Welcome to Sakal India Foundation
The idea of setting up an organisation to encourage and assist needy and deserving students with grants and scholarships to pursue higher education was conceived by the late Dr. N. B. Parulekar the managing editor of daily Sakal. With a donation of Rs. 1,25,000/- from Prof. R.S. Deshpande, former professor in the college of Engineering , Pune; Parulekar’s recurring contributions and moral support of six distinguished persons, India Foundation was established as a registered society and an educational trust under the Socities Registration Act XXI of 1860 on March 30, 1959.In 2003, the trust was renamed Sakal India Foundation. In 1985, when Mr. Pratap G. Pawar took over the reins of the management of the house of Sakal.
he initiated a series of events that transformed its image. The administrative and financial reforms and policy decisions led to a metamorphosis of the Sakal group. The firm belief of the management, that journalism is a means for enlightenment of the masses and for social engineering, was reflected in the group’s working.
Gradual but determined steps were taken to achieve the objectives. They were woven into the diverse activities launched in the next three decades. The thrust was on all elements, components, professions, age-groups and sectors of the reading community. Sakal India Foundation has been supported by Sakal Papers Pvt. Ltd. since 1985. Some of the objectives of the Foundation are:
- To grant scholarships and financial aid as gift or loan to students, teachers , professionals, social workers with outstanding merit, including potential for leadership, for higher studies in India and abroad irrespective of their race or religion.
- To grant scholarships and financial aid to needy and deserving individuals for study of technology in India and abroad.
- To promote and establish cooperation between India and other countries for furtherance of research and higher studies.