Atmiya University honors Dr. Sudhir Parikh for philanthropic work in education in India

Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media, at lamplighting ceremony at Atmiya University, Rajkot, Gujarat Feb. 16, 2023 with Tyagvallbh Swami, head of Atmiya University, and Bharat Mehta, founder of Narmada Bal Ghar-Morvi, right. Photo: courtesy Atmiya University.

Indian-American physician, publisher and philanthropist, Padma Shri recipient Dr Sudhir Parikh was felicitated by Atmiya University-Rajkot Feb 16, 2023.

Other institutions that joined in the felicitation included Pradeshik Lokvigyan Kendra Rajkot, Narmada BalGhar-Morvi, Self Finance School Association, Rajkot, Indian Medical Association-Rajkot and Family Physician’s Association-Rajkot.


Atmiya University, Rajkot, Gujarat. Photo

President of Atmiya University Tyagvallbh Swami, said, ‘I fall short of words to praise the kind of contributions Dr Parikh has made to the two great nations and to the state of Gujarat and its people in particular,”

Head of Atmiya University, Rajkot, Tyagvallbh Swami, awarding plaque to Padma Shri recipient Dr. Sudhir Parikh, recognizing his philanthropic work in education in India, Feb. 16, 2023. Photo: Atmiya University

Tyagvallbh Swami added, “He belongs to the field of medical sciences, and along with his profession he has contributed back to his motherland by advocating and channelizing the efforts for India and through this strengthening the relations between the Nations. Dr Parikh’s association with Bramhswaroop Hariparasad Swamiji was very pious and he has also witnessed the work of Swamishri.” He added that Dr Parikh’s visit to Atmiya University will enlighten the teachers and staff.

Bharat Mehta, founder of Narmada Bal Ghar-Morvi, speaking at the felicitation ceremony for Dr. Sudhir Parikh, at Atmiya University, Rajkot, Feb. 16, 2023. Photo: Atmiya University

President of Yogi Divine Society Premswaroop Swamiji, telephonically expressed his happiness for the felicitation of Dr. Parikh.

Dr Parikh said in his keynote speech, ‘I am being honored on various occasions, but today I felt something different. This felicitation is unique. I feel the breeze of blessings of Hariprasad Swamiji and Premswaroop Swamiji.” He recalled his association with Hariprasad Swamiji for many years.

Dr. Sudha Parikh and Dr. Sudhir Parikh being greeted at the Swaminarayan Mandir in Atmiya University, Rajkot, Feb. 16, 2023. Photo: Atmiya University

In his keynote address on the topic ‘Role of Education & Health in Indo-US Relations” Dr. Parikh said education is a key to better health, and both are vital ingredients in the sustainable development of any nation.

Dr. Sudha Parikh at the Swaminarayan Mandir in Atmiya University, Rajkot, Feb. 15, 2023. Photo: Atmiya University

He narrated his journey of philanthropy activities in the field of health and education with the aim to empower and enlighten the next generation. Emotional bonding with the next generation of both nations would be beneficial in the time to come. He said that more than 300 youth of Indian origin have acquired key positions in the U.S. government
in the process of empowering Gennext; Pro India group of senators and congressional representatives is working towards the protection of India’s interests in the US policy-making process.

Dr. Parikh emphasized the use of artificial intelligence, saying it would change the scenario of the entire world including the health sector. Educating students in the field of Artificial Intelligence is the need of the hour.

Provost and Vice Chancellor of Marwadi University Sandeep Sancheti, 2nd from left, Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media, 4th from left, Bharat Mehta, founder of Narmada Bal Ghar-Morvi, 5th from left, and others, pose for a picture Feb. 16, 2023, at Atmiya University, Rajkot, during felicitation ceremony for Dr. Parikh. Photo: Atmiya University

Dr. Parikh congratulated Dr Bharat Mehta of Narmada Bal Ghar for giving him
an opportunity to be instrumental in spreading knowledge of Artificial Intelligence. He is an advisor to Narmada Bal Ghar.

Awareness can be created through the proper use of different types of media, Dr. Parikh said. The masses of people can be educated with entertainment and enlightenment through the media. He informed the gathering that he has acquired four newspapers and a TV Channel with a view to spreading awareness of different developmental issues and activities.

Dr Parikh expressed his gratitude towards his parents for empowering him with good education and human values. He also thanked his family and friends for unparalleled support and cooperation in his philanthropic activities.

A section of the audience at Atmiya University, Rajkot, Feb. 16, 2023, attending the felicitation of Dr. Sudhir Parikh. Photo: Atmiya University

Dr. Mehta of Narmada Bal Ghar, Morbi was also present at the occasion. He is known to be among the first few Indians to have brought a computer to India, the press release said. He is also associated with Calyx Pharmaceuticals when as a chairman he made the medicine for TB available to the world, the press release noted.

Today even at an age of 85, Dr. Mehta works 18 hours daily with his technical team te and has made science education available to kids in more than 950 schools and trained more than 1,250 teachers in foundational science and technology concepts and the latest concepts of AI, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, drone technology, and many more aspects of advanced education. His vision is to develop the skills of young minds for a better future and along with Dr Parikh and other philanthropists, Narmada Bal Ghar has developed more than 150 schools.

Dr. Anamik Shah, eminent scientist and former chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith spoke of  his association with Dr Parikh and Dr. Mehta.

During his visit to the Library & Learning Centre of Atmiya University, Dr. Parikh expressed his pleasure about state-of-the-art facilities for students.

D.V. Mehta of the Self Finance School Association, Dr. Sanjay Bhatt of Indian Medical Association, Dr. V.B. Kasundra of Family Physician Association, Dr. Jayesh Deshkar, Pro-vice Chancellor of Atmiya University, Dr. Divyang Vyas, Dr. Ashish Kothari and many dignitaries from the different fields were present in this felicitation ceremony.

The principal of Virani Science College Dr. Kartik Ladva coordinated the event. Swastikdidi and Sahasikdidi arranged the welcome ceremony of dignitaries with the help of students, the press release said.


Premier Private Higher Education Institution In Gujarat

Established on April 13, 2018, under the Gujarat Private University Act 11, 2018, Atmiya University emphasizes training young minds in consonance with the doctrines of higher education and human values. “The aim of this University is to spread eternal happiness and to create a happy society in letter and spirit,” it says on the website.

The University aims “to be a global leader in showing the path to enshrine Jeevan Vidya into every domain area of higher education, in the pursuit of transformative outcomes of education for living life to the fullest.” Keeping this vision in mind, P.P.Tyagvallabh Swamiji, the head of the University and his team, has toiled to create state-of-the-art learning facilities and spaces.

The University status is in recognition of the appreciable learning facilities and qualities of the ‘Atmiya Group of Institutions’ (AGI), which have demonstrated many milestones of growth and development.

Salient Recognitions:
‘Atmiya’ is one among the six institutions in India to sign a MoU with University of Miyazaki.

  • ‘Atmiya’ was the first to introduce BCA & B.Sc (IT) programmes in Gujarat State.
  • ‘Atmiya’ was the first to introduce UG programmes in Biotechnology, Biochemistry & Industrial Chemistry in Saurashtra region.
  • ‘Atmiya’ was the first institution in Gujarat selected by the University Grant Commission to commence PG programmes.
  • ‘Atmiya’ is one among the few institutions at the national level, and the only one in Gujarat, selected by Logistics Sector Skill Council (LSC), and by the MHRD, Govt. of India, to introduce apprentice-embedded skill-based programmes of B. Com – Logistics and MS – Data Science in Supply Chain and Logistics.
  • ‘Atmiya’ has been applauded and ranked by Statutory and Regulatory Bodies like UGC, DBT, DST, LSC, Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat, NAAC, NIRF, amongst others, from time to time.

Learning Spaces of Atmiya:
Spread over 23.5 acres of land, the university has numerous departments including

  • Faculty of Engineering & Technology
  • Faculty of Paramedical Sciences
  • Faculty of Business & Commerce
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Liberal Education
  • Faculty of Transformative Learning

“Transformative Knowledge Creation through research and innovation and Knowledge Dissemination through teaching, translation and influencing, remain the cornerstone of all deliberations of the University, which are with a crux of social immersions,” the University says.

The academic blocks are designed with a view to eco-friendly green campus of international standards. The classrooms are ICT enabled with net connectivity through Wi-Fi. The laboratories for various academic programmes are ultramodern with highly sophisticated instruments, and housing several centers of excellence.



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