Mr. Shantilal Muttha, a social entrepreneur par excellence, rose from extremely humble origins determined to sow the seeds for positive change and transformation in society. He founded the Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana (BJS) in 1985 as a non-political, secular, non-profit organization with a vision, ‘to collectively contribute towards nation building through a holistic development of the society’.
Over the last three decades, BJS, the parent organization of Shantilal Muttha Foundation, has achieved a
fine balance of working extensively at the grassroots level and contributing at the policy level thought process
and decision- making. His work almost always involves a three step process:
1. Identify an issue of national concern,
2. Devise an appropriate solution by demonstrating proof of concept through successful implementation,
3. Offer it to the government as a replicable, scalable model at absolutely no cost.
Through this model he has extensively led nation- wide programmes in the area of social development, school
educational quality improvement, values education and disaster response.
Mr. Muttha’s work has won him appreciation and widespread recognition.
During 2017, he received Maharashtra Bhushan (Jan, 2017) from the Governor, Government of Maharashtra, ABP Maza Krutadnyata Puraskar (Jul, 2017) from ABP Media channel, and the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award-2017 (Nov, 2017) from the Hon’ble President of India.
He has also been conferred upon with several Lifetime Achievement Awards from renowned organizations over the last few years. He was honoured with the ‘JeevanSadhna Gaurav Puraskar 2016’ by SavitribaiPhule Pune University.
In 1998 His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, presented Mr. Shantilal Muttha the Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Award instituted by the Diwaliben Mohanlal Charitable Trust.
He received the National Youth Award (established to honor the memory of the late Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi) in 1992 from the Indian Institute of Youth Affairs.