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Main Founder Padmashri. Krishnaji Shripad alias Bapusaheb Mhasker

Dr. Krishnaji Shripad Mhaskar the Grand Old man and the pioneer of the National Games and physical Education and Recreation in India was well known as a great medical and social worker, a keen research worker, an enlightened educationist a writer of repute and a great humanatarian, and philanthropist, not only in the state of Maharashtra, but also in the adjoining states of Gujarat and Mysore.

Devotee of humanity and an endless series of selfless service in the cause of suffering humanity, through his many sided welfare activities, which had inspired many individuals and institution in different fields of Social activities in the state.

His selfless services were greatly appreciated both by the people and Government and in recognition of his meritorious service to the Nation he was awarded PADMASHRI by Government in Jan, 1962.

He was born at Nasik on 29th November 1879 and had a brilliant academic career. He did his B.Sc. in 1902. M.A. in 1903 and took his Doctorate degree in medicine in 1906. He was the first and the only student to pass M.D. from Bombay University after a lapse of 16 years. He went to England in 1909 for post graduate training and returned to India in 1911 with D.P.H (London) D.T.M. & H. (Cantab) for serving his country.

  • Devoted his life for
  • Scientific and Nutrition Research,
  • Medical and social work,
  • Academic and Educational activities,
  • Maternity and Child Welfare services and 
  • Physical Education activities and promotion of National Games.

He carried out research in

  • Hook worm infection
  • Health Topic
  • Snake Bite Remedies
  • Scorpion Sting Remedies
  • Indian Medicinal Plants in 4 Vol. Of 4000 pages 
  • Nutritional Requirements and such other subjects, and published brochures and more than 50 books in English, Sanskrit, and Marathi. He was awarded a Gold medal by the Bombay Medical Union for his anonymous thesis on problem of old age.

In order to alleviate Maternal Suffering he started a Maternity Home of 25 beds in Girgaum in the year 1933 with munificent donation of Rs. 1,50,000/- and he personally gave free medical service there for 4 to 5 hours a day.

In addition to these activities he was actively associated with many medical, social and educational institution and charitable trusts in the State of Maharashtra, for over 30 years among which the institutions like

  • The Bombay Mothers and Children Welfare Society,
  • Health Visitors Schools,
  • Midwifery and Auxiliary Nurse-cum-Midwives Training Schools,
  • Bombay State and City Council for Child Welfare,
  • Bal-Vihar and Bal-Mandir,
  • Aryan Education Society and other School,
  • The National Association of Physical Education and Recreation,
  • The Maharashtra Rajya Sharirik Shikshan Mahamandal,
  • The Bombay Physical Culture Association,
  • The Maharashtra State Council of Sports.
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