Baya Karve Award conferred upon Pankaja Didi from Jammu

Indresh Kumar and others with Pankaja Didi who was confereed upon Baya Karve Award.
Indresh Kumar and others with Pankaja Didi who was confereed upon Baya Karve Award.

Excelsior Correspondent

PUNE, Nov 30: This year’s Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha’s, 26th National Level Baya Karve Award was conferred upon Kilambi Pankaja Valli of Aditi Pratishthan from Jammu.
The award was presented by the National Executive Member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Indresh Kumar, the President of the organization Smita Ghaisas and chief guest of the program. The award comprises of Rs 1, 01,000 and a memento.
Speaking on the occasion, Indresh Kumar stated that a good human being is governed by good educational and cultural legacies which make him a human being fit to live in this world. According to him, it is these values which are being imparted by Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha to its students. He also expressed his desire towards the Samstha wherein he wished that a similar branch of the Samstha be started in Jammu and Kashmir for the welfare of the students.
The President of the Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samtha, Smita Ghaisas; Chairman, Ravindra Deo, Vice Chairman, Vidya Kulkarni, Member of the Board of Directors, Seema Kamble, Members of the Selection Committee, Sanjay Tambat and Vibhavari Bidve and Secretary of the Samstha Dr P V S. Shastri, were present on the occasion.
Maharshi Karve set the precedent for women’s empowerment through social work and education which has been continued by the Samstha for the past 125 years. The reputation of the organization is spread all over the country.
According to Pankaja didi, the values instilled in her by the Sangh drove her towards becoming a part of this noble cause for the past 27 years. During the period of unrest in the decade of 90s, in J&K, Pankaja Didi migrated to Jammu and became an integral part of the region ever since. She has been working relentlessly towards the care and treatment of the people who are a victim of terrorist attacks and bomb blasts.
Didi has also been an integral part of establishing a rehabilitation centre for orphaned girls, called Aditi Pratishthan which began with just three girls in her care. In addition to the work of rehabilitation, Pankaja Didi also takes responsibility of getting the girls married and helping them settle down in life.
At the end of the program, Pankaja Didi appealed to all Indians to not only go for pilgrimages to destinations like Vaishnodevi, but also contribute their bit towards extending support towards their noble cause.