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 advocate by profession. Being an active social worker and reformer he is associated with many organizations in Palghar. 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 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 origanisations and educational institutions in Palghar.

– Founder Member and Chartered President Lions Club of Palghar.

– Founder Presidnet of Deaf and Dumb School Palghar

– Founder Member Sonopant Dandeker 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 businessman by profession. He was member of palghar panchyat samiti. He is associated with SDS Mandali since long and is Vice-president of Sansatha since 2004. Being a active social worker he is associated with many social organizations in Palghar vicinity.

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

– President, Thane District Rifel Club

– Member, Pratik Seva Mandal, Palghar

 

Shri. Chandrakant N. Dandekar

(Vice-President)

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

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

 

Prof. Ashok Thakur

(Secretary)

Prof. Ashok Thakur was 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 since last 15 years. He is elected member on Academic Council of 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 honours and awards include…

– 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, news papers and contributed several articles in research journals.

 

Shri. Hitendra D. Shah

(Treasurer)

Shri. Hitendra Shah is a Businessman by profession. He is associated with educational institute as a student first, then 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 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 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)