Dr. David K Pillai - A Successful Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
When asked, what is the noblest profession in the world, many people would say Doctor. Medical education involves gaining immense knowledge and clinical experience to treat diseases beyond possibilities to save lives. However, the ever-increasing cost of medical education has always made it challenging for aspiring students to pursue MBBS. There’s one man who has singlehandedly transformed this scenario and facilitated affordable medical studies for Indian students – that is Dr. David K Pillai. Know the life of Dr. David K Pillai- A Successful entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Dr. David K Pillai, the chairman of the Kings International Medical Academy, heads several other educational ventures across the country. Besides having an exceptional academic background himself, Dr. Pillai is revered for his unmatched contributions to the field of medical studies.
Early Life of Dr. David K Pillai
Dr. David Pillai was born on February 17, 1965, in a village on the outskirts of Tirunelveli. Dr. Pillai’s humble beginnings helped him appreciate the value of hard work. From an early age, he dreamed of helping his community, and this vision ultimately led him to pursue a career to help others. Having been involved in several activities, he also witnessed the challenges of people from rural areas. And how poverty compelled aspiring children to reluctantly join work instead of pursuing education. All this gave him an irresistible impulse to do something worthy for those people.
Dr. Pillai, a driving force behind many initiatives at corporate social responsibility, firmly believes that education is foremost to the progress of humanity. By encouraging students to study medicine, he visioned providing quality healthcare services to the community.
Dr. David K Pillai and His Contributions to Medical Education
Dr. Pillai has been a game-changer in the field of medical education in India. He has fostered an environment where rural communities can raise their children to fulfill their potential; he is a real inspiration for aspiring medical students. Kings International Medical Academy, in association with Davao Medical School Foundation, has opened new doors for students who want to pursue a career in medical science at an affordable cost. This association has already produced more than 5000 medical graduates, with 2800 graduates practicing medicine all over the world. It was 5000 dreams fulfilled, and this inspired countless lives to move toward their dream.
Dr. David K Pillai has changed the lives of thousands of aspiring medical students, and he continues to do so. Dr. Pillai has been involved with the Davao Medical School Foundation for more than a decade and has played an instrumental role in developing the future of aspiring medical students.
“How far do a doctor’s social abilities play a role during their practice?” Dr. David responded, “While studying medical science, it is equally essential for students to develop a strong sense of social responsibility. Apart from developing one’s academic knowledge, making oneself emotionally aware, socially responsive, and accountable is important. It helps one become a competent doctor with better patient rapport, understanding, and adaptation to their surroundings”.
Dr. David K Pillai as Philanthropist
Dr. David K Pillai has become a hero to all foreign medical graduates after a reduction in their internship fees at Dr. MGR Medical University. This was not the first time that he played a pivotal role in changing the life of a foreign medical graduate.
Students were in a fix, going through a tough time as they had to pay a fee of Rs. 3, 54,000 for their medical internship. This burden was put upon them mainly because they had received higher education from abroad. However, the fee was a financial burden on their purses. Though the fees were too exorbitant for them to afford, it was inevitable for them to undergo this internship program if they wanted to practice in India after the completion of their medical studies abroad.
Daughter of daily wage earners Shankar and Dhanalakshmi, S. Soundarya is studying her medical education in the Philippines at the Davao Medical Education School Foundation. In addition, the expenditure for education, boarding, food, and transport is being sponsored by Dr. David K Pillai.
Dr. David K Pillai and His Recognition
Recognized by the state of Maryland, United States for his service in the medical field by providing low-cost, high-quality education, Dr. David K Pillai received this award from the Comptroller of the state of Maryland, Peter Franchot.
Dr. David K Pillai is also the recipient of the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the 2nd Annual Global Medical Excellence Awards on 22nd November 2020 at the Houses of Parliament, London, and the United Kingdom to recognize his unparalleled contributions to the field of healthcare and medical education.
On 2nd May 2022, Dr. David K Pillai was conferred with the title ‘Perundhamizhan Raasaraasan”, for his philanthropic activities by “Mallai Tamil Sangam”.