PROF. P.K. CHANDLA
Prof. P.K.Chandla has been a renowned personality being an educationist, a social activist, a politician and has also been associated in various other verticals like tourism, hospitality, luxury real estate and amusement & theme park industry in India.
Presently at his 70, Prof. Chandla migrated from Pakistan at the time of partition. He then attained education in two premier colleges of Delhi University namely Sri Ram College of Commerce and Kirorimal College. Post completion of M.A. and M.Com from Delhi University, he worked as a teacher of Commerce & Economics in Meerut & Delhi University and retired as an associate professor from P.G.D.A.V College, Delhi University.
BACKGROUND AND ACHIEVEMENTS
- In 1977-78, exposed the first fake degree racket in the country.
- Has been elected twice to the Academic Council of University of Delhi between 1977 & 1981 as teachers’ representative.
- He was also elected to the Education Committee of Delhi Municipal Corporation as an education expert.
- From 1977-80, Prof. Chandla contributed significantly in raising the conditions of 2000 schools run by Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
- In 1982, formed Sanatan Dharam Education Trust.
- Started the first school , run by the name of Sanatan Dharam in Punjabi Bagh, West Delhi.
- Nominated to the special committee constituted by the Congress Govt. in Delhi between 1983-1990 in order to suggest measures to improve standards of education in Delhi schools.
- In 1993, started the second school by the name S.D. Public school, in Pitampura, North West Delhi
- In 1994, Prof. Chandla stood as the Chairman of the high powered committee formed by BJP Govt. in Delhi to raise the quality of education in Delhi schools. The committee submitted its report in 1997 in which it over-hauled the Delhi School Education Act, 1973 and gave several recommendations which are being implemented by the Delhi Govt.
- In 2000, he launched a leading residential school “Ganga International School” in Hiran Kudna, West Delhi which has produced many bright students namely the national cricket player, Ishant Sharma.
BACKGROUND, CONTRIBUTION & ACHIEVEMENTS AS A SOCIAL ACTIVIST
- Presenty Chairman of Delhi Citizen’s Council which is a premier non-political social cultural organization of Delhi established in 1962.
- Associated with large number of social & cultural organizations in Delhi alongwith establishing the organization ‘Lok Parishad’ in 1977
- As a Member of Delhi Khadi Board in 1977-80, he helped hundreds of youth by providing self employment to them.
- In 1985-86, he exposed the kidney sale racket for the first time in the country.
- His efforts brought to shape the Act relating to transplantation of human organs enacted by the Central Govt.
- In 1989-90, Prof. Chandla provided active assistance to the probe of ‘Sura Tragedy’ set-up by Delhi Govt., wherein over 400 persons died by drinking killer ‘sura’ available in the market as Ayurvedic Medicine.
- Prof. Chandla was the Member of the Central Khadi & Village Industries Board (KVI Board) from 1999-2003.
- As an elected member, he met the then President of India Shri R. Venkata Raman and prevailed over him to get the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Act amended by introducing certain amendments to make the Act more effective and meaningful.
- As a Member of Delhi Planning Board for 12 years he contributed a lot in the formulation and execution of large number of projects for Delhi’s planned development with far reaching effects.
- His vision worked well towards providing a free hospital facility in Bali Nagar, West Delhi to help the patients of alcoholism & Drug Abuse, which was inaugurated by the then BJP President Dr. M.M. Joshi.
- He also fought relentlessly for the cause of environment and worked for the improvement of Public Transport system in Delhi.
- Provided assistance to the probe of ‘Qutub Tragedy’ set-up by Delhi Govt., wherein 45 school children died in a tragedy on the steps of Qutub Minar, because of which entry of people was stopped inside Qutub Minar since then.
- As an activist of Delhi Unit of ‘People’s Union for Civil liberties’ in 7th & 8th decades of the last century, he has outshined as a fighter for human rights & civil liberties.
- During the 8th & 9th decades of the last century, Prof. Chandla was awarded a national award for his commendable job by launching an intensive campaign against the menace of De-addiction and Drug Abuse amongst the youth. This campaign under the forum of Delhi Nashabandi Samiti which was taken to the door-steps of people suffering from this problem by organizing intensive programmes in slums and resettlement colonies in Delhi. Delhi Nasahabandhi Samiti was established in 1956 by Dr Yudhvir Singh, a leading Gandhian & minister of First Govt. of Delhi headed by Chaudhary Brahm Prakash.
- With his persistent efforts, the power theft by M.S. units in Delhi to the tune of approx. Rs 250 cr. annually was stopped in 1994.
- He contributed a lot in the banning/closure of single digit lottery in the country. He raised the issue in Delhi Assembly forcefully and took the matter at all the levels up to the President of India and succeeded.