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Website celebrates contribution of Palanpur community in growth
Is an initiative inviting the community across the globe to connect
By: Diamond World News Service
Nov 21 2008 1:19PM
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The Palanpur community website was officially launched on November 16, 2008 at the initiative of Vidyamandir Trust. The launch ceremony of the website, namely www.palanpuronline.com took place at the Y.B. Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai in presence of H.H. Iqbal Mohammed Khan, Nawab, Palanpur and former UN Under Secretary-General, Ambassador Prakash Shah amidst a large number of community members.

Ashish K. Mehta, a Vidyamandir Trustee and initiator of the new project explained about the oneness of the community and the inspiration to launch the website as“It is important to sink in the fact that we have truly benefited from the strength of our roots and the vast culture that we have inherited. We in turn have a duty to pass on this to the next generation. They need to connect with this feeling of oneness We have consciously chosen the Web medium because it is accurate; it is quick and cost effective and can be constantly updated and modified.” The website had some sections with static content – History, including a time line and anecdotes of the past; a section on Clans and the family trees; Palanpur Today with demographics; profiles of eminent Palanpuri personalities and information about the Trusts established by the community. The site would also announce forthcoming events and report news of and related to the community.

He pointed out the most significant feature of the website, that of the Online Community Directory listing details of over 3000 Palanpuri families across the globe. Information on addresses of residence, office and type of business of the families in the directory can be accessed only by registered members of the website. “It is the ideal resource to take forward the aim of the site – ‘Connect, Share, Unite’,” he concluded.

The inspiration of the website stems from the excellent work undertaken by the Palanpuri community in the fields of education, business, diamond industry, which has supported development of the Palanpur region through businesses.

“The Palanpuri community has given birth to many successful entrepreneurs and businessmen,” said Shah, “and while its remarkable achievements in the diamond industry are well known, Palanpuris have done well in other industries like pharmaceuticals and steel too.”

Arun R. Mehta, Chairman of the Vidyamandir Trust recounted the contributions of the community in setting up educational institutions in Palanpur. “The city could emerge as a knowledge centre in times to come,” he added.

Ashish K. Mehta, elucidated on the high quality of education being provided by schools and colleges set up by diamantaires in Palanpur decades ago, which has resulted in a growing number of quality medical practitioners, which has become an important part of the city’s economy today.

Mehta appealed to the members of the Palanpuri community to join and strengthen the site and make it more informative and more meaningful interactive platform.

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nita bhatia arya
i,m realy impressed to know about this site.as i m also connected with vidyamandir.
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