Padma Shri Awardee Dr. Chandrasekhar Sankurathri hails from Rajahmundry where he did his schooling and early college education, later he obtained his B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. in Zoology from Andhra university, Waltair. Subsequently, he went to Canada to pursue his higher studies and obtained M.S. in Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Ph.D. in Zoology from University of Alberta, both from Canada. Following his education, he has worked in few departments of the Canadian Government till 1988, retired from the job in Canada and returned to India to pursue his new mission.
Since the beginning of the Sankurathri Foundation in 1989, he has been at the helm of affairs, 24/7 watching his vision to grow and expand the services so that he can witness a greater impact of his interventions. He is a great visionary, pragmatic, empathetic and above all an exemplary legend to emulate and anyone comes across his path will get inspired by him..
“To Improve the Quality of Life and Build a Better India”
Padma Shri Awardee Dr. Chandra’s mantra of providing Affordable, Accessible and Equitable Quality services in education, healthcare & community development led to the establishment of all the institutions and their success over these 30 years.
The three most important programs selected are education to rural poor children to empower them, elimination of blindness by providing accessible, affordable, and equitable quality eye care to enhance the human potential by restoring eyesight and third one is providing immediate relief to the victims at the time of natural disasters in the community.
Sankurathri foundation was established in 1989 as a memorial to 329 people killed by the terrorist activity on June 23rd, 1985, off the coast of Ireland. In that heinous act Padma Shri Dr. Chandrasekhar Sankurathri lost his beloved wife Manjari and two adorable children, Srikiran and Sarada.
Following that tragic incident, he searched for meaning for his life and after three years of struggle he has decided to dedicate his rest of the life to bring in the change he wanted to see. So, he resigned his job as Scientific Evaluator in the Ministry of Health with the Government of Canada. He returned to India after staying in Canada for 22 years with a firm determination to devote his life to the welfare of humanity.