In the year 1936, Mahatma Gandhi ji left Sabarmati ashram and set up his ashram in a small village ‘Shegaon’, later renamed by him as ‘Sevagram’ meaning imparting service. Sevagram is located at 8 Km distance from Wardha town in Maharashtra State. The village was the ‘de facto capital’ of India during Indian freedom struggle and immortalized in the Indian history.
India’s first rural medical college ‘Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences’ set up in the year 1969 is situated in Sevagram. The college earned national and global recognition for its rural health care, community health service, quality medical education and research.
Vinoba Bhave ji’s satyagraha ashram is located in Pawnar village which is 6 km from Sevagram. Brahma Vidya mandir established by Vinoba Bhave ji is located within this ashram premises. Other important historically important and attractions in and around Sevagram are – Gandhiji’s ashram in Sevagram (Bapu kuti), Geetai mandir, Laxminarayan mandir, Magansangrahalaya, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Bor wildlife sanctuary, International institute for Gandhian studies, Manohardham, and Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya.
Nagpur city is 75 Km distance from Sevagram. Nagpur is well connected by railway and air. Sevagram railway station and Wardha railway station are well connected by railways and is on the mainline connecting New Delhi – Chennai, and Mumbai – Kolkata routes.
Dr. Sushila Nayar, was born during the times of freedom struggle and was deeply influenced by the ideals and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi ji. (Late) Dr. Sushila Nayar, fondly called as ‘Badi Behenji’, had served the nation with her selfless dedication and led highly inspiring life. Her services to the nation in freedom struggle, politics, social service and healthcare are ever remembered and cherished. She was very passionate about rural healthcare particularly community health, mother and child healthcare and her contributions in these fields are immense and left indelible mark in these fields. Her vision, legacy and directions are being carried forward continuously even today.
She was very closely associated with Mahatma Gandhiji during freedom struggle and was his personal physician. Deeply inspired by his teachings and selfless service to the society, she carried forward his vision of rendering healthcare to rural masses of India. Being a very close associate of Gandhiji, she was always conscious and diligently followed and spread the values of Gandhian ideology in the society. Badi Behenji was a multifaceted personality. With her natural charm, pure thoughts and majestic voice, she used to influence whoever came in contact with her. She was a lovable and affectionate person who imprinted lasting memories and deep respect in the minds of those who saw her, listened to her and worked with her.
She did her MBBS and MD(Medicine) from Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi, and went to the USA for further studies. She obtained her MPH and doctorate in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, Balitmore. She started a small dispensary in the Gandhi Ashram premises in the year 1944, and it was soon converted to a small hospital with 15 beds, with the aim to train and motivate doctors to serve in rural areas, Badi Behenji started Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences at Sevagram in the Gandhi birth centenary year,1969.
The Kasturba Health Society, Sevagram was setup by Dr. Sushila Nayar in the year 1964, which manages Kasturba Nursing College. Currently, the college conducts Basci B.Sc. Nursing, Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing and M.Sc. Nursing courses in various specialties and has a total strength of 240 students.
The teaching faculty and all staff of Kasturba Nursing College fondly remember and pay their humble respects to Our Founder, Dr. Sushila Nayar.