September 23 – The government has awarded ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) Dr. Sanduk Ruit with Prime Minister National Talent Award 2075 on Sunday for his significant contribution in the eye treatment sector.

The 65-years-old eye surgeon is one of the founders of Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology located in Tilganga, Kathmandu. The Institute is known for the manufacturing of the low-cost cataract surgery lenses which is affordable even the poorest people.

The high-quality intraocular lens was invented by Dr. Ruit during the 1980s. The low-cost lenses had reduced the price of the cataract surgery by 90 percent. He is thus known as “the god of eyesight” and since has helped over 130,000 people regain their eyesight across Asia and Africa.

Dr. Ruit was also honored with the Ramon Magsaysay Award and the Padma Shri Award 2018.

The Tilganga Institute also provides free service to the poor.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari handed over the award and a cheque of Rs 5 lakhs to Dr. Ruit amid a special ceremony organized by the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

Likewise, Innovator of advanced technologies and tools in agriculture sector Radi Miya of Laxminagar, Lamjung, and inventor of solar scooter and smart traffic mask that automatically disables engine ignition upon consuming of alcoholic substance Bikalpa Dhungana of Tanahu were awarded Prime Minister National Talent Grant 2075. They received Rs 2,50,000 each.

The government had established a revolving fund of Rs 22 million on December 3, 2017, to award the talents in innovation and scientific research and those making a significant contribution to the nation.

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