologists under the age of 40 and includes a ₹1 lakh cash prize.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Dial me Now". Dial me Now. 2014. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Brothers Panagariya: Rajasthan's pride and nation's 'Padmas'". News 18. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Docs' stir: Govt toughens stand". The Times of India. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Padma Shri recipient Dr Ashok Panagariya dies of post-Covid complications". Devdiscourse. 11 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d "Kuhad Trust Bio". Kuhad Trust. 2015. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Hospitals in India". Hospitals in India. 2015. Archived from the original on 2 January 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  8. ^ "A letter at a time, we move ahead". The Times of India. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b Ashok Panagariya (2011). "Living longer living happier: My journey from clinical neurology to complexities of brain". Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology. 14 (4): 232–238. doi:10.4103/0972-2327.91931. PMC 3271458. PMID 22346008.
  10. ^ "DISHA - Institute for specially abled". DISHA Foundation. 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  11. ^ "List of Publications of Ashok Panagariya". SMS Medical College. 2015. Archived from the original on 30 January 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Enjoy Qualitative Longevity Using Brain and Mind". News Buzz. 6 March 2015. Archived from the original on 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Dr. B. C. Roy awards presented". The Hindu. 4 August 2004. Retrieved 1 July 2015.[dead link]
  14. ^ "Madras Neuro Trust". Archived from the original on 7 September 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Award in memory of Ashok Panagariy". The Times of India. 7 November 2022.