Dr. Vinod Shah, M.D., is a highly accomplished physician, renowned gastroenterologist, associated with many prominent hospitals in the city, teacher of medicine and honorary physician to the Governor of Maharashtra. The professional success did not blind him to the misery and agony of India’s poor, sick and the powerless. The overpowering inner urge to be of service to people who needed it most got the better of him and he founded the Janaseva Foundation on 15th January 1988.
Janaseva Foundation is a registered charitable trust managed by board of 14 trustees and is a non-political, non-religious, equal opportunity employer. While imparting its services foundation does not discriminate on the basis of religion, caste, nationality, locality, gender etc. Inspired by the teachings and spirit of service of Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi, Sane Guruji, Baba Amte and Saint Mother Teresa foundation has been serving the society with the motto ‘Service to Man is Service to God’ and ‘Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life’. Starting it’s service from a hired rural hospital, foundation has gradually evolved into well established, widely recognized and one of leading Charitable Organizations.
It serves the society through diverse fields like health care, elderly care, disabled care, destitute care, education, vocational training and research, care and school education of street children, construction of toilets, village development etc. It’s beneficiaries are elderly, sick, disabled, destitutes, women, divorcees, poor youth etc.
Mrs. Meena Shah is the driving force behind all this and she works tirelessly for the success of the foundation along with all the trustees. All the Patrons / Trustees are the who’s who of Pune and their reputation has spread beyond Pune, Maharashtra and even India.
United Nations Organization has given Janaseva Foundation Special Consultative Status. Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, has chosen Janaseva Foundation to run Regional Resource Training Centre and conferred Janaseva Foundation with Service NGO status and to run Mobile Medical Unit rural villages. Foundation is associated with WHO, and Duke University, USA also.