L V P E I Experience - L V Prasad Eye Institute

M H Dalmia: On a common cause to reduce avoidable blindness

Shri MH Dalmia with his daughter
Ms Kanupriya Dalmia

15th December 2013 marked the augmentation of LVPEI’s services in the state of Odisha with the foundation laying ceremony of the OCL Eye Centre, a secondary centre at Rajgangpur. Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik unveiled the plaque and planted a sapling.

The Rajgangpur centre is supported by a generous donation from OCL India Ltd, the flagship company of the Dalmia Group of companies that operates from eastern India. Behind this effort and closely associated with LVPEI is Mr M H Dalmia, President of OCL India Limited, the son of one of the leading industrialists and philanthropists of India, Sri Jaidayal Dalmia.

A chemical engineer from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Mridu Hari Dalmia has served as President of Indian Refractories Manufacturers Association, Cement Manufacturers Association, and National Council for Cement and Building Materials. He was also Member of the Managing Committees of FICCI and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Mr M H Dalmia always had an inclination to spend less on oneself and make funds available to those who needed it more. As to the reason for contributing to eye care, he says he had thought of it as he felt blindness was a major obstacle for many. He recalls being moved by a short video made by the Eye Bank Association of India where blind children are shown playing Holi and one of them asks his teacher: “What is colour?”

Mr Dalmia acknowledges that his association with LVPEI dates back to a few years ago when he chanced to visit the Bhubaneswar campus. He learnt more about LVPEI through the website and read about the Institute’s activities in Andhra Pradesh. He decided to contribute for the cause of eye care and partner with L V Prasad Eye Institute in its mission to reduce avoidable blindness in the country.