A great Social Scientist of international repute and a committed professional social worker
Left for Heavenly Abode!
The day of 15th January, 2013 is a dark day for the professional social workers in particular and for the social scientist in general. It is on this day that Dr. Gokhale left for heavenly abode. He was born on 21st of September, 1925 and lived about 88 years.
Dr. Sharadchandra Gokhale was basically a trained professional social worker and alumni of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He was an eminent social scientist of international repute. He has worked in the field of social development. His contribution to the field of child welfare, leprosy, ageing and policy are of significant nature. He had also worked as an editor of the news papers, writer and researcher.
He had held many international positions such as President of the International Federation On Ageing ( IFA ) For Two Terms, Assistant Secretary General For Asia And Pacific Region Of The International Council On Social Welfare, United Nations Consultant on Social Welfare Policy, Govt. Of Iran, W.H.O Consultant to Bangladesh, Phillipines, UNICEF consultant to Srilanka, Honorary Professor at UN institutions at Tokyo, Rome, and Canberra, Dr. S.D. Gokhale is the only 2nd Indian to address the UN General Assembly on the request of its Secretary General. Dr. Gokhale had also held many government positions prominent among them are Consultant to the social welfare department and Asst Director, Social welfare department, Government of Maharashtra. He has also worked as an Advisor to the Government of India and Dept. of Social Welfare
His contribution to media and press is of great importance. He has focused on many social issues through his editorial writings. He has held the positions such as the editor of the reputed Marathi daily “Kesri” and also of some English journals on social work, and he was also the trustee of the Sakal trustand served as the Chairman, Board of studies in journalism, University of Pune. He was a prolific writer and published many books and articles. He has to his credit more than 30 books published in Marathi and English, many of them are award winning from the government and literary institutes. He has published several articles on the issues of social causes in many national and international journals. Some of his writings are translated in French and Chinese also.
His contribution to the field of NGOs in Maharashtra has brought significant changes in the lives of the women, children and such other down trodden segments of the society. He has served as the President of International Longevity Centre-India, Chairman of the International Leprosy Union and President Emeritus of Community Aid and Sponsorship Programme. He had also held the prestigious position of the Child Fund India as the President.
Taking into consideration of the yeoman services rendered by Hon. Gokhale there were many awards and honors to his credit. His services have been recognized by not only the Indian community but also the foreign communities that have recognized his services and felicitated him. Some of the prestigious international awards include the Sasakawa Health Prize awarded by World Health Organization (WHO) at Geneva on May 25, 2006 for outstanding work done in the field of leprosy. He was felicitated by the WHO for his outstanding work in the field of ageing in 1999 at Bangkok by the United Nations. The IFA Presidential award in 1999 at Montréal for outstanding work done in the field of ageing. ICSW Presidential award in 1987 at Tokyo. UN special award for work in the field of ageing at New York by the Secretary General of UN. The Indian Awards include the Vayoshreshtha Samman Award For Outstanding Work In The Field Of Ageing By The Govt. Of India In 2005. The G.D. Birla International Award for Humanitarian Service in 2002. Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar By The University Of Pune In 2001. Vruddha Mitra Puraskar Awarded By the Tirupati University in 1998. International Gandhi Award Was Conferred On Him By Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation and Govt. Of India.Gandhi Puraskar For Creative Writing In 1964, and many more!
Dr. Sharadchandra Gokhale was an assiduous administrator, a prolific writer, a great social work practitioner with a sense of commitment and concern to the society. He was known by his hard work. Till the last breath he was active and working for the society. Let us prey to God, the almighty, to rest his soul in peace!
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