Dr. Mini V. of 1987 AEI branch receives 'Nari Shakti' Award 2018
Mini, the co-founder of Coimbatore city-based NGO Humane Animal Society (HAS), received the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women in India given by the Ministry of Women and Child Development at Delhi as recognition for her work in animal welfare, on International Women’s Day March 8 of 2019.
Dr. Mini Vasudevan was student of AEI 1987 batch at CET. She joined BHEL as project Engineer in 1987. Then she left India for doing MS and Ph. D. at University of Texas at Arlington. In 1995 she became a telecom engineer at NORTEL and continued there for 14 years. Later she was appointed as General Manager at Ericsson for 5 years from 2010.
Mini and her husband Madhu Ganesh worked in the US, returned to Coimbatore in 2004. In 2006, they founded the Humane Animal Society (HAS), a non-governmental organisation which works for the welfare of animals in Coimbatore. Dr. Madhu Ganesh is also an alumnus of CET of ME 1987 batch.
What started off small with Mini, her husband and two other trustees is now a big family. With 17 full-time staff including two veterinary doctors, two veterinary assistants, an ambulance driver, shelter and sanctuary staff, HAS’s work has, till date, helped at least 50,000 animals. HAS also has an outpatient facility for people who cannot afford treatment for their pets.
HAS had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Coimbatore Corporation for the Animal Birth Control (ABC) program to neuter stray dogs in November 2006. Later, HAS has ventured into vaccination, rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned animals too. In 2015, HAS also played a key role in Coimbatore for implementing ‘Mission Rabies’, which was aimed to prevent spreading of rabies through mass vaccination of dogs.
HAS also owns a sanctuary, 25 kms from Coimbatore city, in Vazhukkupparai. There are around 70 animals in that sanctuary– dogs, cats, ponies and cows – up for adoption. If some one cannot adopt, they can sponsor the upkeep of an animal.