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Dr. Deepak Shikarpur joined Rotary Club of Pune, Shivajinagar in 1991. His classification is "Information Technology Promotion".

Dr. Deepak was a Rotaractor from the year 1982 till ’85. He joined the Rotary Club, Pune Shivajinagar, at a young age of 26 in the year 1991. From the year 2000 he became a very active member. He has held many important positions in the club - Treasurer, Joint Secretary, Secretary, Director, Vice President, Program Committee Chairman, Bulletin Editor. He was chosen to lead the club for the year 2005 - 06.

  • His presidential year was a landmark year and no wonder he won awards and accolades. He was adjudged with Best President award and Presidential citation from Rotary International
  • He received the prestigious Rotary Internationals 4 Avenue of Service citation in September 2009.
  • He is a Second Level Major Donor of Rotary Foundation.
  • He has served Rotary District 3130 and 3131 on many assignments with responsibilities such as Chairman Corporate promotion (Rotary Foundation), Assistant Governor , GSE Team leader (visiting District 6600 Ohio), Director (Youth and Family of Rotary), Director (Rotary Foundation Promotion) and District Secretary (Events and Meets).
  • He was elected unopposed as the sixth District Governor for Rotary District 3131 for the year 2013-14.
  • Dr Deepak Shikarpur was nominated as the only member from South Asia in the Adhoc committee on Social Networking and IT formed by RI President Kalyan Banerjee for the year 2011-12.

‘One man makes the difference’ goes the saying in Management Principles. Given a similar situation, opportunities and resources, he makes the best of it, gives best results and is successful. Somebody who applies his mind, utilizes resources optimally, achieves the best results and surfaces as a leader. “I am not exaggerating when I say that Dr. Deepak Shikarpur is a person of this tribe” says Dr. Sudhir Rashingkar, Past District -Governor, Rotary dist 3131.

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Year 2005 - 06, Deepak’s tenure as President, has seen the club perform excellent projects, thereby enhancing the image, which is Rotary’s area of high importance.

Major Donor of Rotary Foundation.

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He has held several positions at the district 3130 level. He was chairman of eGroups, chairman of IT promotion and has been nominated to be the Chairman of (Corporate Promotions) International Services for the year 2006 - 07.

Dr. Deepak's activities / work for the Club

Dr. Deepak Shikarpur Team leader

Rotary Group study Exchange Team leaving for USA

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Rotary International is a Global network of Community Volunteers which is organised in the form of 30,000 clubs in 162 countries and which works to promote World peace and understanding though exchanges of professionals, people to people contacts, and programs like the Group Study Exchange Scholarships. Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The selection of the team members happens on merit and with a transparent selection process Rotary district 3130 comprising of 13 revenue districts of state of Maharashtra is sending a team of 5 eminent young professionals to District 6600 Ohio USA for a period of 4 weeks from April 22 - May 22. Team leader is an experienced Rotarian and other team members are non Rotarians in the age group 25-40. The team leader for the team in 2008 was Rtn Dr. Deepak Shikarpur IT entrepreneur and writer. Other team members are Priya Gokhale an Architect, Ashiwini Sovani a faculty in IBS - Pune, Madhuri Gokhale a Lecturer in English in BMCC College and Pradnya Kulkarni working as a Researcher with Deecan College Pune.

Highlights of his Presidential Year (2005-06)

Best President District Service Award

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As a President of Rotary Club of Pune- Shivajinagar Deepak has initiated many service Projects

To view the large size of Award Certificate, click on the image.

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IT literacy and knowledge of computers has nothing to do with economic well being. Many slum children have learnt IT and have aspirations to become big in life. Jagruiti Seva Sanstha and Rotary Club of Pune SHivajinagar have decided to work for this noble cause and create a difference in a few lives.

We presented a PC to a needy talented child Gururaj and also recognise the students who have completed the computer course from Janwadi and vaiduwadi slums. Parents of all children are illeterate and are from very low income group. Thanks to Rotary thier children could be IT literate.

I am pleased to inform you that Maharashtrabhushan Padmsharee Dr Vijay Bhatkar graced the occassion to recognise these children and presented PC to Gururaj.

This function was held on Thursday May 18 at 6 pm at Janawadi Janata Vasahat.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar donates a wheel chair to special girl Rajashree Rele a special girl child got disabled at the age of 3. Thanks to Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar, she will be able to commute and see the world. Enclose photo shows President of Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar Rtn Dr. Deepak Shikarpur, chief guest Dr H V Sardesai, Mr Nitin Abhyankar and Rajashree and her mother.

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Marathi Flim industry is going through a dream run and many marathi movies are Box Office Hits. Pune the Pandhari of Marathi has a lot to do to promote awareness of Marathi movies in Masses. Younger generation must be motivated to watch Marathi movies.

We at Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar have constituted Rotary Marathi Film Awards from this year. We have two awards. One for a Multilplex showing Marathi movies and other for a promising actor from Marathi movies.

In a Glittering function held on Monday May 15, 2006 Rotary Marathi Film awards were presented. Mrs Asha Kale leading actress from Marathi cinema and theatre was the Chief Guest. Citipride Kothrud Multiplex won the Best theatre award and Mr Sandeep Kulkarni (Shwas, Dombivali Fast, Sane Guruji) fame who has won all Best Actor award for Dombivali Fast won the Best Actor award.

Enclosed photo shows Best actor award presented to Mr Sandeep Kulkarni at the hands of Mrs Asha Kale. Mr Chaphalkar of Citipride multiplex is also seen in the photograph besides Dr. Deepak Shikarpur.

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Relief efforts for flood victims in Konkan, Erandawane, Patil Estate slums, Saraswati Orphanage, Passengers stranded at Pune Railway station.

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RI Direction Nominee (2007-09) visits Polio Corrective Surgery camp organized by Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar Polio affected young children deserve a better life. They too need to walk, lead a normal life and be socially acceptable citizen. Realising this need, Rotary Club Of Pune Shivajinagar is initiating Polio corrective surgeries for the past 3 years. This project is ably lead by Rtn Dr Vilas Jog a famous orthopedic surgeon from Pune.

On April 24, 2006 the polio corrected children had a Famous visitor to share happiness with them. RI Director Nominee Rtn Ashok Mahajan met the children and expresses his joy of adding value to their lives through Rotary.

Enclosed photo shows RI Director Nominee Rtn Ashok Mahajan, President of Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar Rtn Dr. Deepak Shikarpur, Rtn Dr Vilas Jog Chairman Human Development Polio Corrective Surgery committee of Dist 3130.

'One man makes the difference' and that's Rotarian Dr. Deepak Shikarpur

‘One man makes the difference’ goes the saying in Management Principles. Given a similar situation, opportunities and resources, he makes the best of it, gives best results and is successful. Somebody who applies his mind, utilizes resources optimally, achieves the best results and surfaces as a leader. “I am not exaggerating when I say that Dr. Deepak Shikarpur is a person of this tribe” says Dr. Sudhir Rashingkar, Past District Governor, Rotary dist 3130.

“Year 2005 - 06, Deepak’s tenure as President, has seen the club perform excellent projects and having wonderful public relations, thereby enhancing the image, which is Rotary’s area of high importance.”

He has written books and articles in Marathi, enabling the common man easy access to computers and IT. His work has been recognized by the Government of Maharashtra.

He has bought about many radical changes at the Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, the Computer Society of India, the University of Pune as well as the Rotary Club, Pune Shivajinagar. His work in this field is never ending and every day, he brings out new ideas and strives hard to bring them to reality.

I find him to be person without any complexes. He mixes feely in any type of gatherings, expresses his views forthrightly and once takes an assignment, throws himself in fully to make his ideas come to reality. His enthusiasm sometimes makes others feel frightened!

To me, Deepak is

  • D - Dynamic
  • E - Enthusiastic
  • E - Entrepreneur
  • P - Positive
  • A - Adventurous
  • K - Knowledgeable

Courtesy, Dr. Sudhir Rashingkar, Past District Governor, Rotary dist 3130

Dr. Deepak as a Rotarian

“Deepak, a man with impressing personality joined Rotary Club, Pune Shivajinagar in the year 1991. He quickly grasped both, the anatomy and philosophy of the club and started working on various club assignments and in the process always won the laurels. Being a good orator, very soon he befriended everyone in the club as well as the bigwigs from the Rotary District 3130. Since then there was no looking back for him and no wonder in due course of time, he emerged as a potential President Material. He was installed as the club President for the Rotary year 2005 – 06.”

Deepak as the Club Past President

“Under the leadership of President Deepak, Rotary Club, Pune Shivajinagar has had its best run in the recent times. All said and done, the Rotary year 2005 - 06 will go down in the history of the club as the most successful one. A year of seeming endless achievements. Over a dozen beautifully planned and well executed prestigious projects, a very impressive show on the day of District Governor’s visit to the club and over 40 very interesting programmes one after another. Just bare statistics alone are enough to allow a sense of déjà vu to overwhelm the followers of Rotary spirit. Even the cynics cannot but admire the performance of the President.

Deepak sprouted a magical wing and soured to unimaginable heights as if feeding on some rare elixir. Deepak has indeed very bright future in Rotary.”

Courtesy, Rtn. Yashwant Gokhale
Past President, Rotary Club, Pune Shivajinagar

TRF Award

Gary Huang Rotary International President (2014-15) honors Deepak with Rotary Foundation Citation of Meritorious Services

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Princes Charles wears Polio scarf

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Wheel chair donation to needy student

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leading Rotary International Assembly cultural parade in puneri attire

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supporting flood affected victims as club president in 2005

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Immunizing polio drops

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