Till a few years ago no one knew that such a village exists a stone’s throw away from Vadodara and Rajpipla. Today it is well known not only in Gujarat but abroad as well. This vibrant village is Mota Fofalia, Taluka Sinor in District Vadodara, not far from the road between the two adjoining erstwhile princely states Baroda and Rajpipla.
Sons of the soil, hailing from a Patel family of the region, Dr. Kiran, Dr. Dinesh and Pradip donated a royal sum of Rupees 18 crores (Rupees 180 million) to establish a school Shree Chotubhai A. Patel Learning Institute, and a hospital Shree Chotubhai A. Patel Hospital and Community Health Centre for the village and surrounding areas so that the people can avail of top-quality education and medical assistance at their doorstep.
“Dhiru Mistry, you have to choose the chief guest for our annual functions,” said Vir Bhamasha’s kin Jitendra Patel, or Jitubhai, who is ably managing both organisations. The annual function of Shree Chotubhai A. Patel Learning Institute is attended by more than 1200 people each year.
Since the last seven years I am carrying out the responsibility entrusted to me. Our chief guests have included Dr. Anil Kane, former Vice Chancellor of M.S. University, Baroda and recipient of World Wind Energy Award. The mammoth Kalpsar Project is his brain child. He is presently director of Suzlon Energy Limited.
Later, H.H. Raghubirsinhji of Rajpipla; Maj. General Randhirsinhji; Dr.Parul Shah, Dean of Faculty of Performing Arts, M.S. University; Dr.Amit Dholakia, Registrar, M.S. University; and Dr. Ramesh Kothari, Vice Chancellor, South Gujarat University have graced the occasion.
The chief guest at Sparkle 2013-14, the 13th annual function of Shree Chotubhai A. Patel Learning Institute held on 21st February 2014 was Prince Indra Vikram Sinhji of Rajpipla, entrepreneur, writer, and promoter of heritage and sports.
This is a stirring example of the wonders selfless philanthropic efforts can do in bringing top-quality educational and medical facilities to the people of a small village, hitherto unknown but now abuzz with activity, improving the quality of life of rural folk living miles around.