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Late Shri Thakurdas Ji Pagarani

He was one, who believed in selfless dedication through which he envisioned the upliftment of his society and surroundings. He was a man of gifted business sense with zest & heart for philanthropic work.

His business empire spanned frontiers, reaching out to Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Tanzania, UK, USA, Spain, Azerbaijan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Oman, Qatar & Bahrain. Such was his great entrepreneurial spirit that the Govt. Of Sierra Leone appointed him as the Hon. Consul General of Sierra Leone in India.

Seth Thakurdasji Choithram Pagarani saw to it that his vision and work find their way towards the future, for which he established 3 trusts in India and 1 in Sierra Leone (West Africa).

Choithram Fountain Of Humanitarian Services Charitable Trust

It was established in 1990. This trust is a rural trust, catering to the needs of the rural public, such as school education programs, free eye treatment under the Ayushmann scheme, and many free cataract surgeries being operated in mega camps every year at Choithram Netralaya.

On October 24th, 1993, it was shifted from the old building to the new building for the purpose of providing vast areas of facilities to patients and with well-equipped infrastructure in the same campus, and it was dedicated to the nation on June 27th, 2008, by the Honourable President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil.

Every month, Choithram Netralaya performs approximately 1500 to 2000 surgeries. Since its inception, Choithram Netralaya has performed more than 1,14,950 camp surgeries.

Our Expert Advisory

L.T. Pagarani

Director at T.CHOITHRAM & SONS LLC, Dubai, UAE.

LT Pagarani is the force behind the transformation of regional powerhouse Choithrams, which was originally set up in West Africa in 1944 by Thakurdas Choithram Pagarani. The current chairman of the celebrated supermarket brand expanded Choithram & Sons into an international name spanning Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East, having opened the first Choithrams store in the UAE three decades ago.

Mr. Ashwini Varma

Managing Trustee Of Choithram Netralaya

Mr. Varma’s association with Choithram Netralaya has been since its inception. It all started with a vision to build one of its kind eye centers in Central India and eventually with a lot of sweat and efforts, the foundation was laid. He is the managing trustee of this hospital and is a long term visionary. His futuristic plan is to develop Netralaya into a state of the art eye care development and research institute with national and international collaborations and is striving day in and out for the same.


Choithram Netralaya we have liked the nature of all the doctors and all the staff, here we have all the facilities and the whole condition is good.

Mrs. Sarita Tadwal

At the time of Covid 19, social distancing in this Choithram Nethralaya is being done completely.

Mr. Lokesh Singh

Joint Medical Directors

Dr. Dhaivat Shah

Dr. Tina Damani

Dr. Dhaivat Shah is a Vitreoretinal Surgeon and an avid academician. He pursued a long-term Vitreoretina fellowship from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai and that is where his interest in research evolved fromCurrently, he is the Head of Vitreoretina Unit and Research & Academics department at Choithram Netralaya, Indore. He has more than 25 peer-reviewed national and international publications to his name, has performed more than 500 simple and complex retinal surgeries, and is presently involved in developing a one-of-its-kind research center at Choithram Netralaya. The hospital is well equipped with modern medical and surgical instrumentations, including a wet lab for residents, and has international tie ups with organizations like ORBIS and oDOCS for research collaborations. With national residency programs and international fellows coming to learn here, the academic program here is head-strong and well structured. A look into the “Blog section” will highlight some of the recent articles from the institute.