Mangaluru, May 31 : Eminent social worker, former Principal of School of Social Work Dr Olinda Pereira, passed away on Sunday. She was 95. Mahatma Gandhi Peace awardee Pereira promoted Women’s Education and Development in several States. She has left an indelible mark in the state of Karnataka, India and overseas. Dr Pereira was born on August 15, 1925.
She did her PhD from Mysore University, MA from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and BA from St Agnes College, Mangaluru. In 1961, she was the founder Principal of the School of Social Work, which offers graduate and postgraduate courses. It was the first institution in Karnataka to offer courses in social work. She motivated thousands of students to immerse into social service throughout the nation. With her foresight, vision and determination, she has contributed immensely to the cause of women and children. As president of the National Committee on Women, she did notable work and published works like ’Understanding Children’, 'Adjustment and its Correlation among Pre-Adolescents’ and ’Domestic Workers’ Struggle’.
She was trained in women’s study organization of the Philippines. She worked as an administrator in the provincial house of Nairobi, Kenya and worked as a professor at Mark Master University in Hamilton, Canada. She started city community development Centre, family welfare organisation, kindergarten at Ullal and many other organisations in Mangalore. Through her social service organisation, 'Vishwas’ started in 1999, she has helped senior citizens. she started a helpline number and a daycare centre for senior citizens. She set up a modern old age complex at Permai, some 15 km from Mangaluru. She was the winner of numerous awards including Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award, Veera Rani Abbakka Award, Sandesha Award for Social Service in 2002, Woman of the Year Award from Mangalore University 2009. (UNI)