January 28, 2018
Latha Gurubharathy, Director Administration, MSCT&RF, has been conferred the Sister Nivedita Award in recognition of her commendable service to the community, particularly to persons with mental disability.
A qualified psychiatric social worker from the Madurai Institute of Social Sciences (MISS), she is a member of the core team of MSCT&RF and joined the trust in the early years of its inception. She has been associated with the trust in various capacities and today is in a leadership role as the Director Administration. In her capacity as the person in charge of Sakthi Press, a Vocational Training Centre, she has empowered persons with mental disability and their families by providing them training and employment. Her role in the various programmes of the trust, particularly community mental health that reaches out to people with mental disabilities in remote villages, is commendable.
Sister Nivedita, the Irish-born disciple of Swami Vivekananda, was a social reformer and a pioneering humanitarian who was an ardent nationalist and passionate advocate for the empowerment of women through education and healthcare.
To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita, a Rath Yatra was organized across the state to highlight the contribution of Sister Nivedita to the cause of women’s empowerment. As part of the event at the Sri Ramakrishna Mutt in Madurai, on January 28, 2018, the organizing committee recognized the services of leading women in Madurai by presenting the Sister Nivedita Award.
Latha Gurubharathy was presented with Sister Nivedita Award for her outstanding services to persons with mental disability and their families by Indra Soundararajan, well known author.