Visakhapatnam

Social worker, Gandhian Parameswara Rao dead

B.V. Parameswara Rao founded Bhagavatula Charitable Trust near Elamanchili of Visakhapatnam district in November, 1976.  

Noted social worker, Gandhian and Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) founder B.V. Parameswara Rao passed away at a private hospital here in the early hours of Sunday. He was 86.

Parameswara Rao slipped into unconsciousness following a seizure on Wednesday and hospitalised. He is survived by his wife Kalyani and four children.

Fired by his zeal for social work, Parameswara Rao returned to his native village Dimili in 1967, after getting his Ph.D. in nuclear sciences from Penn State University, U.S. With community participation, he helped set up a school in the region and it is still functioning.

Farmers’ cooperative

After several other projects such as generating employment through salt pans near the sea coast, farmers’ cooperative and etc, his work culminated in the formation of the BCT in November, 1976 near Elamanchili of Visakhapatnam district.

Since then, the BCT has been undertaking programmes for men, women, and children to enable them lead better lives with self-sustaining livelihoods.

Under his guidance, BCT has undertaken more than 1,000 projects, including adult literacy, model education methods, training women in livelihoods and rehabilitation to differently abled, in Visakhapatnam district.

The pioneering efforts of Parameswara Rao have won him and the organisation a global recognition. His services were also sought by the World Bank and for various programmes by the Government of India including the National Literacy Mission, All India Khadi and Village Industries Board, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), National Waste Land Development Board and etc. A true Gandhian, Parameswara Rao was respected by elite thinkers and administrators and many prominent personalities including Governors of states, World Bank teams and distinguished intellectuals who visited BCT to see his work.

Condolences pour in

Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Sunday conveyed his grief over the death of Mr. Rao to members of the bereaved family.

“The services rendered by Dr. Rao in the areas of healthcare, agriculture research, and revival of folk art forms need to be remembered,” he said.

Conveying his sympathies to the family, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said the nuclear scientist worked with unbridled commitment to rural development.

In a statement, Mr. Reddy said from building a school in his native Dimili village, the BTC rendered services under the guidance of Dr. Rao, and his work received worldwide recognition. His services were sought by national and international organisations, including the World Bank, in the rural development sector.


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