HEAL founder honoured for services to education

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HEAL is celebrating a special award for services to education by its founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru.

The Spoorthi Awards, made annually by the Bommidala Sri Krishna Murthy Foundation, were held at Guntur City Central Hall, on Saturday, March 19, when Dr Prasad was among the recipients.

The awards honour those who have rendered exceptional service to Indian society in the fields of education, service to society, agriculture and Telugu literature with a social relevance.

Winners receive a memento, a citation and a cheque for R300,000 (£3,000).

Dr Prasad on stage with fellow HEAL members

Dr Prasad on stage with fellow HEAL members

The jury for the selection of the awardees, under the chairmanship of former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court Sri A Lakshmana Rao, unanimously selected Dr Prasad for the Spoorthi Award for Education 2015 for his “exceptional contribution to the field of education for underprivileged and orphaned children by providing them food, education and medical care”.

The Foundation said they took account of Dr Prasad’s efforts in establishing HEAL’s eco-friendly Paradise Village, the Children’s Village in Guntur and schools projects in other parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

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Accepting his award, Dr Prasad spoke of the immense pleasure in giving anything needed to a deprived child and seeing a smile on their face. He expressed his gratitude to the Bommidala Sri Krishna Murthy Foundation for the honour bestowed.

Among those in attendance were chief guest Honourable Justice Sri Jasti Chalameswar and guest of honour Sri Sidda Raghava Rao, Minister for Transport for Andhra Pradesh.

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Spoorthi Awards 2015:
EDUCATION:
Dr Koneru Satya Prasad (Founder, HEAL)
SERVICE TO SOCIETY:
Dr SV Adinarayana Rao (Orthopaedician, Prema Hospital, Visakhaptnam)
AGRICULTURE:
Sri Subhash Palekar (Promoter of Natural farming, Maharashtra)
TELUGU LITERATURE: 
Sri K Siva Reddy (Telugu Poet)
EXCELLENCE IN BRAVERY:
Havaldar Jagadish Chand (Pathankot Air Base, posthumous)