GAP Intensive – Meeting with Venkatesh Murthy
On 15th Sept afternoon in the serene environment of Saraswati Hospital, I met a Karma yogi who is a living example of ‘Seva through Karma’ He is a eighty year old young man who is an allrounder ,volunteering with energy & enthusiasm by extending his ever helping hand to rural sector of our society through his motto of’ sight to the sightless ‘. He has by far helped 41,500 through free health camps in remote rural areas of North Karnataka. As he spoke with the sparkle in his eyes about the thousands of lives ‘Sri Vivekananda Sevashrama’ has touched & many more lives he wants to transform in the coming years;I realised that the only thing if he is not equipped to is conducting eye surgery , as he doesnot have professional qualification.
I was all in awe of this Retired Engineer from HAL, who started this noble work out of passion with a vision to address neglected poor rural old people of North Karnataka. Twice in a month they conduct 3 day long camps. He travels with a team of Doctors & Volunteers to rural areas along with a van carrying all medical equipment & consumables from Bangalore to rural areas to conduct free cataract surgeries. In one camp , they conduct around 250 -300 cataract surgeries. That’s one surgery per 7 minutes.
The Pre-operation , operation & Post operation care are taken care of so well that they have 100 % successful surgeries. There isn’t a single case of failure to date. That is the level of passion , commitment & Integrity of this gentleman.
The way he is running the entire show with a defined process, that he acquired over 40 years through practical experience is worth a management case study for “ Six sigma” – as rightly pointed out by GAP Intensive A team members.
The first impression & interaction with Venkateshji gave GAP Intensive A team members the feeling that it’s worth being associated with ‘Sri Vivekananda Sevashram’ for GAP Intensive. From the interaction with Venkatesh Murthy I realized that for any social work to sustain, a single (or group) person’s vision can be kicked off well. But to get the scale and sustainability, getting the young people to invest their capabilities and instilling a passion in them is really important. That’s where the GAP Intensive A Team joins hands..