Prof. Suvarna Gokhale

Name: Suvarna S. Gokhale
Address: C1-15, Archana Nagar  Project Co-ordinator  39/2/2, Erandvan   Jnana Prabodhini Pune 411 038 510, Sadashiv Peth
Res. : (020) 2545 1347    Pune 411 030
Mobile.: 98819 37206  (020) 2449 1957, 2420 7162
Date of Birth:  21st October, 1968, Pune
Education :
  • B. Com. (Costing) :  Pune University, 1989  First Class
  • M.A. (Economics) :  Pune University, 1992 First Class
  • DBM : IMDR, Pune, 1994
  • Post Graduate Certificate Course in Womens’ Studies : Pune University, 2005
  • Completed Trainers Traing course For  - Entrepreneurship Development : EDI, Ahmedabad 
Experience: 1984 to 1994 : 
  • Coordinated following study tours.
  • Punjab, 1984. member of Firozpur to Amritsar Shantiyatra (peace ralley)
  • Darjeeeling and Nepal: 1986. Study of Gurkhaland issue. Interviewed leaders of Gurkhaland movement such Mr. Gheishing.
  • Bihar 1987: Relief work after a major earth quake. Worked in relief camp in Madhubani and Darbhanga.
  • Ayodhya, 1987: Study of religeous and social issues involved in Ramjanmabhoomi movement. 6 days. 
  • Gujrat. 1987. Study of various development models such as work of Mr. Athavale (Swadhyaya), Swaminarayan, Gandhian philosopy, RSS, narmada issue, Amul (Dairly development), SEWA movement.
  • Rajasthan. 1988. Study of issues of surrounding Sati and status of woment 
Co-ordinator of Rashtriya Yuva parishad: 
  • Attended annual meetings around various places of India. (Goa, Payyanoor (Kerala), UP, Alwar (Rajsthan) Solapur (Maharashtra).
  • Studied social transformational work by Mr. Rajendra Sinha Rana (Magsasay winner), Anna hazare, Ilaben Bhat (SEWA, Ahmedabad), Vivekananda Kendra (Kanyakumari and Bangalore), and Aurobindo Ashtram (Pondicheri) and Maharashtra SHG pioneer, Ms. Sudha Kothari.
Work: 1994 to Present
  • Chief Coordinator of Self Help Groups, Jnana Prabodhini Started the first SHGs on behalf of Jnana Prabodhini, Pune in 1995.
  • Currently 275 gropus, 37 villages, 5150 members. out of which SGSY 21 Groups of women Total monthly savings Rs. 6.25 lakh. Annual advances (lending) Rs. 2 Crore.
  • Women empowerment and Women Entrepreneurship training programs for SHG members Co-ordination of Marketing of various products produced by women in these groups. 
  • More than 1500 rural women have been benefitted from these courses.
  • Organized ‘Know Your Capital’ study tour to Delhi for rural members of SHGs. This trip included visits to the Parliament, the Mahila Aayog and Gandhi Peace Foundation. The participants also met with various important leaders such as Mr. Vithalrao Gadgil, Mr. Sharad Pawar, Ms. Shaban Azmi, Ms. Shobhana Ranade (KVIC) and a senior Gandhiam, Ms. Nirmala Deshpande.
Project Coordination
Undertaken numerous Projects related to Health, Self Group Formation, Entrepreneuship Development, Solar Energy Promotion and Agriculture. Following agencies have supported this work.
  • Maharashtra Found., USA 1995 to 2005
  • CIDA, Canada  1998 to 2001
  • MRCP, Maharashtra Govt. 1998 to 2001
  • NABARD, Govt. of India 2002 to present  Bank Linkage Add on
  • NABARD, Govt. of India 2003 to present REDP, Skill development Programmes
  • HSOC, Canada.  2005 to 2007
And many private doner’s project and CSR of Various corporate like Cognizant, Persistent etc
Current Projects:
  • Health to Wealth, Ambawane training Centre, Expression to Women Empowerment 
  • Member of Task Force Committee of pune district
  • Member of BLBC of 3 Blocks of pune Dist.
Founder Member of ‘Chalana’
  • This is an umbrella body of SHGs in Maharashtra Organized and participated in following study tours of students from Jnana Prabodhini school.
CD Presentations on the work conducted:
  • Amhi Bighadalo…
Author of :
  • ‘Bachat Gatasathi Karyakshama Vyavasthapan Prashikshan Pustika ’, 2007: Training Manual for SHG members, Leaders and Sanghatika Sponsored by NABARD
  • ‘Amhi Bee Ghadalo, Tumhi Bee Ghadana’, 2000:  The book describes experiences from the path breaking work in SHG in Pune District organized by Jnana Prabodhini
  • ‘Kelyane Hot Ahe Re’, 2002 : Collection of Case Studies describing Entrepreneurship Development in Rural area; based on work carried out under the auspices of  Jnana Prabodhini, Pune
  • ‘Prerika Abhyaskram’, co-author of course material, for the couse by Course by Yashwantrao Chvan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik
  • ‘ Banket Paul Takanya Purvi’ in process This book is a sequel of the pustika published in 2007….
  • Personally conducted Financial Inclusion training of hundreds of SHG members Trained colleagues at JP as trainors of Financial Inclusion training
  • Invited as trainer in the field of SHG and Rural Entrepreneurship Development by following:
  • Yashada, 
  • BAIF
  • Reserve Bank of India’s College of Agri-banking. 
  • And other Banking Colleges of Central Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra, etc.
  • SOSWA training institute 
  • Chaitanya
  • PACKS programme
  • Member of sexual harassment committee: Indian Bank and NABARD, Pune
Paper Presentations:
  • JP Giftedness conference, 2012, Pune Subject….
  • I Women Conference, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey 
  • Mahila ….. Rotary club 2013
  • Successful Women Honored by Innerwheel club Uptown 2010
  • ‘Mahila Sabalata Puraskar’ Dombiwali Janata Sahakari Bank, Dombiwali, 2009.
  • ‘Sewawrati Karykarta Award’ by Natu Foundation, Pune, 2005
  • ‘Jijamata Puraskar’, Swaroop Wardhini, Pune, 2004                                                        
Financial Literacy and Financial Awareness Work Among Rural Women
  • Started first Self Help Groups in Shivapur and Velhe about twenty years ago.
  • As an alternative for local money-lending rate of 120 % per anum (10 % per month)
  • These groups started monthly saving of merely Rs. 10, because the women had no money and no confidence of handling their own money. Now in some groups, monthly savings is Rs. 1000 and in many groups, it is Rs. 500.
  • Currently 300 SHGs in 35 villages in Velhe and in Bhor-Haveli blocks.
  • Current Total membership of all SHGs is more than 5000.
  • Monthly collection within 300 SHGs is more than Rs. 7 Lakh Rs. Also 100 groups are linked to banks.
  • Current outstanding loans are more than Rs. 2.5 Crores.
  • The System is set so that all accounts are managed by women themselves, with schooling of upto 4 th standard only. No skilled accountants from cities are needed.
  • The next step after forming the SHGs was women empowerment through skills training and entrepreneurship. Currently more than 100 members have started their small ventures, with investment of Rs. 10,000/- One group was selected for Jijau Purskar given by the Govt. of Maharashtra for Enterprise.
Financial Inclusion Work:
  • Worked with Reserve Bank of India (College of Agricultural Banking) for Financial Inclusion awareness programs in 10 villages. One village, Khopi was selected as a model village of RBI. Bank accounts were opened for 100 % households in this village.The project was carried out over one year in co-ordination with Central Bank and RBI.
  • National level dignitaries of RBI visited this village and due to this work, Jnana Prabodhini was invited for the meeting with the then Governor of  RBI, Dr. Subba Rao. Also trained decision makers of RBI in financial inclusion aspects relevant to rural areas.
Women Empowerment Work:
  • The work is no longer merely about Self Help Groups but is a tool for Women Empowerment and Self Reeliance. Some effects of the work carried over the last two decades.
  • Many rural women got exposure to the outside world. Their study trips are taken all the way to the Nation’s capital. Some now organize their own trips to pilgrimages in and out of Maharashtra. Many now are decision makers at home and in their respective villages. Now they have crossed their ‘bound’aries.
  • Many, without any political background have taken important social and political roles. Their work is having an impact on their villages.
  • The work is having the most visible impact on the future of next generation of girls. The members of SHGs are aggressively supporting college education of their girl children.
  • Now this is not merely a work of one individual, but it has become a self-sustaining movement. 
  • Papers, books and other presentations.
  • Pesonally presented papers in 6 National and International Conferences on the work. Many colleagues also presented papers on various aspects of the work.