The 21st Mahasamadhi Anniversary Commemorative Function of H.H. Dr. Swami Rama was held on 13th November 2017 at Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT). The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat was the Chief Guest. The new hi-tech Reference Laboratory with ultra-modern pathological facilities was inaugurated by Chief Minister and Dr. Ramesh Pokriyal Member of Parliament Haridwar, and Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat Minister of State for Higher Education Uttarakhand, and the Vice Chancellor of Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU) Dr. Vijay Dhasmana.

To remind the young generation of the sacrifice made by our soldiers, a “Wall of Heroes” with photographs of 21 Paramvir Chakra awardees was also inaugurated at the entrance of the University. Nineteen employees of SRHU were awarded for their exemplary services in the category of Best Teacher, Para Clinical, and Non Clinical Employee Award.

Every year Swami Rama Humanitarian Award is dedicated in honor of its founder, H.H. Dr. Swami Rama. This year it was given to Sewa Rural, a voluntary development organization involved in health and development activities in rural tribal areas of Gujarat working since 1980. Dr. Pankaj Shah, Managing Trustee of Sewa Rural was awarded Rs. 5 lakhs, a gold medal and a citation.

368 students from 8 districts of Uttarakhand were awarded scholarships worth Rs. 70 lakhs. Over 7,000 people partook of the bhandara that day. In the evening Bhajan Sandhya “Ek Shaam Sanha Ke Naam” by Sh Pawan Godiyal from Badrinath Dham and Ms. Kavita Godiyal, (T-series fame), Mumbai, was enjoyed by all.