Mrs AC Krishna Rao
(Annapragada Chennagantamma Krishna Rao)
Born on the 17th
November 1913, in a Zamindari Andhra family in WestGodavari she is a prominent
female social worker in
Her husband the lateMr.AVV Krishna Rao was a well accomplished and academically brilliant scientist and social reformer.
graduating with a first class first in the Master of Arts Degree in Physics from
Recognising her invaluable service she was nominated as Chairman of the
Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB) in 1954, a position that further helped her translate
her vision for the country into reality. She traveled extensively through rural
The Government of Tamil Nadu has done well
to choose her as Honorary Principal of the
She is the recipient of a number of awards including the Jamnalal Bajaj award and the Indira Ganndhi National Unity award for outstanding social work.
Mrs.Krishna Rao with
Sardar Patel Babu Jagjeevan ram P.V .Narasimha Rao
Mrs.ACKrishna Rao was a colleague of Late Padma Vibhushan Dr.Durgabai Deshmukh for 24 years Along with Smt.Durgabai Deshmukh she has founded Andhra Mahila Sabha which started with adult education classes and condensed courses for women. This institution has now grown into a huge complex having wide spectrum of activities running two hospitals two colleges and three high schools in Chennai and Hyderabad . This serves as a model institution for the welfare of women & children.
In the year 1949 she founded Stree Seva Mandir
as the name suggests serving and providing shelter to the destitute women and their children. She aims at total rehabilitation of a child or woman in distress.
A Universal Prayer Hall built under her management.
This institution also grew to be a large Non Governmental Organisation running several schools orphanages old-age homes and womens hostels.
As a dedicated social worker Mrs.Krishna Rao worked to carry out programmes of educating, training, and rehabilitating needy women, children, and the disabled.
She has set up several socio economic units as means to train the helpless women in various activities that can generate independent income for their future. These include
All the products that are produced in the process of training are sold to generate revenue for the organization to meet other non income generating charitable social welfare activities.
These unique socio economic activities her creative brain child most importantly provide a choice of skills to learn for the helpless women who approach Mandir The units are helped by other philanthropists and social organisation in buying and importing these products.
Mrs.Krishna Raos insatiate desire to serve humanity, even at the ripe age kept her engaged in Stree Seva Mandir's activities till the very end.
She has passeed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief ill ness on the 15th of July 2006 at 00.30
Her achievements make a lengthy list. Mentioned here are but a few of them:
- Janaki Devi Jamnalal Bajaj Award - 1987
- Rotary Award for the sake of honour-
Award-1987 Madras Telugu Academy
- FICCI- FLO Ladies Award
- Award German Agro Action
- Indira Gandhi national Unity Award
- Paul Harris Fellowship of Rotary international
- Baba Saheb Ambedkar Award 1991
International Year Award Mylapore Academy
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