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Padma Shri Awardee

Dr. A. Saibaba Goud, M.S., Ph.D.

Founder Chairman
Devnar Foundation for the Blind

Some landmarks in the long and brilliant career achievements of Dr. A. Saibaba Goud, M.S., Ph.D.

Dr A Saibaba Goud is an MS in Ophthalmology from Osmania University. He completed his Ph.D. in Ophthalmology in February, 1988 earning the distinction of being the first recipient of a Doctorate in Community Ophthalmology in India. Dr Goud was Medical Superintendent of the Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, Hyderabad and has also served as Professor and Head, Department of Ophthalmology, Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad.

Dr Saibaba Goud has contributed much to society through his works for the poor and the sick especially those who are blind. He founded the Devnar School for the Blind where children who have been affected are taken up, encouraged to study and prove themselves to the world. The school today has over five hundred children who study there free of charge and some of whom have gone on to become teachers, engineer and even sportspersons. The purpose in running the school is to instill in these children a sense of confidence that they too can be contributing citizens of India.

Dr Saibaba Goud has authored several books on eye and eye related subjects. He has also produced the Bhagavad Gita and the biography of Sardar Vallabhai Patel in Braille. He has presented several Papers on eye at National & International Fora in New Delhi, Nairobi, Germany, Beijing, New York and Melbourne. Not a man to stay idle, Dr Goud is currently engaged in research work on Blindness in children from consanguineous marriages, dry eyes, eye problems in beedi workers and research into diabetes and eye care. A special area of interest is the study and production of low vision aids and assistive devices for the blind.

If one were to list out all the awards that he has received for his good work it would be long and will make a small booklet. Suffice it to say that he has been awarded by successive Presidents and has to his credit the Padma Sri and the B C Roy award. He has been felicitated by political leaders including the speaker of the Lok Sabha, Chief Ministers of states and by several bodies who have taken cognizance of the good work he has been doing over the last three decades.

Many paragraphs can be written about a man who has helped the blind lead productive lives, assisted the poor, the sick and those afflicted with leprosy to live with dignity but all of them can be summed up in a short phrase – the passion to serve the needy.