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Professor Emeritus at St John’s Medical College Bangalore. CEO & Director of the Foundation for Quality India (FQI) Director of the National Referral Centre for Lead Projects in India (NRCLPI).
Dr Thuppil is the current National Chairman of the Indian Society for Lead Awareness and Research (InSLAR) ( He is also called as the Lead Man of India and was director of project Lead Free of The George Foundation which was instrumental in getting the unleaded petrol to India in March 2000. He served as the National Chairman in getting the Gazette notification for defining the limits for lead contents in paints. Dr. Venkatesh is also the Lead/Principal Assessor for the NABL & NABH under Quality Council of India (QCI). He is also the adviser to CAHO and AHPI. Served as an accreditation committee member for NABL, NABH, DAC Dubai and serving as the Chairman of Laboratory Accreditation Board of Nepal. Dr. Venkatesh is International Chairman for the Chronic Hypoxia Society and visiting professor of Zubeita University, Bolivia and Visiting Scholar of the University of Cincinnati, USA. He is the recipient of the International award for Science, Truth and Honor, prestigious Arya Bhatta Award apart from the life time achievement award from CAHO. He is also technical adviser to UNIDO and WHO. He has published over 350 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.