Retd Director of CFTRI, Parpia passes away

H A B Parpia, retired director of Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore passed away in the city on Tuesday. He was 91.

According to Parpia’s son-in-law Vivek Kariappa, the end came at around 7.30 am in the morning at Emerald Enclave, Belavadi post. As per his wishes, the body was handed over to Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC and RI) for research purposes. He leaves behind wife Carolyn Parpia, children Dr Ijaz, Dr Farid, Sheralyn Parpia and Julie Kariappa.


Born on September 5, 1922, Parpia was a multi-faceted personality. After graduating in
BSc (Hon) with first class in Microbiology and Chemistry, University of Bombay 1946, MS, and PhD, in Food Science and Technology, University of California (Berkeley) and Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA, Paripa decorated various positions like Director, CFTRI Mysore, between 1962 and 72;  Senior Officer, Food and Agriculture Industries, FAO, Rome, 1972-82; and Principal Advisor, UN Conference on Science and Technology for Development, New York, USA, 1978-82 among others. A student volunteer at Sevagram (Gandhiji’s Ashram) at Wardha, he was the founder president of Afro-Asian Federation of Food Science and Technology Institutions (AAFFoSTI), founder President, Centre for Consumer Education and Environment Protection (CCEEP) and Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP)


Industrial Achievement Award, Institute of Food Technologists, USA, 1971; Kashalkar Memorial Award for Outstanding Services to Indian Food Industry, 1968; Distinguished Service Medal from the Prime Minister of India at 25th Anniversary of CFTRI, Mysore, 1976; V S Industrial Achievement Award, Association of Food Scientists & Technologists (India), Mysore, 1984; Wattumull Foundation Award, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 1987. Fellow, Manipal Academy.


A Shivaprasanna, honorary secretary of Vidyashankara Cooperative Housing Society Ltd, passed away in the city on Tuesday. He was 70.

A resident of Agrahara, he leaves behind his wife Parvathamma, sons A S Raghavendra and A S Sudhindra.  Last rites were performed in the evening at a burial ground in Vidyaranyapuram.

An emergency meeting of the society was convened under the chairmanship of Shankarappa to offer condolences to the departed soul, according to a press release.

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