KK Mookerji memorial lecture organised at CFTRI

The CSIR Pensioners Welfare Association (CPWA) Mysuru chapter, in collaboration with SPI, had organised the K K Mookerji Memorial Lecture at IFTTC Auditorium, CFTRI, recently.

The programme was a tribute to K K Mookerji who served at the CFTRI for over 40 years as a Senior Scientist where he headed departments of the regional centres and Transfer of Technology. He did a pioneering work in pineapple processing at Experiment Station of CFTRI Trissur (Kerala) before he shifted base to Mysore.

Speaking about his father K K Mookerji, Global CEO and Founder, Software Paradigms Infotech (SPI), Sid Mookerji said that he was known for his humility and hard work. “He played a key role in SPI after his retirement from CFTRI and looked after India operations even after he crossed the age of 60,” he said.

Dr Venugopal Krishna, Consultant Neuro-physician from Columbia Asia Hospital delivered a talk on Alzheimer’s disease.

Presenting some interesting facts about the disease, Dr Venugopal said that Alzheimer was the cause of 60-70% of cases of dementia. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events (short-term memory loss).

With the progress in age and as the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self-care, and behavioural issues. As a person’s condition declines, they often withdraw from family and society, he said.

Dr Venugopal mentioned that the percentage of patients with Alzheimer was lesser in India, about 8% of the total population when compared to the western countries. But he also cautioned that the number may increase in the future.

“It is the family and caretakers of such patients who undergo a lot of mental agony rather than the patients themselves”, he added. Empathising with people suffering from Alzheimer’s becomes very important as they tend to behave like a child. Increasing brain activity, consumption of green and natural foods, active lifestyle can decrease the amount of risk, he added.

CFTRI Director Prof Ram Rajasekharan, was the chief guest. The executive committee of CPWA Mysuru chapter was present.

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