10th October 2023, Mumbai: In the vast realm of finance and social reform, few individuals have made an impact as profound and expansive as C.A. (DR.) Shankar Ghanshamdas Andani. With an illustrious career spanning more than 16 years, Andani’s journey from a dedicated Chartered Accountant to a renowned social reformer is a testament to his indefatigable spirit, unparalleled expertise, and an unwavering commitment to societal betterment.
Early Life and Education
Born on 3rd April 1978, Andani, at the age of 44, boasts an impressive array of academic qualifications, including M.COM, M.B.A., F.C.A., S.E.T., G.D.C.A., I.C.W.A.(Inter), F.A.F.D., and a Ph.D. (Hon). He kickstarted his professional journey as a practicing Chartered Accountant, and his zest for knowledge also led him to serve as an Assistant Professor in Commerce for three years.
Over the years, Andani established his firm, M/S. SAAI & CO, which quickly gained prominence for its proficiency in various fields, from audits of banks and trusts to taxation consultancy. Notable associations include esteemed institutions like Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shridi, Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation, and several Nagar Panchayats and Tahsils.
His commendable relationship with numerous government offices enabled him to assist and guide countless individuals, especially in availing benefits from government schemes. His acumen and dedication have earned him several empanelments, partnerships, and auditing roles with national banks, co-operative banks, and public sector undertakings.
Unwavering Commitment to Social Causes
But what sets Andani apart is his unwavering dedication to societal betterment. He has been at the forefront of numerous social initiatives:
For over 15 years, he has conducted trust audits and taxation consultancies either free of cost or at nominal rates, aiding over 365 charitable trusts across religious and educational spheres.
His initiatives have significantly benefitted the farming community, assisting over 511 farmer producer companies and guiding more than 500,000 farmers in Maharashtra.
As a “Gau Sevak”, Andani oversees a Gaushala in Ahmednagar and serves as an advisor to over 65 other Gaushalas. His contributions extend to the education sector, where he provides financial support to needy students and distributes free notebooks and stationary. He also offers free training in accounting, taxation, and GST, enabling over 70 students to secure well-paying jobs.
Awards and Recognition
Andani’s dedication has not gone unnoticed. He holds a staggering 70 world records, has been honored with 65 doctoral degrees, and has been the proud recipient of over 1600 international, national, and state-level awards for his professional and social work.
In a world driven by self-interest, C.A. Shankar Ghanshamdas Andani stands as a beacon of hope, integrity, and unwavering commitment to societal growth and enrichment. His life story is a testament to the incredible feats one can achieve when talent is combined with a heart that genuinely wants to make a difference.