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

A Tribute To Dr.Kallam Anji Reddy

Founder and Chairman of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Dr Kallam Anji Reddy was an Indian entrepreneur in the global pharmaceutical industry. Education and career were all home-grown options for this son of the soil who single-handedly turned the Indian bulk drug industry from dependence on imports to self-reliance, eventually making it the emerging export-oriented industry that it is today.

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Equipped with a razor sharp memory, his main tenets were humility and the ability to trust. He believed in the power of good intention, and was particularly sensitive that people should be treated with dignity. Calculated risk is what he prescribed, thus making risk taking easy. An eternal optimist, he combined both passion and professionalism in his work-life. When faced with difficult situations, his famous adage was, “Everything cannot fail”

Dr Reddy’s association with LVPEI began in 1995 with committing to an annual donation towards non-paying cataract surgeries for 10 years in his father’s memory. The involvement became more substantial when he became interested in the Institute’s basic research projects; we now have a molecular genetics laboratory in his name.

In 2007 the Hyderabad campus of the institute was named the Kallam Anji Reddy campus in recognition of his tremendous support. He was also the chairman for Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation for 6 years, and it is in his honor that the Dr Kallam Anji Reddy Distinguished Chair was created at LVPEI. His attitude towards these gestures is best exemplified by what he once told Dr Rao: “Don’t worry about money, just keep up the good work!”