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Eminent social worker Olinda Pereira passes away at 95 in Mangaluru | Mangaluru News

Late Olinda Parreira

MANGALURU: Olinda Pereira, eminent social worker and former principal of School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, passed away on Sunday at the age of 95.
Born on August 15, 1925, she did her BA from St Agnes College, Mangaluru, MA from Banaras Hindu University and PhD from Mysore University.
Born into a Catholic family in Falnir at Mangaluru as the youngest of the three sisters, Rita Olinda Periera embraced the religious order of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary (DHM).
She pioneered social work education in the state of Karnataka by setting up the School of Social Work ‘Roshini Nilaya’ in 1960 under the auspices of the Institute of Social Service which offers BSW, MSW, and PhD besides other courses affiliated to the Mangalore University. She retired as in 1984 serving as principal of Roshni Nilaya for 20 years.
Olinda Pereira promoted Women’s Education and Development in several states in our country. She has left an indelible mark in the state of Karnataka, India and overseas.
She launched Vishwas Trust in 1999 during the International Year for the Elderly. The objective was community work, day centres, geriatric care services, field practice centres. Vishwas in collaboration with government and city police tried to reach the elderly in need with its 24-hour service distress helpline 1090 and 2421190.

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