History Hour 67 – “Social Entrepreneurship in India” by Dr. Eugénio Viassa Monteiro the author of ‘The Rise of India’ held on Friday, 29th July 2011.

The author has visited and studied several cases of individuals and institutions in India with an entrepreneurial spirit. These individuals  while trying to help those in need, especially in the areas of education and healthcare, have maintained a certain level of profitability so that they are self-sufficient and do not have to depend permanently on the donor agencies.

From the various case studies mentioned in the book, the author focused in detail on the case of the heart surgeon, Dr. Devi Shetty, who is the chairman of the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital in Bangalore. The author explained how Dr. Devi Shetty’s ideas and efforts on lowering the cost of heart surgery have revolutionized the healthcare system in India and in the process have benefited thousands of poor people.

Eugénio Viassa Monteiro was born in Nagoá, Goa, where he did his primary and secondary studies. He did his graduation in Electro-technical Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. He did his PhD from the University of Navarra, Spain and worked at the Nuclear Energy Board of Portugal and later at SONEFE, an electric energy producer and distributor Co. operating in Angola and Mozambique. He is the Co-founder of the leading Portuguese Business School, AESE in Lisbon, which develops a variety of Management Programs for executives. He was General Director for 17 years and at present is Professor and President of the Academic Council, and of the Executive MBA Committee. He is a visiting Professor at Instituto Internacional San Telmo, Seville, Spain and Instituto Internacional Bravo Murillo, Canary Islands. He has authored several articles published in leading newspapers and magazines from Lisbon. He has co-authored many case studies in the field of Social Entrepreneurship such as ‘Grameen Bank’, which was awarded the Entrepreneurship Prize-2010 by the European Case Clearing House, London; ‘The Aravind Eye Care System’; ‘Dr. Devi Shetty and the Healthcare Revolution in India’; ‘The Jaipur Foot’, etc. His book The Rise of India is written in Portuguese and has been translated into Spanish.

Dr. Eugenio Monteiro
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