Milestones of Glorious Journey of SRKSM
SRKSM’s first milestone was to provide free medical aid and treatment by establishing Matrumangalam, a family welfare center, Orthopedic Hospital, Anand Hospital were equipped with latest instruments and different departments in Homeopathy and Allopathy. The phase in which there was a need of medical and ambulance services in this area, SRKSM started the first ambulance facility, Orthopedic Service, Center for Maternity and Gynecological services as blessings for Anand City.
There is a small incident which motivated Late Shri Vakil Saheb to establish a small hospital for free and concessional services on15th August, 1954.
Once, to get the donation for V V Nagar’s Educational Institutes, Bhaikaka with Natavarlal Dave and Vakil Saheb went to Maharashtra, here Vakil Saheb was highly motivated by the services of one Teacher. One retired teacher in a small village was providing services and materials on a nominal fees of One Paisa (Thermometer, Tub, Hot water bag, wooden chair, Goggles for the patients of Motiyum, etc..). This activity touched the heart of Vakil Saheb and following the advice of Bhaikaka, he started this activity in Anand. With this inspirational thought, and with the blessings of Bhaikaka, Vakil Saheb started orthopedic services in SRKSM trust at Anand. In a small hut, in front of Shri Ramkrishna Paramhans photograph by lightening the lamp, the principal of Engineering College, Mr. Junekar quoted that, “This Oldy’s (Shri Ramkrishna) blessings are like, which won’t allow you to sit, this hut will be proved very small for this Oldy in future, and with his blessings the activities will go higher and higher.” Today the blessings of Ramkrishna are rightly proved.
During the time, when there was unavailability of orthopedic services, Vakil Saheb with the help of Dr. Pashabhai Ameen started Orthopedic hospital to provide medical aids on nominal fees which proved blessing for the people of Anand. With the blessings of Pujyanarayan Swami, the first ambulance service was started on 4th January 1956 in Anand. With the development of Health care center, achievements like Matrumangalam. Kutumbkalyan Kendra, Health Center and Anand Hospital were started and the most memorable part is Anand Hospital, in which Vakil Saheb provided services on Concessions with investment of Rs. 8 lacs. This is the greatest achievement on his part.
Second milestone of the trust is the step towards the field of Education by establishing Anand Arts College, Anand. These milestones were inspired by certain elements.
The founder of this trust - Late Shri Vakil Saheb’s interest and importance was in education, so with Medicare and health care, he also focused more on Education. [For V V Nagar Bhaikaka build up Charotar Education Society in 1944. The first meeting called by the Bhaikaka for the cooperation in education of Anand along with Chamanbhai Desai-partner of Bhaikaka, Vakil Saheb was also very much active for the benefits of the people.] Chamanbhai Desai and Vakil Saheb played vital role to convince the farmers of Bakrol, Karamsad and Anand to give their land for the benefits of Education. This is how Vakil Saheb was always with Bhaikaka for the creation of VV Nagar’s charotar education and he was also the member of Charotar Gramodhar Sahakari Mandali and for many years he gave his services. Alike V V Nagar, in S P University’s development, to built University statue, he gave important part of donation to support Bhaikaka. Not only this from the beginning of the university, the whole life, he had served as a Senate- Syndicate member in Sardar Patel University and with high educational vision, he gave valuable education services.
Simultaneously with the activities of V.V. Nagars’ education, late Shri Vakil Saheb focused on the motif to make Anand a centre of higher education. During that time, it was difficult (there was unavailability) to get the higher education and also to handle the responsibilities of the house together in Anand City. In such critical situation of Education, Late Shri Vakil Saheb approached the people of anand and nearby villages with the message work while you study and with the blessings and inspirations, he started higher education and girl child education flourished.
In this way, the children of common and middle class families and specially girls got the benefit of education in hometown. Later on many educational institutes came in existence. By the passing of time, many educational institutes like KG,Primary, Secondary, Higher secondary, graduate - Post graduate, Ph d, i.e. from KG to PG institutes were built up under SRKSM. Educational institutes like Arts, Commerce, Law, Homeopathic, Educational and Technical are in existence. Along with education, by setting up ananddham(Old-age home) at lambhavel, human and social services began. The last and important step of late Shri Vakil Saheb was to built ananddham to serve the people at Lambhavel in 1980. In today’s changing society, all the facilities are given to live healthy and peaceful life. Facilities like separate room, bed into each room, bedding, water facility, library for reading, newspapers, periodicals- nursery-prayer hall, gardening, TV, simple and healthy food are available.
Third milestone is emergence and development of self-financed institutions and with their development to provide new educational courses.
Self-financed educational institutes developed-changed and flourished in Gujarat after 1995. With this move the direction and conditions of education changed. By making steps with the educational need, Shri Kiritkumar Patel, senior trustee and present secretary Smt. Jyotsnaben K Patel, with high vision guidance, started the tradition of the first self-financed college in anand in 1998.
After this tradition, many graduate and post graduate institutes of the courses like M Pharm, MCA, MBA, M Com, BSW, MSW, HRM, MA, B. Lib, M. Lib, B. Ed, Integrated Law, Ph. D, MD, Technical were started.
To stand with globalization and modernization world, this trust is rich and complete with new advanced courses, independent advanced buildings, advanced facilities, libraries, sports ground, Bhaikaka hall, auditorium hall, different types of laboratories, separate hostels for boys and girls, staff quarters, beautiful green atmosphere with garden. This trust is developing with live atmosphere in the area more than 23 acres from KG to PG with around 27 institutes and more than 20,000 students’ teachers and support staff.
The most trustable persons whose contribution and devotion is important in Educational and health care activities are Late Shri Natawarlal Dave, Late Shri Manilal Doshi, Late Shri Ishwar Petlikar, Late Shri A C Patel, Late Shri Mohanlal Sheth, Shri Manubhai U Patel, Shri Jayantibhai Doshi, Shri Jayantibhai Vakil, Shri Jivanlal Contractor, and heads, supporting staff of all the institutes. This is how late Shri Vakil Saheb served as one and all for this trust throughout the life.
Late Shri Vakil Saheb never approached to anyone for any kind of donation (instead gave donation to other institutes). Even never attached his name with any of the institutes. Willingly the Trust has got certain donations and those have been accepted with high obligation. This is the reason Bhaikaka said that here is the place where Gordhanbhai with the support of his companions has marked from bottom to zenith on true aspects and flourished the name of this trust everywhere.
By adding the Anand name to all the institutes, he has shown the love for Anand means his love for the people without any self motive and high respect. These social and educational and health care services are memorable. Late Shir Ishwar Petlikar quoted about him that “one of the surprising and wonderful incidents is that there are more colleges compared to high schools. Late Shri Gordhanbhai is in the depth of this incident. The dream of Bhiakaka about college development has reached to anand from Vidyanagar in the hands of Bhai Shri Gordhanbhai. It is impossible to forget the services of Gordhanbhai who connected anand with Nalanda Vidyanagar and Takshshila. Late Shri Chimanbhai Desai quoted, Vakil Saheb as anand’s “Vidyanagar’s” “Chhote Bhaikaka" and Bhaikaka’s educational heir.
Late Shri Vakil Saheb used to sit under tree at ice factory and was always thinking about the benefits of Education and Society and not of his family. He was always there to help even small person. Here, Vakil Saheb recalls the image of Bhaikaka who used to sit under the mango tree to serve the people.
We salute to Shree Vakil Saheb on the upcoming occasion of Diamond Jubilee of SRKSM for his cold like ice, light hearted, sensitive personality and warm nature for his devotion towards SRKSM for the whole life.