Hon. Shri (Dr.) Dipchandbhai Gardi, Chairman, SMJV Trust left for Heavenly Abode at Mumbai on 7th January 2014.
May his soul rest in peace.
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Prathana Sabha was organized on 8th January 2013 at 10.00 am to 11.30 am at the Conference Hall, CKSVIM, Vadodara.
On 7th January, 2014, there was a sad demise of Shri Dipchandbhai Gardi, a leading educationist, philanthropist and eminent personality of Jain Community.
The prathana Sabha was started with a prayer devoted to almighty by the students of CKSVIM. Various eminent people shared their experiences and feelings about the sad demise of Shri Gardi.
Shri Bipinbhai Shah, Member, Local Management Committee (LMC), SMJV, Vadodara highlighted working of Shri Dipchandbhai Gardi on such a large scale in India. He also briefed about the various philanthropic work carried out by Shri Gardi, not only for the Jain Community but for society at large. Shri Gardi has served as a president of SMJV since 1992. Under his guidance and leadership, SMJV has achieved many milestones in the time span of last 25 years. Shri Gardi was a social worker with a focus on education and medical services. He pioneered in providing financial assistance to needy students for their education irrespective of their caste, race and religion. He was a strong believer of imparting education to girls. He enlightened us about the philanthropic work of Hon. Dipchand Sir, as how he unconditionally contributed for the underprivileged society. Hon. Dipchand Sir gave an utmost preference to girls and opened a Kanya Chattralaya and Hostel where girls can take advantage of free and quality education. His contribution is not just limited to Gujarat but in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh in both education and medical sector.
Dr. Shaileshbhai Shah, Member, Local Management Committee (LMC), SMJV, Vadodara shared that Shri Gardi always insisted upon free education to girls inspite of some inside opposition. He was awarded “Gujarat Gaurav Award” by Shri Narendra Modi, the Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat. Dr. Shaileshbhai also shared that at the age of ninety nine, Shri Gardi was very active and young at heart. Hon. Dipchand Sir as his relentless work in contributing to the society is vast and commendable. He said, that hope we all could follow his footsteps and remember him.
Shri Pratapbhai Shah, Member, Local Management Committee (LMC), SMJV, Vadodara shared that Shri Gardi was on board of 2000 trusts. In spite of such positions and network Shri Gardi was very humble, sober and ready to help with his doors open all the time. Hon. Dipchand Sir was so down to earth that he has never taken appointment to meet him. He has always kept his arm open to welcome the society in need.
Shri Nileshbhai Shah, Member, Local Management Committee (LMC), SMJV, Vadodara shared the having such a wonderful personality is indeed difficult to see in years to come. Shri Gardi always believed that the best enjoyment in life is by giving. Hon. Dipchand Sir never donated for earning name but did the good deeds for the society and the people. Hon. Dipchand Sir never donated for earning name but did the good deeds for the society and the people.
Dr. Rajesh Khajuria, Director, CKSVIM shared his personal experiences on many occasion where he met Shri Gardi. He shared regarding the dedication of Shri Gardi towards the almighty and that he regularly was offering prayer for at least three hours a day. Shri Gardi was a believer of “Karma” and all the good and bad work done by an individual is reflected in his own life. Shri Gardi has done a tremendous work as “Jeevdaya” for the cattle in Saurashtra during the drought. Dr. Khajuria also mentioned about the humbleness and simplicity of Shri Gardi despite of having a strong network and recognition among top businessmen, politicians and trusts in the country. He was a frequent traveller till the age of ninety eight. He narrated his experience when he visited Hon. Dipchand Sirs’ residence two years back with his wife as how Hon. Dipchand Sir treated him like his son. Dr. Khajuria also said that Hon. Dipchand Sir would always keep his door open for all irrespective of his caste, color and creed. He has donated to numerous schools, colleges, NGO’s, hospitals which only the receiver of the donation is aware. He has donated to more than 2500 schools and 100 colleges in Saurashtra and also across Gujarat.
There were other Jain notable persons like Hemant Vadalia from VCCI, Shri Ajitbhai Jain from Manikchand Group, Shri Makati Saheb from Old Padra Road who shared their inner feelings about Hon. Dipchand Sir.
Many Jain notable persons, LMC members, Donors, students, staff and faculty members of CKSVIM were present to salute the Doyen of Jain Community, Gujarat and India.
The Prathana Sabha was ended with “Shanti Path” narrated by Shri Divyangbhai Shah, Member, Local Management Committee (LMC), SMJV, Vadodara.
It is indeed a great loss to the nation at large which cannot be easily filled in the coming years. The nation had lost one of its jewels and he will always be remembered by the thousands of people who have benefited directly or indirectly by his nobility.
May his Great Soul Rest In Peace...
Shri Mahavira Jaina Vidyalaya
SMJV Alumni Association
C.K. Shah Vijapurwala Institute of Management
Articles about Hon. (Dr) Shri Dipchandbhai Gardi in Leading Newspapers of Vadodara on 8th January 2014:
Online Articles of Hon. (Dr) Shri Dipchandbhai Gardi:
A great loss to India and the world.
I am deeply shocked to hear the news about the sad demise of Dr. Dipchandbhai ji Gardi whom we all know as ‘DANVEER’.
Dr. Satendra Kumar
Dear Dr. Khajuria,