The Ladies Study Group Charitable Trust Annual Award Scheme was initiated in 1975, commemorating the International Women’s Year, to give recognition to initiative and merit in social work. The Award is conferred on charitable organisations/NGOs working toward community development, care of the underprivileged or supporting any similar worthwhile social cause, for their outstanding commitment, dedication and success in their field of work.
A jury comprising the President, Ladies Study Group; the President, Indian Chamber of Commerce and a few other eminent citizens of the society finalise the final recipient.
Ladies Study Group Charitable Trust invites nominations for its Annual Award 2016, in recognition of outstanding contribution by a non-government organisation or an institution, dedicated to working towards the welfare of underprivileged women, in the field of literacy, sanitation and drinking water. Nominations should be addressed to the Executive Secretary, Ladies Study Group, and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to Ladies Study Group, Indian Chamber of Commerce, 9th Floor, 4 India Exchange Place, Kolkata 700001, and should reach the above address on or before 13th Aug 2016.
Chief Guest: Sri Keshari Nath Tripathy, Hon. Gov. of West Bengal
Award ceremony began with a melodious opening performance – a soulful rendition of 'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara' by musician duo Sourendro and Soumyojit, saluting the differently-abled students of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, The Calcutta Deaf and Dumb School and girls from the NGO 'Ektara', for their courage and determination against all adversities.
Hon Governor of West Bengal, Sri Keshari Nath Tripathy presented the LSG Charitable Trust Annual Award 2017.
Ms Mallika Dey, recipient of the LSG Charitable Trust Award, began her journey selling batashas and by dint of effort and perseverance improved her financial condition. Now she is the probably the only in West Bengal woman who drives her own minivan to deliver gas cylinders door to door in Kharagpur, West Bengal.
Ms Sadhana Mandal, was presented the LSG Charitable Trust Award for her grit and enterprise in turning not only her economical and physical disadvantages around but also helping other women in similar situations to become economically idenpendent. Sadhana lost an arm in an accident but continued to pursue her passion for stitching simply using one hand. She is now a team leader of 200 workers, guiding and motivating them in 'Kantha' embroidery.
The Shanti Devi Khaitan Award instituted last year was awarded to Ms Naheda Ali for her meritorious achievement in pursuing her education. She is now a 3rd year Bachelor of Commerce student at Shree Shikshayatan College. The Award grant will be paid towards her course fees.
LSG Charitable Trust donated Rs 40 lakhs to Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre & Research Institute for the construction of fully mechanized kitchen for catering nutritious and hygienically cooked meals to the cancer patients at the Centre. Mr Anjan Gupta and Dr Arnab Gupta received the cheque from the Hon Governor,on of Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre & Research Institute.
The Hon' Governor in his speech applauded the commendable work of LSG. He interpreted 'Saahas' as the spirit to face any adversity and firm determination to rise against all odds. He enthralled the audience by reciting a poem he has composed.
Abhilasha Sethia, the President of LSG began the event by felicitating the Ramkrishna Mission with the Shanti Devi Khaitan Award, a Rs. 50,000 prize dedicated to supporting the nursing diploma of a woman. The LSG Charitable Trust Annual Award was awarded to S.A.F.E., an organization that provides clean drinking water to underprivileged communities in Kolkata. The award included a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs and a citation, which was read by Diya Jaiswal.
For its 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony, Ladies Study Group Charitable Trust invited nominations from non-government organisations or institutions dedicated to working towards prevention and abolition of trafficking of women and children. The Award was given to Hamari Muskan and was presented by Praful Patel.
For this year’s Award, Ladies Study Group tried to identify an organisation for outstanding dedication in working towards Tribal Welfare. Our eminent panel of Jurists unanimously chose Sundarban Rural Development and Training Centre or SRDTC, Amtola, South 24 Paraganas, for this year’s recognition because of their exceptional work and contribution towards rebuilding a sustainable and self reliant society in the tribal areas of the Sundarbans.
The Award was presented by table maestro Bickram Ghosh and received by Shri Himadri Baruah, President, SRDTC.
In 2013, LSG Charitable Trust shortlisted organizations involved in working towards the Empowerment of Women from the disadvantaged section of society. The jury, after some deliberation, unanimously decided that Udayan Care Centre, was deserving of recognition because they fell into our required criteria very comfortably.
Udayan Care Centre’s Udayan Shalini Fellowship programme reaches out to meritorious but disadvantaged girls and provides both financial and mentoring support to enable them to pursue higher education and opportunities for self development towards self reliance and the ability to give back to society.
Mrs Kusum Bhandari, the Founder of the Centre, is a very dedicated, devoted and motivated person. The passion for the Centre of her colleagues at the Centre, is admirable. Udayan Shalini Fellowships has impacted over 3000 girls. Many of the Fellows have gone on to pursue prestigious careers as engineers, doctors, chartered accounts and scientists, to mention a few.
The Award was presented by film maker, director and producer Mr Madhur Bhandarkar and was received by Mrs Kusum Bhandari on behalf of Udayan Care Centre.
Ladies Study Group tried to identify an organisation that dedicated itself to the development of the environment. We were especially impressed by the work of a very dedicated group of citizens who had made it their life’s aim to improve urban environment. This effort felt so close to home.
People United for Better Living in Calcutta or PUBLIC, is an NGO working to protect the environment and heritage of Calcutta through pressure from independent civic organizations involving school children in many of their programmes. Their aim has been to instill environmental awareness in the next generation which will go on to be a powerful force to help change the mindset of the people to save the environment.
Mrs Bonani Kakkar, the President of PUBLIC says: My dream is to see Calcutta as a city in which you enjoy walking. The air is clean, the honking is minimal, that there are plenty of shaded trees and open spaces that encourage you to walk. PUBLIC leaves no stone unturned to reach this goal.
Along with PUBLIC, we all hope that their small and big steps in raising awareness, changing habits and stopping mindless destruction of the environment will all add up one day to fulfil PUBLIC’s and also our dream of living a clean and peaceful environment.
Dr RK Pachauri, Director-General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), presented the Award
Care & Counselling Centre, is a recognised non-governmental organisation working in the field of special education. They impart teaching and training to mentally challenged, as well as speech and hearing impaired children. In 1976 a group of social workers, medical practitioners, psychologists, speech therapists and teachers began the journey of helping bring the physically and mentally challenged children into the mainstream.
The student strength at present is 80 special children with 10 special educators and 6 part time teachers. The Centre provides skill development programmes for the mentally challenged group of students and formal education up to class 8 for speech and hearing impaired students. Their other activities include parent counselling, regular medical checkup and providing free medicines and mid-day meals for the children and also vocational guidance. Their vocational training centre teaches carpentry, tailoring, card making and embroidery. Many MNCs have come forward to provide employment to students from Care and Counselling Centre.
Ladies Study Group, through the presentation of its Charitable Trust Award, salutes the efforts of an organisation working with mentally challenged and hearing impaired children from economically backward families. Prof Saugata Roy, Union Minister of State, Urban Development, presented the LSG Charitable Trust Award to Care and Counselling Centre. Mrs Radha Menon, Principal of the Centre, accepted the Award.
“The community-based rehabilitation programme at the Centre endeavours to make differently-abled children financially stable,” said Radha Menon, who has been with the Centre for almost 30 years.
Ladies Study Group Charitable Trust Annual Award 2010, was conferred on Tagore Society for Rural Development ( TSRD), a non-governmental organization, for their outstanding dedication in working towards Environmental and Community Development. Tagore Society for Rural Development has over the decades drawn inspiration from Tagore's philosophy of rural development to "bring back life in all its completeness - making the villagers self reliant and self respectful..." and Mahatma Gandhi's doctrine of development.
It is indeed a great privilege that the Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Shri MK Narayanan, presented the Award.
The Tagore Society for Rural Development intervenes deep inside areas where mainstream development is virtually non existent and the local people are denied basic services and access to social justice, specially in the rural areas. The interventions are generally comprehensive in nature endeavoring to achieve holistic human development.
Shri Tushar Kanjilal, Secretary, is widely recognised for his pioneering work both as a teacher and as a development leader. "The Week" awarded him 'Man of the Year' for his contribution to the cause of underprivileged and the depressed section in the Sunderbans. He has also received the 'Padmasree' and 'National Teacher' awards. Shri Tushar Kanjilal, accepted the Award on behalf of Tagore Society for Rural Development.
In 2009, the Award was conferred on Disha Foundation, a Trust that runs a Balwadi, a Primary Section, evening remedial classes and other vocational training and is responsible for the education and well being of over 350 children and some adults from the slums of Manohar Pukur Road, Kolkata. Disha, meaning direction, was created to ensure that underprivileged children were navigated towards a quality education.
With around 30 teachers and a small community of donors, Ms Neena Singh, Founder, Chairperson of Disha, who received the Award on behalf of Disha Foundaton, said that Disha also runs classes for computer education, music and a small group of adults too are provided vocational training by the Foundation.
Since Disha takes care of the growth and overall development of the children of the local slums, Disha has full support of the neighbourhood. And beyond education Disha also has regular health checkups for the children and provide medical help to children with major illness.
It was indeed an honour and a great privilege to have His Holiness the Dalai Lama preside over the Annual Ceremony and present the Award.
LSG Charitable Trust decided to identify an educational institution run by an NGO for underprivileged children for this year’s Award. A number of such schools were discussed. After visiting these schools, the Executive Committee members felt that the work done for the underprivileged children by CHIP House Montessori deserved special recognition. And the Jury unanimously seconded their recommendation.
CHIP (CHildren In Pain) is a charity for underprivileged children, founded in March 1997 by a core group of doctors and educationists, who wanted to help create a better life for underprivileged children. CHIP is an NGO established to help children, especially those in pain, by providing basic healthcare facilities and by striving to give them access to education, extracurricular activities and vocational training.
The Tangra and Dhapa area in Eastern Kolkata has so far been the focal point of CHIP's activities. It is in this large poverty-stricken area of the city where CHIP has made a presence by supporting 40 slum schools, providing free monthly medical check-ups to children and mothers, taking up the maintenance and education of needy children who are bright and show potential and promise and running a montessori school and other related activities. A pre-primary teachers training course is also run at CHIP House. Chip House now has 60 students and 6 teachers.
The LSG Charitable Trust Award was presented to CHIP House Montessori by Shri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the then Governor of West Bengal and received by Dr SC Mukherjee on behalf of CHIP House.
The Organisation / Individual
Ms. Mallika Dey and Ms. Sadhana Mandal
|2014||Sundarban Rural Development and Training Centre (SRDTC)|
|2013||Udayan Care Centre’s Udayan Shalini Fellowship|
|2012||PUBLIC (People United for Better Living in Calcutta)|
|2011||Care and Counselling Centre|
|2010||Tagore Society for Rural Development|
|2008||CHIP House Montessori|
|2007||Navanir - a home for the aged|
|2006||Paripurnata - half way home for mentally ill women|
|2005||Mentaid - working with mentally challenged children|
|2004||Oral School for Deaf Children - caring for speech and hearing impaired children|
|2003||All Bengal Women's Union - caring for homeless and aged women|
|2002||Nari Seva Sangh – old age home|
|2001||Prof. Dr. Manju Ray – Scientist who had discovered a new cancer drug|