About Our chief

About Our Chief Donar

OUR FOUNDER – PADMA SHRI MOHANMULLJI CHORDIA

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo Da Vinci

Born on 25th August 1902 in the Village NOKHA in Jodhpur District, Rajasthan, he was the son of late Shri SIREMULL – CHORDIA and was brought up in a humble family . He did not have any formal education.

In the year 1917 he was married to Ms.NENI KAVUR BAI and the same year he came to Chennai and was adopted by SHRI. SOHANMULLJI CHORDIA of M/S. SHA AGURCHAND MANMULL firm which was established in the year 1847. Since he did not have good education it was his ardent desire to give good education to all. He along with few friends decided and founded SHRI SWETHAMBER STHANAKWASI JAIN EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY in the year 1937 and was also instrumental in starting a school namely SHRI STHANAKWASI JAIN PATHSALA in Rajasthan.

In the year 1937 he started one Ayurvedic Free Aushadhalaya at Kuchera in Rajasthan and also in 1940 another Ayurvedic Free Aushadhalaya at Nokha, Rajasthan. He handed over the Ayurvedic Aushadhalaya which was started at Kuchera to the Government of Jodhpur and also gave donation to run the Aushadhalaya. After some years the said Aushadhalaya was converted as an Allopathic Dispensary and was named after his adopted father as SHRI SOHANMULLJI CHORDIA CHARITABLE - GOVERNMENT DISPENSARY.

For his outstanding contribution to society the then Jodhpur Government conferred on him the title of “PALKI SIROPOV” IN THE YEAR 1940.

In the year 1947, for the completion of 100 years of his firm SHRI AGURCHAND MANMULL, he founded “SHRI MAMULL CHORDIA - CHARITABLE TRUST” and donated huge amount to this trust, and also subsequently founded “AGURCHAND MANMULL CENTENARY CHARITABLE -TRUST”

He was the president of SRI S.S. JAIN EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY for a number of years, and had served in various capacities. He was also responsible for starting S.S. JAIN BOARDING HOME and establishing SHRI A.G. JAIN HIGH SCHOOL in Chennai by contributing a handsome donation.

In the year 1952 he expressed his desire to establish a college in the city of Chennai and offered a handsome donation to SRI S.S. JAIN EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY and the same was accepted and in the same year SHRI AGURCHAND MANMULL JAIN COLLEGE was founded. He was also instrumental in promoting this college and making it into one of the foremost and premier educational institutions in the city. His total contribution for the starting of this college has made him Chief Donor of the college.

He was the life president of the management committee of this college. He was the president of the reception committee when the “ADHIVESAN OF ALL INDIA SWETHAMBER STHANAKWASI JAIN CONFERENCE” at Chennai in 1950.

In the year 1950, he was actively involved in formation of SHRI JAIN MEDICAL RELIEF SOCIETY, Chennai which is running 13 Dispensaries and Maternity Hospital in Chennai. He also donated a large sum to the society in 1953 namely to start “SOHANMULL CHORDIA DISPENSARY” Chennai.

He also donated a handsome amount for the construction of the New Block of JAIN BHAVAN at New Delhi.

He also donated generously to the Rajasthan Government for famine relief in Rajasthan particularly and also in other parts of the country in general.

He also donated a huge amount to Rajasthan Government for introduction of water supply scheme in his native place at kuchera.

He organized the BOOK BANK PROJECT at BANGALORE for 2years and more than 500 students were benefited with free books. Subsequently he handed over this project to “RAJASTHAN –YOUTH -ASSOCIATION, BANGALORE and even today thousands of students are benefited.

He organised free Eye Camps in Kuchera, his native place where over 100 Eye operations were performed.

He was the founder president of “BHAGWAN MAHAVEER AHIMSA-PRACHAR SANGH” which maintains exemplary services in the field of Ahimsa.

He was the president of the “RESEARCH FOUNDATION for “JAINOLOGY” and was instrumental in establishing Department of Jainology in the UNIVERSITY OF MADRAS.

He was the president of RAJASTHAN SWETHAMBAR STHANAKWASI-JAIN ASSOCIATION which has constructed and manages “JAIN BHAVAN”, at Chennai.

In the year 1972 he was awarded “PADMA SHRI” by the Government of India for his yeoman services rendered to the cause of humanity at large and in particular educational and Medical services.

He had constructed a hospital with modern facilities at Kuchera in memory of his late wife “NENIKAVUR BAI MATERNITY AND CHILD WELFARE HOSPITAL” .

He had during his 82nd Birth day donated Rs.82, 000/- for starting a Dharmasala and boarding facilities at his native place Kuchera.

He was the “SANGHPATHI” of Madras Jain Sthanakwasi sangh and an undisputed leader of the entire Jain community.

He had many financial institutions through which various bus & lorry operators of southern India got benefited to expand their transport business. He apart from the said finance companies had also started M/S. MEDOPHARM in the year of 1967, which is a leading pharmaceutical manufacturers with export business apart from trading in pharmaceutical business.

He was conferred “FOR THE SAKE OF HONOUR” award by Rotary Club in the year 1982.

He was associated in various capacities in the innumerable Religious, Educational, Medical, social and animal Welfare Societies such as;

1. PRESIDENT of “SANATHANA DHARMA VIDYALAYA” Chennai, for more than 15 years.

2. PRESIDENT for more than 15 years of “SUGNIBAI GRILS SCHOOL” in CHENNAI

3. PRESIDENT for more than 15 years of “VENKATESWARA AUSHADALAYA”

4. PRESIDENT for more than 20 years of “MAHAJAN COMMITTEE, in CHENNAI

5. PRESIDENT for more than 20 years of “HUMANITARY LEAGUE” CHENNAI.

6. PRESIDENT of SRI S. S. JAIN EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY, CHENNAI

7. LIFE PRESIDENT of A. M. JAIN COLLEGE MANAGEMEN T COMMITTEE

8. PRESIDENT of JAIN MEDICAL RELIED SOCIETY, CHENNAI

9. PRESIDENT of MADRAS PINJRAPOLE

10. VICE PRESIDENT of INDIAN VEGETARIAN CONGRESS, CHENNAI

11. PRESIDENT of ALL INDIAN SWETHAMBAR STHANKAWASI JAIN CONFERENCE, NEW DELHI

A list of his various high positions he has occupied may be tiringly long, but yet necessary to get an insight into his charitable personality.

He breathed his last on the 5th of February , 1984 and he is survived by 5 Sons and 2 daughters. True to his generous and compassionate nature he had donated his eyes to help another to gain vision.

To Honour, Sri Mohanmullji Chordia for his meritorious services the Southern part of Mint St., starting from Southern Railway G.M’S Office to Authiappan Naicken St., cutting, was named after him by the then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, SHRI M. G. RAMACHANDRAN, and the same was published in Tamilnadu Gazette. He was a true leader whose values live on.A man whose legend is exceeded by his legacy.