Each year, the Sitaram Jindal Foundation awards monetary prizes to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the welfare of the Indian people. Prizes are awarded in seven categories: Agriculture, Rural Development, and Poverty Alleviation; Healthcare; Science, Technology, and Environment; Education; Peace, Social Harmony, and Social Development; Anti-Corruption; and Exemplary Service to Mankind (in any area). Earlier this year, the Foundation announced that Sankara Eye Foundation would be among the 2011 recipients of its S. R. Jindal Prizes.
Sankara Eye Foundation was founded in 1998 to eliminate blindness from preventable causes among the Indian population. Today, the Foundation boasts more than 300 volunteers, a fundraising presence in several major U.S. cities, and a mission of bringing 20/20 vision to India’s people by the year 2020. The Foundation’s sister organization, Sankara Eye Care Institution, oversees eight eye-care hospitals across India. Working in concert, the two organizations provided more than 120,000 free surgeries in 2011.
About Rao Chalasani: A current resident of Livingston, New Jersey, Rao Chalasani offers financial support to Sankara Eye Foundation. Rao Chalasani’s career on Wall Street includes time as Risk Strategist and Chief Technological Officer with Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and several years as a Senior Project Manager with Deutsche Bank in New York.