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A moment of glory for a pioneer and champion of ophthalmic anaesthesia.

Dr. VV.Jaichandran receives the award from Professor Peter Shah, President, British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society

Dr. VV.Jaichandran receives the award from Professor Peter Shah, President, British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society

It was a glorious moment for the institution which can take justifiable pride in underlining the critical need to develop ophthalmic anaesthesiology as a distinct and specialized branch of anaesthesiology, the institution which played a key role in the formation of the Ophthalmic Forum of the Indian Society of Anaesthiologists (OFISA) and its tireless champion Dr VV.Jaichandran, Senior Anaesthiologist and Organizing Secretary of OFISA. After a trailblazing record of laurels at the ISACON – 2012, WCOA – 2012 and 2nd OFISACON- 2013 at Ankara it was London’s turn to shower its accolades on Sankara Nethralaya’s representative at the British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society meet, held on 19th & 20th November 2015, his highly researched white paper titled OASiS (Ophthalmic Anaesthesia simulation system): Evaluating training module for practicing ophthalmic regional anaesthesia” developed jointly with the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT-M won the “Best Poster” award for its path breaking  approach to the subject.

Dr. Jaichandran leveraged the opportunity to give a detailed account of Sankara Nethralaya’s service oriented approach to dispensing eye care to an august audience by giving an absorbing  talk titled ‘Lessons from Overseas” – Eye care in India: Serving both the rich and poor. He also gave an in-depth talk on the critical topic ‘Risk factors for complicated local anaesthesia and Surgery’ which was well received by the audience.

The entire Sankara Nethralaya family acknowledges and applauds Dr VV.Jaichandran’s deep commitment and involvement to his area of specialization, his constant study and research endeavours which have added great value to the field of ophthalmic anaesthesia and won pride for him and his institution and wishes him more and more recognitions and honour.

Sankara Nethralaya venerates its mentor on aradhana day

The 22nd Aradhana of Kanchi Maha Periyava was observed with great reverence on 7th Jan 2016 at the Sri VD Swami Auditorium with a devout spirit to the “Mahaan” of Kanchi, whose blessings made Sankara Netharalaya stand tall and aloft, marked by Vedic hymns, and a composition on Paramacharya mellifluously rendered by Smt Keerthana.

After the welcome address by Dr. N. Sowmitra, Principal Scientist/ Associate Professor, Genetics Department, Smt Bala Raghunathan, Volunteer-SWAN gave an elaborate introduction to the Chief Guest of the day, Shri Indra Soundararajan, a prolific Tamil writer of innumerable thrillers and mystic novels whose TV serials “Marma Desam, Vidadhu Karuppu” were immensely popular. Shri Indra Soundarajan’s epic novels included “Rudra Veenai”, “Kottaipurathu Veedu”, “En peyar Ranganayaki”, that fetched him the “Best Author award by Mylapore Academy” and “Best Novel award by Government of Tamil Nadu”, she added.

Shri Indra Soundarajan in his chief guest’s address observed that he felt blissful in a place which is full of bliss. He shared his profound and highly invigorating experiences with Mahaperiva, as a torrential pour.  The acclaimed writer recalled his maiden visit to Kanchi, made in the midst of a heavy downpour and indisposition, the Sage’s Darshan he remarked with emotion, was solitary,  the garland of flowers adorning his feet waving in acknowledgement as “Paadha Diksha”, which began the author’s spiritual journey.

Shri Indra Soundarajan highlighted that as the Pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt the great Paramacharya through his mere simplicity attracted men from all walks of life, be it scholars, dignitaries from foreign lands and from within the country by his sheer mastery over Shastras Upanishads and Puranas. Underlining the great Sage’s detachment to worldly things he recounted how Paramacharya happened to appreciate his Cook who he served him a dish made of “greens”, after which he began a long fast, lest his appreciation for the dish brand him as “Sankaracharya’s greens”! Such was the austerity he practiced for the lineage.

Devotees of Paramacharya had exceptional classical personal experiences that taught latent lessons to all, he said, quoting a dream of the Chartered Accountant, who rose to the ocassion to pay an interest of Rs.1359/- that was due, in service to the Mutt’s Bhaktha.

Mookur Lakshmi Narasimhachari, a Vaishnavite scholar had deep respect for Sri Paramacharya, whose association with Journalist Manian and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran, brought about the Nutritious Meal scheme in Tamil Nadu, he added.

Paramacharya’s authority over SHASTRAS were impeccable, quoted Indra Soundarajan, when an ailing North Indian, found cure after he faithfully enabled publication of the 18 Puranas, amply blessed by divinity.

Concluding his emotional lecture, Indra Soundarajan, remarked, that Paramacharya kindled everyone’s thoughts to inquire “Oneself after shedding ignorance”.

The blissful day concluded with distribution of flood relief fund to employees of Sankara Nethralaya.

Sankara Nethralaya shows the way to sustainable green energy

It was an operation with a difference for Sankara Nethralaya, the institution engaged in bringing back the ‘Light of Vision’ rose admirably to the challenge of bringing in the sunlight into its premises to augment its energy needs through solar energy. The institution realized that leveraging solar energy was not only a cost saving measure but a moral responsibility, in a region blessed with perennial and abundant sunshine and the high cost accrued by the government towards generating power. Once the decision to go ‘Green’ and go ‘Solar’ was taken, the technical team at Sankara Nethralaya’s main campus did an elaborate search and evaluation of companies engaged in harnessing sunlight into electricity and ‘SHAN Solar’ was selected after strict scrutiny of cost and capabilities and after taking into account their extensive experience, flawless track record in execution and high accreditations in the field.

After a thorough evaluation of the need for energy and availability of space it was decided to install rooftop solar plants which would generate a total of 121.68Kwp plant across 12,000 sq ft of rooftop space spread over the CU Shah Sankara Nethralaya, Nava Suja Sankara Nethralaya and Jaslok Community Ophthalmology Centre. In a wonderful demonstration of coordination and team work between the vendor’s installation team and Sankara Nethralaya’s technical team the same was installed in a record time of 60 days, the critical process of connecting the solar energy system to the internal electricity grid was completed in a record of 1 hour duration in all locations, the noteworthy feature of the entire operation being its total non-interference with the day to day functioning of the hospital.

The solar energy harnessing process adopted at Sankara Nethralaya comes with an almost 0% maintenance cost, the results have been highly encouraging and reflect significant savings within a short span of their operation, it is to be borne in mind that these savings would be recurrent in nature and would also keep enhancing as the tariff on State supplied power keeps escalating every year.

As an institution Sankara Nethralaya has come for praise not only for its clinical best practises but also for its self sustaining economic model and this initiative would be a strategic move in this direction, as a service oriented non-profit the institution believes in expending every penny most frugally and judiciously and the colossal savings in energy cost would be one more effort towards this. Last but not the least the massive reduction in its carbon footprint by 150 tonnes a year comes as a matter of great relief and true value addition to an environment conscious and ecology friendly institution.

State of Texas confers critical role of ensuring engineering best practices, safety and compliance on senior SN OM Trustee

Shri Sam Kannappan who is among Sankara Nethralaya’s oldest well wishers and supporter in the USA and dynamic SN OM Trustee from the Houston region is known for being a guide and pillar of support to the Indian community in Texas. Among the prominent early Indian settlers in Texas, he made a mark for himself in the State through his extraordinary professional excellence, deep commitment and active participation in social causes, utmost humility and charitable disposition. The US government and leading technology giants have sought his expertise in diverse and critical areas like ensuring gas pipeline safety from sabotage, waste water management, power peak energy reduction initiatives, safety of satellite and power plants, laser measurement accuracy and so on with great success, in the past. The latest recognition of his professional acumen and dedication comes in the form of his being appointed as the Secretary of the Texas Board Of Professional Engineers, a critical role which would place the huge responsibility of evaluating and certifying nearly 57,000 engineers aspiring to practice in the State, ensure best practices and total safety in all engineering processes through adherence to prescribed compliances.

Sankara Nethralaya family expresses its joy and amazement at one of its oldest supporters in the US balancing between his trail blazing professional achievements on one side and a deep and selfless commitment for social and religious causes on the other. The entire Sankara Nethralaya family salutes and congratulates Shri Sam Kannappan on being assigned this highly critical and challenging role and wishes him the very best in his endeavours.


Times of India

Sankara Nethralaya Pays Rich Tributes to a Visionary

20th Sri V Venugopal Endowment Lecture

It was a day to commemorate the memory of its futurist, who laid a strong foundation for fortifying the pillars of Sankara Nethralaya and continue its dynamic march to alleviate blindness.

The 20th Sri V Venugopal Endowment Lecture held at Sri V D Swami Auditorium on 7th November 2015 witnessed an enthusiastic gathering including members of Sri Venugopal’s family, Board Members of Medical and Vision Research Foundation, Consultants, Well wishers, staff of Sankara Nethralaya and jubilant children of employees chosen to receive their scholarship to pursue higher studies from the Dhingra Trust.

The function began with a mellifluous rendition by Dr S Meenakshi, Director-Academics after the ceremonial lighting of the Kuthuvillaku by the members of Sri Venugopal’s family.

In his welcome address Dr K.S.Vasan, MD paid glowing tributes to Shri V Venugopal, as a far sighted man who strived to build an ophthalmic institution to serve the haves and the have-nots. He also paid rich accolades to the Chief Guest Sri S Swaminathan, Director as an enterprising man who transformed the lives and careers of many working professionals through his powerful corporate trainer ship programs. Welcoming Sri Nandlal Pokhardas, Guest of Honour, Dr. Vasan said, Sankara Nethralaya was proud to have an Educationist, aptly, to distribute the Dhingra Trust scholarship awards.

Introducing Sri Swaminathan, CEO, Dr T S Surendran, Vice Chairman, quoted that the topic “Saptapadi – 7 steps to life”, both traditionally and practically were most relevant for the modern day world to keep a balance beteen work and home. He heaped praises on Shri Nandlal Pokhardas, a Sindhi Ratna Awardee, as a most successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and academician, who inspired young minds of the nation.

The Chief Guest of the day, Shri Swaminathan, in his fascinating address on “Saptapadi – 7 steps to work life balance”, brought out several nuances on how work should be passionately done and never be obsessed with it. He presented categories of “Sole Time”, “Maintenance time” and “Discretionary time”, to dream, work towards a goal, grow, prioritize and organise ourselves for a happy healthy living.

Speaking about the Dhingra Family Trust award and the recipients, Ms. Sudha Mohan, Senior Manager, HR Department quoted that Sankara Nethralaya saluted the vision of Shri Ram Dhingra and his Family to create a corpus fund and distribute the proceeds accrued each year to deserving children of employees for pursuing higher education.

Distributing the scholarships, Sri Nandlal Pokhardas, Chairman, President of Sindhi Educational Society, remarked he felt honoured and happy to be part of the great institution.

The day concluded with an emotional vote of thanks by Shri Govind, Board Member, Medical Research Foundation and grandson of Shri V Venugopal.

Sankara Nethralaya Consultants exhibit all round understanding and clarity of thought and expression in a critical branch of ophthalmology.

The Ocular Trauma Society – India, conducted its IX Annual Meet at Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati, Assam on the 31st of October and 1st November 2015, to update and advance ophthalmic knowledge in Ocular Trauma, the meet witnessed the participation of delegates consisting of leading Consultant Ophthalmologists, Facio-Maxillary Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons, Radiologists and Neurologists along with Residents and Fellows from across India and abroad. A video presentation by Dr Kirthi Koka, Senior Resident, Department of Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive and Aesthetics,Sankara Nethralaya was adjudged as the ‘Best Video’ he was also chosen as the ‘Best Presenter’ in the ‘Challenging Cases’ category. Dr. Mohomed Shahid Alam, Associate Consultant from the same department was adjudged as the ‘Best Speaker’ in the ‘Free Paper’ session conducted at the venue.

Sankara Nethralaya family congratulates the winners and wishes them many more laurels in the critical field that they have chosen to specialize.

The Sankara Nethralaya Ophthalmic Mission Trust now has a brand new website address!

We would like to draw your kind attention that the website address of Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust, Inc, USA, the awareness creation and fund raising arm of Sankara Nethralaya has been changed from to

We are sure that you would agree that having the words ‘Sankara Nethralaya’ in the website URL would facilitate better brand recall and also help in identifying and underlining the relationship between the fund raising body and the parent institution, to browsers and potential donors.

We request you to kindly share this information with your circle of friends and contacts to help us spread the word fast.

Glaucoma Fellows from Sankara Nethralaya shed valuable light on the ‘Silent thief of Sight’ at major topical meet.

The glaucoma society of India held its Silver Jubilee meeting titled ‘Glaucoma Connect 2015’ at Mumbai from the 2nd to 4th of October 2015. Glaucoma Fellows from Sankara Nethralaya demonstrated their subject matter expertise and deep understanding of the vision impairing ailment through a well researched Poster and by winning an elaborate quiz contest covering all the parameters of the ailment.

While Dr. Priya Delampady’s well researched Poster titled ‘Correlation of defect depth and defect pattern of Central Visual Fields with mGCC of OCT’ was adjudged the ‘BEST PAPER’ among a total of 45 entries from all over India, the Sankara Nethralaya team of Dr. Kaivan Shah and Dr. Amit Pandey stood second in the quiz contest held on the occasion and received their prize from Dr. Vinay Nangia, President, Glaucoma Society of India. A total of 9 teams (18 players) from all over the country including Madras Medical College, RP Centre (AIIMS), PGI Chandigarh, L.V.Prasad Eye Institute, Narayana Nethralaya to name a few participated in the quiz. The preliminary round of the quiz was held on 2nd of October 2015 which included a written multiple choice question test and the main quiz was held on 3rd October-2015.

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy’s 2nd batch of Healthcare Quality Management program receives enthusiastic response.

Mr A Mahalingam, Deputy Registrar, The Sankara Nethralaya Academy is presenting a Memento to the speaker Shri C S Ramakrishan, Chief Operating Officer, ACME consulting, Chennai for his Session and conducting online and onsite examination

Mr A Mahalingam, Deputy Registrar, The Sankara Nethralaya Academy is presenting a Memento to the speaker Shri C S Ramakrishan, Chief Operating Officer, ACME consulting, Chennai for his Session and conducting online and onsite examination

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (TSNA), the academic arm of its illustrious parent institution and world class eye care provider is committed to sharing the knowledge and experience of its parent institution to enhance the overall functioning of the Medicare industry, by improving every one of its multiple facets.

Mr A Mahalingam, Deputy Registrar, The Sankara Nethralaya Academy is presenting a Memento to the speaker Dr V Surendran, Quality Manager, Hindu Mission Hospital, Tambaram for his Session and conducting online and onsite examination

Mr A Mahalingam, Deputy Registrar, The Sankara Nethralaya Academy is presenting a Memento to the speaker Dr V Surendran, Quality Manager, Hindu Mission Hospital, Tambaram for his Session and conducting online and onsite examination

The need for better and more professional management of hospitals and better healthcare delivery became imperative in view of greater awareness levels and rising expectations of patients and their families, entry of Indian and overseas players into the health care industry, India especially South India becoming a preferred healthcare destination of patients from all over the world and the disturbing increase and complexity of ailments.

This is a first of its kind in the country Certificate Course dedicated to the area of Healthcare Quality, a key concern in Hospitals today. The spurt in medical errors, accidents and high profile cases of negligence has brought the entire healthcare sector under a cloud, negating the tremendous amount of good work actually being done.

This situation can be addressed only by professionalizing Hospital services and making quality as the very basis and crux in every aspect of the healthcare delivery, thereby ensuring Hospitals are safe and patient centric and the treatment provided is effective, producing the desired outcomes.

Realising this most critical need, The Sankara Nethralaya Academy, an academic wing of Sankara Nethralaya, the epitome of healthcare quality in the country, ACME Consulting, India’s largest Healthcare Quality Advisory and Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI), the only countrywide association of Hospitals in the country have joined hands to develop this Certificate Course that will help all categories of hospital staff right from Doctors, Nurses and Administrators to Radiographers, Lab Technicians and other Support Staff to become active participants in the Quality Improvement of their respective Hospitals.

This course was conducted at the Sankara Nethralaya main campus every Saturday afternoon, between 2pm and 5pm over the next 12 weeks.

The Course was well received with senior management Personnel like Directors, Medical Professionals, Management Executives from reputed healthcare institutions both domestic enrolling in it.

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (TSNA) addresses the challenges of healthcare marketing

Memento to the speaker Prof Murali Subramanian at the session

Memento to the speaker Prof Murali Subramanian at the session

As part of its holistic approach to the management and delivery of healthcare and enhancing every facet of it, the Sankara Nethralaya Academy the academic arm of Sankara Nethralaya, a unit of Medical Research Foundation conducted an in-depth session on one of the most challenging and relatively untouched field of healthcare marketing. The session titled “Healthcare Marketing” was held on Saturday, 10th October 2015

Healthcare marketing assumes critical importance in view of the corporatization of health care delivery, the emergence of India especially Chennai as a preferred national and international health care destination, the entry of a large number of players into the healthcare arena, greater awareness and rising expectation of patients and their families have made health care delivery a highly exciting and competitive activity.

It should be borne in mind that health care as a service was not professionally marketed in the past. As a sunrise activity healthcare marketing does not have precedents to learn from, it is also governed by norms and ethics laid down by the Health Ministry.

The session was conducted by highly qualified and experience professionals like Mr Murali Subramanian, professor of healthcare marketing, Indian Institute of Knowledge Management (IIKM) and Visiting Management faculty to Sankara Nethralaya Academy, LIBA,etc.

The session was highly informative with a high level of interactivity. The participants had lots of fun as they played various roles as a part of real-time learning.  The feedback given by the participants was excellent.

Mr A. Mahalingam, the Deputy Registrar of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy took this opportunity to wish the participants for their cooperation and successful completion of this session