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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sankara Nethralaya,Kolkata a preferred destination for a highly successful career in Optometry for Optometrists from Eastern India

It was in 1976 when addressing a group of doctors, His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, the Sankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam spoke of the need to create a hospital with a missionary spirit.

His words marked the beginning of a long journey to do God's own work.

On the command of His Holiness, Dr. Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath, along with a group of philanthropists founded a charitable not-for-profit eye hospital...

One that would bring world-class eye care to the people of India. One that would adopt a single standard of care for all, rich or poor. One that would share the fruits of its knowledge and spread its concept of care to distant parts of this country.

In a solemn function held at the premises of the Vijaya Hospital with Semmangudi Srinivasa Aiyer offering the prayer, Mrs (Dr) T Agarwal inaugurated the project.

On the auspicious day of Vinayaka Chaturthi, the sixth day of September in the year 1978, the hospital came into existence.

It was named Sankara Nethralaya, which means "The Temple of the Eye". The long journey for vision with a mission began.

Sankara Nethralaya today has grown into a super specialty institution for ophthalmic care and receives patients from all over the country and abroad. It has gained international excellence and is acclaimed for its quality care and compassion. The Sankara Nethralaya family today has over 1400 individuals with one vision – to propagate the Nethralaya philosophy; the place of our work is an Alaya and Work will be our worship, which we shall do with sincerity, dedication and utmost love with a missionary spirit.

Sankara Nethralaya has been described by Shri Nani A. Palkivala, an eminent legal expert and former Indian Ambassador to USA, as the "Best Managed Charitable Organization in India". Sir Ratan Tata Trust has observed Sankara Nethralaya as a High Performing Knowledge Institution – mission driven, a proven track record, acknowledged nationally and internationally for its expertise and excellence in Ophthalmic care with almost all eye sub-specialties, good management systems, a vibrant set of human resources and a participative system of decision-making.

On an average, 1200 patients walk through our doors and 100 surgeries are performed every day. In our journey for excellence, we have received many awards and appreciation of our efforts. And we still have a long way to go…

Sankara Nethralaya in the city of joy

Since its inception in 1978, Sankara Nethralaya, a unit of Medical Research Foundation, Chennai, has been receiving patients from the Eastern and North Eastern Region of India, seeking treatment and management for Ophthalmic conditions. While the hospital in Chennai received over 300 patients from this region every day, there were many more who could not travel the distance and avail the treatment facilities in Chennai.

To serve more people from eastern and north eastern India, Sankara Nethralaya began offering its services, through collaboration, in Kolkata in December 2002, serving about 200 patients a day. In July 2007, with the idea of expanding and offering more comprehensive care, it moved to an independent interim location at Raja Subodh Mullick Square. While at the interim location, Sankara Nethralaya with the support of the Paschim Banga Rajya Pratibandhi Sammilini, constructed its own eye hospital, built on a 0.55 acre of land in Mukundapur.

The new hospital was commissioned on January 21, 2009 by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal Shri. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Lead by Dr. Sujata Guha, a dedicated team of 11 consultants caters to the needs of at least 500-600 patients a day in all sub-specialities of ophthalmology. The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art investigational facilities. The centre is a dedicated superspeciality eye hospital and peripheral referral centre for the entire eastern region of the country and neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal.

Keeping with the Sankara Nethralaya philosophy of Community Service, the new hospital at Kolkata has an entire floor dedicated to Community Service. Two state-of-the-art operation theatres and 24 beds have been specifically earmarked for indigent patients who receive treatment free-of-cost. The hospital also has a Teleophthalmology and Mobile Refraction Van that takes quality eye care to the doorsteps of people living in rural and semi-urban West Bengal.


Sankara Nethralaya offers not mere jobs but exciting and satisfying careers. A premier Institution in eye care, Sankara Nethralaya offers a friendly work environment, rich culture and an opportunity to work in state of the art technologies. Candidates willing to be part of our Mission for Vision and have a caring attitude in whatever they do, are welcome to forward their CVs to snk@snmail.org or rvr@snmail.org