It is said that awards and accolades find their way most to those who seek them the least. It was yet another befitting recognition to a man whose only goal was to build and develop an institution which would fulfill his dream of providing quality eye care, especially to those who cannot afford it and eradicate blindness from the face of the earth. The ethical and path breaking means he adopted to reach his goal threw light on the other side of the legendary doctor and won him and his institution such accolades as ‘The best managed charitable institution in India’ by none other than the legendary Nani Palkhivala, his business model as a self sustaining non-profit evoked critical acclaim and became a subject of study by students from international B- schools and his able governance made his institution an acclaimed ‘Social Enterprise’. It was a moment of crowning glory for his institution, the entire Sankara Nethralaya family and its leading architect when the AIMA (All India Management Association) the premium and apex body for management professionals chose to honour Dr. SS.Badrinath with the title ‘Outstanding Institution Builder’ in its highly prestigious ‘Managing India Awards’- 2014. These annual awards recognize contributions of those who have set benchmarks of excellence in their respective spheres and have helped build brand India.
It was an interesting co-incidence when Chief Guest Shri Rajnath Singh, Honourable Home Minister who gave away the awards observed that India would emerge the ‘Jagat guru’ (Spiritual head) of the nation after honouring the man whose institution was founded on the holy command of the Jagat guru and led by a man who believed that spiritualism is an inseparable part of everyday functioning, the honourable Minister also echoed the deep rooted beliefs and sentiments of the ‘Outstanding Institution Builder’ with his observations that ‘Indians can do it’ and we should arrest the ‘brain drain’ from the country.