“An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man,” said Dr. Emerson. True to this philosophy, the visionary behind Devnar Foundation is Dr. A. Saibaba Goud. He is a crusader against ‘darkness’ and a champion of Community Ophthalmology. He is the first person in India who was awarded Ph.D in Community Ophthalmology. He is the recipient of the following awards:
- President of India National Award for the welfare of people with disabilities 1997
- President of India Award for ‘Best Institution in the Country 2002’
- Rastriya Gaurav Award
- R.Datta Award
- S.Mahashabde Award
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Drishti Pradatha Award
- V.Srinivasan Award
- Agarwal Gold Medal
- C.Roy National Award 2004
- Vijayashree Award
- Padma Shri Award in 2009
- Yudhvir Memorial Award
He is also President of ‘Help Us Organization for Leprosy Patients’, President of National Society for Prevention of Blindness (N.S.P.B) and member of Indian Red Cross Society (AP).
He works tirelessly for the development of Devnar School for the Blind. The infrastructure and equipments are updated constantly and the strength has increased from 4 in 1991 to 500 in 2012.
He has presented papers at the national and international conferences, published many articles in English and Telugu in leading newspapers and journals. His radio talks and Doordarshan interviews are well received by the audience for their educative and informative value. He has also authored three books, one in English and two in Telugu.
1. The Organ of the sight (in English)
2. Nayanabhiramam (in Telugu vernacular)
3. Meeru-Mee Kanulu (book on eye care for neo-literates in Telugu vernacular)
Mrs. Jyothi Goud, true to her name, is really the light of the institution, dispelling darkness by her gracious presence and ever vigilant care. She is dynamic and resourceful and her best efforts are spontaneously given to improve every aspect of the Institute. She is a loving and compassionate mother to the students and the guiding force behind the organization. Her unlimited enthusiasm in making the children excel in dance and music is remarkable and praiseworthy. She is the fulcrum of the institute.
In 1991, she fully shared Dr. Goud’s enthusiasm for launching the Devnar Foundation for the Blind, though her own children were small at that time. Now, sixteen years later, she realizes with joy that she is destined to be a mother not only to her own children but also to hundreds of children who study and go out of Devnar School.
She is a life member of Indian Red Cross Society AP Branch, National Association for the Blind, and All India Women’s conference.
On December 3rd 2008 (the World Disabled Day) Mrs. A. Jyothi Goud received the National Award from the Vice President of India as Devnar School was adjudged as the best institute for empowerment of the visually challenged.