Prof. Dr. A. R. Undre
Royal Educational Society
Message from The President of the Royal Educational Society
Dr. A. R. Undre is a surgeon of exemplary calibre. He had a brilliant academic career. He passed all his examinations at first attempt. He was always a first class student bagging several prizes. In MBBS Degree Examination, he bagged the prestigious Berry Gold Medal in Pharmacology along with several prizes and scholarships. He stood first in Bombay University at the Master of Surgery Degree examinations and secured four gold medals in surgery and Prince of Wales Fellowship of Mumbai University. His hard work as surgical registrar in J.J. Hospital earned him excellent award from the dean. He then proceeded to England wherein he excelled as Registrar and procured the fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of England as well as royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He returned to India after a period of three years to serve his fellow citizens. He served J. J. Group of teaching Hospitals and was professor of surgery at Grant Medical College for over 25 years. During his period, he had the opportunity to operate several complicated cases totally free. He was always ready to help at times of riots and would operate at any time of day or night in an emergency. He has any innovative surgical techniques of his own to his credit. He wrote several articles in national and international journals. He participated in national and international symposiums and seminars. He read a paper on unique surgical treatment of Ulcerative Colitis at the South Conjoint Asia Pacific Conference of International College of surgeons in 1985. He was elected fellow of Association of Surgeons of India and International College of Surgeons (USA).
In addition to his busy schedule, he is a social worker par excellence. He was very concerned about his poor patients and would go all out to help them. In addition, he is an educationist. He started a school in his native place Borli Panchatan in Taluka Shriwardhan of Raigad District, which starting from 26 students in 1982 is now a full-fledged high school and junior college with strength of over 3000. In 1989, he started Women Degree College and five batches of girls have passed with 100% results. He has always kept excellence as his benchmark. He believes that unless education of woman is taken right to its logical end eradication of illiteracy will only remain a slogan.
He is always in the forefront at times of national crises. In 1992 riots, he took 100 orphans from various relief camps in Mumbai and gave them shelter in his school. On recommendation of Mr. P.C. Alexander, the Royal Educational Society received Rs. 400,000/- from Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, for the rehabilitation work done during the 1992-1993 Bombay Riots. In 1995 during the Kuwait crisis, he had admitted 250 students from Kuwait in his school totally free. Following the Gujarat tragedy in his constant pursue to spread education among the deserving, need and underprivileged he has taken 130 students from riot torn Gujarat. Of these 44 are girls and 86 boys who have already been admitted in the school run by him. These children have been picked from various relief camps in Gujarat. Some of them have lost a parent, some have lost sibling and everybody has lost their homes.
He organised many medical camps where several patients underwent free operations. Most of these camps were held in areas where medical facilities were meagre.
He took active part in cooperative banking and was chairperson of Kokan Mercantile Co-op. Bank for several years. After retiring as Professor from Grant Medical College, he continues to be Professor of Surgery at the National Board of Examinations at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre.
He was life member of Special Executive Magistrate Directing Committee and was honour as "Sarvashri" in recognition of services rendered to the public. He was also the recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Gold Medal in surgery.
He is a life member of several learned bodies like the Red Cross Society of India, International Medical Sciences Academy. He is a founder member of World Association of Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery.
He is also Consultant Surgeon to Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Saifee Hospital, Habib Hospital. He compiled Kokan Directory, which apart from covering history of Kokan contains list of all organisations working for Kokan and stalwarts working for Kokani Community.
In spite of all this, he is accessible to all and believes that "Service to Humanity is Service to God".