Pro Chancellor

Dr. Prakash Madhavdas Heda, EBS, OGW

Sector : Orthopaedics
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
The Nairobi Hospital
Nairobi ( KENYA)

Ancestry: Borawad, Rajasthan (INDIA)
Birthplace: Wardha, Maharashtra (INDIA)
Residence: Nairobi ( KENYA), Nagpur (INDIA)

TITLE: Going that Extra Mile.

He wanted to become an engineer but one excursion to a medical college changed his life so
much that he left Engineering to become a doctor and served as the personal physician to the
Kenyan President.
India in the 1970s was producing the best doctors globally. According to the trend back then, all
the school toppers of the country opted for medicals. These students later became world-class
doctors with rich knowledge in the field and moved to the developed countries in the USA or
Europe. They looked at future prospects and today are hugely rich. Different from the masses
was this young man Prakash who had completed MBBS from Nagpur and taken a post-
graduate degree and diploma from Bombay, and now wanted to serve the less privileged in a
lesser-developed country.
With this purpose, Prakash looked at the globe to find the places that needed doctors. As it
turned out, the Gulf and Africa were two such places. Of the two he chose Africa, for it was a
place that still lacked the basics. He moved to Kenya in 1979, where he joined the University of
Nairobi, as a lecturer and simultaneously started his private practice as well. “I had learnt to
serve the needy from my father and grandfather ,” he says.

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But teaching and Private practice could not go hand-in-hand for long as the then Kenyan
President H.E Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. Binned prime practice for medical experts. Left With

fewer options, Prakash started attending various conferences and seminars across the
world. It helped him to widen his horizons and thus expand his scope to give people something
more.
One excursion that changed his life
Prakash was born on 20 August 1946 to Rukhmini devi and Madhavdas Heda. He was second
among six siblings after his elder sister Malti. His sisters, Prabha and Sobha and brothers, Kiran
and Jayprakash were younger than him. Although Prakash was the eldest among the brothers,
he was never bossy. The parents had instilled in their children the emotion of love and care.
His mother was a homemaker, and his father, like his grandfather, Hanumandas was a farmer
in Garhwa village where they were highly respected. The villagers looked up to Prakash's father
and grandfather for advice and the father-son duo never stepped back from helping the
community. Rukhminidevi was born and raised in a well-to-do family, yet when she came to
Gorwha after her wedding, she adjusted well and never in her life had any complaints with
anyone. Indeed, she loved helping people and often gave away her jewellery she had brought at
her wedding to the family and less fortunate in the village. Although there was helping staff at
home, she preferred preparing meals for the family all by herself. Prakash loved her eggplant
recipe! Growing up in such a humble and helping family gave the young Prakash a vision of
having a big goal in life-to serve as many as he could-something he has never shied away from
ever since.
He studied at the only government school in the village. Marathi, Madhyamik Shala, which was
only till grade 7. Sports interested him more than academics, and he often skipped classes to
play or participate in the community functions such as Ganesh Utsav and Durga Pooja. Though
with age he grew sincere towards acadmrics too, interest for community service never faded.
Looking at his love for education, his parents sent him to his maternal grandparents place in
Washim, Maharashtra, where he attended a government school until 1962. Whether it was the
maturity that comes with age or the change or some lessons from his maternal grandparents is not
known, but Prakash was a changed student here. He studied hard and also became the school
captain.
One day, during his school vacations, his father asked him to give a "vivid account of his
expenses at school. However, his grandfather overhearing the conversation, in a very tender
tone, advised against asking such questions and suggested to teach them the value of money
instead. That day Prakash learnt that if you want to prevent someone from the wrong track, do
not question; instead show them the correct way.
Prakash had started dreaming of being a reputed engineer, to realise his goals he joined
Engineering College in Vidisha, but one excursion to a medical college in 1964 changed his
mind. He left Engineering to enroll for MBBS at Government Medical College and Hospital,
University of Nagpur, and later moved to Bombay to earn a post-graduate diploma and
degree in Orthopedic Surgery from Bombay University. He earned a master's degree in
Orthopedic Surgery, FICA certificate from Fellow International College of Angiology and
FICS from Fellow International College of Surgeons in the USA.
After college in 1971, he joined JJ Hospital and G.S.Medical College, Bombay, as a houseman­
registrar as a post graduate student starting at Rs112 a month and worked at various hospitals

in Bombay until 1979, the last as the Chief of Orthopaedic department at E.S.T.S Hospital in

Andheri, Bombay. He was the youngest consultant there.
Once Prakash moved to Kenya, he never looked back. He travelled the world to about 80
countries and attended an exchange programme at the University of Ulm, Germany,
Switzerland, Italy, France, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Turkey for a brief
period. The knowledge that he gained during his meetings with various doctors while travelling
around the world helped him become the Vice President of the biggest orthopaedic surgeons'
organization of the world – international Society of Orthopaedic Surgeon and Traumatologist
(SIC0T),Belgium.
He has also been the Federation Secretary of Africa for the International College of Surgeons
(USA), Regional Secretary of Africa for the International Association for Accident & Traffic
Medicine (Turkey) and In-charge of the East Africa Chapter of the World Orthopaedic Concern
(UK). With this, he has also served as the Chairman of the Standards and Ethics Committee,
elected Board Member at the Nairobi Hospital and Vice Chairman of the Medical Advisory
Committee.
He also started a health club at Washim, Maharashtra and helped in building Maheshwari
Bhavan (social multipurpose hall) in his village Garhwa, Manora. Prakash has always had a
very special place for the Marwari community in his heart. He loves to contribute to the
development of his community. He always says, "We all should concentrate on prevention,
maintenance and promotion of our rich culture and heritage by improving related infrastructure,
industries and security to well come global tourist." He has initiated a programme named Spring
Board through which he supports the deserving candidates to live their dreams.
She is his shield; she is his strength
All this while, his wife bad been supporting him in all his causes. Prakash married Chandra, who

is also a doctor and works for various charitable organisations. They were classmates at the
medical college and decided to spend their life together in 1976. An expert practicing
Gynaecologist, she also works for various charitable organizations in Kenya. Recently in 2019,
the couple was honoured with the prestigious Global Nagpuri Star Award.

They have two daughters, Sarita and Sonal. As the girls had seen their doctor parents working
hard all their life, they chose a different path. Sarita is an MBA from the American University of
Washington and works as a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young USA. She is married to
Pablo and they both live in the USA. Sonal, after her graduation from the same university, has
studied fashion designing from Los Angeles. She is married to Vishal Agarwal, an MBA in
marketing, who is the Vice president of iGATE Group. In 2010, he was honoured at the Winner
Circle among the top I0 performers.
All Roots of Goodness Lie in the Soil of Appreciation of Goodness

He continues to do charity work both in the medical and the community space and
awards till date bestowed for service and excellence to name a few include:
– O.G.W. "The Order of Grand Warrior of Kenya”
– E.B.S."Elder of the Order of Burning Spear"

Both above conferred by then President, H.E. President Daniel T. Arap Moi, C.G.H..MP,
President, & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya.

– Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardee 2019 – by H.E. Ram Nath Kovind, President of India
at Varanasi in acknowledgement of outstanding achievement in the field of Medical
science and in recognition of valuable contribution in promoting the honour and
prestige of India and in fostering the interests of Overseas Indians.

– Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and The Golden rule International Award – for Interfaith

peace- building initiative and winning the hearts of the poorer of the poor, Equally high
and mighty.

– Doctorate of Professorship Award – by United Graduate College and Seminary
International, USA.
The motherland, India, has also bestowed him with similar honors for outstanding service and
Not over looking or foregoing the opportunities to serve India as well.
– Bar Achiever 2011 – by lndo –African Chamber of Commerce and industries, Mumbai
– Hind Ratan 2012 – by Non-Resident Indians Welfare Society of lndia, New Delhi
– Global Visionary Award 2015 – by World Vision Foundation, Ahmedabad, India

– Global Nagpuri Star Award 2019 – by Nagpur First Foundation Nagpur Maharashtra, India

– Heda Ratn 2020 – by Akhil Bhartiy Heda (Maheshwari) Saghatan ( All India Heda

Association ) at Shirdi – India
Change the World with Giving Heart
Dr. Heda is widely travelled and he's been involved with several philanthropic activities and
served in various capacities as a worker, member, chairperson, trustee, patron and trusted

advisor o0f several organizations. On the recreational and wellness front, he indulges in playing
golf, a sport still considered for the affluent but for him simply a mark of self-growth and
maintaining physical fitness.
He is also a “Member'' of International Roll Ball Federation medical commission.
He is also known and recognized by his white safari suit.
His service, above professional gain or growth, has always been towards humanity, irrespective
of any borders, physical, financial or generational and he continues on with no less steam than
when he began.

As an Indian Ambassador to Africa

Continuing to give selflessly is how Prakash represents India in Africa. He has climbed from life
member, trustee, and board members to patron on various social organizations in Kenya and
India. As the Chairman (patron) of Hindi Samiti, he has been promoting Hindi language and
eagerly works towards a strong relationship between India and Kenya. Presently, he is the
patron of Hindi Samiti and Maharashtra Mandal, Nairobi. He was a key figure to take the Jaipur
Foot Project to East Africa.

Advice for global Marwaris

He advises the Marwari community to develop Science-based high-yield environment-friendly
products for farming and industries which will open many avenues and help create a healthy
economy and environment.

Trivia

Prakash for a very long time was the only doctor in his and neighbouring 20 villages before he
Moved to Africa.