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As Mahatma Gandhi said “My Life is my Message’, Dr. H. Sudarshan has lived his conviction backed by the ideals he believed in and the accolades have followed him over the decades. Recognition is from the communities, organizations at state, national and international fora and yet he remains untouched by them and continues to be the change agent for scores of people fulfilling his Mission.

 

In recognition of his integrity and commitment to his work:

Dr. Sudarshan with Right Livelihood Award at Sweden in 1994

 

Advocacy


Advocacy has been a very important functional component of VGKK. The rich learnings from the work of VGKK are shared with policy makers by Dr. Sudarshan at various district, state and national level committees.

The Hon. Secretary, Dr. Sudarshan is empanelled in the following committees and positions of importance.

 

 

Present Membership State & National:

1
Ashoka Fellow, Ashoka Innovators for Public, USA
2

Member, ‘Independent Commission on Health in India’ (ICHI), VHAI, New Delhi

3
Member, ‘National Commission on Population’, Government of India
4
Member, Core Group on Health, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
5
Member, Executive Committee, National Nutrition Mission, Government of India
6

Executive Committee Member, Janasankhya Sthiratha Kosh, Government of India

7
Member, Vision 2020, Government of Karnataka
8

Chairman, Study Group on Delivery of Health Services, Karnataka Knowledge Commission
9

Member, Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA), NRHM

10
Member, National ASHA Mentoring Group (NAMG), NRHM
11

Member, Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (Vajpayee Arogyashree HealthInsurance) and Chairman, Empanelment & Disciplinary Committee
12
Member, State Health System Resource Centre (SHSRC), Gov  of Karnataka
13
Member, Working Group on NRHM, Planning Commission (12th Five Year Plan)

 

Past Membership:†

1

President, Voluntary Health Association of Karnataka (VHAK)

2
Joint Secretary & Vice President, Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI)
3

Honorary Treasurer, Federation of Voluntary Organizations for Rural Development (FEVORD-K)
4
Member, Executive Committee, National Literacy Mission
5
Senate Member, Bangalore University
6
Member, Steering Group of Planning Commission for SC, ST & BC
7
Member, Working Group for Health & Family Welfare, Ninth Five Year Plan
8

Member, Steering Committee on Health, Tenth & Eleventh Five Year Plan

9
Member, Technology Council, CII, New Delhi
10
Member, Central Selection Committee for National Youth Award
11

Member Executive Committee, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, Government of India
12
Member, State Wildlife Advisory Board, Department of Forestry, Karnataka
13
Member, Working Group 6 on ‘Macro-Economics & Health’, WHO
14
Chairman, Task Force on Health & Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka
15

Member, Technical Advisory Group (TAG) & Grant-In-Aid Committee (GIAC), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
16

Member, Executive Committee, CAPART  Member, National Standing Committee, Public Cooperation
17
Member, Task Force on Primary Education, Government of Karnataka
18

Vigilance Director, Karnataka Lokayukta (Health, Education & Social Welfare), Government of Karnataka
19

Chairman, Task Force on Public Private Partnership, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Government of India

 

Recognition:

1
Rajyothsava State Award, For social work - 1984. Government of Karnataka.
2
Vivekananda Seva Puraskar,  (National Award)- 1991
3
Environment Award,  Government of Karnataka -1992
4
Dr B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award,  Government of Karnataka - 1992
5
Karnataka State Award for Best Child Welfare Organisation (VGKK) - 1994
6
Right Livelihood  Award (Alternate Nobel Prize) Sweden -1994
7
By Right Livelihood Award Foundation
8

International Distinguished Physician by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) -1995.
9
Dr Pinnamaneni & Seethadevi Foundation Award Excellence in social work - 1995
10
Karnataka Jyothi Award - 1997 
11
Basava Shree Award - 1999
12
Padmashree Award by  President of India - 2000
13
Human Rights Award 2001
14
Mahaveer Award – 2001
15
Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Award for VGKK,  Govt. of  Karnataka – 2002
16

Krishnadevaraya Award – 2002

16
Devaraj Urs Award – Government of Karnataka,  2003
11
Vivekananda Medal –  Ramakrishna Mission,  2004
17

The PHFI Outstanding Achievement Award (Public Health Foundation of India-PHFI) : 2009
18
Sagar Award for Social Service  : 2009
19

Stood Second in the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award (BMJ Group): 2009

20
Citizen Extraordinaire Award (Rotary Club of Bangalore): 2011
21
Mahaveer Ahimsa Prashasthi (Mahaveer Seva Sansthan, Mysore): 2011
22
Distinguished Alumnus Award  (Bangalore Medical Collage ): 2011
23
Swasthya Bharat Samman (Zee news ) : 2011
24
Swami Vivekananda Award  - Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi - 2012

 

News and Event Karuna Trust has been fortunate to have had the help and support of several individuals and organizations that have partnered with us, over the past 25 years, and helped with our mission. The following is a partial list of Karuna Trustís collaborators and financial supporters. Dr. H. Sudarshan founded Karuna Trust (KT) in 1986 to respond to the widespread prevalence of leprosy in the Yelandur Taluk of Karnataka.

KT has been singularly successful in addressing this problem and the prevalence of leprosy in Yelandur dropped from 21.4 per 1000 population in 1987 to 0.28 per 1000 in 2005. From leprosy control, KT expanded its mission to address problems of epilepsy, mental health and tuberculosis. Eventually this led to the government of Karnataka asking KT to take over the day-to-day operations of the PHC at Gumballi which is intended to serve the same people that KT was serving.