It is with great regret that the International Diabetes Federation was informed of the passing of Professor Jasbir Singh Bajaj.
Prof. Bajaj was a Past President (1985-88) and Honorary President of IDF and made a profound contribution in the fields of diabetes prevention and treatment, both in his home country — India — and around the world.
A physician and diabetologist, Prof. Bajaj joined the faculty of the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 1966 and was appointed Professor and Head of Medicine in 1979. He was conferred the role of Honorary Physician to the President of India on two occasions (1977-1982; 1987-1992) and also served as consultant physician to the Prime Minister of India from 1991 to 1996. Prof. Bajaj was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the National Academy of Medical Sciences and a founding fellow of the Indian College of Physicians. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award, for his outstanding contribution to medical science and research, and his efforts to improve the healthcare delivery system.
Prof. Bajaj was first elected to the IDF Board in 1979, representing the Federation until the end of his term as President in 1988. He also served as Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 9th IDF Congress in New Delhi, India, in 1976.