Pratima Kale: Voice of people
She echoes the 'strong voice' of the Indian diaspora. Meet the only woman recipient of this year's PBD Samman. Men of Honour 2005Updated: Jan 09, 2006 21:05 IST
She echoes the "strong voice" of the Indian diaspora and is the only woman recipient of this year's prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.
"The talents visible in India are a sign of prosperity and the Indian Diaspora is the nation's strong voice. I'm moved emotionally and intellectually to be part of such a wonderful social order," Dr Kale notes.
Hailed for her pragmatic vision of life and knowledge, Kale is the President and CEO of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), a-Philippines-based NGO known for community-based rural development programmes.
She was born and bred in Mumbai and completed her studies from SNDT Women's University. In 1970, she received a PhD in Sociology of Education from the University of Wisconsin.
Kale is recognised for her immense contribution in the field of social service which has raised the stature of India in the international community.