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Banoo Jehangir Coyaji

Banoo Jehangir Coyaji
Born(1917-09-07)7 September 1917[1]
Died15 July 2004(2004-07-15) (aged 86)
ResidencePune, India
Alma materGrant Medical College St.Vincents High School, Pune
Known for
Scientific career
InstitutionsKing Edward Memorial Hospital, Pune

Banoo Jehangir Coyaji (22 August 1918 – 15 July 2004) was an Indian physician and activist in family planning and population control. She was director of King Edward Memorial Hospital in Pune, and started programmes of community health workers in rural areas of Maharashtra, the third largest state in India. She became an advisor to the union government and an internationally recognised expert.

She received awards including Padma Bhushan in 1989[2] and the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1993.[3]


Banoo was an able administrator and this was highlighted by the fact that the King Edward Memorial Hospital, Pune hospital grew from 40 beds in 1944 to 550 beds in 1999. She held many prominent posts. She was a member of the Scientific and Technical Group in Human Reproduction, WHO, Women's Health and Development; and Health, Manpower and Development at WHO. She was a Consultant to the Government of Maharashtra, the Government of India, the World Bank, Ford Foundation, UNFPA and many other bodies of national and international importance. She was also a member of the Management Council as well as Professor Emeritus, Pune University.[1] Her major contribution has been in the areas of family planning, urban and rural health and children's health.[4]

Sakal Group of Newspapers

Banoo was also the director of Sakal Group of Newspapers.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Banoo Coyaji (1917-2004)". King Edward Memorial Hospital. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "Social worker Banoo Coyaji passes away". Times of India. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Social worker Banoo Coyaji dead". Retrieved 31 August 2013.

Further reading

  • Indra Gupta, India’s 50 Most Illustrious Women, New Delhi: Icon Publications, 2003, ISBN 81-88086-03-7

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