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An Interaction with Mamta Dattani

By Kunal Chhatwani

Mamta Dattani works as a District Malaria Officer at Gandhinagar Zilla Panchayat. She was awarded by Udgam Trust for her extraordinary achievement in the field of healthcare. Our team caught up with her and here she talks about her pet project which aims to make Gandhinagar a Malaria Free district. She also goes on to talk about her inspirations, motivations and has a message to give other aspiring women.

She said she had the interest to work in the healthcare sector since childhood and the opportunity to serve the public is what brought her in this field. Her association with Udgam Trust has been since a long time. She had worked with Udgam in the past in her efforts to eradicate Malaria from Gandhinagar. It was this work which Udgam saw first-hand which made it recognize her efforts. She said that when organizations like Udgam trust recognizes her efforts, she becomes even more driven to drive her efforts in the field of Malaria Eradication from Gandhinagar.

Regarding her message to women she said that women should work in the field wherein they have expertise and if they have an expertise in that sector, they should definitely work in that direction.


An Interaction with Leena Swadia

By Kunal Chhatwani

Leena Swadia is a renowned Gujarati author who has been contributing in the field of Gujarati literature since past many years. She is also a professor at a women’s college in Gandhinagar. In the interaction with our team she talks about her inspirations, motivations, role models and her message to other women who aspire to be like her. She also discusses her future plans in the field of literature.

Her mother and her uncle are her role models to prompt her to get into the field of teaching. The field of literature then attracted her as that was a rising field back at that time. While reading Gujarati literature it engrossed her even further to get deep into the field and that is how it all started.

About the initiative by Udgam trust to recognize and award women from different sectors f the society, she said that it was a commendable effort in this male dominated society where Udgam is recognizing women power. The fact that local women are the ones to be recognized is a major influencing factor for her. Also the award by Udgam Trust that laid the foundation for the future awards she received. The message she has for other aspiring women is that in order to enhance your presence, you have to channelize your internal energies and come forward without fear and with courage and determination.

Vikaspedia awareness at Kadi Vishwavidyalaya

By Sankalp Sharma


Vikaspedia is an online information guide launched by the Government of India. The website was implemented by C-DAC Hyderabad and is run by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. It is built as a portal for the social sectors, and offers information in 23 languages: English, Assamese, Telugu, Hindi,Bengali, Continue reading Vikaspedia awareness at Kadi Vishwavidyalaya

A Visit to Govt. Primary School, Gandhinagar

By Sankalp Sharma


We visited the Primary School in Sec-30, Gandhinagar to plan future events in the school and meet the Principal. It was a beautiful day, blue sky, pleasant breeze blowing. As soon as we got down from our car, a group of children from class 3 came running towards the school gate in sheer excitement. ‘Mayur Sir’ was the chant on everyone’s tongue. The children were very pleased to meet sir again and as the news spread, more and more children cam running asking us to take photos. Continue reading A Visit to Govt. Primary School, Gandhinagar

A Talk with Dr. Ami Shah

By Sankalp Sharma

We had a chance to meet with Dr Ami Shah, a gynaecologist who runs a Nursing Home in Gandhinagar and has done a lot for the down trodden women by giving them free treatment. She has been a champion of women’s rights in the field of healthcare for the locals.

Her motivation to become a doctor was her mother who urged and pushed Dr. Ami Shah to work hard and become what she is today. Being firmly rooted, she says that the poor have been ignored by the society and its time that we help them and take them hand in hand in the journey of development. She is the first doctor in her family.

Dr. Ami Shah is a propagator of women’s rights and spreads the message of ‘Lead your life as you wish’ to promote the free will of women. She wants live in a world where women are treated equally as men and have equal opportunities to lead the lives they want to.

She also appreciated Udgam’s efforts in recognizing the local talent of women from different fields and felicitating them. She hopes that Udgam continues giving visibility to such unsung heroes, which will serve as motivation to women to continue their good work.

An Interview with Mrs Jigna Shah

By Sankalp Sharma

We had a chance of interacting with Mrs Jigna Shah, a fashion designer from NIFT,Gandhinagar and the CEO of Reve Fashions – a high end store in Ahmedabad. She was awarded the Udgam’s Achievement Award in the field of Entrepreneurship. She has put Gujarat on the international map by working with big Bollywood stars like Priyanka Chopra, Shazia Ilmi and many more. Continue reading An Interview with Mrs Jigna Shah

An Interaction with Mrs. Ila Parikh

By Kunal Chhatwani

Ila Parikh

Mrs. Ila Parikh is head of Assignment Head at GSTV, Ahmedabad. She is involved in various aspects of news gathering, compiling and reporting. She has also contributed for Financial Express, Business Standard, Sandesh News and She was felicitated with an award for Extraordinary Achievement in the field of Journalism by Udgam Trust on Women’s Day. Continue reading An Interaction with Mrs. Ila Parikh