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TWELFTH MAHAVEER AWARDS – 2006
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Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the 12th Bhagwan Mahaveer Award to Action for Protection of Wild Animals ( APOWA ) for excellence in the Sphere of Non - Violence and Vegetarianism.
 
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The Jury felt that the NGO's activities in the field of animal welfare and animal rights in the coastal part of Orissa as commendable and deserve the award. Apart from caring for stray animal, the NGO has also done outstanding service during natural disaster in the areas requiring relief operations. A 400 year old practice of sacrificing animals was also stopped as also possible sacrifies of about a dozen horses at Yagna.
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The NGO has taken considerable initiative in stopping these sacrifices. These were stopped with the help of Animal Rights Activists. This apart, the organization has also taken considerable initiative in educating children and motivating volunteers to take up the cause of non - violence towards animals.
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The NGO has persuaded a large number of students from using leather items wherever possible. Its role in pursuading young men and woman to take up non - violence values such as protection of animals, vegetarianism is really impressive. The Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation takes great pleasure in making the award to the NGO.
 
Mahatma Ganghi Institute India's first rural medical college was set up in the year 1969 to meet the needs of rural India. Kasturba Hospital which was started by Gandhi Ji himself forms part of this hospital. The Institute is committed to the pursuit of professional excellence by evolving an integrated to the pursuit of professional excellence by evolving an integrated pattern of medical education to produce doctors sensitive to the needs of rural India, and provide accessible and affordable health care primarily to underprivileged rural communities.
 
Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the 12th Bhagwan Mahaveer Award to Shri. Dhirubhai Mehtha, President of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences for excellence in sphere of Education and Medicine.
 
The students and faculty adhere to an unique code of conduct which includes wearing Khadi, Sarva - Dharma community prayer, Shramadan, Vegetarianism and Eschewing alcoholb and tobacco. On ethical grounds, the Institute does not accept sponsorship of pharmaceutical companies in organizing academic activities.
 
The College has functioned as an agency for change of values by insisting of community ownership in health, self help groups, social health education, Kisan Vikas Manch etc. To sum up, the institution is a model institute in community health care.
 
The Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation is Happy to confer their award for excellence in education and medicine on the institute.
 
 
The award for Excellence in Community service has gone to Amar Seva Sangam, Ayikudy, Tirunelveli Dist. This Institution was established by Mr. S. Ramakrishnan, a totally physically challenged person in the year 1981. Even though it was feared that his life was doomed after an accident during an interview at Air Force Training process, by sheer determination, he has succeeded in setting up an example to the entire physically challenged population to prove that even they can be assets to the community.

He has been joined by Shri. S Sankara Raman, another physically challenged person and both are running the institution with a basket include establishment and maintenance of a gaushala, a middle school having about 480 students and holding of medical camps.
 
 
Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the 12th Bhagwan Mahaveer Award to Shri. S. Sankara Raman, Hony. Secretary of Amar Seva Sangam , Ayikudy for excellence in the sphere of Community and Social Service.
   
Even though a relatively modest effort, the fact that they are spearheading an effort by largely disadvantaged people has ompressed the jury and the Foundation is happy to make the Award for social and community service to the Amar Seva Sangam.


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