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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, the Sage of Arunachala, was a famous Indian sage who was renowned for the fullness of his self-realization, and for the feelings of deep peace that visitors experienced in his presence. Many seekers of Truth were attracted by his magnetic presence and were influence by his divine and silent gaze that bestowed the peace and tranquility to the visitors. Sri Ramana Maharshi came the holy hill of Arunchala after his spontaneous self-realisation at the age of 16 and spent all his adult life at this holy place. He answered questions for hours every day, but never considered himself to be anyone's guru. He maintained that his most effective teaching was conveyed through his silence.
He was born on December 30, 1879 in a village called Tirucculi about 30 miles south of Madurai in Tamilnadu. His parents named him Venkataraman. His father died when he was twelve, and he went to live with his uncle in Madurai. At age 16, he experiance a strage death like experiance and became spontaneously self-realized. Six weeks later he left family and came to the holy hill of Arunachala where he remained for the rest of his life.

At Arunacha he spent many year in silence and used to spend all his time in Samadhi. When he began speaking again, people came to ask him questions, and he soon acquired a reputation as a sage. In 1907, when he was 28, one of his devotees named him as Sri Ramana Maharshi. He died of cancer in 1950 at the age of 70.

Brahma Satyam Jagan Mithya Jivo Brahmaiva Na Aparah" � Brahman (the Absolute) is alone real; this world is unreal

The doctrine of advaita vedanta as expounded by Sankara can be summed up in half a verse: �Brahma Satyam Jagan Mithya Jivo Brahmaiva Na Aparah" � Brahman (the Absolute) is alone real; this world is unreal; and the Jiva or the individual soul is non-different from Brahman. This is the quintessence of his philosophy. According to Sri Sankara, whatever is, is Brahman. Brahman Itself is absolutely homogeneous. All difference and plurality are illusory.

The Atman is self-evident (Svatah-siddha). It is not established by extraneous proofs. It is not possible to deny the Atman, because It is the very essence of the one who denies It. The Atman is the basis of all kinds of knowledge, presuppositions and proofs. Self is within, Self is without; Self is before, Self is behind; Self is on the right, Self is on the left; Self is above and Self is below.

The Advaita philosophy of Sri Sankaracharya is lofty, sublime and unique. It is a system of bold philosophy and logical subtlety. It is highly interesting, inspiring and elevating. No other philosophy can stand before it in boldness, depth and subtle thinking. Sankara’s philosophy is complete and perfect.

Sankara Nethralaya Philosophy

Sankara Nethralaya - Kolkata

In Fond Remembrance at Sankara Nethralaya,Kolkata

Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Indo-Australia Biotechnology Fund

Dr S.Krishna Kumar’s proposed study on the topic titled “Locked nucleic acid modified aptamer-siRNA chimeric conjugates for improved chemo sensitivity and eradication of cancer stem cells’ has been selected for receiving financial support by the Indo-Australia Biotechnology Fund. It was reviewed in the Joint Biotechnology Committee Meeting of Indian and Australian members and recommended for financial support.Dr S Krishna Kumar heads Nano Technology and Stem Cell Research at Sankara Nethralaya.

Words of Wisdom from Dr S S Badrinath

Today’s world of education offers innumerable choices

This intriguing question puzzles both the parent and the students alike. Today’s world of education offers innumerable choices for the student to choose from. However it is the quality of education which would groom students into accomplished professionals of tomorrow.

To enhance their capabilities to choose from a wide spectrum, a vibrant course counseling session was held on Sunday, 20th May 2012 at the Sankara Nethralaya Academy premises at Haddows Road.

Dr. Karthikeyan, Director, Gemba School of HR, an eminent personality in the world of corporate training and placement, highlighted significant points on how the health care sector is currently booming and the multiple choices it offered for one to choose from and the vast scope of employment opportunities it had and the huge man power requirement in the years to come.

The counseling session had a beeline of both inquisitive parents and students seeking information on prospective avenues.

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy, a pioneer in field of professional education, in tie-up with TN Dr MGR Medical University, offers specialized courses such as the Ophthalmic Assistant course, Operation Theatre and Anesthesia Technology course, Medical Record Science course and Diploma in Nursing Aide. It also offers a three-year B.Sc (Medical Laboratory Technology) degree course and a postgraduate MBA (Hospital& Health Systems Management) programme. There is also a one-year online eMBA in Hospital Management, a certificate course in Hospital Management and from this academic year a two-year diploma in Refraction & Dispensing is slated to start.

Students eager to pursue a professional course, found the counseling to be exhaustive, throwing light on the various avenues open to them.

Shri A. Mahalingam, Academic Officer, the Sankara Nethralaya Academy, highlighted that these courses definitely gave a cutting edge to young students, who were readily absorbed into the health care industry.


The Sankara Nethralaya Academy observed its Certificate Awarding day on Saturday, 19th May 2012 at its Haddows Road premises.

The event was conducted to present Certificates to the second batch of successful candidates of the “CERTIFICATE COURSE IN HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT”.

About 22 professionals serving the Health care industry at various levels had chosen to enroll in this course to enable them hone their administrative and technical skills in the workplace.

The course was scheduled on 12 weekends to suit the convenience of working students

Distributing the certificates to the successful candidates Dr. R. Karthikeyan, Director, Gemba School of HR, underlined how the course would help in refining the skills of the students thereby enhancing the performance of the health sector as a whole. He lauded the Sankara Nethralaya academy’s initiative in developing such allied courses which complemented the Health care industry vis-à-vis the well trained candidate. He gave an insightful talk on Employee retention and how such educational practices went a long way in enhancing the skills of health care professionals.

Allied courses of this kind are a great boon for health care employees who were hitherto not fully equipped with such knowledge and who had minimal exposure to such skill sets.

Shri A.Mahalingam, Academic Officer, the Sankara Nethralaya Academy, reiterated the fact that these allied courses have opened a huge gateway to certified healthcare professionals, who have an ever growing demand.

‘Sri Padmanabaswamy Temple’

In keeping with its policy of keeping staff members well informed and abreast, the Sankara Nethralaya management had organized for a healthy diversion from their daily work with an interesting interlude providing plenty of food for thought by way of a lively talk on ‘Sri Padmanabaswamy Temple’ and its association with the Travancore Royal family by Dr S.Krishnan who had served as chief anesthetist at Sankara Nethralaya years ago. The function started with a soulful rendition appeasing Lord Padmanabha by Dr S.Meenkshi, Director, Academics followed by an introduction of Dr S.Krishnan by Dr T.S.Surendran, Vice-Chairman and honouring him by Dr S.S Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus

The speaker of the evening Dr S.Krishnan paid rich tributes to the ‘Temple of the eye’ to which he belonged before he began his speech on the temple, he expressed his pleasant surprise on seeing many old faces happily serving Sankara Nethralaya at all levels. He observed that Sankara Nethralaya is not only a place where one acquires knowledge and gets trained in his/her area of specialization but a place where one imbibes enduring values of service, ethics and sacrifice which make them stand apart wherever they serve, he expressed that the glorious light lit by Dr S.S. Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya would continue to guide generations to come.

Dr Krishnan made it abundantly clear that he did not wish to take sides or pass a judgment on the conflicting claims being made over the fabulous wealth of the temple; instead he chose to take the audience through a journey of the temple from its birth sometime in the 8th century to its present. He touched upon interesting snippets like how the kings of the Varma dynasty ruled their kingdom as Padmanabha Dasas or servants of the Lord, their munificence to the temple etc and the little known side of Sir Thomas Monroe with regard to his respect for Hinduism and local values.

The interest aroused by the talk was evident in the active Q&A session which followed. The program ended with a Vote of thanks by Dr V.Jagadish, Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Sankara Nethralaya.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Entrance Examination & Interview for B.S.Optometry at India's Premier Optometry Institute - Elite School of Optometry - 29th June 2012

Why ESO?

The Elite School of Optometry welcomes all prospective students with a desire to pursue a challenging career in optometry. Candidates are selected based on the evaluation of their academic performance and an interview. Thirty students are admitted every year purely based on merit. The college, with its limited intake of students has always given individual attention to all its students. ESO is also proud of its internationally renowned faculties, well established educational base, curriculum and standard of education together with the excellent training in its mother institute Sankara Nethralaya, Medical Research Foundation.

ESO is run by the Medical Research Foundation in collaboration with Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, the pioneers in their fields.

The Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani is an all-India Institute for higher education. The primary motive of BITS is to "train young men and women able and eager to create and put into action such ideas, methods, techniques and information".

All our graduates are employed and have been offered good positions in the clinical, research and academic fields of optometry in India and other countries. Of the 280 awardees so far,

Pursuing PhD 15 Completed PhD 41
Pursuing M Phil Optometry 22 Completed M Phil Optometry 26
Pursuing M S 12 Completed M S 48
MBBS, DO, DNB, MS 1 Completed M Opt 3
Pursuing OD 3 Completed OD 16
Settled and working – Abroad 41 Settled – Abroad 7
Working in Institutes – India 111 Independent Practice 54
Teaching 18 MBA 2
Optical/Multinational Company 34 Head optometry College 7

(as on 4/4/08)

There are 404 graduates and 33 post graduates students since 1985.

Academic Eligibility: B.S., M.Phil, Ph.D Optometry

B.S. Optometry (Bachelor of Science-Optometry)

Any student passing the Higher Secondary (+2) with excellent performance in Physics, Chemistry, Maths /Biology/Computer Science are eligible to enter the B.S.Optometry post interview / entrance exam. Only candidates having a minimum aggregate of 60% and above in 10+2 Board exam and individual subject marks of 60% in Physics, Chemistry and Maths/Biology are considered for Entrance Exam/Interview

M.Phil Optometry (Master of philosophy-Optometry)

This is a two-year intensive research program. Persons with a bachelor's degree in Optometry and one year clinical experience are admitted to the program after a written test and an interview. Students will be given advanced instruction in specialized areas of Optometry and a thorough training in research methodology. Students will have to submit a dissertation based on an original research conducted under the supervision of a research optometrist/ophthalmologist.

Ph.D Optometry (Doctor of Philosophy- Optometry)

This is a three-year research degree to which persons with an M. Phil. or equivalent degree is admitted after an entrance test and an interview. Students will carry out an original research under the guidance of a research optometrist/ophthalmologist. The research should contribute significant new knowledge to the field of optometry.

Admission Process

University will short list the candidates and eligible candidates can check about their status in the website itself. Those short-listed will undergo an entrance examination and interview before final admission.

Admission process(Entrance examination and Interview) is scheduled on Friday, 29th June 2012

Results will be announced around 6:30 pm. on the same day. Candidates are requested to make arrangements accordingly.

Admission Fees

Application forms and programme details can be downloaded either from Elite School of Optometry (www.eso.snkaranethralaya.org) or from BITS, Pilani (www.bits-pilani.ac.in/wilp) websites. Deadline for submission of duly completed application form (alongwith the requisite processing fees of Rs. 1,500/- (Non-refundable) to be paid as per procedure specified in the form) to the undersigned is June 15, 2012 as per any of the four modes specified below:

Option 1: Pay Online Payment through Net Banking

Option 2: Pay Online Payment through Credit Card

Option 3: Pay Rs. 1525/- through cash at all ICICI Bank branches through a Challan(PDF document) which is to be downloaded and printed from this website before making the payment.

Option 4: Pay through a crossed Demand Draft drawn in favour of "BITS, Pilani" payable at
ICICI Bank Pilani (Branch Code 1538) or
State Bank of India, Pilani (Code: 11309) or
UCO Bank, VidyaVihar, Pilani (Code: 0150) or
State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, Pilani (Code: 10398) or

In case of Demand Draft drawn on at any other bank (payable at Jaipur), a Demand Draft for Rs. 1600/-, should be submitted.

Please check the demand draft and ensure that it is correct and complete in all aspects such as date, drawee name, bank manager signature, name and code of issuing bank branch and drawee bank branch, amount in words and figures.

In the draft, you must ensure that "Payee" / "Pay" to NAME is written only as "BITS, Pilani" and nothing else.

Please ensure that the Application number and Applicant's name is written clearly on the backside of the Demand Draft


Fees Structure Applicable for candidates seeking admission during session 2012-2013

The fees schedule applicable for B.S.Optometry program is as follows:

Admission Fees: Rs. 15,000/-
Each Semester Fees: Rs. 32,700/- (Total of 8 Semesters)
Caution Deposit Rs. 1000/-
Library Fees Rs. 2000/-

A candidate who has been offered admission will have to pay Rs. 47,700/- (Admission fees and Semester fees for the Starting Semester of the programme) immediately on receiving the Admit Offer Letter. Any candidate who desires to discontinue from the programme after confirmation of admission & registration for the courses specified in the admit offer letter will forfeit the total amount of fees paid.

Career Counselling Sessions by the Sankara Nethralaya Academy for it's Allied Health Science Courses

This is to bring to your kind attention that the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University has recently launched a number of diploma, undergraduate degree and postgraduate diploma and degree courses aimed at improving healthcare delivery in hospitals. In a first of its kind effort, the university has opened its portals to students of science stream in Plus Two and roped in hospitals to conduct diploma and degree courses.

We take great pride in drawing your attention that The Sankara Nethralaya Academy; a unit of Medical Research Foundation, Chennai has been chosen to conduct the following career oriented Allied Health Science courses for the academic year 2012 – 13 in affiliation with it by the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University

Allied Health Sciences – Diploma Courses (2 Years)
1. Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing Assistant
2. Diploma in Operation Theatre & Anaesthesia Technology

Allied Health Science courses – B.Sc. Degree (3 Years)
1. B.Sc (Medical Laboratory Technology)

Allied Health Science – Special Postgraduate Programmes – (2years)
1. MBA (Hospital & Health Systems Management)

As part of awareness creation and enrolment initiative for the above mentioned high value diploma, degree and management courses in Allied Health Science courses, Shri A.Mahalingam, Academic Officer, Sankara Nethralaya Academy and his team conducted career counselling sessions at Ambattur and Kanchipuram. These sessions were very well received by the local student community and also helped in educating parents present on the various new opportunities that lay ahead in the high growth field of Allied Health Science. More than 200 students participated in the sessions and collected application forms being issued on the spot

Shri A.Mahalingam announced that the 3rd batch of Certificate Course in Hospital Management, a two year diploma course in ‘Refraction &Dispensing’ and an online eMBA in Hospital Management would be commencing from this academic year. He added that the next counselling session would be conducted at the Sankara Nethralaya Academy premises located at Haddows Road.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Shri Kamalnayan Bajaj

The Bajaj family’s philanthropic disposition, its strong commitment to social values and the Vision Research Foundation’s dream to create a world class research facility led to the inception of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Named after Shri Kamalnayan Bajaj the illustrious son of Shri Jamnalal Bajaj reverentially known as the Gandhian Industrialist, the Institute became a reality thanks to a generous grant made by the Bajaj family. We at the Vision Research Foundation are honoured to name our research institute after this extraordinary man, an entrepreneur par excellence who never for a moment lost sight of his commitment to the society and nation, a man governed by strong principles in private and public life and driven by an undying passion for service to humanity. As the research arm of an eye care centre driven by the principles of service and caring, we share his philosophy and the noble causes that he stood for and hope to pay a fitting tribute to him through our ceaseless research efforts towards eliminating blindness and other eye ailments.

Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

(A unit of Vision Research Foundation)

Leading the nation towards Excellence in Eye Research

It was a deep felt realization for the need of ophthalmic research in the country that led to the inception of the Vision Research Foundation back in 1978. Three decades of service in eye care that followed, have only helped in increasing our faith in the need for continuing, dedicated, India centric ophthalmic research multifold. We are driven by the same passion that set us on the path of exploring the human eye and its functioning at every level. Vision Research Foundation strongly believes that it is only constant research that would keep us relevant today and prepare us for the emerging challenges of tomorrow.

Vision Research Foundation’s advanced infrastructure and highly qualified and dedicated research teams make it one of the most respected ophthalmic research centers in the world with a learning and training center accredited to BITS, Pilani and the Dr MGR Medical University. It is engaged in broad spectrum research ranging from basic to more complex areas like Nanotechnology and Stem cell research, The efficacy of Vision Research Foundation’s research endeavors can be gauged by the fact that almost a third of the doctoral/thesis papers submitted in ophthalmic research originate from its research laboratories and an average of 2 research scientists from its laboratories win a Doctorate every year in their chosen area of research, the Vision Research Foundation is also the proud holder of 4 prestigious patents to its credit, including one for Macro DNA chip.

While laurels and recognitions fill us with a sense of pride and achievement, it is the real-time application of Vision Research Foundation’s research findings in our wards by way of enhanced diagnostic and treatment processes of our patients that act as a strong motivator to pursue our research initiatives with greater zest.

In view of the need for a larger space to make room for an ever growing research infrastructure and to provide the right ambience to its research scientists the Vision Research Foundation decided to centralize its various research activities in a single block. Today the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology a comprehensive and all inclusive Centre for research and development with each floor dedicated to a specific field of study stands tall and proud at the entrance of the Sankara Nethralaya welcoming every visitor. The imposing 7 storied building with State-of the Art infrastructure and equipment on par with any ophthalmic research facility in the world bears testimony to the importance that research enjoys at Sankara Nethralaya.

A quick glance at the specialized research carried out in its different floors.

Clinical Research



Genetics Core lab





Stem cell Laboratory

Institution of the Professor S.Krishnamoorthy Rao Gold Medal Award

It was a significant occasion for an institution whose guiding and founding principle is to acquire and disseminate knowledge for the common good, an institution which believes in promoting the cause of India centric research. May 2nd 2012, saw the institution of the Professor S.Krishnamoorthy Rao Gold Medal Award, to be presented to the most outstanding PhD student passing out of the Vision and Medical Research Foundations. The award was being instituted by Dr KS.Vasan, Managing Director, Sankara Nethralaya in honour and memory of his illustrious father late Professor S.Krishnamoorthy Rao an accomplished mathematician of yester years. The programme started with a mellifluous invocation song by Dr.S.Meenakshi, Director Academics, followed by a warm welcome by Dr Ronnie George, Director- Research, Vision Research Foundation to the Chief Guest, dignitaries and the first recipient of the award Dr Kandalam Mallikarjuna. Dr.George touched upon the activities of the Vision Research Foundation, the impressive number of PhD students it produced, the outstanding quality of its research and how the award would help in encouraging researchers and scientists. Introducing the Chief Guest to the audience Dr. P.R Deepa, Co-Ordinator, BITS highlighted his multifaceted personality and accomplishments in terms of his academic distinctions, special areas of research, patents that his research findings have won, expert guidance to aspiring PhD students, overseas assignments, membership in prestigious scientific bodies, membership on the editorial board of scientific journals and most importantly his critical role in mobilizing funds for the various Birla Institutions.

Speaking on the occasion Dr KS. Vasan, Managing Director, Sankara Nethralaya and son of Late Professor S. Krishnamoorthy Rao made a spontaneous and warm recollection of the many facets of his illustrious father. He recalled the mathematical genius, the warm family man and the compassionate teacher who would not charge fees from his underprivileged students, so much like Sankara Nethralaya. Dr KS.Vasan thanked the chief guest Dr Ranendra Narayan Saha for honouring the occasion and the memory of father with his August presence and Dr SS.Badrinath for his presense and help in instituting the award in his father’s memory at Sankara Nethralaya. He closed his speech with the observation that his Father, Mother and Dr SS.Badrinath continue to be the leading lights in his life journey, following which he was felicitated by Dr Krishna Kumar, Deputy Director-Research, Vision Research Foundation. Dr Lily Therese, Head of the Department, L&T Microbiology Department took audience on a virtual tour of the Vidyasagar Institute of Basic Sciences since its inception, its goals, help to poor students, summer camps and prestigious affiliations. The first Professor Krishnamoorthy Rao Gold Award was presented to the most outstanding PhD student Dr Kandalam Mallikarjuna by the Chief guest Dr Ranendra Narayan Saha amidst thunderous applause from the audience following which he gave an in-depth account on his doctoral work in terms of hunting for melanoma secrets and his breakthrough findings on tumour, cancer, prevention of relapse and proliferation of cancer cells.

Delivering the Chief Guest’s note Dr Ranendra Narayan Saha, Deputy Director, Research &Education Development & Administration &Dean, Educational Development Division, BITS, Pilani, thanked the hosts for the honour bestowed on him, he expressed his lifelong admiration for Sankara Nethralaya and its architect Dr SS.Badrinath, he congratulated Sankara Nethralaya for its stellar role in supporting and encouraging research and observed that the Gold Medal award would go a long way in this direction. Dr Saha observed that some of the most leading researchers and scientists working in laboratories worldwide are Indians and they could do great work in their own country if provided an opportunity and the necessary infrastructure, he dwelt on the need for collaborative research and exhorted researchers to also don the role of scientific entrepreneurs to make research viable and translate the benefits of their findings to the masses. Dr Saha proclaimed that India could control the world economy if the potential of its research was channelized and leveraged.

The function ended with a warm Vote of thanks by Dr Preethi Mehta Senior scientist Department of Nanobiotechnology.

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Sankara Nethralaya and Madras city Opthalmological Association jointly conducted a meet “UPDATE ON UVEITIS” on 29th April 2012, Sunday at Sri.V.D.Swamy Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya, between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm.

The event primarily focused on the recent technological advancements in diagnosis, management of Uveitis and new hi-end treatment modalities currently available for clinical procedures.

The gathering of over 67 Ophthalmologists’ on a warm Sunday, to participate in the meet, amply indicated the interest to enhance their skills on technical ‘know-how’.

Welcoming the gathering, Dr.Amala E George eventually elaborated on the diagnosis of Non-infectious Uveitis. Following this was Dr.Jyotirmay Biswas hands-on experiences that he shared with regard to the ramification and management of Non-infectious Uveitis.

Next on the agenda was Dr. Mohan Rajan’s lucid talk on Uveitis Cataract extraction which inspired the participants on how to deftly handle such cases. Dr.Parthopratim Dutta and others shared their experiences on how they dealt with challenging Uveitis cases.

Then was the mind blowing session – “Interactive Quiz” by Dr.Mamta Agarwal and “Question and answer forum” that made every one present, spell bound.

With an air of enlightened feel for the participants, the event concluded successfully post lunch.

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