Excellence in education under leadership of Chairman ‘Life’ Global USA Dr. Sudhir Parikh and team Project ‘Life’ Gujarat

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Proposed primary school at Village Ghuntu in Gujarat – the 100th primary school to be built under leadershiop of Project ‘Life’. Photo: courtesy Project ‘Life’

Project ‘Life’ in Gujarat, which has been working to provide excellence in education since 2001for rural children, laid the foundation for a milestone 100th school under the leadership of Padma Shri recipient Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of ‘Life’ Global USA.

Padma Shri recipient Dr. Sudhir Parikh,
Chairman, ‘Life’ Global USA.

“I am pleased to announce as the Chairman of Life Global USA that our partner charity Project ‘Life’ in Rajkot, India has recently laid the foundation stone of the 100th primary school, which is a milestone school to be dedicated to the nation,” said Dr. Parikh who is the chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media and ITV Gold, among the largest Indian-American publishing houses in the United States.

Project ‘Life’, has been striving since 2001 to promote education in the rural Gujarat by building new infrastructures of primary schools with an aim to achieve excellence in education with holistic development of rural children. Their is target is to build 108 schools.

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The 100th primary school, which is named Shri Pranjivanbhai Virjibhai Zaveri Primary School, is in Village Ghuntu in the Morbi District of Gujarat. The plan includes ten spacious classrooms with multi-purpose hall suitable during and after pandemic, separate toilet facilities for boys and girls ensuring proper sanitation.

“I humbly appeal all Indian-Americans and people of North America, to generously support this noble cause of education,” Dr. Parikh urged the community.

The Ahmedabad-based philanthropic Zaveri family joined digitally to lay the foundation stone for the 100th school.

State Member of Parliament of Australia representing the Western Metropolitan Region Kaushaliya Vaghela, presided over the ceremony.

Chairman, Life Global California Chapter, USA B.U. Patel
President, Life Global, NJ, USA Dr Arun Palkhiwala

Among the other dignitaries present were Chief Guest Chatursinh Zala, CEO, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council in Queensland, Australia, the first Indian origin and Gujarati in local government, as well as Mayurdhwajsinh Gohil, Allright LPG & Mechanical Works, Victoria, Australia, Dipti McGowan, chair of Life Global Australia, and long-time JAINA member Dilip Punatar of  USA who is involved in growing Life Global in Texas and working with the organization in India.

Founder & Treasurer, Life Global, NJ, USA Amar Shah. Photo: courtesy Project ‘Life’
Vice President, Life Global, NJ, USA Dr Mahesh Varia

Guests of Honor were Prof. Manisha Pathak Shelat, chair, Sushma Oza, Advisor, CDMC, Ahmedabad, Chandrakant Koticha and Meetal Koticha Shah, Project ‘Life’ India. All of them praised and thanked the Zaveri family for its generosity and philanthropic work.

“Education lays the foundation for growth and development of our life,” noted Meetal Koticha Shah, joint executive trustee of Project ‘Life’ India, adding, “Education is a Primary tool for personal, social and economic development of the nation in general.”

Vaghela, the first Indian-origin member of the Australia Parliament, an anti-cancer scientist and advocate of gender equity, thanked those present for the honor of presiding, saying she was very impressed with the work being done by Project’Life’, Rajkot. “Education will enable you to move further in life and as sky is the limit but you all have to work hard to become successful,” she told the students present.

Gohil, who introduced Vaghela to Project ‘Life’, spoke about witnessing the good that the organization has done over the decades. He described the 100th school’s facilities and also recalled the one built two decades ago in Khodiyarnagar which has emerged as a modern school with digital learning and a curriculum meant for wholistic education of students.

Dr. McGowan recalled her father’s involvement with Project ‘Life’ and the school dedicated to him, Suryakantbhai, in Village Mulchand. That inspired her to work toward establishing ‘Life’ Global in Australia.

Chandrakant Koticha briefed the gathering and those digitally present, on the history of Project ‘Life’ and its journey along with the support of global philanthropists.

Meetal Koticha Shah, considered the ‘Genext’ of Project ‘Life’, urged the audience to global philanthropists to encourage the next generation to get involved in the work of the organization. Project ‘Life’ is also grateful to Life Global USA for extending whole hearted support for humanitarian causes in the Motherland, she said.

Rushikesh Pandya, chief development & operating offier of Project ‘Life’ India, was responsible for organizing the successful digital foundation laying ceremony for the 100th Milestone School.

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