Subhas Pithani is a scientist at AstraZeneca. He is a Telugu-speaking French citizen of Indian origin and has lived and worked in England and Sweden. With his roots in Telugu culture and working life in Europe, he has the experience of what is it and how is it about life and about developments in the society in 21st century from professional and cultural point of view. 

In an interview to, Dr Subhash Pithani talks about the opportunities for students studying life sciences, about pharmaceutical industry, and about Telugu language and culture. You can listen to the interview in the podcast: 

Dr Subhash Pithani

TELUGU LANGUAGE: English as the medium of instruction in the place of Telugu 

The recent decision of the Andhra Pradesh government to introduce English medium in the place of Telugu medium in schools and colleges continues to be the talking point of its merits and demerits not only in the truncated state of Andhra Pradesh but also in India. 

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wants to make education through English medium for all the students of the state. He noted that sending one’s children to English medium schools should not only be the privilege of the established families across political parties (and he took the names of India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, movie star and politician Pavan Kalyan and former Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu for practising hypocrisy – sending their children or grandchildren to English medium schools but opposing the scrapping state-run Telugu medium educational institutions for English medium). 

Subhash is concerned about the future of Telugu language suspecting the language could be killed if English is embraced right from the start of educational journey. He recollects that he was a student of Telugu medium throughout his life but it was not barrier to make a journey in his profession. 


Dr Subhas Pithani gained a PhD from Andhra University and a He is currently a research scientist at AstraZeneca the multinational pharmaceutical company based in Gothenburg – Sweden’s second largest city. He also worked as a senior scientist at Aptuit Pharma at Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England and as a project manager at NovAlix Pharma, Stasbourg, France and at NovAlix as the post-doctoral researcher at Université de Strasbourg and UCB Pharma. wishes that the Andhra Pradesh government should take advice and suggestions from a research scientist like Dr Subhash Pithani in the pharmaceutical industry. Experts have the know-how and the expertise to make the state more attractive for industrialists for investment in pharma sector which can generate employment opportunities.


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