Mani Kumar Chetri
Born (1920-05-23) 23 May 1920 (age 103)[1]
Parent(s)P. L. Singh Chettri
H. M. Chettri.
AwardsPadma Shri

Mani Kumar Chetri (born 23 May 1920) is an Indian cardiologist, a former director of West Bengal State Health Services and a former director of the IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata.[2] He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences[3] and a recipient of the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri from the Government of India in 1974.[4]


AMRI Hospital, Dhakuria

Mani Kumar Chetri was born on 23 May 1920 in Teesta Valley T.E.,[5] one of the oldest tea gardens situated on the banks of Teesta River in Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal,[6] in a gorkha family[7] to P. L. Singh Chettri and H. M. Chettri.[2] He did his early schooling at the Darjeeling Municipal Primary School and Turnbull High School and completed his matriculation from the Government High School, Darjeeling in 1936.[2] After passing his intermediate examination from St. Paul's Cathedral Mission College, Kolkata, he secured a graduate degree in medicine (MBBS) from the Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata and the degree of FRCP from London on government scholarship in 1956.[2]

Chetri joined the IPGMER and SSKM Hospital in 1960 as the director and a professor of the department of cardiology.[2] In 1976, he was appointed as the Director of West Bengal Health Services in 1976[5] and served as the personal doctor of the then chief minister, Jyoti Basu.[8] In 1997, when the Advanced Medical Research Institute was started in Dhakuria,[5] Chetri was made the managing director, but he continued his association with IPGMER & SSKM Hospital as an advisor.[2] The Government of India awarded him the civilian honor of Padma Shri in 1974.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Moni Kumar Chetri after Bidhanchandra Roy in West Bengal's Health Services". ABP Ananda (in Bengali). Today in Focus. 31 May 2020.((cite news)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Personality of the Month". Darjeeling Times. 27 December 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ "List of Fellows - NAMS" (PDF). National Academy of Medical Sciences. 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "GJM cries foul in arrest of Padmashree Doctor in AMRI case". I Sikkim. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Dazzling Darjeeling". Darjeeling Times. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Notable Indian Gorkhas". World Gorkha Foundation Trust. 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  8. ^ "All India Gorkha League (AIGL) condemns the arrest of Dr. Mani Kumar Chettri". Mungpoo News. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2015.