Suresh Shipurkar

Vasundhara Sanman

Since childhood, Suresh Shipurkar was actively involved in activities of the Rashtra Seva Dal that promoted cleaning of villages (Gramswachchata) and contribution through manual labor (Shramdanshibir) for a social cause. After completing graduation, he participated in the Family Planning Program in Hadapsar, Pune. He settled in Kolhapur in 1967 and became a part of various movements focusing on common waterhole for all villagers (Ek Gao Ek Panavtha), rehabilitation of dam-affected people and abolition of oppressive rituals. Mr. Shipurkar has contributed towards establishing institutions such as ‘Nisargamitra’ for awareness on environmental issues, Janswasthya Dakshata Samiti for awareness on health problems, Vigyan Prabodhini for promoting scientific thought and eradication of superstitions, Dalitmitra Bapusaheb Patil Granthalaya and various other institutions for the educational development of scheduled tribes.