Rangashri Kishore

Rangashri Kishore

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Dr Rangashri Kishore was Founding Director of Ashoka University Library prior to joining as Dean of Library Services at Krea University. She is a Librarian by profession but she is also a mental health worker by avocation. She has co-founded three half-way homes in India. She has received several awards during her thirty-five years of work in the field of Library Services and Mental Health namely

  • Winner of Learning Times Innovative Information Services award from Learning Times New York, U.S.A for the year 2003.
  • First Asian winner of ‘ASCLA Exceptional Service Award’ for the year 1999 from the American Library Association.
  • Winner of IFLA/ALP (International Federation of Library Associations / Advancement in Librarianship Programme) for the year 1996.
  • She is a Member of National Reading Mission and Cambridge University Press South Asia Library Advisory Board.
  • She has been a part of the Global Mental Health Team of the EMPOWER project which was funded by Welcome Trust of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and presented the work at the Global Mental Health Meet in Cape Town, 2011.
  • She was also a part of the Senior Management Group of the South Asia Hub for Research, Advocacy and Education (SHARE) project for mental health in Public Health Foundation of India.
  • She was the only Indian participant to the FORO 2010 on Human Rights and Peace held in Spain in December 2010 and successfully brought the human rights to peace agenda for mental health in the Santiago Declaration of Human Rights to Peace.
  • In Haryana, surrounding the Ashoka University there are several villages where she has conducted Library programmes for the rural children and established Mobile Library Projects
  • In 2013 received the Woman of Humanity Award and conferred (H.c) Doctorate of Humanity in 2013 from Academy of Universal Global Peace and International Development Consultancy and Research Foundation.