Prof. Dr. Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain, Ph.D. (JNU, Delhi), D.Sc. (h.c.), D. Med. Sc. (h.c), is a Padma Shri and received Germany's Highest Civilian Award - The Order of Merit (Das Verdienstkreuz, 1.Klasse), from the President of Germany, equivalent of India's Bharat Ratna, the only Indian so far and one of the very few persons globally. The prestigious American Academy of Microbiology, USA elected him as Fellow. He was recently conferred with the ICMR's B.R. Ambedkar Award, the highest award for excellence in Biomedical research.
Dr. Hasnain was a Member (2004-2009, 2009-2014) of Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (SAC-PM) and was a Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to the Union Cabinet. He was Chairman of Biotech Advisory Council, Government of Andhra Pradesh for several years and a Member of Biotech Advisory Council of many other State Governments, including Gujarat.
He received Humboldt Research Prize (Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Germany); the very exclusive Robert Koch Fellowship (the ONLY Indian so far), of the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin; is the first Indian elected as a Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and youngest to be elected as a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy.
Dr. Hasnain is also recipient of many prestigious Indian Awards such as G.D. Birla Award, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, FICCI Award, J.C. Bose National Fellow Award, Ranbaxy Research Award, Goyal Award, Bhasin Award etc. And is an elected Fellow of all the major Science Academies of India (FNA, fasc, fnasc). He is a recipient of honorary Degrees from Universities in India and abroad and is the 3rd Indian to receive an Honorary Doctorate in 2011 from the Queen's University, UK.
Presently, Prof. Dr. Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain is the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University); located in New Delhi, India. Hamdard University is known for its strong research base in health and basic sciences and is recognised both nationally and internationally.