3rd June, 2017 marked a golden moment in the history of Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute (NEI), Rishikesh. To commemorate the landmark achievement of NEI having conducted 1,00,000 surgeries, a felicitation programme was organized by the Institute Management to appreciate the contribution of its employees.

Organized in the central lounge of the Institute, the programme was presided over by His Holiness Mahant Ram Singh Ji Maharaj, the spiritual head of Nirmal Ashram, Rishikesh, Sant Baba Jodh Singh Ji Maharaj, Secretary General of Nirmal Ashram, Rishikesh and Mr. Chandru Kewalramani, benefactor of NEI, since its inception in 2005.

The felicitation programme began with an opening speech by Ms. Mandakini Pawar, Chief Executive Officer, NEI in which she congratulated all employees for their hard work and dedication to the Institute. She further exhorted all employees to continue working with commitment towards achieving the Institute’s vision to serve the underprivileged, with compassion, curing avoidable blindness and making their lives better.

Next, students from Nirmal Ashram Gyan Daan Academy (NGA), Rishikesh gave a soulful rendition of the Shabad Gurbani. This was followed by employees’ felicitation by His Holiness Mahant Ram Singh Ji Maharaj, Sant Baba Jodh Singh Ji Maharaj and Mr. Chandru Kewalramani. All employees received Maharaj Ji’s blessings and Certificates of Appreciation for their dedication and commitment to the Institute’s cause.

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Nirmal Cricket League

Nirmal Cricket League (NCL), the cricketing event of Nirmal Ashram and its sister Institutions, and the brain-child of Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute, was inaugurated on 05.03.2016. A total of six teams, namely, NAR (Nirmal Ashram) Blasters, NEI (Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute) Gladiators, NAH (Nirmal Ashram Hospital) Titans, NGA (Nirmal Ashram Gyan Daan academy) Warriors, NDS (Nirmal Ashram Deepmala Public School) Terminators and NAC (Nirmal Ashram Construction) Fighters participated in the League. The inaugural match was played between NEI Gladiators and NGA Warriors.



Hosting of Veer Naaris

With the blessings of HH Mahant Ram Singh Ji Maharaj, Mahant Nirmal Ashram and the unfaltering support of Sant Jodh Singh Ji Maharaj, Secretary General, Nirmal Ashram, NEI  (Nirmal Eye Institute) hosted a contingent of 130 persons from the 8th Battalion (Bn), Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAK LI), comprising of 36 Veer Naaris (brave women, whose husbands, in the finest traditions of the Indian Army, laid down their lives fighting for the nation), their family members and serving personnel from the Bn. This event was part of the Siachen Day celebrations, organized by JAK LI between 19th and 24th June, 2016.

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Visit of Shri Shubha Vilas Prabhu

Noted motivational and spiritual speaker and accomplished author of 5 popular books including Ramayana: The Game of Life series, Shri Shubha Vilas Prabhu, visited NEI 9Nirmal Eye Institute) on 13.07.2016 to deliver a lecture on the impact of worries and the ensuing tensions in human life. He talked at length about possessions and social comparison as being the foremost antecedents to human tension. This, according to the speaker, is the reason why human life comes under the control of others.

Shri Prabhu further stated that to calm the mind and become detached from the urge to possess one has to look at each instance in life with equanimity. Regular meditation and listening to Satsang were conveyed by the speaker as the best ways to calm the mind and develop a higher perspective, bereft from the urge to possess and compare socially. Gradually, according to Shri Prabhu, the path would lead to ever increasing peace.

After the lecture, the CEO and managers interacted with Shri Shubha Vilas Prabhu on various aspects pertaining to various aspects of stress and stress busters.

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Visit of Mr. Krishna Avtar from HelpAge India

The Dehradun district nodal officer from HelpAge India, Mr. Krishna Avtar visited NEI on 03.07.2016. The purpose of his visit was to conclude discussion on partnership with NEI to conduct 200 cataract surgeries in select geographies of Dehradun district. Apart from discussing the modalities of the project, Mr. Krishna Avtar also informed the CEO and managers about the various social causes that HelpAge India is serving in Dehradun, most prominent among them being livelihood creation amongst marginalized communities and old-age care.


Visit of Dr. S.D. Uniyal, Director – Medical, Health and Family Welfare

Director of Medical, Health and Family Welfare, Garhwal region, Dr. S.D. Uniyal visited NEI on an informal stopover. He went around the hospital and was fairly impressed with the Institute’s infrastructure. In a discussion with the CEO and doctors, Dr. Uniyal proposed the organizing of joint camps in the higher reaches of the state.

Visit of NEI’s CEO to Amara Raja for HR Excellence Award Assessment

Ms. Mandakini Pawar, CEO, NEI was invited, under the aegis of CII-EXIM Bank Award for Business Excellence, to assess the Amara Raja Group (Amaron) for excellence in HR.
The CII-EXIM Bank Award for Business Excellence, instituted in 1994 is the most prestigious award in India for excellence that an Indian company can aspire for. The evaluation for the award is based on a comprehensive model, which is based on the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model, and focuses on an Organization’s practices and performance under nine different criteria (Leadership, People, Strategy, Partnerships & Resources, Processes, Products & Services, People Results, Customer Results, Society Results and Overall Business Results). To be an Award winner, a company must demonstrate excellence in results with respect to its various stakeholders (customers, employees, society and share holders) through excellence in processes and people.
Ms. Pawar, upon her return from the assessment assignment, informed the managers of her successful undertaking. At NEI, it is indeed a matter of great honour for all of us that our CEO is a sought after expert for assessing companies in their claim to the most prestigious award for Business Excellence in the country.


Visit of NEI Team and the Camp conducted by NEI at the Sharp Memorial Blind School