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P. K. Gopal

Born13 May 1941 ( 1941-05-13 ) (age 79) Erode , Tamil Nadu , India
Alma materLoyola College, Chennai
OccupationSocial worker
Years activesince 1970
AwardsPadma Shri National Rehabilitation Award Erwin Stindl Memorial Oration Award Best Social Worker Award Wellesley Bailey Award AIFO Award FESCO Award Sumanahalli Life Time Achievement Award Nippon Foundation
WebsiteOfficial web site

P. K. Gopal, hailing from weavers ' family, was born on 13 May 1941 in Erode district of South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He graduated in Economics from Erode and moved to Chennai to secure his master's degree in Social Work, in 1970, from Loyola College. While in college, he contracted and was treated for two years. His career started by joining Sacred Heart Hospital, Kumbakonam he Work for 25 years. During his stint there, he is reported to have established rehabilitation centre, known to be first of its kind in India, for Leprosy-Affected people of region. He is credited with rehabilitation of over 3000 such patients. Experience also helped him to do his own research in area which earned him doctoral degree from Ranchi University, in Social science, in 1994. Gopal attended Leprosy Conference held in Brazil in 1994, where International Association for Integration Dignity and Advancement was form. In 1997, Gopal started IDEA India, Indian arm of global NGO, which is known to have rehabilitated 600 Leprosy-Affected people and provided education to over 6000 children. Organization Work for Socio-Economic Rehabilitation of patients and Human Rights related issues. Gopal has been Associate with Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of Nippon Foundation, and together they are reported to have succeeded in passing resolution at United Nations Human Rights Council in 2003 towards ending discrimination against Leprosy-Affected people. United Nations General Assembly Adopted Resolution On 21 March 2011. He is also credited with 2006-07 survey, under aegis of IDEA India, to identify and document Leprosy homes in India, survey which brought to light 850 Leprosy colonies in country. He is also collaborator of WHO on Leprosy related issues. Gopal has author book, Guidelines for Socio-Economic Rehabilitation on Rehabilitation of Leprosy-Affected people and has published articles on subject. He is elected member of Medico-Social Commission of International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations and Technical Resources Group of Director General of Health Services, Government of India agency. He also serves as board member of International Leprosy Association, USA and is president of National Forum of Persons affected by Leprosy.

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Awards and recognitions

During his tenure at Sacred Heart Hospital, Gopal received Best Worker Award from Loyoloa College, Chennai, in 1984. Two years later, in 1986, he was selected by Government of India for National Award for Best Rehabilitation Officer. Erwin Stindl Memorial Oration Award Came His Way In 1995, Followed By Wellesley Bailey Award And Associazione Italiana Amici Di Raoul Follereau Award In 2001. He received Nippon Foundation Award in 2004 and FESCO Award was conferred to him in 2005. Government Of India Included Him In 2012 Republic Day Honours For Award Of Padma Shri, And Sumanahalli Organization, Karnataka Follow National Award With Their Life Time Achievement Award, Same Year.

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