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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


World Optometry Day @ George Telegraph College Group

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The 13th Dr E.Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific session

The Dr E.Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific Session the annual session on vision science and optometry conducted by the Elite School of Optometry, named after Dr E.Vaithilingam a giant in the field of optometry who served the institution with distinction between 1991- 2001, a period which witnessed significant contributions to the growth of R&D entered its 13th session in March 2014. The event is conducted annually with the objective of felicitating a dynamic exchange of the latest research findings, experiences and learning of experienced optometry professionals to students pursuing optometry. This year’s session had 15 colleges from all over the country participating in it. The proceedings got off to an auspicious start with an invocation by Nihaana, Kharthiya and Sahana students of the Elite School of Optometry. Dr. S.Meenakshi, Director, Academics, Sankara Nethralaya extended a warm welcome to the dignitaries and participants after which Ms Rajeswari from the optical services department, Sankara Nethralaya gave an interesting note on the symposium. The opening day of the symposium witnessed in-depth talks and interactive exchanges with a strong emphasis on contact lens and its usage ranging from changes in ocular surface affected by changes in environment, key role of cleaning in lens care, issues of ocular flora, allergies among lens users and the transition to disposable lens.

The in-depth presentations on these topics made by experienced professionals from the respective fields was ably consolidated by Ms. Rajeswari after which Ms. Viji, Manager Optometry, Sankara Nethralaya presented an interesting curtain raiser to the forthcoming sessions on ‘Clinician to Researcher’. This was followed by highly interesting and informative case discussions on Low Vision Clinic, Vision therapy, Binocular Vision, Contact lens, Imaging and an interesting talk on what the future holds by Ms Rashima. Ms. Anuradha, Lecturer, ESO made a crisp and concise consolidation of the cases discussed after which Dr.L.Vijaya gave away the awards to the winners.

This year’s session witnessed the presentation of 64 scientific abstracts of which 14 were selected for review; the best presentation in the student category was bagged by Ms Banumathi of ESO while the best paper in the regular award went to Ms. Shwetha of Manipal University. While 24 case reports were presented the award for the best 5 case reports went to Mr. Nihar Davey, Ms. Archayetha, Ms. Srividya, Ms. Greeshma and Ms. Rinu Thomas, all from the Elite School of Optometry the session also witnessed the presentation of 9 ESO-Essilor travel awards.

Meet on hospital administration:

Times of India
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Meet on hospital administration:
A seminar on emerging trends in hospital administration will be held by Sankara
Nethralaya Academy on May 9 and 10.
It will train mid and senior level healthcare professionals on latest management
techniques.For details, call 9710485295.
NT Bureau, Chennai, March 17:
Seminar on Emerging Trends in Hospital Administration
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy is conducting a two-day
national seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Hospital
Administration’ on 9th & 10th May 2014.
According to a press release, the conference would bring together
senior level healthcare experts from various regions to share their
thoughts, observations and steps taken by them to improve
patient flow and enhance safety and work fl ow processes leading
to a great Patient experience.
The seminar will also focus on successful healthcare strategies,
proven patient-care techniques, quality standardisation tips, new
hospital management trends and an overall road map to an
effective healthcare system.
The interactive seminar would witness in-depth presentations by
experts and industry leaders from across the country.
For more details visit: www.thesnacademy.ac.in or contact the
seminar organising secretary A Mahalingam at 97104 85295/
email: mahali@snmail.org

Course in hospital financial mgmnt

Course in hospital financial mgmnt
By Express News Service - CHENNAI
Published: 22nd March 2014 07:27 AM
Last Updated: 22nd March 2014 07:27 AM
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy has introduced a certificate course in hospital financial management for non-finance professionals, doctors, administrative executives in the hospital sector, and healthcare institutions who want to enhance their knowledge and gain experience in the field of management.
The program will cover the financial concepts and techniques in a practical and interactive manner, and is designed to improve the participants’ financial comprehension and decision-making capabilities, said a release.
P R Ravindran, chartered-cum-cost accountant and former chief general manager, Sankara Nethralaya, will be handling the classes. Those enrolling for the complete module will receive a certificate at the end of the program.
The 12-week course will begin on April 5 and classes will be held on Saturdays between 3 and 6 pm on the main campus of Sankara Nethralaya, Nungambakkam.
To enrol for the programme, register in advance. For details, log on to www.thesnacademy.ac.in

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

An old friend and well wisher of Sankara Nethralaya bids his final farewell

We share with a sense of deep grief and regret that leading cardiologist, eminent writer, highly accomplished teacher and researcher of Oriya culture and a good friend of our Chief and the Sankara Nethralaya family, Dr Kabi Prasad Misra, passed away on the 15th of March 2014, the sudden end to a most eventful and active career of a doctor who was always on the move came characteristically when he was addressing an audience at Katak, Orissa. A most warm and affable person and a good friend of our Chief Dr. Misra became highly attached to Chennai and its people whom he served with distinction in his capacity as senior cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals for 25 eventful years, a period when he authored more than 25 books, published 125 white papers and taught students of cardiology with distinction. A multi-faceted personality he had a deep passion for Odisha culture and the Jagannath Temple on which he had done great research, he was also actively involved with the Utkal society of Madras, a man with a deep social and charitable disposition he had founded 5 charitable trusts doing great social and charitable work. Dr. Misra was honoured with the ‘Outstanding Service’ award by the Rotary club and also received several prestigious awards for his academic and professional accomplishments.

The city of Chennai reciprocated its love and respect in equal measure and Dr SS.Badrinath played a key role in creating the Dr. KP.Misra Endowment Lecture as a tribute to him. A pressing need to take care of his mother at her old age compelled the learned doctor to move back to his native Odisha where he was posted as Director, Medical Education and Training, Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar. The Sankara Nethralaya family would miss the in-depth and lively speech of this great man on the ‘Art of communicating and teaching’ delivered on ‘Teacher’s day’ when the endowment Lecture is held in his honour every year.
The members of the Sankara Nethralaya family joins their Chief Dr SS.Badrinath in expressing their deep sorrow and heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and pray for the departed soul to rest in peace.

Sankara Nethralaya’s ‘Chief’ planner, leader and strategist launches a book on leadership.

The writings of Chanakya the great Indian thinker and advisor to the rulers of his time, who lived during the golden era of the Guptas, have a timeless quality about them. One would find it amazing that his treatises on subjects like State craft, war strategy, espionage, foreign affairs and general administration of the State are highly relevant and hold good even today. The thoughts and genius of Chanakya have been encapsulated in the form of corporate sutras which could be easily applied to today’s world in a book titled ‘Chanakya’s 7 secrets of Leadership’ authored jointly by Shri Radhakrishnana Pillai, Director-Founder of Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership and Shri D.Sivanandam former DGP of Maharashtra. The book release and an interactive post release session by the authors was held at Landmark the city’s leading book store and was participated by Dr RK. Raghavan, former CBI director, Shri KVS.Murthy, Shri Shakeel Akthar, Additional Commissioner of Police and Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya

Guest Lecture by Sri D Sivanandhan @ Sankara Nethralaya

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy TSNA had affiliated and inducted the Optometry Internship at Sankara Nethralaya Kolkata

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy TSNA had affiliated and inducted the Optometry Internship at Sankara Nethralaya Kolkata recently.Although internship training is in place since 2005,the students who have done their training from the year 2009-2010 academic session onwards would get their certificates in the above pattern,since the SN Academy was commenced from 2010 onwards.The past students from the 2009 batch onwards could submit their recent passport size colour photograph with their full name as it would appear in their certificate with a mention of their period of training alongwith the copy of their old certificate to the Academic Head,Optometry at SN Kolkata Mukundapur campus for further process.

His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal @ Sankara Nethralaya,Kolkata on 09-03-2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sankara Nethralaya Ophthalmic Mission Trust Inc, USA reaches its message across to the youth of the nation

The Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust as part of its ongoing efforts towards reaching out and educating the public on Sankara Nethralaya and its mission and objectives and raising funds in the USA for its community ophthalmology initiatives in India, sponsored the immensely popular inter-collegiate dance competition organized by MAYURI on the 1st of March 2014 at the University of Maryland HOFF Theater. The performances were of a very high order and the entire event was organized most professionally. The event helped the Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust to reach out to a gathering of more than 400 people comprising students from John Hopkins, Rutgers, UT, Georgia Tech, Tuft, University of Pitts, Emory and the College of NJ, their friends and family members. The SN OM Trust booth registered good footfall and the visitors were given a detailed account about Sankara Nethralaya, its philosophy, goals and objectives, role of the SN OM Trust after which an appeal for financial assistance was made. The collateral materials displayed at the venue, the detailed video presentation and a brief talk by Shri S.V Acharya, Founder & President, Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust played a major role in the visitors getting a firsthand knowledge about the institution and its march towards Banishing blindness.

Friday, March 14, 2014

A distinguished observer and commentator of politics and economics shares his views at Sankara Nethralaya

A talk by eminent economist and renowned journalist Shri Swaminathan S.Anklesaria Aiyar was organized by Sankara Nethralaya on the 10th of March 2014 at the Sri VD.Swami Auditorium as part of its ongoing knowledge acquisition initiative for its members and well wishers through interaction with experts in various fields leading to a broader understanding of various subjects and issues. The credit for organizing the visit of the renowned Consultant to the World Bank, Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and acclaimed journalist whose immensely popular ‘Swaminomics’ captured the socio-political scenario of the country like nothing else goes to Shri Suresh Dalapathy, Secretary, the Ophthalmic Mission Trust, Inc, USA the fund raising arm of the Sankara Nethralaya in the USA. Shri Dalapathy who knows the eminent journalist well had implored him to grace Sankara Nethralaya and deliver a talk during his meeting with him in Dallas where he had come over for a guest lecture.
The distinguished speaker started his talk on a retrospective note that ‘Health’ has been the most neglected area and ‘health spending’ received the least allocation in the country’s 5 year plans and successive budgets since its independence. He rued that while the Father of the Nation was great champion of public health, his sentiments were neglected in favour of more populist measures which led to a high mortality and morbidity rate among the citizens of the country and added that the very fact that it took a full 50 years to eradicate Polio was a sad reflection of the neglect of the health sector. Shri Swaminathan S.Anklesaria Aiyar  emphasized that even a small spending on preventive healthcare could keep most ailments at bay and would be both economically wise and prudent in terms of avoiding suffering and pain than spending huge sums on treatment. He drew a disturbing parallel between households and the government when it came to a strong reluctance to spending on preventive health care and punned that most of us spend ‘less on living and more on leaving’ which means that that people spend huge sums on terminally ill patients in their last days than in keeping themselves healthy during normal times. Shri Swaminathan Anklesaria Aiyar declared vehemently that in a large and highly populated country like India preventive healthcare measures should start with basics like providing clean, protected water, good sanitation which by itself would keep a host of illnesses away.
The star speaker answered a wide array of questions ranging from role of the government in healthcare, model of healthcare ideal for the country, research, decentralization etc from the distinguished audience comprising of Sankara Nethralaya personnel and well wishers and supporters, in his characteristically outspoken manner, upholding his own radical views on many issues of public interest. While welcoming the role of corporate houses in health care he underlined that ensuring the good health of the citizen was undoubtedly the prerogative of the State. He had a high word of praise for institutions like the Narayana Hridayalaya, Bhagawan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayatha Samiti and Sankara Nethralaya for providing world class coronary care, artificial limbs and world class ophthalmic care at a fraction of what it would cost in the advanced West.
The highly charged and interactive session concluded with a presentation of the Vision Research Foundation the research arm of Sankara Nethralaya’s pioneering role in finding solutions for Congenital cataract owing to galactose intolerance and a study of the impact of ‘Rubella vaccine’ by Dr K.N.Sulochana, Director, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

4th Annual Optometry Symposium by Sankara Nethralaya Kolkata on 30-03-2014 at Indian Science Congress Hall,Kolkata

4th Annual Optometry Symposium by Sankara Nethralaya Kolkata on 30-03-2014 at Indian Science Congress Hall,Kolkata 

Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata had been organizing “Annual Optometry Symposium” for the past 4 years with various themes viz Vision Therapy, Low Vision, Advanced Contact Lens, Optical Dispensing as a day long symposium with presentation and workshops with the participation of SN Chennai faculty, SN Kolkata faculty and renowned practitioners across the nation on the specified specialty. This year the theme would be on Ocular Prosthesis alongside Optometric Education and with special emphasis on SN Academy, Kolkata Chapter. The event is also in tune with the “World Optometry Day” that falls in the month of March every year.

The day long symposium would also have Optometry Students and Alumni from past participating as delegates in the event. Eight batches have passed out since 2005 and many of our Optometry Alumni are working at SN Kolkata and many placed in the profession outside with enormous success. These Alumni Delegates would also make presentations in this only one of its kind event every year and hearten out their success stories with their seniors, contemporaries and juniors through guest lectures, scientific presentations and posters on their specialty, current area of work and case discussions from practice. There are also presentations under student category and practitioner category and some of the alumni involved in academics would be in panel as moderators. The student category talks would be given prize and awards as well.

A separate category of keynote lecture would be allotted for Ophthalmologists in the symposium schedule on specific topics with senior consultants in the scientific panel.

As majority of the participant delegates would be third year and final year students across various optometry colleges in West Bengal and Eastern India including Bihar,Jharkhand,Orissa,Assam and North Eastern states the symposium would pave way for them to get an opportunity to know the rich heritage and the glorious Sankara Nethralaya Legacy that the Alumni belong from their internship and academic training at SN Kolkata and motivate the prospective students to pursue and affiliate themselves to be a part of this celebrated and illustrious tradition. The participants would also include a sizeable number from Nepal and Bangladesh from where we get large number of student applications for internship training


SN Kolkata "RETINA CME" conducted on 09-03-2014 @ ITC SONAR BANGLA,Kolkata

Friday, March 7, 2014


Sponsoring the Gift of Vision for the Needy

Actor Arvind Swamy hands over a cheque on behalf of the Madras Round Table 1 to Dr
Badrinath from Sankara Nethralaya |
In support of the efforts taken to offer medical care in rural areas, Madras Round
Table 1 will sponsor a medical camp in which about 90 cataract surgeries will be
performed in a mobile eye surgical unity for Sankara Nethralaya.
Handing over a cheque of `6.5 lakh on behalf of MRT 1 on Wednesday, actor Arvind
Swamy recalled his long association with the eye hospital and assured a continuance
of his support to the hospital’s initiative. “I have been associated with this hospital
since my childhood. It was father who ideated this institution and I used to come to
this place even before the buildings came up,” Arvind Swamy said.
Appreciating the efforts of the hospital to reach people who could not afford to take a
trip to Chennai and utilise the facilities, the actor added that a camp of this sort would
be set up every year. Manu Wassan, chairman, Madras Round Table 1 said that they
had sponsored about 55 cataract surgeries at the hospital last year. “This year, we
thought we could do much more. So we decided to sponsor treatment for one week
where close to 90 surgeries will be done,” he said.
The mobile eye surgical unit, set up by Sankara Nethralaya and IIT-Madras, has
conducted over 800 surgeries since December 14, 2011. The camp sponsored by
MRT1 will be held at Alangayam village in Vellore district between June 23 and
April 1, 2014.

The Madras Round Table – 1 reiterates its commitment to eradicating blindness in the country

The Madras Round Table -1 and its illustrious member Shri Arvind Swamy are no new faces to the Sankara Nethralaya family, the service organization and its large hearted member have been old friends of the institution and have been consistently supporting its cause for many years. The Madras Round Table -1 celebrated its 55th glorious years of service by sponsoring 55 Cataract surgeries in year 2012. Shri Arvind Swamy and Shri Manu Wassan, Chairman Madras Round Table 1 accompanied by a few Tablers visited Sankara Nethralaya on 5th of March 2014 and made a generous donation towards performing Cataract surgeries in the Mobile Eye Surgical Unit (MESU). Speaking on the occasion Shri Arvind Swamy had a high word of praise for Sankara Nethralaya’s pioneering and innovative initiative of taking high quality eye care right to the door steps of the poor and indigent patients living in remote areas, patients who cannot afford to make a trip to a base hospital. He reminisced his carefree visits to Sankara Nethralaya straight from school and time spent at the open space where the imposing research center stands now. He expressed that it was a pleasure and privilege to be of service to an institution in whose creation his Father Late Shri VD.Swamy played a major role, Shri Swamy closed his talk with an assurance that the Madras Round Table 1 would endeavour to sponsor an outdoor eye camp every year. Speaking on the occasion Shri Manu Wassan observed that it was an honour to share the dais with Dr SS.Badrinath and added that the amount being donated by the Madras Round Table 1 would go towards sponsoring the cost of conducting 90 surgeries to be performed over a week.
The Mobile Eye Surgical unit, jointly developed by Sankara Nethralaya and IIT-Madras, has conducted over 800 surgeries since December 14, 2011. The camp sponsored by the MRT-1 will be held at Alangayam village in Vellore district between April 1 and June 23, 2014.

Quality eye care rolls by road to the closed communities of rural Tamil Nadu

The Mobile Eye Surgical Unit, Sankara Nethralaya’s operation theatre on wheels took off on yet another sojourn of relief and care to the underprivileged citizens living in the backward and interiors pockets of the State. The Outdoor Eye Care team comprising of Dr P.S. Rajesh, Senior Consultant, V.Sivakumar, Administrator, Jaslok Community Ophthalmology Center, Shri Chandra Kumar, Social worker, Shri Padmanabhan, Driver of the Mobile Eye Surgical Unit and Shri Venkatraman, Operation Theatre Assistant left for Vettavelam and Udayarpalayam two interior hamlets located on the Villupuram-Tiruvannamalai route on the 26th of January 2014. The outdoor eye care team was received with overwhelming enthusiasm and cheer by the local populace suffering from lack of access to quality eyecare in both hamlets. The screening camp at Vettavelam was supported by the Sai Trust and Shri Manigandan a local political functionary, a total of 419 patients were screened between the 26th of January to the 3rd of February and 43 patients diagnosed with Cataract were operated upon at the MESU. The post operative screening was completed on the 5th of February and the relief crew left for Udayarpalayam its next port of call on the evening of the same day.

The Udayarpalayam camp had a special significance for the Sankara Nethralaya team as the Mahaperiyava of Kanchi had camped here, worshipped at the local Shiva Temple and performed Tapas at the dhyana mandapam located at the centre of the temple tank by reaching it on a motorized raft. The camp was actively supported by the Zamindar of Udayarpalayam a man held in high esteem and love by the local people and the mobile surgical units were parked from the 6th to the 14th of February at the land provided by him for the purpose. In keeping with the dictum that when you do a good thing you would find support coming from many quarters, Shri Subramanian a member of the Lion’s Club and local resident provided excellent food and refreshments to the entire eye care team for the entire period of the camp. A total of 476 people were thoroughly examined between the 6th and 8th of February and surgeries were performed on 95 patients between the 9th to the 13th of February followed by postoperative examination on the 14th of February.
The camp conducted in these two places captured the spirit of the Mobile eye Surgical Unit by taking eye care to people who had little or no interaction with the outside world beyond the limits of their town and practically no access to health care, a good portion of the youth in these villages had migrated outside of the village in search of livelihood and many of the patients did not have escorts to take them back to their homes post surgery, the Sankara Nethralaya team rose to the occasssion by arranging transport  and personally escorting  such patients to their homes. Service to mankind is said to be service to God and the camp provided the team with the rare opportunity of offering worship at the local temple and the Maragatha Lingam not known to many in the outside world. The overwhelmed locals in both villages thanked the doctor and the team for the great gesture of binging quality eye care right to their door step and bringing the light of life back into their lives, they made an emphatic appeal to the team to explore the possibility of having a screening facility right at their village around the year which could refer patients needing surgery to the base hospital at Chennai. The highlight of the camp was that the post operative examination conducted in both the camps indicated zero complication and a jubilant and highly fulfilled mobile eye care team returned with great memories of the picturesque villages, the Zamindar’s old palace, worshipping at the local temple and the great opportunity of being able to bring back vision to the simple village folk.

Asian American Resource Centre, Austin, Texas honours an old friend and well wisher of Sankara Nethralaya

Asian American Resource Centre, Austin, Texas honours an old friend and well wisher of Sankara Nethralaya 

In what could be a fitting 70th year anniversary gift to a man who has given his best to the country of his birth and the country he chose to make his second home, the prestigious Asian American Resource Centre honoured Shri Sam Sockalingam Kannappan an old friend of Sankara Nethralaya and a driving force of the Sankara Nethralaya Ophthalmic Mission Trust as a “pioneer in software for engineering and an early leader of the Indian Houston Community” in a photo exhibit titled ‘History of Indo-Americans in Texas’ tracing the genesis of early Asian settlers and their contribution to the State. The photo exhibit on display included a wonderful photograph of the young Kannappans with their little children, a picture of the imposing Rajagopuram of the Sri Meenakshi Temple at Pearland, Texas which he strived hard to establish and served as Founder Secretary and a current photograph of this most prominent American Indian.

Sankara Nethralaya and the Sankara Nethralaya Ophthalmic Mission Trust express their hearty Congratulations to Shri Sam Kannappan for receiving one more decorative feather to his glorious cap.