Visakhapatnam: Dr. BV Parameswara Rao, founder of Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) passed away here in the early hours of Sunday. He was aged 86 years and is survived by his wife, Kalyani Bhagavatula, four children.
He had slipped into unconsciousness following a seizure on May 29, and since was battling for life.
Dr. Rao is considered a phenomenon and a true Gandhian, who was respected by elite thinkers and administrators including Prime Ministers and Governors. His initiatives within the villages of Andhra Pradesh transformed into movements having a profound impact on large population within those villages and beyond. He continued to motivate the youth across the world to think about the development of India and its villages. He was instrumental in spearheading numerous programmes for the villages of Visakhapatnam district.
Founded in 1976, BCT as an NGO in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, took up programmes for men, women, and children to enable them to prosper, lead better lives with self-sustaining livelihoods.
The pioneering efforts of Dr. Parameswara Rao have won him and the organization, worldwide recognition. His services were also sought by the World Bank and for various programmes by the Government of India including the
National Literacy Mission, All India Khadi and Village Industries Board, National Institute of Rural Development, National Waste Land Development Board etc.
Many prominent personalities that include Governors of States, World bank teams, and distinguished intellectuals have visited this remote part of rural Visakhapatnam because of his work.
Under his able guidance, BCT has undertaken over 1000 projects in the Visakhapatnam district. From adult literacy to model education methods, from training women on livelihoods to providing programmes that offer rehabilitation to the physically challenged, programmes of BCT have been varied in their approach and reach. Over time, the lacunae that these villages face has changed too, and BCT has adapted with newer leadership and programmes to address those challenges. The focus on improving the quality of life for the villages of Andhra Pradesh has, however, always been the constant, ingrained by its Founder and leader.