Four Puneites receive Padma Awards


Four People from Pune has flagged their name in the list of Padma Awards of 2011. Dr. Keki Grant, founder of Ruby hall clinic and 89 year old Gandhian thinker, activist Shobhana Ranade have received Padma Bhushan, whereas Archeologist K Dhavalikar and para-jumper Sheetal Mahajan have received Padma shree.

  1. Cardiologist Dr. Keki Grant:Keki Byramjee Grant is India’s renown cardiologist. He is founder of Ruby Hall Clinic. He received Padma Bhushan Posthumously.

    K B Grant
    K B Grant
  2. Gandian Activist Social worker Shobhana Ranade:She has dedicated her whole life for woman empowerment and children welfare. Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave influenced her to work for the poor destitute women and underprivileged children. In 1955, she moved to Assam and started a school in the town of Digboi. Apart from starting Shishu Niketan, the first child welfare centre in an Assam village, she also worked in a tribal village in Nagaland for women empowerment.
    Shobhana Ranade

    Through her Adim Jaati Seva Sangh, Naga tribal women were given training in weaving and spinning the charkha. She helped in starting the Gandhi National Memorial Society and a national training institute for women at the Aga Khan Palace in Pune in 1979.
    She had also received the National Award for Child Welfare Service from President Giani Zail Singh in 1983.

  3. Archeologist M. K. Dhavalikar:Prof. Dr. Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar has served the Archaeological Survey of India as Technical Assistant from 1953 to 1965. He was a Lecturer in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology at the Nagpur University from 1965 to 1967. He served the Deccan College, Pune, as Reader in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology from 1967 to 1982, and as Professor from 1982 to 1990. He held the positions of Joint-Director (1982-1985) and Director (1985-1990). He has been awarded the fellowship of the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (2010), and the Ravindranath Tagore Fellowship in Cultural Research by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India (2010). He has also been felicitated with the fourth highest civilian award of India Padma Shri.You can find list of research books on Amazon.com here.
  4. Para-jumper Sheetal Mahajan:
    B.Sc student of Fergusson college Pune, had a dream to achieve and accomplish something great. She has marked the world record by parajumping North Pole and South Pole without any prior experience of adventure sport.
    She was studying Geology in second year in Fergusson college when she planned parajumping from the north pole. In April 2004, she becomes first girl to jump over North Pole 24,00 ft above the ground. In Dec 2006, she also became first woman to do freefall over South Pole from the height of 15,000 ft. She was awarded Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award by Abdul Kalam and Shivchhatrapati State Sports Award by Maharashtra Government.

    Parajumper Sheetal Mahajan
    Parajumper Sheetal Mahajan
    Parajumping from South Pole

    Her father, mechanical engineer works in Tata Motors. Parajumping activity is much costly. To fulfill her dream her father had to mortgage their house and sell some part of village land. Sheetal received guidance and advises by National Defense Academy. No other than Indian Navy skydivers had experience of Para jumping from South Pole. She took help from Indian navy to do para jumping from South Pole. She has married with NRI Vaibhav Rane, Software engineer working in Finland. They are planning to set a world record in para jumping as a couple.

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