In collaboration with the Partha Institute of Development, Priyadarshni
Academy organises three Essay Contests in a year. The subjects chosen for these
contests are analytical ones and focus attention on the issues confronting the
nation such as poverty, violence and communalism. This year the subject was "Why Teenagers Turn to Violence". More than 600 students from various schools participated to make this event a great success. The Academy contributed Rs. 5,000/- towards this venture.
Mr. B. D. Vedak, President of Bombay Women's Cricket Association, requested Priyadarshni Academy to take part in the 1st Rajiu GancUzi Memorial Women's Cricket Tournament on Nov 12, 13 & 14, 1991, at Brabourn Stadium. The Academy decided to contribute Rs. 2,500/- for this function. The Academy's Banner was displayed at the Tournament.
Mr. T. D. Kumar, Producer and Director of the film Nehru-the Jewel of India and Mr. Jain Seva Sangh invited Mr. Nanik Rupani, to assist them to organise the premiere of the film on the 17th of November, Nehruji's Birth Anniversary. Mr. Nanik Rupani lauded Mr. T. D. Kumar for producing such an invaluable film, as at this juncture the nation needs an idol of the stature of Nehru. The other dignitaries present at the Premiere were Mr. Homi J.H. Taleyarkhan, Mr. Sunil Dutt, Mr. Yash Chopra, Mr. Nana Chudasama and Dr. lyengar.
The Students and Professors of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics, Bombay suggested that Priyadarshni Academy, having earlier launched campaigns against drug addiction, could extend its support to the Closing Ceremony of their Anti-Drug Week held from 25 November to 29 November 1991 Priyadarshni Academy contributed Rs.5,000/- to H.R. College of Commerce & Econonmics for this purpose.
Mr. Homi J. H. Taleyarkhan, President of the All India Sports Council for the Blind, Prabhadevi, Bombay, informed Priyadarshni Academy about the Fifth Maharashtra State Sports Meet and Swimming Competitions to be held on the 29 Feb and 1 March, 1992 at the Cricket Club of India, Bombay, in order to encourage the blind and visually impaired people to compete in the meet. The Academy contributed Rs. 900/- towards this venture.
The Academy closely associates with the Deputy Director of Education, in the task of arranging Regional Science Exhibitions. One such exhibition was organised on December 5, 1991 by the Committee of Science Exhibition and Headmasters of 'E' Ward Secondary Schools. The venue was Regina Pacis Convent Girl's High School, Byculla and the main theme was "Science in 2001 AD." Approximately 50 schools participated and more than 100 projects were displayed on sub-themes like Technology for Future and Food for All. Smt. Qamar Khan, Principal of the Anjuman-e-lslam Saif Tyabji Girls' HighSchool and Junior College invited Mr. Nanik Rupani to be the Chief Guest at the inaugural function.
The National Association for the Blind requested the Academy to sponsor a show of the social film "Disha" for the benefit of the 395 inmates, which the Academy readily agreed to, by contributing a sum of Rs-2370/ towards the sponsorship of the show.
One of the greatest contributions of the Academy has been to the cause of national integration. As is widely known, the "Sarva Dharma Maitri Yatra," organised by the Sarva Dharma Maitri Pratishthan was scheduled for December 15, 1991. The former Minister of Maharashtra, Dr. V. Subranianiam conveyed the appeal of the Pratishthan to Mr. Nanik Rupani, with a view to eliciting his support for this Yatra, the sole concern of which was to foster communal harmony and promote national integration. Stalwarts like Prof. K.M. Kundnani, Prof. Nanik Shivdasani and Prof. G. B. Daryani convened a meeting to co-ordinate the participation of students from various schools and colleges. Mr. Nanik Rupani and a hundred Priyadarshni Academy's volunteers participated in the Yatra.
Smt. Komal Bir Singh, Vice President of the Society for the Education of the Crippled, Agripada, Bombay, invited Mr. Nanik Rupani, to be a Guest of Honour at their Annual Prize Distribution Function on 20th of December 1991. Mr. Rupani accepted the invitation and graced the function. He announced that Priyadarshni Academy would contribute Rs. 3,000/- to the institution.
Mr. Kamal Dandona, Chairman of Natraj Awards, held a Mega event-at Mineola, USA and decided to donate part of the proceeds of the function to Priyadarshni Academy for its Anti-drug drive. The Academy overwhelmed with this generous decision, affirmed their commitment to this cause, in the Indian Express issue dated 12 March 1992.
Mr. Biju C. Mathew, hailing from a poor family, completed his Ph.D. in Bio-Chemistry from the University of Kerala, Trivandrum, with the total educational financial assistance provided by Priyadarshni Academy. Mr. Mathew is a recipient of the Central Government Scholarship and the Government has also offered him employment with the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Mr. R.R. Pardeshi, Dy. Director of Education and Fr. Issu Falcao, Principal of St. Joseph's School, Wadala, invited Mr. Nanik Rupani, to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Rally and Prize Distribution Function of 'F North Ward Schools, on 24th of January, 1992. Mr. Rupani accepted the invitation and graced the function in which thousands of students from 25 schools participated. Many erudite Principals were felicitated for their contribution to the field of education. Mr. Nanik Rupani stressed the need for implementing adult education programme and assured unfailing support to make 100% literacy programme a great success.
Priyadarshni Academy presented the 1992 "Bhagwanti Navani Award" of Rs. 1000/- to Smt. C. Lakmichand.
Mr. Ajit Wadekar, President, all India Cricket Association for the Disabled, organised a cricket tournament for the handicapped from 12th to 14th February, 1992, at P J. Hindu Gymkhana, Marine Drive, Bombay. To cover part of the expenses of the toumanment, Priyadarshni Academy contributed a sum of Rs. 5,000/-.
Mr. Mr.kant B. Sharma, son of a fruit vendor, earlier monetarily assisted by Priyadarshni Academy, has been given an additional educational assistance of Rs.1,810 to enable him to meet part of the expenses, to appear for the final year B.E. examination. Mr. Sharma has maintained a brilliant, untainted academic record of standing first ever since Priyadaishni Academy started sponsoring him and stood First in the Fifth Semester Examination in Mechanical Engineering, Bombay University.
Mr. Himmatbhai Mehta, Principal of Mr. Amulakh Amichand Bhimji Vividhalakshi Vidyalaya, Matunga, invited Mr. Nanik Rupani to preside over their Annual Prize Distribution Function. Mr. Rupani graced the occasion and in the course of his address lauded the Vidyalaya for providing vocational training, encouragement in art, music, dance and yoga in their curriculum. Mr. Himmatbhai emphasized that Priyadarshni Academy has succeeded in producing an institutional model, which ideally must be replicated on a nationwide scale.
Mr. Michael Thevar, a specialist in social administration, selected by the Professional Exchange, Philadelphia, USA, for the International Training Programme on community issues, approached Priyadarshni Academy for assistance. The Academy considering his desire to serve society, contributed Rs. 1,500/- to meet part of his travelling expense.
Priyadarshni Academy which has always been actively encouraging sports, provided financial assistance of Rs. 5000 to the energetic sports journalist, Mr. Vinayak Deshpande of the daily 'Saamana,' to meet part of his expenses in covering the 1992 Benson and Hedges World Cup Cricket tournament.
Dr. Rajendra Vyas, Co-Chairman of National Association for the Blind, appealed to Priyadarshni Academy to partly sponsor a momentous Cycling feat from Delhi to Bombay, covering a distance of 1800 kms by Sunny Shastri, a seven-year-old boy, who wanted to help a social cause by donating the proceeds collected from the record-creating expedition, in aid of the National Association for the Blind. Priyadarshni Academy readily agreed to give financial assistance of Rs. 5,000/- as a co-sponsor.
Priyadarshni Academy in co-ordination with the Malabar Hill Citizens' Forum launched a "Tree Planting Drive" at Priyadarshni Park on 17th of June, 1992. Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh, Minister for Industries, was the Chief Guest and Mr. Rohidas Patil, Minister for Agriculture, presided. Mr. Sharad Kale, Municipal Commissioner, Mr. C. Gurunath, Director Doordarshan Kendra, Dr. S.D. Karnik, Vice-Chancellor of Bombay University, Mr. R.R. Pardeshi, Dy. Director of Education and Ms. Dolly Thakore, Mediaperson were Guests of Honour and also spoke on the occasion.
Priyadarshni Academy and Partha Institute of Personality Development, continuing their legendary example of institutional co-operation organised the Eighth Essay Writing Competition. The contest was announced on the 12th of July and intimation letters were sent to various schools all over the country. A thought provoking topic was chosen "What should parents do to make their children achievers?" It generated an enthusiastic response of 675 entries. A three member committee assessed the essays and declared the numerous prizes, in this close competition.
Priyadarshni Academy provided financial assistance of Rs.2,500/- to Dr. K.S. Sharma, consulting anaesthetist, associated with Tata Memorial Hospital, for his visit to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, to undertake special training in cancer pain relief.
Dr. Nadkarni, a Medical Practitioner has been writing a regular column in Loksatta on health matters, for the laymen. Thus Priyadarshni Academy arranged with Air India to provide a free return air ticket to London and back, so that Dr. Nadkami may attend an international conference on AIDS. Part of his travel expenses were also paid by Adino Telecom Ltd. On his return, Dr. Nadkami published a report on, preventing and combating AIDS, which was published in leading newspapers.
Mr. Nanik Rupani, sanctioned a token sum of Rs. 500/- for immediate expenses of Mr. Dinesh Verma, who was recovering from an unfortunate road accident which had disabled him permanently.
Mr. Nanik Rupani, along with Mr. Chandrakant Handore, Mayor of Bombay, was invited by the Bombay Centre of prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya to attend the celebration of "Raksha Bandhan" festival and the opening of another centre at Kanji Bhuwan, Shivaji Park, Bombay.