To acknowledge the woman empowerment and to salute the commitment and contribution of renowned Women from different walks of life for their passion in the sphere of work chosen by them, Suryadatta Felicitated some of them on 23rd July 2016 with ‘Savitribai Jyotiba Phule’ Award at the hands of skydiver, Padmashri, Ms. Shital Mahajan and an Indian actor, comedian, poet and writer Mr. Shailesh Lodha.
The Awardees were
Mrs. Maneesha Ghate (For Excellence in field of Social work ) : For helping to spread the IT Knowledge in the rural areas by donating 20,000 sets of Computers and also helping students from drought affected area of Maharashtra by donating them school stationary on large basis.
BK Sarita Didi Rathi and her Mother Smt. Kamla ben Rathi (For Excellence in field of spirituality and meditation): For dedicating the life to spread the peace and non-violence message of Brahma Kumari Organization through meditation and spiritual speeches. Sarita Didi is actively involved in all the Philanthropic activities organized through Brahma Kumaris. At present she is giving her services from BK Centre at Mukund Nagar Pune,
Mrs. Sarla Bai Pruthviraj Dhoka (For Excellence in the field of eradication of evil practices ): for her struggle and fight to help for organizing marriages of young ladies belonging to economically weak families of Jain community, eradication of dowry system, avoidance of flamboyant expenditures during the marriages, encouraging mass marriages etc. Now she has extended this work for other communities as well.
Dr. Meena Naik & Mrs. Sujata Naik (For Excellence in the field of Medical Practices ): For their contribution in helping middle class patients with naturopathy and customized medicines to solve the health issues. So far they have treated more than 1000 patients and cured them.
Savitribai Phule award is constituted by Suryadatta Group of Institutes in the memory of Late Smt Ratanbai Bansilar Chordiya: Mother of Prof. Dr. Sanjay B. Chordiya as she had always dreamt of higher education of the girl students and was always concerned for the welfare of the women from the socially and economically weaker strata.
On this occasion Padmashri Ms. Shital Mahajan, the only female sky diver of India said that women perform much better and out do men in every field of work as they are blessed as born multitasker. Discipline, Dedication and Determination of the women will always inspire the world.
Mr. Shailesh Lodha Contributed his entire success to his wife Mrs. Swati Lodha; the eminent educationalist without whom he said he could not have achieved even fifty percent of what he has achieved today. While endorsing the views of Ms Shital Mahajan, he said given the opportunities, women prove their metal and even the history is witness for it. There are examples of Maitri, Gargi, Zansi ki Rani, Ahilyabai Holkar Jiajamata, Indira Gabdhi, Kalpana Chawla and the list goes on.
Dr. Sanjay B Chordiya, Dean Academics fondly recalled the memories of his mother; late Ratanbai B. Chordiya who was his first teacher who taught him for being concerned for the people who are less privileged. He proudly introduced his wife Mrs. Sushma B. Chordiya as a lady who firmly stood behind him for each step he has taken in his life.
The audience gave the standing ovation to all the awardees to express their gratitude to these ladies for spreading the light in dark lives of numerous people in the society.