Madhu Pandit Dasa
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Born
Madhusudhan S

NationalityIndian
Alma materM.Tech Civil Engineering (IIT Bombay)
Known forSpiritual leader, President of ISKCON_Temple,_Bangalore, Chairman of Akshaya Patra Foundation, Chairman of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
SpouseBhakti Latha Devi Dasi
Websitehttp://www.madhupanditdasa.com/

Madhu Pandit Dasa is a spiritual leader, Chairman and Mentor of Global Hare Krishna Movementand and the President of ISKCON Bangalore.[1] As a humanitarian, he has been actively involved in programs like Akshaya Patra that provides mid-day meals to children studying in Government schools. He is the Founder and Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, guiding the organisation to realise the vision - "No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger”.[2] The Government of India has conferred upon him the prestigious Padma Shri Award[3] in recognition of the distinguished service rendered by Akshaya Patra Foundation for the children of India. He is also the Chairman of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, the upcoming iconic cultural and heritage complex in Vrindavan.[4]

Biography

Madhu Pandit Dasa, a passionate student of science, was selected by the highly reputed national talent search program of the country during his pre-degree. Having found the path that answered his quest for the absolute truth, right after his days in IIT-Bombay, Madhu Pandit Dasa dedicated his life to serving the mission of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He has nearly three decades of self-less work behind him. He has been instrumental in conceiving and implementing many social initiatives that impact millions of people in this country, giving them a better quality of life. Besides his achievements in the social sector, he has evolved innovative ideas in presenting the ancient cultural ethos of India in a modern scientific and technological context.[5]

The Akshaya Patra Foundation

July 2000 saw the beginning of an initiative led by Madhu Pandit Dasa[6] - the Akshaya Patra Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation was to serve underprivileged children by providing mid-day meals at Government schools of Bengaluru Rural District. To meet the requirement of preparing meals in large quantity, a centralised kitchen was designed by Madhu Pandit Dasa. He also gave the Foundation a working Governance Model, where transparency and accountability are the core values. Based on these values, Akshaya Patra has become one of the few trustworthy NGOs in the country. Demonstrating this point, Akshaya Patra has been awarded the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)’s Gold Shield Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting consecutively five times, placing the Foundation in its Hall of Fame.[7] Akshaya Patra has spanned 17 years and during this has grown from providing mid-day meals to 1,500 children to 1.6 million children.

Inspiration

The teachings of Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON and the Inspiration behind the Akshaya Patra programme has been Madhu Pandit Dasa's guiding light throughout his journey as a missionary. Srila Prabhupada’s biography inspired Madhu Pandit Dasa to join the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Padma Shri Award

Honors and recognition

(The award has been conferred in recognition of the distinguished service rendered by Akshaya Patra Foundation for the children of India.)[10]

References

  1. ^ "Governing Council". www.iskconbangalore.org.
  2. ^ "Vision and Mission". www.akshayapatra.org.
  3. ^ "List of Padma Shri". The Hindu. 25 January 2016.
  4. ^ "President Pranab Mukherjee hopes Vrindavan to be world centre of spiritual enlightenment | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa". The Economic Times.
  6. ^ "Cooking up a storm for India's school lunch scheme". www.deccanchronicle.com. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  7. ^ Urs, Anil (10 February 2014). "Akshaya Patra gets award for excellence in financial reporting". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  8. ^ "National Living Legend Award Conferred on Shri. Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation". 21 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Padma Awards 2016". pib.gov.in.
  10. ^ "Padma Honours for 11 Hailing from Karnataka". The New Indian Express.
  11. ^ "Mr. Madhu Pandit Dasa | Alumni and Corporate Relations". www.iitb.ac.in. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  12. ^ "BU's 56th convocation on Friday". The Hindu. 27 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Poornima University 9th Convocation: 638 छात्रों को प्रदान की गई डिग्री". 17 December 2022.