“My relationship with Gurudev is intense and intimate”

Groomed directly by Swami Rama, one of the greatest sages of the Himalayas, Dr Vijay Dhasmana, the Vice Chancellor of the SRHU, oversees daily activities at what is the largest medical campus in the state of Uttarakhand. He speaks to India Empire magazine’s Editor and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty in an interview from Dehradun

I am also delighted to share with you that our organization is highly committed to making a difference in rural lives. We are working in more than 1200 villages in the hill regions. Through outreach activities, we have covered over 470 villages via water and sanitation projects, facilitated over 255 water supply schemes and constructed toilets for 14,000 families, 50 schools and 10 Anganvadi centres. Over the last two decades, the Rural Development Institute (RDI) has supported over 200,000 women and about 20,000 children, provided health education to over 10,000 school students, counselled over 110,000 Adolescents and set up 64 disabled people’s organizations at village level.

A Hill Campus and Telemedicine centre was opened at Toli (Pauri Garhwal) in pursuit to provide education and healthcare to all. Health camps on a regular basis however, in the wake of COVID 19, we launched HimSanjeevani app through which people can consult doctors and seek treatment over a video call from anywhere in India and remain safe.

The organization has introduced various awards and schemes from time to time. The Swami Rama Humanitarian Award was instituted as an annual award in recognition of the work of an individual/institution for economic, environmental, scientific, social and spiritual growth of mankind. Swami Rama Scholarships support meritorious students from financially constrained families. We have also instituted many awards in the fields of academics, sports, arts and culture for the benefit of the students in the region.

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