Nivedita Raghunath Bhide is a Life Worker of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, India, since 1977.
At present, she heading the Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari, as an All India Vice President. Her responsibilities include Training of Jeevanvratis (dedicated full-time workers of Vivekananda Kendra) Training of the teachers of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas and Co-ordination of Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Guwahati.
She has also represented India in Seminar on Swami Vivekananda conducted by ICCR in 2013 at Melbourne, Australia. She also particpated in the In the International Meeting of Educational Experts at Darwin, Australia convened by UNESCO for the Asia-Pacific region in 1999.
She has written over 15 Books, presented papers in National and International seminars and given lectures in IITs and Universities, including Kansas University in USA.
She has been a member of several different organizations mentioned below:
- Member of Hindi Salahagar Samiti of Defense Ministry from 2015 to 2019
- Governing Body Member of Rajya Ananda Samsthan of the Government of Madhya Pradesh from 2013 to 2018
- Founder Member of IFIH – International Forum for Indian Heritage
- Member of General Body of National Council for Teacher Education from 1999 to 2005
- Member of the Executive Council of Association of Matriculation schools, Tamilnadu from 1985 to 1994.
- Trustee of Vivekananda International Foundation since its inception
- Awards & Recognition:
- Padmashri from Government of India in 2017 for social service
- Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) (Honorary Doctorate) from Desh Bhagat University, Punjab in 2017 in the field of ‘Service to Mankind’ in the faculty of social sciences for contribution in promoting universal brotherhood amongst mankind.
- Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from SNDT Women University, Mumbai in 2019.
- Award of ‘Shiksha Bhushan’ from Akhil Bharatiya Shaikshik Mahasangh in November 2019.
- ‘Vandaneeya Saraswatitai Apte’ award from Bharatiya Stree-Jeevan Vikas Parishad, Thane on 20 November 2005 for sustained work in the society.