Founder : Dr. K.H. Gharda
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Founder : Dr. K. H. Gharda
A hard core research scientist who built Gharda Chemicals which introduced
several new products in India with indigenous technology.
Keki Hormusji Gharda
Keki Hormusji Gharda born on 25th September 1929, is a prominent Indian chemical engineer,
chemist and entrepreneur. He is the founder, chairman and managing director of Gharda Chemicals
Limited, an R&D-based company with business interests in agrochemicals, polymers and is
actively pursuing an entry in the market for high performance pigments.
Dr. Gharda acquired a Bachelor of Science degree from Mumbai University's Department of
Chemical Technology. He then obtained a Master's degree in chemical engineering from the
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Following the defence of a doctoral thesis, he received
a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma.
Upon his return to India, Dr. Gharda established Gharda Chemicals, which is today one of
the largest agrochemical companies in India. For his contribution to chemistry and chemical
engineering, Dr. Gharda is a recipient of the American Institute of Chemists's 'Chemical
Pioneer' award. He also got the Federation Of Indian Chambers Of Commerce And Industry
(FICCI) Award For Research And Technology For The Development And Commercialization Of Poly
Ether Ether Ketone (PEEK) At The Hands Of The then President Of India, APJ Abdul Kalam.
Dr. Keki Gharda is an alumnus of St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra, Mumbai. He still lives in Bandra.
Gharda Chemicals Ltd.
Gharda Chemicals Limited, established in 1967, is a research-based company with four manufacturing
units. Innovation through a vibrant R&D has marked the rise of Gharda Chemicals Limited (GCL)
from a small unit in 1964 to one of the most successful and reputed companies in the Agrochemical
Industry. A strong and vibrant R&D program and expertise in process development has enabled
the company to capitalize on superior technology. This has led to the production of vital
import-substitute products and cost effective agrochemicals on a large scale and consequently
to a strong, competitive national and international presence. And all this has been made possible
by the vision and unswerving dedication and commitment of Dr. Keki Gharda, Founder - Chairman
& Managing Director, Gharda Chemicals Limited.
His only goal is "Knowledge converted through products to wealth for the good of society."
Dr. Gharda is married to Aban, a graduate from St. Xavier's College and a PhD from the
University of Mumbai.
Community Development Initiatives By Gharda Foundation
“Earn a lot but.. very honestly… live economically… and spend generously and maximally for
the community around, especially under privileged one” is in nutshell philosophy practiced
Inspired by the teachings of his mother, late Bai Ratanbai H. Gharda, Dr.Gharda has contributed
through number of channels for community development programs in the vicinity of all operating
sites viz. Dombivali and Lote Parshuram ( Maharastra) , Ankaleshwar and Panoli (Gujrat) . Apart
from this many social, educational, cultural organizations have been on their feet due to liberal
donations by Dr.K.H.Gharda.
Gharda Foundation was formed 10 years ago, keeping in mind, especially village development
initiatives . It is operating in around 30 villages , having population of around 60,000 at
Ankaleshwar and at Lote Parshuram.
Gharda Foundation operates with the principle of “Village Development through Self Development”
and firmly believes in participatory approach and not one sided donations.
The team of social workers and community health volunteers is actively engaged in village
development activities especially with concentration on health, education and income
Preventive health care and health education activities are in the form of reproductive and
child care, sanitation, personal hygiene, adolescent education, school health, First Aid,
AIDS awareness, de addiction, safe water etc. The significant and unique scheme which has
proved successful is “ Community Participated Drugs Revolving Scheme”.
Gharda Foundation is actively supporting primary and secondary education by having its own
Balwadis and supporting teaching programs for school going children and residential training
program for 10 th std. students along with question paper answering scheme and mobile library.
For better infrastructure is has generously contributed to various schools for construction
and repairs of schools buildings, sanitary blocks etc. The unique scheme is “School Area
Development Program” which operates with the help of students and makes them earn while
Income generation activities are mainly for women and are to make them earn while at home.
These vocational training programs are arranged either the help of technical organization
and agricultural universities and range from food preservation to tailoring and kitchen
garden to retailing house hold items.Gf is also forming around 100 self help groups in
As a part of area development and community awareness at village level activities are also
conducted like water shed area development, Check Dams, agricultural development , self help
groups formation, making aware about Panchayat Raj, rights and duties etc.
A prestigious ongoing project is a free food facility at doorstep of around 25 needy senior
citizens of one of the villages.
Dr. Gharda always feels, we should come together as a family..as a group..as a village.. or
as a nation & start building ourselves rather than expecting everything from the Government .
With this concept in mind, “ Self Governance” is the program launched to cover 1000 students
of 15 schools, 500 house wives of 25 villages, 500 youths of 25 villages & elected representatives
of these villages, so, that, Responsible Citizen of India, is developed.
Gharda Medical Foundation is another NGO mainly working in the field of curative medicine
through Gharda Hospital, Lote Parshuram. It is a highly subsidized 20 beded secondary care
hospital with qualified, trained and competent staff and all modern health care facilities
under one roof. e.g. equipment ranging from X ray – ultrasound- autoanalyser- Elisa – cell
counter to Laproscope – ophthalmic microscope – respirator – monitor and facilities ranging
from minor surgery – delivery to intra ocular lens implant – trauma care – major surgery.
It also has specialized set up to take care of Industrail Injuries, road traffic accidents
and look after occupational health related issues. The hospital conducts free care for cataract
surgery, family planning operations, vaccinations etc.
Bai Ratanbai Memorial Trust, formed in the name of dear mother of Dr.K.H.Gharda, runs 20
beded charitable hospital at Dombivali( Maharastra) for more than 15 yrs. It is also offering
good quality medical services at highly affordable prices for the community at large.
Apart from this Dr.Gharda has very humbly helped innumerable institutions in the field of
science, technology, medicine, education, vocational training etc & establishment of new
Engineering College is a big step!
At one end by all parameters Dr.Keki Gharda is a scientist… researcher… engineer.. businessman..
and at the other , truly Gandhian… in the true spirit … having strong belief in “Nishkam Karmayog”…
all the while thinking of weaker hands and minds and desirous of extending his hand of support
.. not to make them dependent but to make them stand on their own feet.. with self respect
and self esteem preserved.