shri ganapati netralaya


 Board of Trustees
 1. Chairman Dr. BR Barwale
 2. Dr. S. S. Badrinath
 3. Mr. R. V. Mundada
 4. Mr. Raju Barwale
 5. Dr. Usha Zehr  

6. Dr. Baskaran S
Dr. Pramod Bhende



Dr.B.R. Barwale




Dr. B. R. Barwale

 Dr. B. R. Barwale was born in Hingoli, Maharashtra on Ganesh Chaturthi in 1931. He got involved in the Freedom Movement of India and therefore could not continue his College Education. With the influence of institutions like Indian Agricultural Research Institute and Rockefeller Foundation, he established Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Limited in 1964 and thus became a doyen of the Seed Industry in India.

As a recognition for his "superior accomplishments in developing the role of private sees enterprise in India, Dr. Barwale was aptly felicitated with 12th World Food Prize in 1998. The President of India awarded him with Padma Bhushan Award in 2001 for his distinguished service of high order in the field of Trade and Economic Activity.

In 1996, he received the prestigious award of Honorary Life Membership of FIS which is the International Apex body of the Seed Industry. In addition, he received recognition and award from Marathi Vignan Parishad in the year November 1973 and he was entitled as Father of Seed Industry in India for his outstanding work by Crop Science Society of America. Business Week recognized him as The Star of Asia on June 14, 1999. On 14 th March 2002, he received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science ( Honoris Causa ) from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. And also, Dr. Barwale received several awards from different organizations like NGOs, G.O.I. and professional associations.

Dr. B. R. Barwale is very keen to work with NGO's for elimination of hunger & poverty particularly so in rural areas. Is very keen to see the spread of education in rural population and particularly so of the girls. He has contribution and is contributing for food and nutritional security of the rural masses through agricultural production, employment generation and all application of science and technology.

Dr. Barwale's other main mission in life is to provide the best care for the eyes. Getting inspiration from the famous Sankara Netralaya in Chennai, he established, about a decade ago, the now famous Shri Ganapati Netralaya in Jalna, Maharashtra. This is the world class facility, was built in an area of 7.5 acres of land with 141 beds, 36 fully equipped consulting rooms, 9 Operation theatres, fully equipped pathology laboratory, cafeteria, auditorium, classrooms, pharmacy and other amenities.

Dr S S Badrinath

Born in the year 1940 at Madras, Dr S S Badrinath graduated from Madras Medical College, Madras in 1963. He did internship and a year of internal medicine residency at Glasslands Hospital, New York, USA. Following the study of Basic Sciences in Ophthalmology at the New York University postgraduate Medical School, he did residency in Ophthalmology at the Brooklyn eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, USA and a Fellowship with Dr Charles Schepens at the Retina Service of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1969 and Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1970. After returning to India, in 1970 he worked as an Honorary Consultant in Ophthalmology at the Voluntary Health Service Medical Centre, Madras for 5 years and thereafter as a Consultant at Vijaya Hospital till 1978.

He founded the Medical & Vision Research Foundations in Madras in 1978 with an object of practicing quality eye care in ophthalmology, training and teaching of Ophthalmology and pursue research in Ophthalmology.

He has organized several Continuing Medical Education Programmes. He is supported by 52 Ophthalmic Consultants specialized in various sub-specialties of Ophthalmology to offer quality ophthalmic care at affordable price under one roof. The institution had short-term observers from WHO, AIOS etc, and also had under-graduates from USA, UK, Spain and other neighboring Asian Countries.

The Medical Research Foundation is affiliated to Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University and National Board of Examination, New Delhi for DO and DNB courses; Royal College of Edinburgh for FRCS and FRCO; Birla Institute of Technical Sciences, Pilani for MS in Medical Laboratory Technology; BS in Optometry.

He is the recipient of ‘Padma Sri’ Award in 1983. He is the Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences, India Honored with Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Annamalai University, Madras and TamilNadu Dr MGR Medical University, Madras in 1995. He is the recipient of ‘Padma Bhushan’ Award in 1999 and ‘Dhanvantari’ Award in 1999. He is the recipient of Rameshwardasji Birla Award, Qimpro Platinum Standard-Healthcare Award, Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Award in 2004, Life Time Achievement Award given by the International Medical Integration Council & Optimal Healthcare Group (India) in 2004, Life Time Achievement Award given by ICFAI in 2005 and he is The Chairman of The Telehealth Society of India. He was Honorary Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Past President of India. He is a member of All India Ophthalmological Society, India; He is a Consultant to Armed Forces and he is a Non-official member of Armed Forces Medical Research Committee, India.
Phone: Off: 044-28271616




Ramkishan V. Mundada

Executive Director
Mahodaya Hybrid Seeds Pvt. Ltd.

Date of Birth:13/4/1942

Membership in Professional Societies
Seed Trade Association of Maharashtra
Marathwada Seed Industry Association
Association of Seed Industry of India.

Membership with ICRISAT for Pearl millet & Sorghum consortium.

MEMBER: - Sub committee of FIS (Federation of International Seedmen -
Switzerland of Field crops) from- 1997-2003

MBA from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani,1966-68 LLB
from University of Bombay,1964-66
M. Com from Marathwada University, Aurangabad, 1962-64

1968-69 As Controller Stores & Purchases, Gwalior Rayons (Wood Pulp
division) Mavoor, Kerala
1969 - 1971 As Marketing Officer, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co. (MAHYCO)
JALNA 1971 - 2002 Self employment as a Investor, Partner / Director of
Mahendra Hybrids Seeds Co. (partnership firm from 1971 to 1983)

1983 - 2002 Mahendra Hybrid Seeds Pvt. Ltd.
Associated Other Firms / companies
Managing Director - Growel Seeds Pvt. Ltd.
Investor, Executive Director of Mahodaya Hybrid Seeds Pvt. Ltd.

1991 - Till date Trustee Mahyco Research Foundation Trust -
Manage and supervise day to day operations of Shri Ganapati Netralaya
Jalna. Member of Rotary club of Jalna - Participates and supports eye
care projects and Co-ordinates plastic surgery camps with Interplast
Germany, Rotary club of Bombay Mid town and Jalna

Mr.Raju barwale
Mr. Raju Barwale

Mr. Raju Barwale was born on December 12, 1955 in Khamgoan. He graduated in Agriculture from G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar. He has been associated with Mahyco for over 24 years in various capacities and his main emphasis has been on Human Resources Development.

He is on the Board of Management of several companies, trusts and trade associations. He was appointed as a member on the Oil and Fiber Seed section Committee of I. S. F., Switzerland since April 1994. He is an active Rotarian.

Dr.usha Zehr
Dr. Usha Zehr

Dr. Usha Barwale Zehr is the Joint Director, Research at Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Limited, India. She is responsible for research on plant biotechnology, technology transfer to farmers, utilization of new technologies and tools, including biotechnology for improving the quality and productivity of seeds and agriculture.

She received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Later, she worked at Purdue University in the Sorghum improvement program. For the last eight years, she is involved in the Private Seed Industry in India.

Dr. Zehr serves on a number of board viz., M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. She was also member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the CGIAR, other committees such as the Intellectual Property Committee of the International Seed Federation. She has been involved in the founding or functioning of several charitable and educational organizations including the Shri Ganapati Netralaya and Barwale educational institutions at Jalna, Maharashtra.


Dr Baskaran S Dr Baskaran S
Dr Pramod Bhende Dr Pramod Bhende

Dr. Pramod S Bhende completed his medical graduate and post graduate degree (MS Ophthalmology) from Government Medical College, Nagpur University in 1986 and in 1990 respectively. He did fellowship training in Vitreo Retinal surgery at Medical Research Foundation between 1991 and 1993. He is currently a senior consultant and deputy director in Vitreo-retina department in Sankara Nethralaya, a Unit of Medical Research Foundation. He has published 39 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals and has also written 4 chapters in various ophthalmic books. He has delivered more that 120 presentations in various national and international conferences. He is Life member of All India Ophthalmological Society & Vitreo Retinal Society of India and is also a member of American society of Retinal Specialists.


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