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YEAR - 1994

Financial assistance, donations in kind and active support continued to be given to people and institutions.

The Partha Institute of Personality Development was paid Rs. 7,500/- for conducting the 9th Partha - Priyadarshni Essay Writing Contest. Mr. G. Venkatnarayanan was sanctioned Rs. 5000/- as a special case to complete his final year studies in instrumentation Engineering at Bombay University.

Prjadarshni Academy organized a Treasure Hunt for the Rotaract Club members of 20 different colleges in Mumbai. The aim of the treasure hunt was to make students aware of problems and issues concerning
1. Environment                                 4. Illiteracy
2. Oil Conservation                          5. Drugs
3. Population

January 22, 1994 was a red-lettered day for Mr. Nanik Rupani. For his sterling contribution to the social welfare of downtrodden, Mr. Rupani was honoured by his college, the R.D. National College at Bandra. Addressing the audience, Mr. Rupani said that the values he holds today were ingrained in him as a student of the R.D. National College, an institution he holds in high regard and with much affection on in his heart.

The International Sindhi Panchayat Federation organised a felicitation and reception at the Ball Room, Royal Yatch Club, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, on Friday, 28 January, 1994. Mr. Nanik Rupani and Mr. Raghunathan, Chief Secretary of Maharashtra State, along with other leading dignitaries from different walks of life were felicitated on this occasion.

IMr. Raghunathan in his speech said that Priyadarshni Academy was the first organization to send food articles to the earthquake victims at Latur and Osmanabad and he thanked the Academy for the wonderful work it has been doing since the last ten years.

St. Stanislaus Institution at Bandra, Mumbai, received Rs.4,000/- as transportation costs for their show "Once upon a Heart." A Kelvinator refrigerator (165 Ltr.) was donated to the Biology Department of R.D. National College and W.A. Science College at Bandra, Mumbai. Mr. Hawayya M. Swami was paid Rs.5,000/- for his studies in electronics and communication.

Mr. Gautam Narang of "HORUS" was paid Rs. 5,850/- towards purchase of 130 copies of "Scientist and the Poet", a book of poems by Dr. V.S. Venkatavaradan, Director of Nehru Planetarium and Chairman, Science & Technology Committee of Priyadarshni Academy.

Nature Cure Academy feliciated and honoured senior citizens of Mumbai. Dada Sanmukh Israni presided over the function. Mr. Nanik Rupani released a book "Key to Health" on this occasion.

Mr. Nanik Rupani attended the Board of Governors Meeting of the India Club on 6 June, 1994. Other prominent people present on the occasion included Mr. M. I. Bhakta, Mr. Vivek Nair, Mr. K.K. Khandelwal and Mr. Bhagirath Merchant. The Club was set up in collaboration with the Club Corporation of America, one of the largest chain of clubs in the world. The idea of the Club is to provide business hospitality in the best ambience.

Mr. Shyam Chugh, patron of Priyadarshni Academy, and Mr. Nanik Rupani were invited to visit Ramadham, home for elders in Khapoli by Mr. Balasaheb Thackeray. Mr. Rupani and Mr. Chugh were taken around the home where they also met the residents. During lunch, Mr.. Balasaheb Thackeray praised Priyadarshni Academy for the help extended by it to various organizations and was appreciative of the nutrition aid granted by the Academy to the institutions caring for needy people.

Dr. S.D. Karnik, Vice-Chancellor, Bombay University informed Mr. Rupani that Bombay University had decided in principle to build a Sindhi Sahitya Bhavan at Kalina Campus. Mr. Rupani readily agreed to donate Rs. 100,000/- from his company Enkay Telecommunications for the cause.

Mr. Mukesh Mohania of IIT Bombay, received an assistance of Rs. 2,100/-, as he was attending three international conferences on Computer Science and Engineeiing in New York, Santiago and Texas. Mr. Sujit Bhatia was sanctioned Rs. 2,500/- as travel assistance for further studies in New York.

The Institution of Electronics & Telecommunications Engineers (Bombay Centre) organized a panel discussion on July 14. Mr. P. S. Deodhar was Chairman of the panel. Mr. Nanik Rupani participated in the discussion as a member of the panel.

A 52 member youth delegation of Soka Gakkai International, Japan, visited India in August 1994. At a conference on drug addiction, control and rehabilitation, there was a gainful exchange of ideas and ideals between the delegates, Dr. Yusuf Merchant of DAIRRC, and members of Priyadarshni Academy. Priyadarshni Academy in collaboration with the Indo Japanese Association hosted a dinner for the visitors. Mr. Nanik Rupani welcomed the guests and introduced the leaders of the delegation, Dr. Yoichi Kawada, and Mr. Yuji Tago, Vice-Chief of Soka Gakkai Youth Division. Dr. Kawada said that Japan was totally destroyed by the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thereafter, the country was busy in rebuilding its economy and the emphasis on work had helped to keep the drug menace at bay. Mr. Tago hoped that in the land of the Buddha, Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave, peace and cordial family relationships would help India overcome the drug menace. Mr. Murli Adnani, Co-Chairman of Priyadarshni Academy proposed a vote-of-thanks.