By no stretch of imagination is business the exclusive preoccupation of Dr. Shetty. His abiding interest in education has put him at the forefront of the largest community school in the region, Abu Dhabi Indian School, where he serves as the Honorary Chairman. His contributions to building a better future for the country include running a number of schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai such as Deira Private School, Bright Riders School (MBZ, Western Region and DIP) as well as Sara Nursery.
Dr. Shetty is on the Board of Directors of Haldwani Medical College in Uttaranchal and Manipal Medical Academy of which he is an alumni. Besides heading numerous international groups, he is also founder and patron of the Indian Pharmaceuticals Association in the Emirates. He is the Chairman of the Board of Brindavan College, a premier educational institution of higher learning in Bengaluru.
He has played a vital role as President of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council and was instrumental in building the ultra-modern Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium that played host for many official international fixtures.
Given his larger than life persona, Dr. Shetty was chosen to play Dharmaraja, the King of Travancore in the historical documentary ‘Travancore: a Saga of Benevolence’, which was chosen as the best documentary cinema of 2011.
Dr. Shetty with his sense of giving, has been a donor par excellence, reaching out not only to the Indian community, but to people from all walks of life, as many have been the beneficiaries of his charitable disposition. A humanitarian to the core, Dr. Shetty takes to heart his job as a citizen of the world and has provided aid during natural calamities in Bangladesh, Japan, Indonesia and India. Other charitable associations include aid to Turkey, Sri Lanka and Thailand. He has also supplied medicines to the grief stricken Palestinian State and as Director supports the Special Care Center in Abu Dhabi and the Cancer Foundation run by the famous cricketer Imran Khan in Pakistan.