Mrs. Meera Chetan Bhatia

Mrs. Meera Chetan Bhatia born in Delhi a social worker, activist and the first Sign Language Interpreter to interpret the first Accessible Independence Day, Republic Day and Oath taking Ceremony of the PM in 2014, telecasted on DD News. She is a recipient of the Helen Keller award by NCPEDP, among other honors. 

                   

Biography

As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Mrs. Meera Chetan Bhatia identifies Sign Language as her “mother tongue” and has thereby donned the role of a Sign Language Interpreter throughout her life. She was one of the first anchors to present the daily news bulletin in Sign Language at DD News in 1992, a role she played for the next 27 years. At 35 years of age, she decided to quit a sincerely built career as a Computer Science teacher in Modern Barakhamba School to forward the cause of Deaf Empowerment in India. With her NGO Sai Swayam Society (SSS), she entered the then uncharted territory of skill training and job placements for Persons with Disabilities. Through innovative approaches, meaningful collaborations and a dedicated team, SSS has placed over 7200 Deaf individuals in gainful employment all across India in the last 14 years. With many accolades including the prestigious National Award, she is lives by the motto of “service before self” and believes in the power of social transformation.

 

Awards and honors

In 2010 Meera received the Helen Keller award by NCPED as the Best Placement Officer for PwDs. She was honoured with the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Best Placement Officer )by the President of India in 2014. For her experience and contribution to the field of ISL in India, she was awarded the Jazbaa Award for Excellence in Sign Language by the Minister of Minority Affairs in 2016.

 

Family

 Mrs. Meera Chetan Bhatia lives in New Delhi with his husband Mr.Chetan Bhatia, daughter and son.

Long Term Goals

To make our society more inclusive and accessible for all, where each individual has opportunities for growth.

 Hobbies  

Reading spiritual books, listening to music and cooking new dishes.

 

Feroz Mohd Khan

Feroz Mohd Khan is an Indian social worker, Politician, activist and the Member of Peace committee of Delhi Minorities commision, Member of advisory committee in Sugra Public School, Vice President Aam Aadmi Party Okhla and Ex Joint Secretary of JMISU. He is a recipient of the Salute Tiranga award, among other honors.

Biography

Feroz Mohd Khan was born on 20 January 1976 to Late Ashfaq Mohd Khan in Bulandshahar, a town in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He completed his B.B.S. from Jamia Millia Islamia University. and it was during this period, he participated in the JMISU elections and become Joint Secretary. During the Corona Period he was in front line and distributed all essentials Ration kits, Distributed food less fortunate and poors.

Awards and honors

Salute Tiranga Award

Plasma News Award

Noor Shiksha Foundation Award

Itehad welfare Society Award

Hamari Duniya Trust Award

Samaj sudhar Trust Award

Personal life

Feroz Mohd Khan Lived in New Delhi with his wife and son

Hobbies

His hobbies are Social Work, Sports and Travelling

His long term goal is to help poor and marginalized peoples.

Kaleem Khan

Shahzadey Kaleem known as Kaleem Khan (born in Raibareli) is an Indian businessman and social worker and a writer from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. A well known figure for his efforts in the field of social reforms and education.

Biography

Kaleem Khan was born on 7 December 1967 to Lt. Abdul Salaam and Smt. Sayeda khan in Raibareli, a town near Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.He did his Graduation from Feroz Gandhi Degree College.

 

HONORARY POSITIONS IN SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL AND SPIRITUAL ORGANIZATIONS

It has been years since his involvement in various social, spiritual and educational organizations, as they provide a purpose to his life. It gives him the escape from this selfish and mundane world. a few of the positions of responsibility that he hold presently are as follows:

 

  1. President: Team Care India Research Foundation, Lucknow.
  2. Vice President: Jashn-e-Tehzeeb Foundation, Meerut.
  3. Advisor: Progressive Human Forum, Lucknow.
  4. Joint Secratary: Maa Sharda Educational and Welfare Society, Azamgarh.
  5. Chairman:Shree Abdul hakim  Memorial educational  society
  6. Director: Blood donation group.
  7. Honorary member: Team Lucknow.
  8. Active Member: Jasn-e- Azadi Committee
  9. Vice president: Humkhayal Foundation, Meerut.
  10. Active member: Jashn-e-azaadi Trust, Lucknow.

 

JOURNALISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS

 

  1. President: Media Entertainment and Research Foundation.
  2. Chief Editor: Akarshan Times, hindi magazine.
  3. Chief Editor: Arshan Times
  4. Advisor: Humari Panchayat Hindi Magazine, Dehradun.
  5. Former bureau chief : Apradhnama, Lucknow.
  6. Former Crime Reporter: Professional times, Delhi.
  7. Vice president: Manyataa prapt patrakar association of Uttar Pradesh
  8. Deputy Editor: Siddhi Today

 

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

  1. Rajak Samaaj Samman
  2. 26th UPAA Social Award
  3. Sevashree Sammaan
  4. Ganga Jamuni Tahzeeb Award
  5. Corona Warrior Award by Reporter Coverrage
  6. Corona Warrior Award by Life Care Foundation, One India Foundation, MERF
  7. Corona Karmveer Yodha Sammaan
  8. Corona Warrior Honour by Aman Shanti Samiti
  9. Karmveer Ratna Sammaan
  10. Corona Maharathi Sammaan by Satrangi re
  11. Corona Warrior Title Award by Special Crime Bureau
  12. Corona Senani Sammaan by Bharatiya Yuva Sabha
  13. Corona Fighters Award by Friend’s Samay news
  14. Jashn-E-Azadi Award

BOOKS WRITTEN

1.  Soofiyon ki Raahein 

Afroz Shah

Afroz Shah is environmental activist and lawyer from Mumbai. He is best known for organizing the world’s largest beach clean-up project, which has grown into a movement that has inspired people around the world to clean up their surrounding environment.

In 2016, Shah was named by the United Nations as a Champion of the Earth for leading the clean-up of Mumbai’s Versova Beach.

Shah partnered with the Dawoodi Bohra‘s Turning the Tide campaign to remove plastic from the Mithi river and Dana Pani beach in Mumbai.

Inspired by Afroz Shah’s effort to clean beaches in Mumbai, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched the Clean Seas campaign globally.

Ravi Kumar Narra

Ravi Kumar Narra is an Indian businessman and social worker from Secunderabad, known for his efforts for the upliftment of the dalit community. He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2014, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his services to society.

Biography

The main hurdle faced by Dalit entrepreneurs is from the banking sector. Banks are not extending capital to new entrepreneurs without collateral security in spite of Centre’s stipulation that up to ₹ One crore should be given by not insisting on it. Ravi Kumar Narra says about the attitude of the banks towards dalit entrepreneurs

Ravi Kumar Narra was born on 1 September 1963, to Shankaraiah Narra, who was a daily wage mason, in a family with meagre financial resources, in a slum in Secunderabad, commonly known as the twin city of Hyderabad, in the south Indian State of Telangana. He graduated in science, (BSc), and continued his education in law and secured a graduate degree, LLB and, later, the master’s degree of LLM. He also secured a diploma in journalism (DJ) and a diploma in Public Relations.

Dalit enterprise

Narra Ravi Kumar, is presently the National Working President of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI). Narra earlier was the coordinator for the DICCI in South India, covering five states. He has also been President of DICCI, Andhra Pradesh Chapter since 2011. As a member of the National Governing Board of DICCI, he helped to modify the Government Industrial Policy 2010-2015 such that it aided Dalits.

He has been a member of the National Task Force (NTF) of the Government of India, for Affirmative Action and Supplier Diversity.

 

Shanti Chakra Foundation

Narra founded Shanti Chakra Foundation, a service organisation to develop networking amongst Dalits. It promotes the philosophy of B. R. Ambedkar and educates against superstitions. The Foundation undertakes weekly classes for Dalits – particularly youths – on a range of subjects.

Awards and recognitions

Ravi Kumar Narra was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2014, in recognition of his services to society.

Atluri Sriman Narayana

Atluri Sriman Narayana is an Indian dental surgeon, a former Professor of Dental Surgery in Government Dental College, Hyderabad and a former State Coordinator of the Andhra Pradesh School Health Services known for the free dental camps he has conducted across the villages in Andhra Pradesh since 1974. He founded the Sai Oral Health Foundation, under the aegis of which he makes weekly trips to the rural areas of the state, conducts medical camps and delivers lectures at schools educating the rural masses about oral hygiene. His efforts are reported to have reached 1.5 million children in 20,000 schools.

Narayana received the B. C. Roy Award, the highest medical award of the Government of India in 1989. He is also a recipient of the Visishta Puraskara from the Government of Andhra Pradesh (1999), Dr. Paidi Lakshmaiah Puraskar from Dr. Paidi Laxmaiah Trust, TANA Excellency Award (2009) and the FAMDENT Lifetime Achievement Award (2010). He was honored again by the Government of India, in 2002, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.

Personal life

Narayana is married to Srirama Laskhmi in Hyderabad, India. His oldest son, Sairam Atluri, is the CEO of Stemcures, and is a pain physician practicing in Cincinnati, OH. His younger son, Mohan Atluri, is a maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Hyderabad. He has three grandchildren, Trisha Atluri, Teja Atluri, and Master Neel Sai Atluri.

P. Gopinathan Nair

Padmanabha Pillai Gopinathan Nair is an Indian social worker, Gandhian, independence activist and the chairman of Mahatma Gandhi National Memorial Trust, popularly known as Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, a trust managed by the Government of India. He participated in the Quit India movement of 1942 and worked alongside Vinoba Bhave to promote Bhoodan and Gramdan movements. He is the initiator of the camp movement, a student program, as a part of the Construction Movement of Mahatma Gandhi. He is a recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj Award, among other honors. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2016, for his contributions to society.

 

Biography

Gopinathan Nair was born on 7 July 1922 to M. Padmanabha Pillai and K. P. Janaki Amma in Neyyattinkara, a town in the southern part of Thiruvananthapuram district of the south Indian state of Kerala. After completing his school education at the Government High School, Neyyattinkara, he did his graduate studies in science at the University College, Thiruvananthapuram and it was during this period, he participated in the Quit India movement. In 1944, he founded Trivandrum Students Settlement gathering 35 students, inspired by the Construction movement of Mahatma Gandhi. In 1946, he became the Chief Tattwa Pracharak of the Kerala Gandhi Smarak Nidhi and conducted several courses for his colleagues as well as other students. The same year, he joined Shantiniketan for further studies in Chinese culture and Gandhian philosophy and returned to his home town after the completion of the course. For the next decade and a half, he organized several camps for training people and carried out constructive work such as roads and sanitation facilities and organized people for Bhoodan and Gramdan activities. When Vinoba Bhave visited Kerala as a part of his Padayatra, Nair organized a meeting in Kalady. He also became associated with Shanti Sena and was involved in many of its activities. He was reported to have been active during the naxalite insurgency in Kilimanoor in 1970, the Hindu-Muslim communal riots in Thalassery, the East Bengali refugee crisis of 1971 and Kuttanad Peace Project of 1971–76. He also served as the chair of the Sarva Seva Sangh in 1989 and was the convenor of the Cow Protection Committee in Kerala when Bhave campaigned against slaughter of cows. In the aftermath of the Marad massacre of 2002, A. K. Antony, the then chief minister of Kerala requested Nair’s assistance in mediating between the warring factions and he was reported to have been successful in his efforts.

Nair, who has written several articles on Gandhian thought, has been associated with Gandhi Smarak Nidhi in various positions, held the post of the secretary of the Kerala chapter during 1980–82 and is the incumbent national president of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, besides heading the Kerala chapter since 1999. He is a life member and a member of the governing board of the Gandhi Peace Foundation and a former president of the All India Sarva Seva Sangham, Varanasi (6 years) and Sevagram, Wardha (11 years). He is the chairman and patron of the Noorul Islam Civil Service Academy and a member of Sree Uthradam Thirunal Institute Of Culture, Thiruvananthapuram He is married to L. Saraswathi Amma, a retired State Women’s Welfare officer, and the couple lives in Neyyattinkara.

Awards and honors

Nair received the Social Service Award of the Stallions International in 2003 and he was selected for the Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2005, for his constructive social service. The University of Calicut honored him for his services to Gandhian studies in 2005 and the University of Kerala felicitated him on 24 April 2012, when he was elected as the national president of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honor of the Padma Shri in 2016, though the original recommendation of the state government was for the higher award of the Padma Bhushan. The Department of Information and Public Relations of the Government of Kerala and the state chapter of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi jointly organized a photo exhibition at Gandhi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram, featuring various photographs from Nair’s life, in connection with his 95th birthday celebrations. The exhibition, besides the photographs, also had several write-ups on him as exhibits. Noorul Islam Civil Service Academy of the NIMS Charity Trust, where he is the patron, was renamed as P. Gopinathan Nair Civil Service Training Academy in his honor in 2011, in connection with his 90th birthday celebrations. His life has been documented in a 30-minute documentary film, directed Rajan V, Pozhiyoor, the secretary of Thikkurissi Foundation and produced by the Media Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram.  His biography has also been published under the title, Gandhian Karmapadhangalil (Along the Gandhian Paths).

Aloysius Prakash Fernandez

Aloysius Prakash Fernandez is an Indian economist, social worker and the Chairman of the NABARD Financial Services Limited (NABFINS), a National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) subsidiary, formed with the participation of several banks in India. Considered by many as a pioneer of microfinance and Self Help Group concept in India, he was the executive director and is the member secretary of Myrada, a non governmental organization working for the eradication of poverty, gender equality and social development.

Fernandez, born in Karnataka, secured a post graduate degree in Arts from Central University of Karnataka and obtained advanced diplomas from the University of Louvain, Belgium on Sociology and Research Methodology and from Oxford University on Development Studies. His early career was with Caritas India and then abroad, with the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency before his return to Bengaluru in 1982. Besides holding the chair of NABFINS, he is the secretary of Myrada, executive director of The Myrada Davinson Training Centreand the Chairman of Sanghamithra Rural Financial Services. He is known to be a prolific writer and is credited with several publications. Fernandez was honored by the Government of India, in 2000, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri. He also received the Caritas India Jubilee 20O0 award the same year.

H. P. S. Ahluwalia

Major Hari Pal Singh Ahluwalia (born 6 November 1936) is an Indian mountaineer, author, social worker and retired Indian Army officer. During his career he has made contributions in the fields of adventure, sports, environment, disability and social work. He is the sixth Indian man and twenty first man in world that climbed Mount Everest. On 29 May, 12 years to the day from the first ascent of Mount Everest the fourth and last summit with H. C. S. RawatPhu Dorjee Sherpa Ahluwalia made the summit. This was the first time three climbers stood on the summit together

Following his advanced training at the Himalayan Mountaineering InstituteDarjeeling, he climbed extensively in Sikkim, Nepal and later he climbed Mount Everest on 29 May 1965. The 1965 Indian Army expedition was the first successful Indian Expedition to Everest which put 9 mountaineers on top, a record to last 17 years led by Captain M S Kohli. He along with Avtar Singh CheemaNawang Gombu Sherpa, Sonam GyatsoSonam WangyalC.P. VohraAng Kami Sherpa, Harish Chandra Singh Rawat and Phu Dorjee Sherpa successfully summited the peak in 1965 and became the first Indians to climb Mount Everest. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, he suffered a bullet injury to his spine which resulted in his confinement to a wheelchair. Presently, he is the Chairman of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre. He has written thirteen books and has also produced an award-winning serial, Beyond Himalaya, which has been telecast all over the world on Discovery and National Geographic channels.

 

 

Early life

Hari Pal Singh Ahluwalia was born on 6 November 1936 and brought up in Shimla along with his two sisters and two younger brothers. His father was employed as a Civil Engineer in the Indian Central Public Works Department.

For his academic career he went to St Joseph’s Academy, Dehradun and St. George’s College, Mussoorie. There, he discovered his interest in photography and rock climbing. Along with graduation, his interest in rock-climbing increased. Some of the places where Ahluwalia did his rock climbing are GarhwalSikkimNepalLadakh, and of course Mount Everest.

Military career

After his graduation Ahluwalia joined the Indian Army as an officer, receiving a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Electrical-Mechanical Engineering branch on 14 December 1958. He was promoted to lieutenant on 14 December 1960 and to captain on 14 December 1964.Seeing action during the 1965 war with Pakistan, he was wounded by a bullet in his spine, which left him confined to a wheelchair. He received an early discharge from the Army on 8 January 1968, with the honorary rank of major.

Expeditions and adventures

After treatment at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England, he continued to pursue his love for adventure by organising pioneering events such as the first Ski Expedition to Mount Trisul, the first Trans-Himalaya Motor Expedition (1983), and the Central Asia Cultural Expedition (1994) following the Silk & Marco Polo‘s Route through UzbekistanKyrgyzstanKazakhstan, entering China in the Asian City of Kashgar, Yarkhand and returned via Tibet and Kathmandu.

Ahluwalia has also been the President of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and Delhi Mountaineering Association. He was also the Chairman of Special Ability Trust (created to assist young achievers with disabilities with fellowships and scholarships), Youth Exploring Society (with its chapter in Ireland, West Germany and Italy), Rehabilitation Council of India (a Statutory Body under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment), Chairman of Planning Committee of Persons with Disability of 12-year plan and Chairman of the Committee of Drafting Country Report.

 

Professional career

Realizing the needs of persons with spinal injury, Ahluwalia, with the support of his friends, set up the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, India in 1993. He also served as an IOFS officer.this hisory came in school books as a lesson,the AHLUWALIA wrote his journy as a book.He meeted great achiever’s like [INDIRA GANDHI,DR.A.B.J.ABDULKALAM etc;]…

Positiions

  • Chairman – Indian Spinal Injuries Centre.
  • Chairman – Planning Committee of Persons with Disability of 12 five-year plan and Chairman of the committee of drafting country report.
  • Former president – Indian Mountaineering Foundation.
  • Former president – Delhi Mountaineering Association.
  • Former chairman – Special Ability Trust (created to assist young achiever with disabilities with *fellowships and scholarships).
  • Former chairman – Youth Exploring Society (with its chapter in Ireland, West Germany and Italy).
  • Former chairman – Rehabilitation Council of India (a statutory body under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment).
  • Member – Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.
  • Member – Planning Commission – Steering committee of the Social Welfare and other special groups.
  • Member – National Consultation on National Policy for PwD.
  • Member – CII Core Group on Disability.
  • Member – National Finance and Revenue Committee constituted by Ministry of Finance.
  • Member – CBR (Community Based Rehabilitation), in collaboration with AISPO-ITALY.
  • Member – International Spinal Cord Soc

Bibliography

  • Higher than Everest
  • The Summit Within
  • Eternal Himalaya
  • Beyond the Himalayas
  • Everest- Where the Snow never melts
  • Hermit Kingdom Ladakh
  • Ladakh Nubra The Forbidden Valley
  • Tracing Marco Polo’s Journey

 

 

Awards

 

National Awards

International Awards

  • FRGS – Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society(United Kingdom)
  • Fellowship conferred for significant contribution to studies and literature written on Environment and Adventure
  • CONDOR-DE-ORO – A high Argentinean honour given for overall contribution to adventure writing / participation in Adventure Sports.
  • Advisor/Consultant to the Argentina Everest Expedition
  • World Health Initiative for Peace Award, 29 July 2013

 

Mamraj Agrawal

Mamraj Agrawal is an Indian social worker from KolkataWest Bengal and the founder of Mamraj Agarwal Foundation, a Kolkata-based non governmental organization known to be involved in charity and philanthropic efforts. Through the foundation, Agrawal is reported to be involved in social service in education healthcare and rehabilitation sectors. He was honored by the Government of India, in 2011, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.