Founder Members

Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali was founded in 1968 to fulfill the dream of Late Shri. Shankar Vaman alias Sonopant Dandekar. Few of the prominent amongst them are

  • Late Padmshri Bhausaheb Vartak

  • Late Shri. Bhogilalseth Shah

  • Late Shri. J.P. Raut (Popularly known as Janu Master)

  • Late Shri. P.R. Dandekar

  • Late Shri. G.R. Joshi

  • Late Shri. G.N. Purandare

  • Late Shri. Devideen Tiwari

  • Shri. Navneethbhai Shah (Ex. MLA and Present Trustee)

  • Late Shri. Sadanand T. Kadam.

 

Management Members

Adv. G. D. Tiwari

(President)

Adv. G.D. Tiwari is an advocate by profession. Being an active social worker and reformer he is associated with many organizations in Palghar. A strong advocate of National Integration, communal harmony and the upliftment of downtrodden in the society. He is associated with Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali since its inception and is president of the mandali from the year 2004. Under his leadership, the institute has taken a big leap forward in infrastructural and academic development. He is also associated with various social organizations and educational institutions in Palghar. Founder Member and Chartered President Lions Club of Palghar.

  • Founder President of Deaf and Dumb School Palghar
  • Founder Member Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali, Palghar
  • In addition to above, he has been bestowed upon the following awards…
  • Rashtriya Ratna Award (2008)
  • Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana Purasker (2008)

Being sensitive to socio-political happening around,he wrote articles on current social and political issues in the country and they are published in the book form entitled “In-Dustbin”.

 

Shri. Sunil G. Chitre

(Vice-President)

Shri. Sunil Chitre is a businessman by profession. He was a member of palghar panchayat Samiti. He is associated with SDS Mandali for long and is Vice-president of Sansatha since 2004. Being an active social worker he is associated with many social organizations in Palghar vicinity.

  • Member / Vice-President, Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali, Palghar
  • President, Thane District Rifle Club
  • Member, Pratik Seva Mandal, Palghar

 

Shri. Chandrakant N. Dandekar

(Vice-President)

Shri. Chandrakant Dandekar is a businessman by profession. Being an active social worker and political activist he held various posts in his life. He was Sabhapati of palghar panchayat Samiti.    He was the first Vice-President of Palghar Municipal Corporation. He is associated with various socio-political organizations in palghar vicinity. He is associated with SDS Mandali for long and is Vice-President of Sanstha. Being an active social worker he is associated with many social organizations in Palghar vicinity.

– Member / Vice-President, Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali, Palghar

 

Prof. Ashok Thakur

(Secretary)

Prof. Ashok Thakur was a librarian and teacher by profession. He worked with Ruparel College Mumbai. But being a son of soil got associated with SDS Mandali’s institute as a Librarian. Though retired from formal positions, he continues to hold several responsibilities in the institute. He is secretary of the SDS Mandali for last 15 years. He is an elected member on the Academic Council of the University of Mumbai. He continues to hold several responsibilities in higher-level policy-making bodies…

  • Member / Secretary Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali, Palghar
  • Member, Academic Council, University of Mumbai
  • Secretary, Kokan Marathi Sahitya Parishad, Ratnagiri.
  • Member, Lions Club of Kelwe. (Ex-President)
  • Trustee, Nutan Vidya Vikas Mandal Kelve.
  • Panel Member, Lok Nayalaya, Palghar

His honors and awards include…

  • Best Educationalist Award from Achievers Association for Health & Educational Growth, New Delhi.
  • Unanimously Elected as Vice-President of Konkan Marathi Sahitya-Parishad (2018).
  • Visit to Sri Lanka to promote Marathi language with members of Konkan Marathi Sahitya Parishad(2018).
  • Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2012)
  • Best Citizen of India  (2012) (International Publishing House)
  • Dr. Babasaheb Amberdkar Samaj Ranta Puraskar (2011)

He has published articles in various journals, newspapers and contributed several articles in research journals.

 

Shri. Hitendra D. Shah

(Treasurer)

Shri. Hitendra Shah is a Businessman by profession. He is associated with the educational institute as a student first, then an active member and is presently Treasurer of SDSMandali, Palghar. In his role as a Treasurer of SDSMandali since 1999, he is instrumental in generating funds as well as in the opening of new courses in the Institute. Being go-getter, he strongly believes in action. His areas of interest are education and social issues.

He is associated with various social and educational institutes in the vicinity.

  • Member / Treasurer Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali, Palghar
  • Founder President of “Teens World School” Boisar.
  • Member, Lions Club of Palghar.
  • Founder President, Citizen Forum of Palghar

Shri Jayant Dandekar

(Joint Secretary)