Monica Purohit is a social worker, special educationist, and rehabilitation professional who is the co-founder and director of Anand Service Society, an organization working for the impaired in the country.
Monica Purohit was born as ‘Monica Sharma’ in Indore, Madya Pradesh. She also goes by the name Monica Sharma Purohit and Monica Gyanendra Purohit. She went to Indore School of Social Work to do her Masters in Social Work. She had also done B.Sc. in Geology, Diploma in Fashion Designing and Marketing, B.Ed. in Deaf Education, and M.Ed. in Teachers and Special education. 100 Women Achievers of India
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
Her mother, Pushpa Sharma, works at Anand Service Society. Her father, PD Sharma, is Branch Manager at State Bank of India (SBI) Indore.
Husband & Children
She got married to Gyanendra Purohit, an advocate and social activist, on 18 May 2001.
She has two sons named Sarthak and Chinmay Purohit.
In 1997, Monica and her husband, Gyanendra Purohit, established Anand Service Society, an organization for the deaf and impaired. The inspiration to build the organization was her brother-in-law, Anand (Gyanendra’s brother), who was deaf and mute and died in a train accident in 1997.
The organization has been instrumental in helping impaired and differently-abled children and women with their education, training, and employment assistance. The organization is headquartered in Indore and also operates in tribal and rural areas in Madhya Pradesh like Dhar and Alirajpur (the most illiterate district of India).
Monica, through the organization, taught deaf-dumb children and nurtured them to live like normal people. Through the organization and advocacy of her husband, Monica succeeded in providing deaf children access to normal schools, reservations by the state government to deaf-mute on the teacher post, reservation quota for deaf people in government ITI colleges and their admission in it, making BERA testing compulsory for governments jobs, and much more. Monica is also a state-level women coordinator of M.P Deaf & Dumb Police Helpline run by Indore Police in joint conjunction with Anand Service Society.
Awards & Honours
- Alex Memorial Award in 2012
- Honoured with Rashtriya Swayam Siddh Samman by Jindal Steel Foundation in 2016
- Recognized as one of the 100 Women Achiever of India by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with Facebook in 2016
- Zee Women Achiever Award for the upliftment of deaf children and women empowerment in 2016
- Swaraj Women Excellence Award for the upliftment of deaf children and women empowerment in 2016
- Gurjar Goud 1st Ratna Samman in 2016
- Rotary Club Award for Excellent Service for deaf children and women in 2016
- Rotary Nation Builder Award for Excellent Service for Deaf and Speech Impaired Children and Women in 2017
- FICCI Flow Women Achiever Award 2018 by CM of MP Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Steel Secretary of India Mrs Aruna Sharma
- Rotary International District 3040 – Teacher Excellence Award in 2020
- Honoured by Indore Nagar Nigam as the Best Teacher Amongst the Special Educator Category
- Honoured by Indore Traffic Police for Creative Contribution to the Society by Deaf Women and children
- She has also formed CODA club of the normal children of deaf adults who share common issues and problems.
- In 2003, Monica and Gyanendra Purohit composed National Anthem in sign language, which was recognized by the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
- In 2005, Monica and her husband rendered the blockbuster Bollywood films Sholey (1975), Gandhi (1982), Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), and Taare Zameen Par (2007) in sign language.
- India’s first deaf and speech impaired friendly police station at Tukoganj Police Station Indore with MP Police was initiated by Monica and her husband.
- In 2015, Monica and Gyanendra were seen in BBC’s production of ‘Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi,’ a talk show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and aired on Star Plus.
- In 2017, Monica and her husband made an appearance in ‘DSC Show,’ a talk show that was aired on Zee Entertainment and hosted by Dr Subhash Chandra.
- In the midst of nationwide lockdown during Covid pandemic (2019), the couple (Gyanendra and Monica) and Anand Service Society rescued more than 500 deaf people through video call helpline (launched nationally) in sign language.
- Monica and her husband also tutored Narmada Jhabua Gramin Bank employees in sign language, which made the bank India’s first deaf-friendly bank.
- Monica and her husband helped deliver the election speech of Sudeep Shukla, a deaf-mute who contested state assembly election from Satna, Madhya Pradesh in 2018, becoming the first deaf and mute MLA candidate.
- In 2020, Monica, along with her husband, made an appearance in the Karamveer Special of the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.