India’s progress in leprosy eradication efforts has been spectacular and the participatory work by governmental and voluntary agencies is laudable, observed Dr. Ganesh Raja in Mumbai on Wednesday. We are happy that the cherished dream of the Father of our nation for leprosy elimination has come true, he added. Dr. Ganesh Raja was speaking as the Chief Guest of Indian Development Foundation’s (IDF) Foundation Day Function at Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Hall on 14th September 2011. He gave away IDF Grants to leprosy/ TB hospitals and projects in western region. IDF has earmarked Grants totaling Rs.60 lakhs to 120 health/ development projects all over India during the year.
IDF Grants Release Function is an annual feature of Indian Development Foundation to share its resources with leprosy/ TB projects and promote self-reliance. The Chief Guest also presented Awards to 27 Principals of Schools in Western zone with star performance record of leprosy awareness programmes and resource mobilisation and awarded Medals and certificates to 122 students for their signal contribution.
Prestigious MOTHER TERESA MEMORIAL AWARD 2010-11 was presented to Podar International School, Santacruz (W), Mumbai for outstanding resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB work in western zone. IDF SOCIAL ACTION AWARDS 2010-11 were presented to Principals and Teachers for their excellent Social Responsibility during 2010-11.
IDF Dynamic Supporter Award was presented to Mr. S. Jayakumar, Country Manager - HSE, Halliburton., while IDF Social Ambassador was presented to Mrs. Neeta Kirit Sanghavi, Mr. Keshav Poduval and Mrs. Rekha Bajaj. IDF CSR Awards for 2010-11 were presented to 9 Corporate Bodies - ARM Research Pvt. Ltd, Dominos Pizza India Ltd., Giri Trading Pvt. Ltd., Halliburton, Jai Bhavani Shankar Restaurant, Mahindra Finance, Standard Chartered Bank, Whistling Woods International and Wockhardt Foundation - for their excellent participation in social responsibility programmes of IDF.
Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, President, Indian Development Foundation who presided over the function said the government and voluntary agencies worked hand in hand with admirable co-operation to achieve the leprosy elimination status in India. Dr.Pillai thanked the public for their understanding and continued support. Sharing resources and serving others give greater joy and this will be the gospel for the future, Dr. Pillai added.
Guests of Honour - Wg. Cdr. S. Balasubramaniam VrC and Dr. Geetha Mohan, Principal, UPG College of Management spoke on importance of creating social soldiers who can bring about a social change in the society. IDF is an excellent platform for young students to develop social temper for the progress of the nation, they added.
Dr. Vandana Lulla, Director, Podar International School and Special Invitee at the function complimented Indian Development Foundation’s role in India’s fight against leprosy/TB and for widening its activities to include health care, education and development.
Podar International School, Santacruz (W) Mumbai topped the list in resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB while the second and third places went to Snehavardhak Mandal's Shaikshanik Trust, Talegaon, Pune and Powai English High School, Powai, Mumbai respectively.
Kinjal Mehta from Podar International School (SSC), Santacruz bagged the first position while Shaneela Gharat from Bhavan's A.H. Wadia High School, Andheri (W) and Disha Jain from Podar International School (IB), Mumbai secured second and third positions respectively in the list of students in resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB work.
People from all walks of life attended the well organised function. Earlier Dr. C.N.N. Nair, Trustee-Treasurer of the Foundation welcomed and introduced the guests, while Mr.Keshav Poduval, IDF Social Ambassador proposed a vote of thanks. Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, CEO, IDF compered at the function. Students from SES Secondary School, Panvel added symphony to the entire programme. Volunteers from UPG College of Management and Vivek College of Commerce co-ordinated the event.
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