During the VIth International Planned Parenthood Federation Conference held at Delhi in February 1959 it was noticeable that only two Indian workers attended the Scientific Session, whereas there were many visitors from abroad, including zoologists, veterinary research workers, biochemists and physicians. The relative lack of participation by Indian scientists seemed evidently to be due to the fact that the organizers were not aware of the important research on reproductive physiology that was being carried out in many different institutions in India, i.e. departments of physiology, pharmacology, obstetrics and gynaecology of medical colleges, university departments of zoology, veterinary colleges and medical research institutions. Many of us thought that this omission was due to the fact that at that time (1959) there was no common forum in India at which zoologists, biochemists, clinical research workers, physiologists, veterinary research workers and pisciculturists could meet to discuss reproductive
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