Bangalore University conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree to Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa as a part of its 56th Annual Convocation ceremony held at the Jnana Jyothi auditorium on the Central College campus in the city. He has been recognised for his contributions in the field of food security and community welfare. He is the President of ISKCON Bangalore and the Founder-Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
The Governor of Karnataka Sri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Director of NAAC, Bangalore, Dr. S.C Sharma and the Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, Prof. Venugopal K.R and other dignitaries were present at the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa said, “I sincerely thank Bangalore University for appreciating our efforts through this recognition. I am happy to accept the Honorary Doctorate Degree with a profound sense of gratitude. We are inspired to continue our services to humanity with even greater enthusiasm.”
Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa has rendered more than four decades of selfless service to society. A distinguished alumnus of IIT-Bombay, he has been instrumental in conceiving and implementing various spiritual and social programmes, giving millions of people a better quality of life. He has played a vital role in providing food security to schoolchildren as well as underprivileged communities in times of need, both within India and abroad.
Under his visionary leadership, the Akshaya Patra movement has become a globally appreciated public-private partnership serving 1.8 million children every school day. He has personally directed the relief efforts to distribute over 250 million meals to help distressed families during the COVID-19 pandemic. His stellar contributions have been appreciated through prestigious awards and accolades like Padma Shri, Gandhi Peace Prize, National Award for Child Welfare, Nikkei Asia Prize and Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT-Bombay.