GRT Jewellers Donates Rs. 25 lacs To Sankara Nethralaya

In these uncertain times, GRT Jewellers Ltd. has donated Rs. 25 lacs Sankara Nethralaya to provide free medical care to the underprivileged. Founded in 1964, GRT Jewellers is one of the nation’s leading jewellers for the past 50 years.

“We have already donated Rs. 1 Crore to both Sankara Nethralaya, which would help them in treating the poorest patients without any fee. But we felt moved to provide even further monetary assistance during this Corona lockdown,” says Anand Padmanabhan, Managing Director, GRT Jewellers.

G.R. Radhakrishnan, Managing Director, GRT Jewellers, clarified, “Coordinated social assistance is essential during these difficult times. People all over the world are coming together and helping each other in whatever way they can. We consider these donations as repaying the debt of gratitude for the love and support that our customers have given us.”

Daily life has been affected by Covid- 19 and the world is struggling to recover from the effects of this global pandemic. With the aim to help the community in times of crisis, GRT Jewelers has donated Rs 25 lakh to Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital.

Dr T S Surendran, Vice Chairman 0f Sankara Nethralaya said that the funding would be used for the underprivileged.

Sankara Nethralaya has been serving poor visually challenged patients with free world-class eye-care for over four decades using these donations to perform over 17,000 cataract surgeries for the underprivileged using Mobile Eye Surgical Units.

Master Rahul Vellal’s Charity Fundraiser for the Gift of Sight

Sankara Nethralaya OM TRUST Inc., a fund-raising vehicle for Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, organized a Charity Fund-raising Carnatic Classical music live-streamed concert featuring the young prodigy Master Rahul Vellal. The virtual concert streamed live on June 20th, 2020 at 10:30 AM EST USA, and 08 PM IST India.

We thank S. V. Acharya, President Emeritus; Bala Reddy Indurti, President; Moorthy Rekapalli, Vice President; Sudhakar Mattu, Secretary; Krishna Raj Bhat, Joint Secretary; Banumati Ramakrishnan, Treasurer; Sowmiya J. Narayanan, Joint Treasurer; and Leela Krishnamurthy, Trustee, the principal members of SN OM Trust Inc. USA. Their altruistic dedication to bringing vision to the poor and destitute in India is uncompensated and entirely voluntary. Without their selflessness and visionary drive to give back to the Motherland, this virtual fund-raiser would not have been possible.

Even though Sankara Nethralaya’s charity fund-raising activities have been curtailed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, Master Rahul Vellal’s virtual performance demonstrates how we can come together virtually to raise funds for our less fortunate fellow Indians who need the Gift of Sight.

The young and selfless prodigy was excited to be performing this philanthropic concert and even invited everyone via a short video. He was accompanied by Vaibhav Ramani on the violin, Sunaad Anoor on the khanjira, Vinod Shyam Anoor on the mridangam. The enthusiastic performance from this young child has served to highlight how much Sankara Nethralaya has been able to bring the plight of impoverished visually impaired Indians to the public’s attention.

Our work is by no means done! Sankara Nethralaya is a not-for-profit eye hospital, which performs world-quality cataract operations for the poor in rural areas. We are yet to reach many inaccessible villages in the 35 Indian states with our Mobile Eye Surgical Units – not due to lack of enthusiasm but due to lack of resources!

The global pandemic has severely restricted many paying patients coming in for eye-checkups, treatments, and diagnoses. This means that even those poor people who depend on public transport throughout India have been unable to reach us for timely eye treatment & diagnosis. We urge you to consider the plight of helpless blind Indians who need high-quality care and whose only hope to save their eye-sight is Sankara Nethralaya.

Every little bit goes a long way in bringing the Gift of Sight to people who cannot afford expensive treatments.

Newsweek’s high power global healthcare survey deploying leading survey agency recognizes Sankara Nethralaya as, one of the ‘Best Hospitals in the World for year 2020’ based on certain critical parameters

The leader and pioneer in research and diagnostic modalities rises gloriously to the occasion with State of the Art support to enhance reach and speed in the battle against Covid 19

We share with a sense of great fulfillment that Sankara Nethralaya has made available the ‘QIA Symphony’ its State of the Art diagnostic tool, the highly advanced and sophisticated Polymerase Chain Reaction System (PCR) to help ‘ Neuberg Ehrlich Laboratory,’ the internationally acclaimed diagnostic facility identified by the TN government to conduct screening for Covid-19 in the private sector, to double the number of screenings at its Chennai center

Prestigious survey by leading international magazine rates Sankara Nethralaya among the “Best 4 Ophthalmic institutions in the World”!

It came as a global quality certification for an institution with such credentials as ‘First ISO certified eye hospital in Asia’, accredited by NABH, the highest quality certification for health care providers in the country, rated consecutively as ‘Best Eye Hospital’ by several prestigious national surveys, when ‘Newsweek’ the international weekly declared it as one among the  ‘Best 4 Ophthalmological Institutions in the World for Year 2020’

The survey was conducted on a global basis between September – November 2019, by Statista a leading Research and Analysis organization and Geo Blue a trusted provider of health insurance, especially to international tourists. The evaluation included a survey of discharged patients, recommendations by thousands of experts including leading doctors, hospital managers and other health care professionals, some of the key parameters taken into consideration were patient experience, both in relation to a specific treatment undergone and overall feel and Medical KPI (Key performance Indicators) on critical areas like quality of treatment and hygiene levels.

The jury consisted of a team of highly distinguished health care professionals from the world’s leading research, academics and clinical care centers from a diverse background consisting of experts in IT usage in health care, outstanding clinicians, researchers, health reform champions, thought leaders, patient safety and engagement experts, pioneers in health care innovation and experts in operating non-profits. This gave the evaluation a holistic approach, taking all the above parameters into consideration.

The global acknowledgment making SN the only ophthalmic institution in India to be featured in the world’s best league, comes as a matter of great pride to every member of the SN family and a befitting tribute to Dr SS.Badrinath the visionary and pioneer who founded the institution 4 decades ago, on the 4 pillars of world class clinical care,focused research, quality teaching and training initiatives and community care and above all as a transparent, ethical institution run on the basis of love and service.

A high level meeting of specialists unravels the complexities of a highly challenging area of eye care

The Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya and Kamalnayan Bajaj Sankara Nethralaya jointly organized a ‘Continuing Medical Education’ (CME) session on a ‘Orbital & Adnexal Tumours’ a most critical threat to vision, on 2nd February 2020 at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata. The meet was aptly named ‘X Files’ a term which denotes mystery, secrecy, suspense and surprise in popular fiction and cinema, in view of the complex, baffling and hard to ascertain nature of complications effecting this region. The one day seminar focusing on the niche area of orbital and adnexal oncology was organized by Dr Bipasha Mukherjee, Director, Oculoplastic Services, Sankara Nethralaya main campus, Chennai, as the Organizing Chairperson and Dr.Mohomed Shahid Alam, Senior Consultant, Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata, Organizing Secretary and was attended by more than 60 leading practitioners specializing in Ophthalmology, Radio-Oncology, Medical Oncology, Head & Neck Onco-Surgery and Plastic Surgery, from Hyderabad,Cochin,Chennai,Bangalore,Bombay and New Delhi.

The meeting helped in evaluating, studying and better understanding of diagnosing and treating ‘Adnexal Malignancy’ from the diverse view points of these specialists from across diverse fields. This multidisciplinary approach resulted in an in-depth and significant exchange of knowledge, know-how and real time experience leading to an enhanced understanding of several baffling issues pertaining to an ophthalmic challenge, that can be a cosmetic deformity,a threat to vision or even fatal.

The impact of the meet reflected in the attendees expressing their deep satisfaction at the learning and exposure gained and interest in attending similar programs in the future.

The institution that placed Optometry in the Indian map now places Indian optometry in the world map!

Sankara Nethralaya’s optometry star has done it again!the irreprisible champion of its initiatives in optometry in her diverse roles as a dedicated teacher, avid researcher, passionate children’s eye camp organizer, pioneer of its special initiatives like the Binocular vision clinic,Myopia Control Clinic, Special Children clinic, Vision therapy clinic and a proven subject matter expert with a Doctorate in Optometry from BITS and honour of being the First Indian to be awarded a ‘Diplomate’ by the AAO and appointed as ‘Endeavour Ambassador’ by the Australian High Commission to collaborate in education and research programs between India and Australia, Dr Rizwana Husaindeen will now be India’s voice for optometry in the global arena! The announcement from the sanctum of Optometry the ‘American Academy of Optometry’ (AAO) breaking the great news that she has been appointed as the ‘President of the AAO’s  India Chapter’ making her the Numero Uno of Indian optometry came on the 24th of February 2020. It was a wonderful coincidence that the announcement which places India in the world map came on the 80th birthday of Dr S S Badrinath, a befitting birthday gift to the visionary who sowed the seeds for the inception and growth of optometry in the country, the man who envisaged its role and place in overall eye care dispensing.

The news comes as a watershed development as it heralds the entry of India’s optometry into the realm of world optometry through a sanction by the American Association of Optometry to establish the long awaited India Chapter of the AAO affiliated to the US & International Chapters. A major success for the strong representation made by the President elect, to start an exclusive India chapter at the AAO during her visit to the 3rd World Congress of Optometrists & 98th meeting of the AAO in October 2019. This comes as a strategic development which would open the floodgates to a whole new world of opportunities in academics,research,exchange programs,collaborative study to Indian optometrists at every level.

The new role is not only an acknowledgment of Dr Rizwana’s subject matter expertise but a clear recognition and acknowledgment of her immense and proven organizational,planning,execution,administration skills and far sighted Vision for Optometry which the new role demands in abundance.It is a proud day for the Sankara Nethralaya family and Indian Optometry and we express our hearty congratulations and sincere best wishes to her to scale new heights and to place her stamp of  excellence and individuality in her new role, as she had in every role that she had donned in the past.

A hundred flowers bloom at the ‘Temple of the eye’ on the joyous occasion of its Chief’s 80th birthday!

A hundred joyous smiles through revived vision marked the 80th birthday celebration of Dr SS.Badrinath, among the world’s leading vitroretinal surgeons, a pioneer, visionary and humanitarian doctor, a living legend of our times and Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya, India’s leading Clinical Care, Ophthalmic Research, Seat of Academics and Community Eye Care Center.

Photograph by SN Multimedia team

The Dr VG Appukutty Campus, the institution’s vast green premises situated right on the GST Road at St Thomas Mount, Chennai wore a festive look with the institution’s Senior Consultants and their teams of nurses, paramedics and support staff mentored by him and ingrained in his values assembled in large numbers in response to a clarion call made by President & Medical Director, Medical Research Foundation, Dr Girish Shiva Rao, to perform 100 cost free cataract surgeries on indigent patients as a befitting tribute and birthday gift from them and the institition to Founder and Chairman Emeritus Dr SS.Badrinath, who would be turning 80 years of age the next day. Sankara Nethralaya Consultants Dr. Prema Padmanaban,Dr. L.Vijaya,Dr. B. Shantha,Dr. Sumita Agarkar,Dr. Veena Bhaskaran,Dr. Elizabeth,Dr. Rajesh,Dr. Sudhir,Dr. Vineet Ratra,Dr. Kavitha Kalaivani,Dr. Durga,Dr. KC. Anand,Dr. Srivalli,Dr. Vinita Girish Rao,Dr. Shikka Bassi,Dr. Mona Khurana,Dr. Jeyalakshmi Govindan,Dr. Nivediata Narayanan, Dr. CK. Parameswari,Dr. Shema Rafeek,Dr. Suchitra Pradeep,Dr. Muthu Meena Muthumalai, Dr Gajendra Kumar Verma joined hands with anesthetists Dr Jagdeesh, Dr Lakshmi Prasanna, Dr Shoba Raishankar, Dr Pradnya Senthi Kumar to volunteer their service to the poor and needy on their weekend holiday, as their loving birthday gift and befitting tribute to their esteemed Guide, Guru and father figure and his institution to whom they owed the positions they held and the high reputation they enjoyed. The one day eye surgery camp was organized by Dr Veena Bhaskaran with administrative support from Shri Vanakkam Sivakumar, Administration In-Charge at the new Jaslok Community Ophthalmology Center, (JCOC) the institution’s exclusive cost free eye care center operating from its large, new premises. The Senior surgeons performed cataract removal surgeries on patients already screened at the JCOC, simultaneously at the operation theaters at the CU Shah Sankara Nethralaya, started by the man being honoured, as a peripheral eye hospital to dispense quality eye care to patients living in and around a region considered as a suburb of the city at the time of its inception, at the new JCOC, the recently constructed, massive, exclusive community hospital, a monument of his dream of operating one of the largest exclusive cost free community hospitals from the institution’s own premises and the ‘Mobile Eye Surgical Unit’ (MESU) the State of the Art and ‘one of its kind in Asia’ operation theater on wheels, the pioneer and only surgical facility which has the Union Health Ministry’s approval and sanction to perform cataract surgeries outside a conventional operation theater in a base hospital, a rich testimony to the Octogenarian’s foresight and quest to leverage latest technology to bring back lost vision and relief and alleviation from pain to the underprivileged, right to their doorsteps.

Photograph by SN Multimedia team

A total of 103 cataract removal surgeries were performed on the day in commemoration of living legend Dr SS.Badrinath’s 80th birthday falling the next day, capturing the spirit of dispensing quality eye care with love and a personal touch and totally cost free to those who cannot afford to pay for there treatment, as ordained by the Seer of Kanchi Mutt and enshrined as one of the founding principles of the institition

Photograph by SN Multimedia team

Photograph by Subhasish Shah – Contact Lens dept

Organizing of special Puja for their beloved Chief’s long and healthy life and continued guidance, at temples and distribution of ‘Prasad’ to members of the Sankara Nethralaya family by Lion Harinarayanan, Manager-Projects and formation of a grand ‘80’ by members of the SN family clad in white, led by Dr TS Surendran, Vice President, Dr Prema Padmanabhan, Dr Nirmala Subramanian, Dr Meenakshi Swaminathan, Dr L.Vijaya, Dr Shantha, Dr Shikha Bassi and many other Consultants, Fellows and staff members rendering the happy birthday song at the main campus, organized and executed by Dr Anuradha, Professor, ESO and Head of school children screening and a similar formation and a soulful birthday song for their Chief by the Optometrists and staff members at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata, initiated by the Optometrists, marked the 80th birthday celebrations on the 24th of February.

An interesting development pertaining to the birthday celebrations that caught everybody’s attention was the development and designing of an online link https://sites.google.com/view/ssbhb/home and a QR scan through which members of the SN family and the large number of well wishers from outside could communicate their innermost thoughts,wishes and greetings on the joyous occasion with ease, by Mr M.Saravanan, from the institution’s multimedia department, as his birthday gift to the legend. It was a thoughtful leveraging of technology to enable reach and speed of personalized communication in terms of conveying their emotions and wishes, to the man who successfully leveraged technology to reach eye care and alleviation of pain to a large number of people

The institution would be conducting a special cost free Diabetic Retinopathy screening camp under the leadership of Dr Rajiv Raman, Senior Consultant, Bhagwan Mahaveer Vitroretinal Services, on 28th February 2020 at its JKCN campus located at 6, Pycroft Garden Road, Chennai-6, as part of the birthday celebrations and tribute to its founder and Chairman Emeritus Dr SS.Badrinath. As a novel measure and in appreciation of their perseverance and courage, the institution has decided to present those who have lived with diabetes for 10 years and above without any diabetes related eye issues, visiting the screening camp on the day with a certificate of appreciation and medal.

An institution committed to knowledge dissemination and service celebrates its stalwarts reaching glorious heights in the same.

It was a moment to cherish for every member of the Sankara Nethralaya family gathered at the packed Sri VD Swami Auditorium, at its main campus, the occasion was the felicitation of two of its stalwarts and most adored personalities, men who had carved a niche for themselves by their command, expertise and contribution to their fields as much as through their personal traits of being down to earth, highly accessible individuals with the highest degree of dedication to their institution they served and great love and regard to their fellow employees at every level.

It was the evening of Maha Shiva Rathri and star compeer of the evening Dr Rizwana, Assistant Professor at the Elite School of Optometry began the proceedings with her inimitable touch, drawing a parallel between the stalwarts who had helped in spreading the light of knowledge in academics and eye care through their service to humanity, being felicitated on the day, to the Cosmic dance of  Lord Shiva that leads to Light and Realization of the Soul. Dr Anuradha Narayanan, Assistant Professor Elite School of Optometry and Chief Coordinator of Children eye screening camps introduced Dr P.P Santanam the first Principal of the Elite School of Optometry being felicitated on the occasion, for being honoured with the highly prestigious ‘Dr CK Ramachandar Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Indian Association of Occupational Health (IAOH), as the ‘Father of Occupational Optometry’ whose contributions to the field of occupational health, occupational optometry and the ESO cannot be measured and a man who has a strong moral, emotional and intellectual bonding with the institution with which he has been associated.

Dr Meenakshi Swaminathan, Senior Consultant, Pediatric Ophthalmology dept introduced the ‘Lions International’s Lifetime Achievement Award’ winner Dr TS.Surendran, Director-Pediatric Ophthalmology and Vice Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya in his several avatars, as a pioneer in Pediatric Ophthalmology, a highly skilled surgeon with a record number of squint correction surgeries to his credit, the public face of the institution, the genial personality who leveraged his contacts and affability to raise huge contributions to his institution. Dr Meenakshi Swaminathan highlighted that the citation of the award describing the awardee as ‘a man of high caliber, a man with a mission and a crusader against avoidable blindness, a Susruta of Strabismus, a man of great leadership qualities who has served society and a man who has exhibited unflinching loyalty to his institution and commended the recipient’s decades of service to pediatric ophthalmology, well summed up the persona of Dr Thandalam Surendran.

Making a brief acceptance address Dr PP Santanam thanked Sankara Nethralaya and its Founder Dr SS Badrinath whom he described as the Bhishma and Pithamahan of tertiary eye care for providing him the opportunity, platform and encouragement to develop ‘Occupational Optometry’ which had its genes from Optometry and Occupational health. Dr TS Surendran dedicated the award to his family and the SN family.

This was followed by the felicitation of SN Consultants and Optometrists whose research papers had won prestigious awards at various topical meets, while the fields and topics chosen by them, nature of their research work and its findings were impactful and diverse, the common thread that bonded all the winners was their uniform assertion that it was the opportunity provided by Sankara Nethralaya and encouragement of Dr SS.Badrinath that made their achievement a reality, it was the ultimate reiteration of the institution’s commitment to knowledge dissemination and deployment for the common good, as enshrined in its founding principles.

World’s leading service and relief organization confers its highest award on Sankara Nethralaya’s pioneer and stalwart!

The Association of Lions Clubs conferred its highest recognition and award on Dr TS Surendran, Director-Pediatric Ophthalmology and Vice President Sankara Nethralaya, at its regional meet held recently. It was a matter of great pride and jubilation for every member of the Sankara Nethralaya family as their favourite, ever smiling, jovial and down to earth TSS Sir as he is fondly referred to was honoured with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Lion Vijayalakshmi Thavva, Lion K.Jeganath and Lion Ashok Mehta, in acknowledgment and high appreciation of his dedicated service to Pediatric Ophthalmology and for being the ‘Sushruta of Strabismus surgery’ for thousands of children and his sterling role in the crusade against preventable blindness

The award was not only in recognition of the veteran professional’s knowledge, skills and dedication to his profession but a strong acknowledgment and appreciation of his personal loyalty to his institution and for being a source of inspiration to all!

The Sankara Nethralaya family salutes its beloved Dr TSS Sir and wishes him many more accolades and honours in his professional journey