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USF honors Dr. Indira Chakravarty with the Global Leadership Award
August 8, 2009

On August 8, 2009 Dr. Chakravarty received the President’s Global Leadership Award from the University of South Florida. This award is the highest international recognition the university bestows to individuals who have achieved exemplary accomplishments in international leadership and global relations.

Dr. Indira Chakravarty served as the Director General of Health Services and director of the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health in Calcutta. As a scientist and scholar, she is recognized for her research and scientific papers addressing a wide range of public health issues including; consumer safety, nutrition, and water contamination.

Dr. Chakravarty conducted an innovative study among the street food vendors in Calcutta and reported that while the street food vending sector offered highly nutritious and tasty food at a very low cost, 60% of it was contaminated with E.coli bacteria. With her encouragement, rather than remove food vendors, which are an integral part of the Indian lifestyle, the West Bengal government trained 3,500 vendors in food safety. This study received the prestigious Eduardo Sauma Award from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and helped develop the Calcutta Model to ensure the quality and safety of street foods. Currently, New Delhi and Bombay are replicating the project and based on Indira’s recommendations. Additionally, 36 other countries are adopting the program.