Sankara Nethralaya celebrated the 75th Republic Day with pride at the quadrangle of the Mahyco Block, situated at the main campus in Chennai. The ceremony, which commenced at 7:45 am, was graced by R.W. Bro T. N. Manoharan, The Regional Grand Master of the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India, who served as the Chief Guest.
The highlight of the event was the flag hoisting ceremony at 8 am, which was conducted by R.W. Bro T. N. Manoharan, accompanied by Mr. I.K. Chellasamy, Chief Security Officer, escorting the Chief Guest to the flag pole. Following the flag hoisting, Dr. Janani Srinivasan extended a warm welcome and introduced the Chief Guest, who was later honoured by President of Medical Research Foundation Dr. Girish S Rao.
The Chief Guest, R.W. Bro T. N. Manoharan, delivered an inspiring address, reflecting on the significance of the Republic Day and its values. A significant part of the celebration included the distribution of service awards to employees who inspired the whole Sankara Nethralaya family with their dedication. The Chief Guest distributed awards to employees who completed 35, 30, 25, and 20 years of service. Dr. Girish S Rao honored those who completed 15 years, while employees with 10 years of service were recognized by Dr. Ronnie George, and Dr. Girish S Rao.
The event also witnessed the distribution of Dhingra Trust awards by R.W. Bro T. N. Manoharan. Smt. Sita Mittal presented the Circle of Excellence Awards in Patient Care, recognizing outstanding contributions. Merit Scholar Ship Awards to the children of employees, acknowledging academic excellence were also presented during the ceremony. The dedication of SNDEED employees was recognized with awards presented by Lion S N Harinarayanan from the Lions Club of Central Madras.
Further, employees who rendered commendable service during the Michaung Cyclone and Flood were honored by Dr. Pramod Bhende, Director of Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services. The ceremony concluded with a gracious Vote of Thanks by Ms. Sudha Mohan, Deputy General Manager of the HR Department.