About The Founder


Biographical Sketch

"Shri Harisinh Chavda “DADA” The founder of Lokniketan"

Member of Parliament 14th Lok Sabha
Constituency Banaskantha (Gujarat)
Party Indian National Congress (INC)
Father’s Name Shri Pratap Sinh
Mother’s Name Smt. Udiba
Date of Birth 30 October, 1930
Date of Death 29 June, 2013
Place of Birth Ambod, Taluka Mansa, Dist. Gandhi Nagar (Gujarat)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 8 May 1955
Spouse’s Name Smt. Pushpaben
No. of Sons 2
No. of Daughters 2
Profession Agriculturist, Political & Social Worker, Educationist
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Lokniketan Trust, Ratanpur Ta.Palanpur, Dist.Banaskantha,Gujarat-385001

» He was a Member, Gujarat Legislative Assembly for two terms between 1975-1985.

» He was a cabinet minister, Government of Gujarat from 1975 to 1980.

» He was a member of Indian Parliament from 1991 to 1995.

» He was a sitting member in 14th parliament from 2004-2009.

» He was a Member of Indian National Committee on Human Resource Development.

» He is widely travelled and has visited Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, U.K, and U.S.A.

"Gujarat's Lion", "Living example of Service and Courage", "Here is the Man who doesn't want anything for himself but he has sacrificed everything in the service of others", "Pioneer in rural education", etc... Are the compliments one hears about Mr. Harisinh Chavda. During day or night, during heat or cold his doors were open to help. Anyone can call on him on his cell phone at any time, even from the sleep, he will wake up and greet you "Ram...Ram...” Hence he is popular as loving "Ram-Ram Dada" amongst the kids.

A man who is amicable and simple without any pride for his position, a man who has touched hearts of millions in Gujarat by selflessly helping them, A man who enjoys true respect among the rural folk.

Social and Cultural Activities

Working on education of backward and poor children, initiated various schemes of public welfare like supplying water to villages, Adult Education, programmes of freeing people from bad habits of smoking, drinking, etc.; worked for abolition of untouchability, cooperative movement, women`s education, gramodyoga and farmer`s federation, worked with Congress Sevadal on various youth activities and inspired them through many cultural activities like national songs, dramas etc. from 1946 to 1970

Special Interests

Uplifting and educating backward and poor people including children favourite Pastime and Recreation, Social service


» Akhil Bharatiya Sevadal, Gujarat

» Gujarat Rajya Gram Vikas Sangh, Ahmedabad

» Banaskantha Jilla Shala Sanchalak Sangh

» Janata Cooperative Press for 25 years


» District School Committee

» State Water Supply and Sewerage Board, 1990-91 & 1998-1999; Director, District Prohibition Cell for 10 years


» Jilla Gramodyog Mandal for 12 years

» Jilla Rachnatmak Sangh for 5 years, and

» Jilla Gramodyog Cooperative Institute for 3 years; Jill adhinayak, District Congress Sevadal for 8 years

District Officer

» Gram Rakshak Dal for 5 years

Member, Karobari Committee

» Gujarat Rajya Shala Sanchalak Sangh


Lokniketan and from this platform,started three colleges ten High Schools, five ashramshalas, eight hostels, kindergartens.
Founded "Nootan Bharati" Institute at Taluka Palanpur then handed over its management to the local people. Started Thakkarbapa and Sarvajanik Chhatralaya at Palanpur.

A book published on his 75th birth anniversary


"Shri Harisinh Chavda, our founder, our beloved Dada passes away"

Shri Harisinh Chavda, founder and the president of Lokniketan, former member of Indian Parliament, former cabinet minister of the Government of Gujarat, India, a renowned educationist, left his body on 29.06.2013, Saturday, at 12.32 pm. He ended his journey of life with full trust in his posterity to continue yeoman services which he rendered through out his life. He passed peacefully and consciously in transit from this world to the domain of God, in the presence of his family members and loved ones.

On 30th June, as per his wish, his body was given Samadhi at Lokniketan.

A collective prayer is organized in his honor on 4th July, Thursday from 9am to 11am.

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