Swami Rama Himalayan University lays down great emphasis on social welfare of the society as a whole. For the benevolence of mankind and to reach out to the underprivileged class it conducts several programs which touch masses. Through dedicated teams, it reaches out to remote areas, specially where accessibility to essential services is acutely low and works to provide relief.
Identifying similar spirit of work across the nation, individuals/institutions are also awarded “Swami Rama Humanitarian Award” for bringing about economical, environmental, scientific, social & spiritual growth of the humanity.
The University works closely with Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT) our Promoting Society, Rural Development Institute (RDI) - an allied unit, Department of Community Medicine, etc. that run numerous public welfare programs. Various academic units are equally engaged in social welfare through programs such as Rural Immersion, among others.
SRHU works closely with RDI in the areas of health, education, water & sanitation, skills and other development issues. A snapshot of contribution is as follows:-
Continue to work and facilitate empowerment of women and community health workers. Some are now local village heads, frontline health workers under Government etc.
Instrumental in bringing the rate of infant mortality below the risk sign.
Contributed in improving the Ante-Natal Check up
Facilitated change in attitude towards service benefits
Extended support to 200,000+ Women and 19,000+ Children
Health education to over 10,000 school students
Scholarship distribution to over 300 children
Water & Sanitation
Made drinking water available in villages using anti-gravity schemes / rain water storage in over 325 villages
Introduced solar panel technology in the hinterlands of Uttarakhand
Implemented 200+ Water Supply Schemes
Installed 12,000+ Sanitation Units
One of the earlier organizations to initiate Peer Model for adolescent initiatives
Content developed for Adolescents has been up scaled under SABLA scheme (PAN India)
Reached out to 110,000+ Adolescents
Empaneled as National Training Providers under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. Of India
Disability & Rehabilitation
Set up 64 disabled people’s organization at village level and framed one federation at block level.
Sensitized over 800+ teachers, local village heads and front line health workers
Created inclusive content including Braille Book on Menstrual hygiene
Offered social welfare support to over 400 people with disability
Financial support extended to 281 children from the disaster affected areas
The Department of Community Medicine, both in Medical and Nursing Institute, offers a vista of holistic health to its beneficiaries residing in its field practice area through its collaboration with Community Health Center, Doiwala and three own outreach Health Centres viz. RHTC, Kurkawala, UHTC, Rishikesh and UHC, Ghamandpur, which are being used for teaching, training, research and community health work.
The dedicated faculty and staff are instrumental in channelizing National Health Programs by GOI into the general population. Apart from this, health and screening camps are conducted every month reaching the marginalized population.
Community Medicine team keeps a demographic record of the beneficiaries through family surveys and actively mobilizes community to raise their awareness via IEC activities including health rallies, nukkadnatak, focused group discussions, health talks, quizzes, surveys, and health camps encouraging community participation. Monitoring and surveillance activities are routinely undertaken in the field practice area for a constant scrutiny of the health of our community.
The department, over the years has successfully participated in and conducted:
- Awareness and surveys regarding national programs like National Vector Borne Disease Control Program, National Programme on Prevention and Control of Diabetes, CVD and Stroke.
- Active participation in National Programs and schemes eg. Measles-Rubella Campaign, Pulse Polio Immunisation and ICDS Monitoring in Uttarakhand where its efforts have been recognized and lauded by the Office of DGHS, Uttarakhand.
- The department has carved out a niche in public health services and research on issues catering to the marginalized population and health issues in Uttarakhand viz. establishment of Geriatric friendly health clinics, non-communicable disease surveys, nutritional surveys with focus on iodine deficiency disorders, geriatric nutrition and food adulteration, thyroid disorders and gender based violence to name a few.
- Primordial prevention of lifestyle diseases through conduction of school health weeks.
- Encouraging community participation and providing Community diagnosis and treatment.
Observation of Public Health Days in the community
Public Health Days are observed in the community every year to increase public awareness on a particular health issue and provide its detailed knowledge to its beneficiaries. We try to encourage the most vulnerable groups to check their health status and follow medication. The Day is also an occasion to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress.
The department holds regular clinics concerning Mother & Child health, Adolescent, Cancer Awareness & Screening, Geriatric Friendly Clinic etc.
Programs under National Health Mission (NHM)
University is actively participating in NHM programme launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With an aim to strengthen health systems and adopt Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS), Medical and health services are being offered at CHC Doiwala, Dehradun with special focus on reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health.
Other Community Initiatives
The University recently renovated Gauri Public library, named after the mother of Gurudev HH Dr. Swami Rama, at Kotdwar, Garhwal which is the oldest and the only library in the city. This library has more than 13,000 books and some rare books by the regional and national authors. In future the Library will be fully digitalised and will have a facility of E-Library.
Swami Rama Humanitarian Award
Since 2003, each year, an award dedicated to Gurudev HH Shri Swami Rama, is given in recognition of the work of an individual / institution for economical, environmental, scientific, social & spiritual growth of the world. The award consists of Rupees Five Lacs, a Gold Medal and a Citation.
RECIPIENTS OF SWAMI RAMA HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Year : 2021
Individual Institution/Organization : Vinoba Seva Ashram
Received By : Ramesh Bhaiya and Vimala Behen, Founder, Vinoba Seva Ashram
Address : Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Year : 2020
Individual Institution/Organization : Shri Sachchida Nand Bharti
Received By : Shri Sachchida Nand Bharti
Address : Village Uffrainkhal, District Pauri, Uttarakhand
Year : 2019
Individual Institution/Organization : H.H. Swami Satyamitranand Ji (Posthumously)
Received By : H.H. Swami Avdeshanand Ji Maharaj, Director Bharat Mata Mandir
Address : Saptrishi Road, Bhoopatwala Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Year : 2018
Individual Institution/Organization : Sewadham Ashram
Received By : Shri Sudhir Bhai Goyal, Founder Director “Ankit Gram”, Ratnadeep
Address : Ambodia (Gambhir Dam) Badnagar Road, Ujjain (MP) 456 006
Year : 2017
Individual Institution/Organization : SEWA Rural
Received By : Dr. Pankajbhai Shah, Managing Trustee
Address : Jhagadia, Bharuch, Gujarat
Year : 2016
Individual Institution/Organization : Dr. Vibha Gupta
Received By : Dr. Vibha Gupta, Director Magan Sangrahalaya
Address : Kumapappa Marg, Wardha - 442001
Year : 2015
Individual Institution/Organization : PARIVAAR
Received By : Shri. Vinayak Lohani, Founder
Address : Bonogram, Bakhrahat Road, P.S - Rashpunja, Kolkata - 700104, West Bengal
Year : 2014
Individual Institution/Organization : Shri Vivek Sawant
Received By : Shri Vivek Sawant, Managing Director, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL)
Address : ICC Trade Tower, "A", Wing, 5th Floor Senapati Bapat Road, Shivajinagar Pune, Maharashtra
Year : 2013
Individual Institution/Organization : Dr. Shiv Kumar Sarin
Received By : Dr. Shiv Kumar Sarin, Director Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences
Address : Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Year : 2012
Individual Institution/Organization : Sanmati Bal Niketan
Received By : Mai Sindhutai Sapakal, Founder "Shivraj Complex"
Address : D-1, Near Mohintara Hospital, Behind Vaibhav Cinema, Hadapsar Pune - 411028, Maharashtra
Year : 2011
Individual Institution/Organization : Divya Prem Sewa Mission
Received By : Shri Ashish Gautam, President Sewa Kunj
Address : Chandighat, Haridwar
Year : 2010
Individual Institution/Organization : SEARCH (Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health)
Received By : Dr. Abhay Bang, Director
Address : Shodhgram P.O. Gadchiroli – 442 605 Maharashtra
Year : 2009
Individual Institution/Organization : Thutak Nunpuitu Team (TNT)
Received By : Dr. Sangthankima Sailo, Founder
Address : Zuangtui, Aizwal, Mizoram
Year : 2008
Individual Institution/Organization : Vikas Bharti Society
Received By : Shri Ashok Bhagat, Secretary
Address : Gumla - 835331, Jharkhand
Year : 2007
Individual Institution/Organization : All India Pingalwara Charitable Society
Received By : Dr. Inderjit Kaur, President
Address : Tehsilpura, G.T. Road, Amritsar
Year : 2006
Individual Institution/Organization : Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM)
Received By : Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, President
Address : Hanchipura Road, Saragur, H.D. kote Taluk, Mysore Distt. Karnatka - 571121
Year : 2005
Individual Institution/Organization : Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt
Received By : Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt
Address : Sarvodaya Kendra Mandir Marg Gopeshwar, Distt. Chamoli Uttarakhand
Year : 2004
Individual Institution/Organization : SOS Children’s Villages of India
Received By : Mr. S. Sandilya, President
Address : National Office: Plot No. 4, Block C-1, Nelson Mandela Marg Vasant Kunj New Delhi – 110 070
Year : 2003
Individual Institution/Organization : Shri Sundar Lal Bahuguna
Received By :Shri Sundar Lal Bahuguna
Address : C/o Dr. V. C. Pathak Street No. 1/D-7 Shastri Nagar, P. O. Nehrugram Dehradun