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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Corporate Social Responsibility

http://omlog.org/2014/09/high-profile-financial-services-provider-prefers-sankara-nethralaya-as-its-csr-partner.html

A Great Teacher

http://omlog.org/2014/09/tributes-and-fond-recollections-of-a-great-teacher-and-good-friend-mark-the-observation-of-the-7th-dr-k-p-misra-endowment-oration.html

High Honours to Well Wishers

http://omlog.org/2014/09/sankara-nethralaya-confers-high-honours-on-its-well-wishers-on-its-36th-foundation-day.html

High honours to Well Wishers

http://omlog.org/2014/09/sankara-nethralaya-confers-high-honours-on-its-well-wishers-on-its-36th-foundation-day.html

Hospital Management

http://omlog.org/2014/09/the-7th-batch-of-tsnas-certificate-course-in-hospital-management-get-certified.html

A Musical Fundraiser

http://omlog.org/2014/09/sankara-nethralaya-om-trust-conducts-a-musical-fundraiser.html

Friday, August 15, 2014

SN, Kolkata Presents Continuing Optometric Education in Association with TSNA

SN, Kolkata Presents Continuing Optometric Education in Association with TSNA

SN, Kolkata Presents Continuing Optometric Education in Association with TSNA

SN, Kolkata Presents Continuing Optometric Education in Association with TSNA

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Sankara Nethralaya Academy commenced its Allied Health Science Courses for the academic year 2014 – 15

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Sankara Nethralaya Academy commenced its Allied Health Science Courses for the academic year 2014 – 15

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Mobile Eye Surgical Unit (MESU) crosses a major landmark

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Mobile Eye Surgical Unit (MESU) crosses a major landmark

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Jubilant members of the ‘Temple of the eye’ rejoice and salute their Chief architect’s recognition as ‘Outstanding Institution Builder’ by nation’s leading management body

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Jubilant members of the ‘Temple of the eye’ rejoice and salute their Chief architect’s recognition as ‘Outstanding Institution Builder’ by nation’s leading management body

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nation’s premier and apex body for Management professionals bestows high honour on Sankara Nethralaya’s ‘Chief’

The All India Management Association (AIMA) the premium body for management professionals has announced that Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya has been chosen for its highly prestigious AIMA Managing India Awards 2014 under the category “Outstanding Institution Builder” .


The awarding ceremony will be held on 6th August 2014 at New Delhi.

Students from BITS centers from across the country get a fresh perspective of their subjects


The BITS Practice School-I Programme was conducted by the Vidyasagar Institute of Bio-Medical Science between 23rd May and 17th July 2014 at the Sankara Nethralaya main campus. A total of 10 students from different BITS campuses comprising 3 from BITS Pilani, 6 from BITS Hyderabad and 1 from BITS Goa participated in the same. The participants were split into 5 groups and assigned to five departments as follows 3 students at R.S Mehta Jain Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, 3 students at L & T Microbiology Research Centre, 2 students at SN ONGC Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology and 1 student each at the Nano Biotechnology and Information Technology & Systems Departments.


The students were given a good exposure to both the theoretical and practical aspects in their assigned areas and topics and gave a good feedback of their learning experience and interactions with faculty at the end of the training programme. Dr.K.Lily Therese, Programme Coordinator (VIBS) and Dr.P.R.Deepa, PS-I Instructor & BITS Programme Coordinator, Chennai distributed the successful completion certificates to the 10 participants. Dr.H.N.Madhavan, Director of VIBS and faculty from all the departments appreciated the deep enthusiasm and interest with which the participants learnt the various techniques.



The world’s leading marathon against cancer is round the corner, mark your calendars and make a mark in the fight against the killer disease

Get into your Keds, Spikes or a pair of sandals, be in your track/jog suits or just a pair of denims and t-Shirt but make sure to be there at the IIT-Madras for the ‘Terry Fox Run’ Chennai’s ‘Marathon of hope’ to outrun cancer, between 8:00am – 11:00am on Sunday 24th August 2014. Walk, jog, skate or cycle the 6 kilometers into the lush green woods of IIT-Madras, Chennai’s largest oxygen factory with fellow Chennaites with passion and a large heart, to support the cause of children affected by cancer of the eye (Retinoblastoma).


The event is being organized in memory of Terry Fox the legendary Canadian who embarked on a 8,530 kilometer marathon to raise funds for cancer research and to spread awareness on the killer disease, he ran in icy cold weather, on roads frozen with ice and snow, he ran with an artificial leg as his leg had been amputated due to Osteogenic sarcoma a rare bone cancer, he ran in-between painful chemotherapy sessions and often with blood oozing out of the stub of his artificial leg, he had to give up after completing 5,374 kilometers in 143 days when a relapse of cancer spread to his lungs.

The Terry Fox Foundation conducts similar runs the world over to create awareness on cancer and has collected more than $5 million for cancer relief. The foundation has chosen Sankara Nethralaya a forerunner in the research and treatment of retinoblastoma or cancer of the eye, which occurs mainly in children, as its partner in fighting cancer and the beneficiary of its charity run in India.

Be there with your family and friends and show that you care!



SN Alumni celebrate their Silver Jubilee meet by the sea side


It was a day of salutation to their Guru, their Alma mater on the auspicious occasion of Gurupoornima, on 12th and 13th of July, 2014, for all 83 alumni who gathered at the GRT Temple Bay, Mammallapuram that synchronized with the Silver Jubilee Celebrations.


The overjoyed group of alumni that arrived at the venue for the momentous occasion were welcomed with a colourful cultural program of dance music and variety entertainment presented by the Avigna group.

Welcoming the gathering, Dr.Natarajan, Chairman and Managing Director, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai paid glorious tributes to his guru and mentor Dr.SS Badrinath. Speaking on the occasion Dr.T.S.Surendran, Vice Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya took the audience on an interesting walk through nostalgic moments spanning over 37 years at Sankara Nethralaya, when he joined for a meagre sum of Rs.750/- as salary. He showered praise on Dr.Manju Kulkarni, an alumnus of Sankara Nethralaya for the record number of surgeries that she performed spanning 30 hours without a break. He added that Sankara Nethralaya had grown big, for Dr.SS Badrinath, dreamt big and made it remarkable. Dr TS Surendran, went on to compliment that the only award pending for Dr.SS Badrinath was the Bharat Ratna.

Dr.SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus in his address observed that he was overwhelmed by the growth of the alumni members who had carved a niche for themselves. He expressed that he was highly impressed at their achievements that brought pride to Sankara Nethralaya and their strong bonding to their Alma Mater. Highlighting the noble services of illustrious alumni members Dr Mehul Shah and Dr Shreya Shah, Drashti Netralaya, Dahod, Gujarat and Dr.Muralidhar Srimat Tirumala at Bhuvaneshwar, Dr.SS Badrinath remarked that he felt deeply happy that his core aim of alleviating blindness among the downtrodden gathered momentum with them. Dr.Badrinath elaborated on the Mobile Surgical Eye Unit, an operation theatre on wheels that had delivered over 1000 cataract surgeries absolutely cost free and with nil infection rates. He appealed to the assembled alumni to reach out to the next level by imparting training. Dr. Badrinath observed that collaborative research in ophthalmology along with LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad and Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai was in the anvil. Another interesting note that he added was the Obama- Singh initiative grant that Dr.Prema Padmanabhan, Director, Cornea Services, had signed with Indiana University for Corneal studies particularly with respect to Lasik.

Releasing the book, “Recollections from A Golden Era”, Dr.Krishnan, former Anasthetist at Sankara Nethralaya, paid rich accolades to the author Dr. Ian Sundararaj, Chief Advisor- Anaesthesiology for his yeoman services and innovations that he brought about in ophthalmic anaesthesia. The occasion also witnessed awarding of the “Outstanding Teacher Award”, to Prof. N. Sundaram, father of Dr.S.Natarajan.

Delivering the SN Alumni oration, Dr. Deepak Edward, Jonas S. Friedenwald Professor of Ophthalmology and a Professor of pathology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and the Director of Research at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presented a fascinating talk on “Millennial Generation: Challenges and Opportunities”, subtly covering the whole gamut of characteristics and values of generations and the implications of medicine. He affirmed that both Gen Y and Gen Z hold vital potential for globalization through massive internet based collaboration. Dr. Deepak concluded his lecture that the millennial generation had to channelize their abilities to create a better world for patients through evidence based research.

The occasion saw numerable brain storming sessions on Vitreo Retina, Cornea, Uvea, Neuro, Orbital and Pediatric Ophthalmology that served as an effective knowledge exchange platform on the latest advancements. Dr.Pukhraj Rishi, Consultant, VR Department won the Dr.Nataraja Pillai Free paper award for his presentation on “Sclero Uvulectomy for leiomyoma”.

The silver jubilee celebrations concluded with all the attendees exchanging pleasantries while immensely thanking their “Guru”, for he had shown them “Never to pause, but work like a clock”, to be great achievers.



A veteran of Sankara Nethralaya looks back with passion and pride!


An institution it is said is as good or as bad as its people, an institution divinely ordained Sankara Nethralaya was blessed with great people along its journey, people who contributed towards the fulfillment of the dreams and lofty ideals of its founder, men and women who were passionate to their profession, the institution and above all to service. One such person who made a significant impact on the functioning and growth of the institution is Dr Ian Sundararaj a man who quit government service to join the institution he held in high esteem more than 3 decades ago, to explore new horizons in the field of anaesthiology. He served his department and the institution with single minded dedication, distinction and added great quality to the art and science of anaesthesiology, he continues to serve at the CU Shah Sankara Nethralaya as Senior Advisor anaesthesiology much after his formal retirement, grooming young anesthetists to perfection.


Dr. Sundararaj realized that he had lived through the most momentous times in terms of the challenges faced by the institution, its growth and achievements and the stellar role of its founder and architect Dr SS.Badrinath in leading it from the front and decided to freeze his indelible memories for the benefit of the present and future generations. His book “Recollections from A Golden Era” captures these great moments in a light and lucid narrative style with humorous anecdotes, the book is a must read for all age groups both from a medical and non-medical background. The interesting memoir was launched at Sankara Nethralaya’s grand Silver Jubilee Alumni meet held on the 13th of July 2014 at the GRT Temple Bay Hotel, Mahaballipuram by Dr. M.Krishnan former Anaesthetist, Sankara Nethralaya.



Sankara Nethralaya showcased in two major US events


As part of its ongoing efforts towards spreading the good word about Sankara Nethralaya by gaining a larger mind space and foothold among the Indian milieu in the USA, the SN OM Trust the fund raising arm of Sankara Nethralaya participated in two immensely popular events among its target audience, the annual conference of the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA) and the “India Abroad” “Person of the year” ceremony. Participation at the FeTNA 2014 held at the Chaifety Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri State on 20th June 2014 helped in reaching out the Sankara Nethralaya newsletter to 5000+ members of the association across the USA and the one page appeal made in the souvenir released on the occasion to 1,400 members who attended the conference. In-depth presentation of Sankara Nethralaya’s history, growth, philosophy, goals, achievements in various areas and a fervent appeal to donate were made by Dr.Ramani Aiyer, Executive Director, SN OM Trust, Mr. Nahush and Mr. Vikram good friends and well wishers of the institution and Dr Robert Churchill from the University of Missouri, Sankara Nethralaya’s partner in collaborative research. SN OM Trust member Singer Prabhu’s mellifluous voice and crisp appeal won many hearts from the 1,400 strong audience and assurances to organize charity shows for Sankara Nethralaya’s cause from more than 10 Sangam presidents present at the venue.


Participation in the high profile ‘Person of the Year’ award ceremony conducted by Rediff.com and “India Abroad’ helped in showcasing Sankara Nethralaya to a large gathering of high profile and high net worth Indians gathered at the “The Pierre- A Taj Hotel’ at New York for the high power event. While the screening of the appeal made by Shri Amitabh Bachchan’ at the venue took Sankara Nethralaya’s story to the large gathering at the venue, the interview of Dr SS.Badrinath published in the special issue of ‘India Abroad’ reached out to its large reader base. The SN OM trust would also get 6 pages of advertisement space in the ‘India Abroad’ paper for year 2014 under the agreement of participation in the event.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Career pathways for allied health professionals



A career counselling session was organized by the Sankara Nethralaya Academy at its Vanagaram campus, Chennai on 13th July 2014 to facilitate students completing their schooling to discover new and exciting academic options, young people had an opportunity to discover a whole range of courses in the healthcare sector that could help them build a great career.


Prof S. Ramani, Principal of the Academy welcomed the students and parents attending the session.

Speaking on the occasion Shri A. Mahalingam, Assistant Registrar,TSNA gave a detailed account about the Institution and its facilities. He highlighted that the healthcare service sector is booming and that there are abundant career opportunities here, which he explained has made many institutions like the Sankara Nethralaya Academy to offer specialized courses in this sector to prepare students aspiring to be a part of this high growth industry.

Sri A. P Irungovel, Manager – Patients Education & Counselling dept, Sankara Nethralaya gave a presentation on Goal – Towards healthcare services. Mrs. C. G Sreedevi, Prof Hannah Priya, Dr. Coral, Ms. Ashwini and Mr Senthil the Program Coordinators of the session briefed the attendees on their respective course in detail.

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (TSNA),a unit of Medical Research Foundation, Chennai) is a forerunner and leader in the area of imparting healthcare and health management technology and draws its strength from its parent organizations, Sankara Nethralaya, the Medical Research Foundation and Vision Research Foundation, a State of the Art Research Facility.

The objective of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy is to create highly knowledgeable and skilled professionals / Allied Healthcare Professionals conversant with every area of healthcare and hospital management, to meet the increasing demand for competent professionals in this segment. “Allied Health Professionals’ are a distinct group of health professionals who apply their expertise to prevent disease transmission, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people of all ages and all specialities. Together with a range of technical and support staff they may deliver direct patient care, rehabilitation, treatment, diagnostics and health improvement interventions to restore and maintain optimal physical, sensory, psychological, cognitive and social functions.”Allied health professionals are vital for the delivery of holistic healthcare.

TSNA offers various Allied Health Science Programs in affiliation with the esteemed Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, Guindy, Chennai such as:

TSNA’s Diploma & Degree Courses for +2 Completed Candidates:
Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing Asst – 2years.

Diploma in Operation Theatre and Anaesthesia Technology – 2 years.

Diploma in Refraction & Dispensing – 2 years (diploma from TSNA, MRF).

Degree in BSc Medical Lab Technology – 3 years

Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing and FBDO Course( 3 years)

Degree in B.Sc – Hospital Management (3 years)


At the end of the counselling session, the Students and their parents discussed and clarified their queries on their preferred courses in detail and also collected the applications for these courses.
For more details on our courses, visit: www.thesnacademy.ac.in



Free Health Care Education for derserving students at The Sankara Nethralaya Academy

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai chosen as preferred ‘Examination Center’ by the prestigious ‘Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Edinburgh

Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai chosen as preferred ‘Examination Center’ by the prestigious ‘Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Edinburgh

World’s leading Contact lens practice and education bodies bestow rare honour on Sankara Nethralaya’s Contact Lens head

World’s leading Contact lens practice and education bodies bestow rare honour on Sankara Nethralaya’s Contact Lens head

Post graduate trainee’s stupendous performance wins her Gold

 Post graduate trainee’s stupendous performance wins her Gold

Post graduate trainee’s stupendous performance wins her Gold

 Post graduate trainee’s stupendous performance wins her Gold

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy gives participants a feel of real time Managerial skills

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy gives participants a feel of real time Managerial skills

‘Helen Keller Remembrance Day’ and ‘Dr. G. Sitalakshmi gift of sight awards’ observed at Sankara Nethralaya

‘Helen Keller Remembrance Day’ and ‘Dr. G. Sitalakshmi gift of sight awards’ observed at Sankara Nethralaya

TSNA successfully completes the second batch of its popular Hospital Financial Management Course

TSNA successfully completes the second batch of its popular Hospital Financial Management Course

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (TSNA) Conducted a Session on Role of Human Resource Management in Healthcare on 05.07.2014

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (TSNA) Conducted a Session on Role of Human Resource Management in Healthcare on 05.07.2014

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy gives participants a feel of real time Managerial skills

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy gives participants a feel of real time Managerial skills

One Day National Seminar on Human Resource Management

One Day National Seminar on Human Resource Management

Sunday, June 29, 2014

www.thesnacademy.ac.in/pdf/admission-open-for-2014-2015.pdf

www.thesnacademy.ac.in/pdf/admission-open-for-2014-2015.pdf

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai chosen as preferred ‘Examination Center’ by the prestigious ‘Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Edinburgh

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai chosen as preferred ‘Examination Center’ by the prestigious ‘Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Edinburgh

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » SPECIALITY CONTACT LENSES – An eye opener for practising Optometrists

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » SPECIALITY CONTACT LENSES – An eye opener for practising Optometrists

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Sankara Nethralaya Academy`s 7th batch of Certificate Course in Hospital Management (CCHM) inaugurated on 21.06.2014

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Sankara Nethralaya Academy`s 7th batch of Certificate Course in Hospital Management (CCHM) inaugurated on 21.06.2014

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Sankara Nethralaya Academy addresses the challenges of healthcare marketing

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Sankara Nethralaya Academy addresses the challenges of healthcare marketing

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Healthy Career Choices in Health Care

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Healthy Career Choices in Health Care

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » A Hands-on Summer Training programme by VIBS

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » A Hands-on Summer Training programme by VIBS

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Sankara Nethralaya’s giant stride to yet another milestone

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Sankara Nethralaya’s giant stride to yet another milestone

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Sankara Nethralaya Academy conducts a high power knowledge dissemination exercise

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Sankara Nethralaya Academy conducts a high power knowledge dissemination exercise

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Florence Nightingales of Sankara Nethralaya make a touching gesture on ‘International Nurse’s Day

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Florence Nightingales of Sankara Nethralaya make a touching gesture on ‘International Nurse’s Day

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Sankara Nethralaya Academy simplifies the finer nuances of IOL usage

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Sankara Nethralaya Academy simplifies the finer nuances of IOL usage

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Prestigious aid facilitating agency identifies Medical Research Foundation as an institution eligible to receive donations

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Prestigious aid facilitating agency identifies Medical Research Foundation as an institution eligible to receive donations

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ESO Alumni Association Award for the Best Research Publication for the year 2013-2014



Elite School of Optometry
(Unit of Medical Research Foundation)

ESO Alumni Association Award
for the
Best Research Publication for the year 2013-2014
Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from Elite School of Optometry.
I am glad to inform you all that the ESO Alumni Association (ESOAA) has instituted the
“ESO Alumni Association Award” for the “Best Research Publication” by any graduate of
ESO. The award carries a medal and a certificate. The award would be given every year
during the convocation function of ESO. Guidelines for eligibility for this year are given
below.

I request your kind co-operation in the form of submission of your publications for the
award. Also, I request you to spread the word among ESO graduates/alumni about the
award. The last date for submission is June 30, 2014

Best Regards,
R. Krishna Kumar.

ESO Alumni Association Award for the Best Research Publication
CALL FOR RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS
1. The “ESO Alumni Association Award” for the “Best Research Publication” will be
awarded to one graduate or alumnus of ESO.
2. The recipient of the award must be an author or co-author of a research
publication published between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Articles that have
been submitted or accepted for publication are not eligible for the award.
3. The publication must have arisen from the research work done by the recipient
during his/her studentship at ESO. By studentship, it is meant that the recipient
was registered as an undergraduate or post-graduate student at ESO during which
the research that resulted in the publication was carried out.
4. The research could have been completed any time prior to June 30, 2014. The
research could have completed at any place other than ESO but must have
originated during the author’s studentship at ESO; in this case, acknowledgement
of the work done at ESO/MRF must have been mentioned in the submitted
publication. 5. All publications in the form of original research article, review article, case report
or case series are eligible for the award. Publications in online free-access journals
are also eligible.
6. The submitted publication must have been published in a peer reviewed journal.
7. If the article has more than one author, clear description of the contribution of
each author the publication must be given in the cover letter. If the winning
submission has more than one ESO graduate/alumnus, the selection committee
will decide who will get the award.
8. All submissions must be sent to by email to esoaward@gmail.com. The
submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that states clearly (a) when
the work was initiated, (b) when was it completed, (c) the current affiliation of the
authors, (d) the contributions of each author to the publication, and (e) any other
relevant material that should be considered by the selection committee.
9. Last date for submission is June 30, 2014.
10. A committee constituting optometrists and vision scientists will evaluate the
submissions and decide on the award.
11. The award will be given to the winner during the convocation function every year.
The date, time and venue of the function will be intimated to the winner via email.
The same will be posted on ESO website.

*******



Dr S. Narasimhan Memorial Award” for the Best Research in Optometry 2013-2014



Instituted by Dr Rajagopal, S/0 Dr S Narasimhan
Elite School of Optometry
(Unit of Medical Research Foundation)

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from Elite School of Optometry.
I am glad to inform you all that the Dr S Rajagopal, S/O Dr S Narasimhnan has instituted the “Dr
S Narasimhan Memorial Award” for the “Best Research in Optometry”. The award carries a
Cash Prize, Plaque,and a certificate. The award would be given every year during the
convocation function of ESO. Guidelines for eligibility for this year are given below.

I request your kind co-operation in the form of submission of your publications for the award.
The last date for submission of Research paper is June 30, 2014. Also, I request you to spread
the word among ESO graduates/alumni about the award.

Best Regards,
R. Krishna Kumar.

 “Dr S. Narasimhan Memorial Award” for the Best Research in Optometry

1. The persons who are desirous of competing for the Award should send their names
along with the manuscript of the Research paper to the ESO office
(esoaward@gmail.com) through their Heads of the Department.

2. All Optometrists, Refractionists and postgraduate/Doctorate/ Fellowship students of
Sankara Nethralaya / Elite School of Optometry are eligible for the award.

3. A committee of three senior faculty members appointed by the Principal of Elite
School of Optometry will scrutinize these for the quality of the research content.
(Dr S. Narasimhan Memorial Award – Preliminary scrutiny committee)

4. The committee will scrutinize these papers for the quality of the research content
with marks awarded according to the criteria provided by the Principal of Elite
School of Optometry.

5. The Principal of Elite School of Optometry will select 3 to 5 of them after totaling the
marks for a presentation by the authors on a date and time fixed by him or her.

6. The authors of the selected papers will present the same to the audience consisting
of the Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Refractionists and Undergraduate
/postgraduate/Doctorate/ Fellowship students in both clinical and basic sciences. Instituted by Dr Rajagopal, S/0 Dr S Narasimhan

7. A panel of judges (Dr S. Narasimhan Memorial Award - Panel of Judges) consisting
of three senior faculty members will be appointed by the Principal of Elite School of
Optometry to select the best paper. The panel will be provided with the criteria
based on which the judges will provide the marks for each candidate.

8. The Principal of Elite School of Optometry will collect the results from the judges,
calculate the total marks obtained and announce the name of the awardees. In case
of a tie the award will be shared among all of them even if they are more than two.

9. The “Dr S. Narasimhan Memorial Award” for the Best Research in Optometry will
be presented to the recipient(s) at the annual convocation day. 

"Best Outgoing Optometry Intern" (Batch 2013 – 2014) at Sankara Nethralaya,Kolkata Clinical Optometry Internship



The prestigious award for the "Best Outgoing Optometry Intern" at the one year internship in Clinical Optometry at Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata Batch 2013 – 2014 goes to "RUKAIYA KHAN" from George College, Kolkata.

The student would receive a "Certificate of Appreciation" and a cash reward Rs 1000/- on 27-06-2014 at the farewell ceremony at SN Kolkata, Auditorium, Mukundapur Campus 5pm onwards.

The one year internship in clinical optometry at Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata in collaboration with the Sankara Nethralaya Academy headquartered at Chennai is a distinctive and the first and one of its kind clinical training programme in clinical optometry in Eastern India, which imparts training of impeccable standards and develops an institutionally trained professional optometrist.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fellowship in Low Vision Care

Fellowship in Low Vision Care

Fellowship in Low Vision Care

Fellowship in Low Vision Care

Fellowship in Vision Therapy : The Sankara Nethralaya Academy

Fellowship in Vision Therapy : The Sankara Nethralaya Academy

Fellowship Course in Contact Lens : The Sankara Nethralaya Academy

Fellowship Course in Contact Lens : The Sankara Nethralaya Academy

Certificate Course in Basic Binocular Vision : The Sankara Nethralaya Academy

Certificate Course in Basic Binocular Vision : The Sankara Nethralaya Academy

Integrated 3 Yr Bachelor of Science in Opthalmic Dispensing and FBDO Course (B.Sc FBDO)

Integrated 3 Yr Bachelor of Science in Opthalmic Dispensing and FBDO Course (B.Sc FBDO)

One Day Seminar On “Healthcare Marketing”

One Day Seminar On “Healthcare Marketing”

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Prestigious aid facilitating agency identifies Medical Research Foundation as an institution eligible to receive donations

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Prestigious aid facilitating agency identifies Medical Research Foundation as an institution eligible to receive donations

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Sankara Nethralaya Academy simplifies the finer nuances of IOL usage

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » Sankara Nethralaya Academy simplifies the finer nuances of IOL usage

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Florence Nightingales of Sankara Nethralaya make a touching gesture on ‘International Nurse’s Day

Sankara Nethralaya. A Mission For Vision » The Florence Nightingales of Sankara Nethralaya make a touching gesture on ‘International Nurse’s Day

Sunday, April 20, 2014

SPB Stage Show

SPB Special Performance

Idhaya Geethangal

Ilayaraja Tamil Songs Best Hits Collection

Kalady: The Triumph of Faith Over Time (Rediscovery of Sri Adi Shankarac...

The Sage of Kanchi: Life of Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati (Part 3 of 7)

The Sage of Kanchi: Life of Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati (Part 1 of 7)

Maha Periyava Rare Footage : Vellore Vijayam Dated Feb 15th 1984

Periyava Kural: வேத ரக்ஷணம்

Periyava Kural: வேத ரக்ஷணம்

'Periyava Kural' Audio Release At Sankara Nethralaya On 8th Jan 2013

'Deivathin kural' upanyasam_Apr 13th 2013 - Shri Ganesa Sarma

தெய்வத்தின் குரல் உபன்யாசம்: ஸ்ரீ கணேச சர்மா

Periyava Kural : Kamakshi Kadaksham

Experience With Maha Periyava: Ahobilam Jeer swamigal

'Periyava Kural' - Sankara Nethralaya function_8th Jan 2013

Sankara Nethralaya’s passion for service is now a proud record on the ‘Limca Book of Records’



The Elite School of Optometry is the teaching and training arm of Sankara Nethralaya offering basic to advanced courses in optometry in collaboration with the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani. It is rated as among the best optometry schools in the world and also engages in collaborative research and knowledge dissemination with some of the world’s best optometry institutions. In keeping with the Sankara Nethralaya philosophy and spirit of service to society, the institution engages itself in delivering cost free community ophthalmology in the form of high quality, comprehensive eye screenings. While the ESO conducts such free eye screening camps on normal days and important days such as World Sight Day, World glaucoma week, Eye Donation fortnight etc in the neighborhoods of the city, its forte is screening of school children. It conducts regular camps at schools in the State and in AP jointly with the Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya. The salient feature of these camps is the distribution of special, unbreakable glasses to the children. The Elite School of Optometry was also in the news recently for developing the first Logmar chart for eye testing in Tamil and having them installed in public places like the Anjaneya temple, Ashok Nagar, Anjaneya temple, Nanganallur and Jeeva Park, Thiyagaraya Nagar to enable the general public check their eye power/sight by themselves. This has been very well received by the public.

The 8th of October 2012 turned out to be a Red Letter Day for the ESO and a watershed in the history of community ophthalmology in the country. In an extremely well planned and perfectly carried out exercise of mammoth proportion the optometrists, optometry students, friends, volunteers and members of the Lions Club numbering 123 grouped themselves into 15 teams and fanned off to 38 corporation schools spread over Royapuram, Washermanpet, Adayar, Taramani, Velacheri and Thiruvanmiyur. A massive 8469 students were screened for all kinds of refractive errors in a high level screening operation that started at the stroke of 8:30am and ended at 4:30 pm. This was followed by distribution of free glasses and referral of more complex cases to the base hospital.

This herculean effort has been recognized by the prestigious ‘Limca Book of Records’ as a national record for the maximum number of eye screenings to be performed in a single day and the ESO has been issued a certificate for the same.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

ELITE SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY - ESO sets a National Record


The Sankara Nethralaya Academy launches ‘Nethra Vidhya’ a highly interactive and educative continuing education program



As an institution in the forefront of Sankara Nethralaya’s real time teaching and training initiatives the Sankara Nethralaya Academy had launched the ‘Continuing Optometric Education Program’ back in 2010. The same was revived, enhanced, aptly renamed as ‘Nethra Vidhya’- A Continuing Optometric Education Progam- 2014’and relaunched recently with great enthusiasm. The first session of this series of six educative, informative and interactive sessions for students/practising optometrists titled ‘Progressing with the Progressives’ a clinically relevant topic for all practising optometrists and students got off to a flourishing start at the Sri VD Swami auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya Main campus on 30th of March, 2014.

The program started with a welcome address and introduction to the COE series by Ms. Anuja R Singh - Head of Optometry Courses, the Sankara Nethralaya Academy. Thirty three participants consisting of students, and practising optometrists from different levels attended the session which covered topics like fitting and designs in Progressive lenses, recent advancements, different progressive lenses available in the market and so on in great detail. The afternoon saw participants attending a live practical session which included a visit to the Sankara Nethralaya Optical services unit and a demo of visioffice equipment. This was followed by videos on lens manufacturing and case presentations on different trouble
shooting conditions. The participants were presented with a kit sponsored by Essilor which included basic equipments needed to fit Progressive addition lenses. The in-depth observations and guidelines by the speakers gave a rare insight into the art and science of fitting Progressive addition lenses to the participants and made it a day to remember and cherish. The rapt attention and the excellent and encouraging feedback by the students attending the session is a testimonial to the in-depth quality of the topic material and ground work which had gone into preparing and presenting the program and the excellent skills of the presenters.
The session ended with a vote of thanks by the Sankara Nethralaya team with all the participants having enjoyed the full day session on the art and science of dispensing Progressive lenses.

The next ‘Nethra Vidhya’ COE session is slated to be held on 4th May on the topic "Modern trends in IOL Power calculation".

Certification ceremony of the sixth batch of the “Weekend CERTIFICATE COURSE IN HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT (CCHM)”


The event was conducted to present Certificates to the sixth batch of The participants of this course belonging to mid and senior level management positions from a broad spectrum of health care institutions ranging from single specialty to multi-specialty hospitals found the course to be of great relevance to their vocation in terms of enhancing their skill sets, equipping them to handle direct and related healthcare issues and to organize their departments much better.

While the course won overall praise for its holistic approach to hospital management, in-depth, wide and well researched content and professional levels of tutoring by the faculty, TSNA staff members won praise and admiration for their efforts in making the entire learning experience very pleasant and memorable.
The certification awarding ceremony of the 12 weekend certificate program in Hospital Management conducted by the Sankara Nethralaya academy, an education wing of the Sankara Nethralaya, a unit of Medical Research Foundation was conducted successfully on 12.04.2014 at the Sri VD Swami Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya Main Campus.

On their successful completion of their course the students had the good fortune of having an interactive session with the Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya & the SN Academy Padma Bhushan Dr SS Badrinath, they shared their experiences with him and received their certificates from him.
The Senior Management Executives from premium health care institutions like Med India Hospital, Trinity Hospital, Hindu Mission Health Services, Madras Medical Mission, DOC Medical Services and other renowned Healthcare institutions who participated in this weekend Certificate Course in Hospital management shared their feedback about this session most enthusiastically.

We take pleasure in sharing their views and feedback below

Mr G Bharanidharan – Novartis Healthcare Pvt Ltd:
The TSNA’s Hospital management Course has really helped me a lot in my personal and career growth by helping me to identify and leverage my hidden skills and to improve my Leadership capabilities, Time management, Sales skills, rapport building, Customer care and customer satisfaction, I would like to thank the SN academy and its staff for conducting the CCHM course which has helped in vastly enhancing my knowledge.

Mrs Ashlatha V - Administrative Officer, MMM, Chennai:
A well thought out and formulated course, a difficult task on the hand for the organizers to conceptualize and capsule it in a compressed version. It gave us - the participants, a bird’s eye view of the functioning of various administrative departments of a hospital. Overall the course provided us an insight into the functioning of hospital administration.

The various reference or interesting material related to hospital administration and individual growth sent to the participants was of great help in understanding various aspects and enriched our knowledge and understanding. Also a special thanks for emailing our course material after every session which will serve as a reference for now and future. A structured and extremely professional course from a well structured and professional organization.

Mrs.T.C.Sharmila – Vice Chairman, Med India Hospital, Chennai:
Thank you very much for the wonderful experience we had at the week end course in Hospital Management at Sankara Nethralaya.I really enjoyed and learnt many things that has to be looked forward to run a good hospital. ACADEMY AND ADMINISTRATION are like two wings needed to come out in flying colours.

Ms Sabri Jayanthan – Director – DOC Medical Services, Chennai:
The Indian healthcare industry has progressed at an impressive pace over the past few years. Growing population, increasing affordability, increased health insurance penetration, increased patient awareness, out-of-the-box unconventional thinking by the healthcare players will drive the future of healthcare services in India. Attending The Sankara Nethralaya Academy`s Weekend Hospital Management course has helped me identify avenues for improvement in my institution. With this knowledge we can move forward positively and make a difference to the society.

Mr A Mahalingam – The Program coordinator and Assistant Registrar of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy took this opportunity to thanked the participants for their cooperation and wished them on their successful completion, he also thanked the organizations which had sponsored their staff members for the course, he had a high word of praise for the dedication and knowledge of the faculty members and thanked them for their excellent support to run this course very successfully. The Assistant Registrar also announced that the Sankara Nethralaya Academy`s 2 days national Seminar on “Emerging Trends in Hospital Administration would be held on 9 & 10th May 2014”

The forthcoming seminar would witness in –depth and interactive sessions on every facet of Hospital Administration by eminent personalities and experts in their respective fields which would equip the participants to gear up to the stiff competition emerging in the healthcare industry. More details available in our website: www.thesnacademy.ac.in
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Students from Premium European B – School highly impressed with Sankara Nethralaya’s infrastructure and services



The ‘Management Center Innsbruck’ is a premium educational institution in Austria which offers in MBA, MSc and many Executive Certified programs, the institution also conducts management seminars and research. The institution partners with the IIT-Madras for its management programs and its students spend a part of their semester at the IIT-Madras. The students of the Innsbruck management Center visited the Sankara Nethralaya main campus and the Jaslok Community Ophthalmology Center identified by the IIT-madras as a preferred destinations for their on the job learning at a healthcare center. The students met the Executive Director Dr KS. Vasan and were thoroughly briefed on the various activities of the institution by Dr SS.Badrinath. They were highly impressed by the Research, patient care, training and teaching and extensive community services being carried out. They had a high word of praise for the staff who served with a smile, their dedication and team work and the low infection rates of the institution even by world standards. The students from Innsbruck and the faculty of IIT were most satisfied and fulfilled with the visit.

We take pleasure in sharing the note of appreciation from the Professor& Dean, Management Studies at IIT-Madras to the Assistant Registrar of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy below

Dear Sri Mahalingam,

We have few words to express our thanks and gratitude for the superb arrangements you made to enable the students from Management Center, Innsbruck, make a fruitful visit to your facilities. We must thank all of your colleagues who participated in making the visit very valuable. Special thanks are due to your Chairman, Dr. Badrinath and his team for having spared valuable time to interact with the students. I must add that the lunch was delicious and everyone enjoyed it.

The students have shared their happiness at having directly learned about one of the finest eye-care facilities, and most importantly, the social and operational dimensions of your Institution.
If there is any way we could be of use to your work, please do inform me. Looking forward to further association with you and all in your team, and with

Best wishes,
L. S. Ganesh.Professor, Department of Management Studies (DoMS), and Dean of Students, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MADRAS, CHENNAI 600036. INDIA.

CONTINUING OPTOMETRIC EDUCATION - "NETHRA VIDHYA" - SN ACADEMY





HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION SYMPOSIUM


Saturday, April 12, 2014

A highly touched and moved Badrinaths see an extension of their ‘dream turning into reality’ at Gujarat on their visit to the ‘Drashti Nethralaya’ located in the deep and remote tribal settlements of Gujarat!



Dr SS.Badrinath and Dr Vasanthi Badrinath made a trip to Gujarat to visit a place very close to their heart, a place inspired by their institution and governed by the same lofty principles of service and sacrifice. The Drashti Nethralaya which they were visiting is a fruit of the passion, dedication and sacrifice of a highly motivated and idealistic doctor couple Dr Mehul Shah and Dr Shreya Shah serving the poorest of the poor patients living in the second biggest tribal region of the country. Dr Mehul Shah had done his Fellowship in vitreo retina at Sankara Nethralaya, he was highly inspired by his Alma Mater and wanted to set up a similar facility functioning on the same principles at his native Dahod in Gujarat which is not served by the most basic Medicare. It was a great challenge and the young doctor received the total support and cooperation of his wife Dr Shreya Shah, the couple proved singlehandedly that where there is a strong will there is always a way. The Drashti Nethralaya treats 80% of its patients totally cost free and has evolved special techniques to deliver high quality eye care to the tribals.

The selfless service being rendered by this young couple to the have-nots at considerable cost to their own life style, comfort and well being highly impressed and moved Dr SS.Badrinath and he observed in the visitor’s book ‘All of us have dreams and we are most happy when these dreams are fulfilled, today I stand in front of the Drashti Nethralaya most happy with my dreams fulfilled. Thirukural the ancient Tamil treatise on life and the principles of living says that nothing can be more joyous to parents than the moment when their children achieve greatness and are recognized by the world and this was a moment of pride to the parents of the institute (Sankara Nethralaya) which inspired the young doctors into creating the Drashti Nethralaya.

Do not let unhealthy vision practises become an occupational hazard; let occupational optometry enhance the power of your vision and productivity




Most of us would recall the caring advice from our parents and elders at home during our early schooling days on the need to adopt a proper reading and writing posture, a posture which would let the light both natural and from the electrical lighting at home to fall on our books to enable better visibility. It was common for elders to pull us up for reading in a dimly lit room, sitting against the focus of the light or in some case stooping over the books and letting our own shadows block the light. Our elders although not formally exposed to the nuances of optometry took a commonsense approach to optimal lighting in the work/study place; they realized that poor or wrong lighting would harm the eyes and quality of work and we received our first lessons in occupational optometry in the form of lighting and its impact from home grown wisdom. Today Occupational Optometry is a highly developed and advanced science and art which lays the principles of lighting, eye safety, vision and eye care suitable for a wide array of occupations. Adherence to the principles of occupational optometry at the workplace ensures the safety and good health of the eyes, better vision leading to greater accuracy and work perfection and ultimately to an increase in production. The Elite School of Optometry the teaching and training arm of Sankara Nethralaya pioneered the teaching of occupational optometry more than a decade ago. Professor Dr P.P.Santanam a renowned occupational health medicine specialist who served as the Principal of the institution and Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya were instrumental in according its due importance to occupational optometry right at the inception of the institute.

We take great pleasure in sharing an interesting article on this vital branch of optometry by Dr R.Krishna Kumar, Principal, Elite School of Optometry

OCCUPATIONAL OPTOMETRY SERVICE

Good vision (eyesight) of the individual and adequate lighting on the task in the workplace is essential for optimal work performance of the personnel in any industry. It helps in reducing the accident rate and absenteeism and positively enhances the safety, health, morale and well being. In turn, it helps any industry to increase productivity, quality and success. Studies have shown that good lighting can be expected to increase productivity by about 8 % in metal industry. This can be undoubtedly improved further by taking care of the seeing abilities of the workforce through step by step approach of occupational optometry care (eye care).
In occupational optometry program, the optometrist is primarily concerned with stimulating and coordinating the efforts of management to ensure the effective and productive utilization of vision of the employees and its conservation through the following:

Visual task Analysis of different jobs in work area: Visual task analysis aims at acquiring the information on visual demand each job creates on the individual worker at the job. Optometrist will visit each work station and collect the following details: job description, lighting, working distance, size of the task, work area, position of the worker on the job, need for eye/head movement, need for extent of field of vision, need for color vision, need for depth perception, need for special accuracy of the job, need for personal protective equipments, hazardous materials/ chemicals and its impact on the eye and vision. In addition, individual job competency will be sought from the work station supervisor.

Determination of the Visual capability and defects of employees: Based on the visual task analysis of different jobs in work area, battery of tests will be planned and the visual capability and ocular status of the each employee will be documented. For example, the stereopsis will be the part of the examination if binocular function is found to be needed for the job. Color vision testing will be done if the job demands color vision function. In addition, each employee will be asked for his/her ocular symptoms, general health status and any previous ocular history (e.g. injury and exposure to physical, electromagnetic radiation and chemical hazards). Also, stress will be laid on the availability of personal protective equipments and its usage.
Management and Referral: At the end of the examination, glasses and personal protective equipment will be prescribed along with the proper usage and maintenance. Proper advice will be given to the employees on contact lens usage. For other conditions namely, binocular vision anomalies, ocular conditions (cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy etc.) proper referral will be done. However, for conditions like dry eye, if the occupation/environment is found to be the inducing factor proper advice will be given.
Indoctrination and Education of employees: Awareness campaign among the workers and the family members will be done through various methods especially on how to safeguard ones eyesight in working environment. Also on general awareness about various systemic diseases related to eye. Importance of regular eye check up and personal protective equipments and their benefit both to the individual and to the organization will also constitute the education of the employees and the employer.

Report to the Employer: A report will be submitted to the employer along with the recommendations on spectacles, safety eye wear, lighting and other environmental related issues as observed by the optometrist.
Follow –up: This will be done after a period of six months to one year from the time of the report submitted to the employer. The aim of this visit is to see the impact of the service provided by the optometrists. It constitutes the visit to the work area, interaction with the supervisors, employees and the employer.
Also optometrists can contribute to the pre placement and periodical medical examinations of employees and give input in case of compensation evaluation.

Our Previous Experiences with Industries:

We offered our Occupational Optometry Services to the following industries:

01) Goldsmith / Jewellery making industry (organized and unorganized sector) 02) IT industry 03) Watch makers (unorganized sector) 04) Iron and steel manufacturing industry 05) Furniture manufacturing company 06) Sand Benefication plant. 07) Electronic industry 08) Lathe works 09) Agro pulp machinery small scale industry. 10) Drivers. 11) Petrochemical Industry

If you want to avail the above services for your employees, please contact the following person:

Dr R Krishna Kumar, Optometrist, Occupational Optometry Services Ms.R Monica, Optometrist, Occupational Optometry Services Email ID: kk@snmail.org or monica@snmail.org
Landline Number:044 2234 6023

Head of Sankara Nethralaya’s Contact Lens department chosen for yet another international accolade!



The International Association of Contact Lens Educators’ has chosen Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan the dynamic Contact Lens department head at Sankara Nethralaya as the recipient of the first ‘ IACLE Contact lens educator of the Year’ award for the Asia Pacific region. This award is instituted for the first time this year. The award is a high recognition of the pioneering role and accomplishments of an individual in the field of contact lens education and awareness creation. The award has been instituted by the IACLE a leading provider of educational and information resources essential for contact lens education. IACLE was started in 1979 as a non-profit and is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promote the safe use of contact lens worldwide. The IACLE award is sponsored by Cooper Vision and supported by the British Contact lens Association.It is noteworthy that the association gives only one award per region and Dr Rajeswari has been selected for the very first award for the Asia Pacific region. This year’s award would be presented at the ‘British Contact Lens association Clinical Conference & Exhibition at Birmingham, UK scheduled to take place from the 6th to 9th June 2014.
Dr Rajeswari heads Sankara Nethralaya Contact Lens clinic and is also a lecturer of optometry at the Elite School of Optometry. She is the second Indian to be awarded a PhD in optometry and the first to in the field of Contact lens. She has also completed a 9 week PROSE clinical fellowship at the Boston Foundation for Sight, USA. Dr Rajeswari was honoured as a ‘Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society’ for specialty in scleral lens fitting. The society specializes in
imparting knowledge and training to Contact Lens Practitioners in the science and art of fitting sclera lenses for Corneal transplants and Ocular Surface disorders.
The Contact lens clinic at Sankara Nethralaya plays a major role in educating users, conducting research and seminars on Contact Lens usage under her vibrant stewardship. The clinic has a whole range of contact lens comprising Pediatric, prosthetic, X-chrome, and variety of lenses like scleral, semi-scleral lenses to meet the needs of challenging contact lens requirements.

Dr SS.Badrinath and Dr Vasanthi Badrinath felicitated at Advanced Vitreo Retinal Techniques and Technology 2014 (AVRT 2014) at Ahmedabad for their valuable contributions to the field



It is more than 36 years since a young doctor considered as one of the best Vitreo retinal surgeons of his time came back from the US to serve his motherland, his passion and dream manifested as Sankara Nethralaya an eye care center which boasts of one of the finest and most advanced Vitreo-retina clinics anywhere in the world. Nothing fascinates and excites Dr SS.Badrinath to this day than his field of specialization and expertise, a man who does not miss an opportunity to keep himself abreast and staying tuned to the latest in his field, he participated in the Advanced Vitreo Retinal Techniques and Technology 2014 (AVRT 2014) at Ahmedabad where he and Dr Vasanthi Badrinath were being felicitated for their contributions to the development of ‘Retina Vitreous Specialty’ in India and for projecting the country to the international arena. He was participating at the invite of his old friend and veteran Vitreo retinal surgeon Dr Pran Nagpal and his sons Dr Manish and Dr Ashish Nagpal of the Retina Foundation, Ahmedabad.

Dr. S. Natarajan a former senior Vitreo-Retinal surgeon of Sankara Nethralaya is crowned with glory at Mexico



Dr. S. Natarajan shares his joy and excitement.
My Dear Sir,
I just landed in Mumbai from Mexico.  I remember you always, especially during a live Surgery. I did a live surgery at Mexico City. They had kept a very tough case. ‘Advance Diabetic Traction Retinal detachment’. When they showed the fundus hoto of the case to the hall, all the doctors assembled were shocked, such a tough case was put for live surgery by me. They actually pitied me. But after I started the 25 G vit with Chandelier illumination + Bimanual Scissors forceps, Delamination, roportional vitrectomy+Pfcl+Endo laser. I was quite quick, meticulous like I did live surgery at Ahmedabad in front of my Guru Dr. S.S.Badrinath and Dr. P.N.Nagpal on 23 rd March 2014. This proportional Vitrectomy Delamination is a new echnique I presented in Frankfurt on 16 March 2014. After I finished the live surgery, everybody gave a thunderous applause and the chief Dr. David declared I am the King of Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and the best who has done maximum number of Vitrectomy for Diabetic TRD in the planet. It is nice to be looked after royally as the only “THE INDIAN VR SURGEON”. Everybody speaks only Spanish.
The American speakers and myself were the only one who spoke English. The entire live surgery was translated simultaneously to Spanish and English. A great experience, as the only Indian in Mexico. So far away. Dr. De Juan, Dr. Steven Schwartz, Jules Stein and other American surgeons were zapped. Since there were no iatrogenic breaks, hemorrhage or any other complication. For this Dr. De Juan commented that I am lucky. I replied that I and Dr. Badrinath believe only Karma- Skills and not luck.
Thank you SIR!  For all your care, affection and Love. I am going to Tokyo, Japan for the World Ophthalmology Congress 2014 (WOC 2014). I have more than10 presentations to make. Are you coming to Tokyo?
Stanislao Rizzo and Dr. Nagpal commented that I am the Emperor.
I am very happy, to be your STUDENT!!
With lots of love and affection!
Dr S.Natarajan

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Niche ophthalmic facility springs to a vibrant start



The highly prestigious and one of its kind, Uvea department at Sankara Nethralaya got off to an auspicious launch on Sunday, 30th March 2014 at the 4th floor of the Sri Venugopal Block, Sankara Nethralaya Main campus with the lighting of the traditional lamp by Dr.Soumya Swaminathan, Director, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis and Dr. K. Namitha Bhuvaneswari, Director & Superintendent, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Chennai.

Zora Neale Hurston’s quote “Research is formalized curiosity, it is poking and prying with a purpose”, by the compeer Dr. Saranya Sarah Abraham, Fellow at the Medical Retina and Uvea Department gave a befitting start to the day’s function.

Following the welcome address by Dr. Amala E.George, Senior Consultant at the UVEA department, Dr. Mamta Agarwal, Senior Consultant, UVEA read the greeting message of Dr. Narsing A. Rao, Director of Uveitis Services, USC Eye Institute, University of Southern California, USA, who congratulated the Uvea team at Sankara Nethralaya, headed by Dr.Prof.Jyotirmay Biswas for establishing a superb sub-specialty department and receiving global acclaim for spearheading research, training and clinical management of Uveal inflammations, infections and disorders.

Introducing fellow faculty members Dr.Sudharshan, Senior Consultant at the UVEA department said the department saw over 1200 new cases every year in addition to the 3000 odd old patients who underwent complex Uveitis treatment in association with supportive specialties such as the Microbiology and pathology departments.

Dr.Jyotirmay Biswas, Director, Uvea, subtly quoting TH Huxley on “Known is finite, unknown being infinite… the quest for knowledge and research is ever growing” traced the genesis of the department from 1983 he hailed his predecessor Dr.Rajnikantha, a pioneer in Uvea, for her immaculate recording of cases that greatly aided critical research findings in intra ocular inflammations, lesions, vision threatening choroditis, her landmark study of Eales’ disease, its association with Tuberculosis and currently the study on HIV affectation of UVEA. He pointed out that the department had over 300 research publications and innumerable chapters in books to its credit, its members have authored several books, the most significant ones including “Atlas of Uveitis and Scleritis”, “Ocular lesions in AIDS” to name a few. He added that Uvea cases involving scleritis were often challenging and Tuberculosis Uveitis patients were usually treated with anti TB drugs, steroids and immuno suppressive agents and timely treatment enhanced vision restoration.
Dr.Biswas had a high word of praise for Dr. Sudha K Ganesh, Deputy Director, for her deft skills in performing complicated cataract surgeries, managing Uveal inflammations.

Introducing Dr. Namitha K.Bhuvaneswari, Director and Superintendent at the Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Chennai, Dr. Suchitra Pradeep, Consultant, Uvea department recalled that Dr. Namitha was the premier force in bringing ORBIS to India.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Namitha congratulated Dr. Biswas for his yeoman research work that helped budding Uvea experts all around the globe. Quoting statistics at government ophthalmic institutions on treatment and management of UVEAL disorders, she pleaded with ophthalmic practitioners for timely referral of crucial endophthalmitis cases for tertiary treatment to pursue damage control measures and to restore vision.

Dr.Parthopratim Dutta Majumder, Associate Consultant, UVEA department introduced Dr.Sowmya Swaminathan, the Chief Guest of the evening as an authority in the treatment of Tuberculosis-Ocular diseases who had over 170 publications and 15 books to her credit and currently served as the Chair of the HIV section of the International Union against TB and Lung Diseases and Director, National Institute For Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai.

Releasing the book highlighting facilities at Sankara Nethralaya’s UVEA department, Dr. Sowmya in her presidential address, showered her praise on Sankara Nethralaya for its excellence in clinical practice, patient care, academics and being a tower of inspiration to one and all.

Dr.Sowmya had a deep word of appreciation for Dr.H.N.Madhavan, Director, Microbiology department, VRF for aiding exemplary diagnostic processes.

Dr.Sowmya recalled her association with Dr.Biswas when they treated patients for extra pulmonary TB particularly Uveitis where tissue/ fluid for diagnosis was difficult and hence diagnosis were based on other evidences, CMV retinitis, pan uveitis and multi drug resistant tuberculosis cases.

The function concluded with a cultural program by Shri Badri Surendran followed by dinner.

UVEA CLINIC INAGURATION



Sunday, March 30, 2014

A highly principled policeman shares his principles for success


Sankara Nethralaya was graced by Shri Sivanandhan the former DGP of Maharashtra, a morally upright and fearless man, a man who had risked his life and limbs in fulfilling the call of duty in the most extraordinary situations, a policeman who rose to the occasion not only in reviving and maintaining law and order and ensuring the safety of the citizens but also through his deep commitment to his men in uniform and their families. Shri Sivanandhan had co-authored the book ‘Chanakya’s 7 secrets of Leadership’ along with Shri Radhakrishnan Pillai which was recently launched by Dr SS.Badrinath, he was at Sankara Nethralaya to share his views at the behest of his close friend Dr Natarajan of Aditya Jyot Hospital, Mumbai a friend and well wisher of Sankara Nethralaya and Dr SS.Badrinath.

Dr. Neha Shrirao, Oculoplasty Fellow got the day’s proceedings started with an introduction to the distinguished Chief guest highlighting his stellar role in suppressing naxalism, reviving Mumbai from the paralysis of fear created by the underworld, revamping the entire security infrastructure of Mumbai after the 20/11 terrorist attack. Speaking on the occasion Dr KS.Vasan, Managing Director, Sankara Nethralaya observed that he had read the book “7 secrets of leadership” inspired by the writings of the 4th Century BC thinker Chanakya who had written on a host of topics including general able administration of the State, foreign relations, espionage, military strategy, leadership etc in his book Arthashastra which were highly relevant even today, Dr. Vasan observed that he saw these qualities in good measure in Shri Sivanandhan and described him as a class of leaders who were far and few. He highlighted that the role and challenges of a leader in the police or military were far more demanding than what leadership demanded in civilian society or the corporate world and Shri Sivanandhan had demonstrated admirable courage and rendered exemplary service in the most tough and challenging environment. He lauded Shri Sivanandhan for his role in transforming the Mumbai Police force by reviving their morale, streamlining the immigration process through a single window system and closed his talk by describing him as a ‘Beacon of Hope’

What followed was a most gripping and motivating talk on the topic “Combating difficulties and doubting minds’ aided by extraordinary audio-visual clippings by a master communicator on the qualities of passion, confidence, team work, dedication, integrity and so on. Shri Sivanandhan started his talk with fulsome praise for Dr SS.Badrinath, Founder & Chairman Emeritus Sankara Nethralaya whom he lauded as an example of a man who had achieved the impossible and yet remained unassuming and humble, adding that he was trying to emulate him in a small way. He interspersed his talk with interesting anecdotes and experiences from his own life, from books right from the Thirukural to Paul Coelho’s ‘Alchemist’, to drive his point home. He listed the qualities, role and challenges of a leader, underlining that a leader should own responsibility when things tend to fail and give credit to his team when plans succeed.

He closed his highly invigorating and motivating talk with an appeal to the audience to have a vision, the passion to fulfill the vision, the courage to overcome obstacles and failures, a sterling character and moral principles in achieving success, brimming self confidence in oneself, discipline and self belief, assuring that nothing can come in the way of them and their dreams if they were committed to these ideals. The highly motivated and charged audience could sense the striking similarity between Shri Sivanandhan and their own Founder, Leader and Mentor Dr SS.Badrinath in terms of how one man can turn the world around and achieve great things against all odds, in his life time in terms of justice to his profession, care and concern to his team members and selfless service to society at large.

4th Annual SNK Optometry Symposium



NEW UVEA CLINIC INAUGURATION



World Optometry Day @ George Telegraph College Group