London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Alumnus Dr Rajesh Babu Bhatchala has been awarded the Social Impact Award at the British Council’s Education UK Alumni Awards 2015.
The winners of the awards, which honour outstanding success in Entrepreneurship, Professional Achievement and Social Impact by Indians who have graduated from UK higher education institutions, were announced at a gala award ceremony held in New Delhi on 28th February. The first Education UK Alumni Awards were launched by the British Council in 2014 to recognise alumni from India, mainland China and the USA who have returned to their respective countries after completing their higher education studies in the UK within the last 10 years. Finalists of the awards become a part of a new international UK Alumni Award Network, and winners will be invited to the UK to connect with government and industry leaders in a sector of their choice.
Rajesh was presented with the Social Impact Award, which honours alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others. After graduating from the School in 2009 with a Masters in Community Eye Health, Rajesh returned to India where he founded Drishti Vision for Life, a social impact enterprise that provides affordable eye care in under-served markets. He established a well-equipped district hospital in the rural Bangalore and Chickaballapur District and a new centre in Channapatna district opened in January 2015. Drishti Vision for Life plans to open centres across a further six districts in Karnataka.
Rajesh said that the “experience of studying and living in the UK has indeed equipped me in project planning skills, which has enabled me to lead a strong team and drive my vision forward. At Drishti Vision for Life, it is our endeavour to provide people of all economic backgrounds access to high quality eye care.”
Photo 1: Group Picture featuring all the finalists, group presenters, guest of honour Professor Nick Petford and Richard Everitt
Photo 2: Richard Everitt, Director Education, British Council India with Education UK Alumni Awards 2015 winners, Amit Inamdar (Left) and Rajesh Babu Bhatchala (Right)
Photo credits: Humayun Khan