Internationally acclaimed microbiologist Dr Bijon Kumar Sil left Bangladesh for Singapore on Sunday morning.
Dr Bijon is also the lead scientist of Gonoshasthaya Kendra’s discovery team that developed the antibody and antigen kit for Covid-19.
Earlier on Saturday night, Gonoshasthaya Kendra’s press advisor Janagir Alam Mintu told reporters that Dr Bijon is returning to Singapore because of some visa related complications.
“Gonoshasthaya will provide all necessary documents needed for Dr Bijon to get his visa. We need him in our research projects and we hope he will return home soon,” Janagir said.
Dr Bijon’s work permit visa in Bangladesh expired in July. He applied for visa extension but did not receive any response from the government. He had no choice but to leave country.
Earlier in 1999, Bijon Kumar Sil invented PPR vaccines to prevent the goat epidemic. He worked at the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) then. He also worked on dengue fever.
Bijon Kumar went to Singapore in 2002 and worked as a government service holder. Later, he worked with a private institution and also became involved with local and international institutions and organisations as a consultant.
He joined in the microbiology department of Gono Bishwabidyala in Savar on February 1. He has 14 patents dealing with microbiology. So far, more than 20 of his research papers have been published. He presented his research papers at more than 20 international conferences.
BDST: 1251 HRS, SEP 20, 2020