its annual National Governing Board meeting held
at Hyderabad on the 14th February, 2009, Bharat Vikas Parishad
had the privilege to honour
Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India
with its prestigious
UTKRISHTATA SAMMAN 2007-08
for their excellent work in empowering TRIBAL
and RURAL INDIA. Shri Vijay Maroo, President of the
Foundation accepted the Samman. Shri Subhash Gupta, President of
U.S. Chapter of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation was also present.
Standing between India’s growth and her becoming a super power,
which this country rightfully deserves, is illiteracy at the
grass root level.
is to eradicate illiteracy from rural areas, particularly
amongst tribals, so that the people here can have access to
primary health, child-care, gainful self-employment and to
empower them economically and socially.
It is a vision that embraces integrity, determination and
commitment with 26724 EKAL VIDYALAYAS spread all over India as
on date. To spread the light of knowledge to the remotest
far-flung corners of our country EKAL works in the fields of
Basic education, Health Care education, Developmental education
and Empowerment education.
Bharat Vikas Parishad has instituted annual
Utkrishtata Samman award in memory of its founding Secretary
General Late Dr. Suraj Prakash.
It is the second year of the Award. Last year,
award for 2006-07 was given in the field of "Sanskar"
to two great saints of India.
two saints who shared the first
year's award were His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswati who is
the President and spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh
(Uttrakhand) and Shri Raghaveshwara Bharathi
Swami, the present pontiff
Shri Ramachandrapura Math,
Gokarna (Karnataka). Both the saints have contributed greatly to
Bharatiya Culture and have worked ceaselessly for its
propagation in Bharat and abroad.
This year's field of selection was "Sewa".
received from all over the country were considered by the
headed by former
Ramesh Chand Lahoti. The Committee selected Ekal
Vidyalaya Foundation of India for this year's award.