Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya Trust (SSSN), Tirupati – End of An Era

Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai is saddened to announce that we are no longer associated with Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya Trust (SSSN), Tirupati.  Sankara Nethralaya had operated under the Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya Trust (SSSN), Tirupati established by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) as a not-for-profit charitable trust since 2009 until 30th Jan 2021.

When Dr. S. S. Badrinath, our founder, had visited Tirupati to receive Darshan he happened to meet the then chairman of TTD at the sanctum sanctorum. This serendipitous meeting gave Sankara Nethralaya the opportunity to serve a divine purpose by providing free eye healthcare at the TTD central hospital.  TTD provided their premises, the SSSN Trust funded the infrastructure necessary for a quality eye care facility, and Sankara Nethralaya’s ophthalmologists, optometrists, anesthetist and non-medical staff served the patients.

During our decade of compassionate service, Sankara Nethralaya examined more than 2 lakh patients, performed Cataract surgery for nearly 21,000 patients and 42,000 patients underwent special investigations / procedures. 

At SSSN, our experienced ophthalmologists provided comprehensive Ophthalmic outpatient services along with inpatient services such as cataract surgeries, special diagnostic / therapeutic treatment such as Fundus Fluorescein Angiography (FFA); Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT); Laser for Posterior segment diseases; and YAG laser, injections, etc. as ophthalmic centre was equipped with two state-of-the-art operation theatres with the latest microscopes, phaco-emulsification systems & autoclaves.  Patients were accommodated in separate wards for male and female patients and received the best care.

Through the SSSN Trust, Sankara Nethralaya carried on the practice of providing free meals and stay at the hospital for patients in need.  This helped many poor patients to seek quality eye healthcare even though they did not have money for food or for a stay in hospital.

Sankara Nethralaya also conducted outreach programs for the people staying in and around Tirupati included rural eye screening camps, screening school children for eye disorders, and Mobile Eye Surgical Unit (MESU) camps.  These screening camps took comprehensive eye healthcare to the doorsteps of those who were unable to travel.  The MESU enabled at least 900 surgeries to be performed throughout the rural and tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh with TTD’s support.

Sankara Nethralaya provided our expertise in Hospital Management System (HMS) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system free of cost and SSSN was benefitted enormously as inpatient and outpatient processes were quicker due to our meticulous record-keeping.

Due to changes in TTD’S policies, the Medical committee proposed merging all Trusts under the “PRANADHANAM Trust”.  Accordingly, Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya Trust is being dissolved and Sankara Nethralaya has accepted the decision of the board.  We are humbly thankful to the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Board, Executive Officer, Joint Executive Officers, Chief Medical Officer, Special Medical Officer, and all the employees of TTD for their untiring support all through the years.

Sankara Nethralaya is immensely indebted to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams for giving us the opportunity to serve the pilgrims, the employees of TTD and their families, the people of Tirupati and the regions nearby.

We bid farewell with a sense of profound loss to an era of serving humanity under the will of Lord Venkateshwara.  We thank the TTD and people of Tirupati for the love and support our hospital received while serving the community, and enabling us to provide quality ophthalmic healthcare with the divine blessings of Lord Venkateshwara.  We await the day when we will be called on to serve at the Lotus Feet of Lord Venkateshwara again.

27th Aradhana of Sri Maha Periyava and Awards Presentation – 2021

On 12th January 2021, after almost a year, the 27th Aradhana of Sri Maha Periyava was held at 5:00 pm in Sankara Nethralaya’s Sri. V. D. Swami Auditorium. Ms. Alamelu compered the evening’s events, which was a refreshing beginning to the New Year, as the pandemic restrictions prevented social gatherings in 2020.

The event was opened with the auspicious Veda Gosham, followed by the Welcome Address and a short introduction to Sankara Nethralaya and Sri Maha Periyava by Ms. Anuradha, Principal, Elite School of Optometry. Following this, Archanai and Aarti to Sri Maha Periyava were performed. Mr. Raghunathan, a retired government employee gifted a painting he had rendered of Sri Maha Periyava to Sankara Nethralaya, which was received by Dr. T. S. Surendaran. The lifelike painting will be hung in Vision Enhancement Clinic, Shenoy Nagar.

Ms, Alamelu then called on Dr. A. R. Anand, Vidyasagar Institute of Biomedical Technology and Science (VIBS) In- Charge to present the Ph. D awardees for the year 2020. VIBS was established in October 2006 with a generous donation by Late Padmashri Iravatham Mahadevan, in memory of his elder son, the late Vidyasagar.

The Ph. D program, one of the most important in the VIBS portfolio, is affiliated to four national universities i.e.  SASTRA University, Thanjavur; the Tamilnadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University, Chennai; Anna University, Chennai; and Alagappa University, Karaikudi. The degrees were presented by Mr. G. Ramachandran, Honorary Secretary, Medical Research Foundation.

Over the past 20 years, 67 Ph.Ds. from SN are established all around India and the world too! Since July 2019 and June 2020, SN produced 6 Ph. D awardees, under SASTRA University, Thanjavur. Currently, 18 students are studying in the Ph. D. Programme; 2 have submitted their final Ph. D. thesis; one is in the process of submission, and 15 students are undergoing Ph. Ds.

Mr. Ravikanth Danda, received the “Doctor of Philosophy” for his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Identification of Novel therapeutic target molecules in Retinoblastoma.”  He completed his Ph. D on 12th December 2019.  He is presently a CSIR Research Associate at CCMB, Hyderabad.  His supervisor, Dr. S. Krishnakumar, Professor and Head of L & T Ocular Pathology department, accompanied him to the stage.

Mr. Anand Babu completed his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Role of paraoxonase in oxidized LDL – Mediated Pathogenesis of age related molecular degeneration (AMD): in vivo studies in AMD patients and in vitro studies in human retinal pigment epithelial cells” on 17th February 2020. He is currently a research scientist at the Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai. His supervisor was Dr. N. Angayarkanni, Professor and Head of R. S. Mehta Jain Department of Biochemistry & cell biology, Supervisor.

Mr. Ravikanth Danda and Mr. Anand Babu gave their valedictorian speeches and thanked everyone who inspired them including their Ph. D. supervisors, and Sankara Nethralaya.

Mr. Amit Chatterjee’s Ph. D was received on his behalf by his guide, Dr. J. Narayanan, Associate Professor of Nanobiotechnology department. Mr. Amit’s thesis “Understanding the mechanism of cell penetrating peptide using kerataconus epithelium as clinical model” was completed on 28th September 2020.

Three awardees were awarded their Ph. Ds in absentia- Dr. S.Muthukumaran completed his Ph. D. on 20th July 2020 under SASTRA deemed-to-be University, Thanjavur. He is presently at the clinical bioinformatics division, Anderson Diagnostics, Chennai. His guide is Dr. V. Umashankar, Faculty of Centre for Bioinformatics.

Dr. Bhavna S. Rao completed her Ph. D on 3rd August 2020 Under SASTRA deemed-to-be University, Thanjavur. She is a freelance scientific language editor at TNQ, Chennai. Her guide is Dr. N. Soumittra, Faculty of SN ONGC Department of Genetics & Molecular Biology.

Dr. P. Karthikka completed her Ph. D on 5rd August 2020 under SASTRA deemed-to-be University, Thanjavur. Her guide is Dr. C. Subbulakshmi, Faculty of R.S.Mehta Jain Department of Biochemistry & cell biology.

Those who were unable to be present at the ceremony joined virtual and shared their memorable experiences and joy of working and studying at an exceptional institution like Sankara Nethralaya.

The next part of the ceremony was the institutional awards including the certificates or medals, and cash prizes. Dr. Smita Praveen, Director – Academics, MRF gave a short introduction of the significance of the institutional awards and called on Mr. G. Ramachandran, Hon. Secy., and Dr. T. S. Surendran, Vice Chairman, MRF to present the awards.

Mr. G. Ramachandran presented Dr. Sudharshan S. with the Smt Sreerangamma N Narayana and Endowment Award for best scientist working on infectious diseases, along with a cash prize.

The Smt.Radhamani N. Anantha Endowment Award for best scientist working on infectious diseases, accompanied by a cash prize went to Dr. Mamta Agarwal.

Dr. T. S. S presented the following awards:

Swarnalata Punshi Award for Best Research Fellow went to Dr. Sneha Giridhar, along with a cash prize.

The Swarnalata Punshi prize Award for Best Research Worker (medal, certificate, and cash prize) to Ms. Ramya. R.

The Ruby Banik Memorial Award for Best Research in Clinical Sciences in Ophthalmology Award and cash prize was received by Ms. Najiya. S. K.

The Prof. S. Krishnamoorthy Rao Memorial Award for Best Outgoing PhD went to Dr. Ravikanth Danda, along with a gold medal + certificate.

The Dr. S. Ramakrishnan Endowment for Best Outgoing Post-Graduate of Diploma in Ophthalmology was received by Dr. Ramya G.

Dr. Merin Jacob received the Sri. K. Vasanth Madhavan Memorial Award instituted by Mrs K Saraswathi for Best Outgoing Post Graduate student of Diplomate of National board of Examinations.

Dr. Mythri K Rao received the Dr. Kantimathynathan Endowment Medal instituted by Dr. Jagan Nathan for Best Post Graduate DNB candidate in Neuro Ophthalmology.

Dr. Pallavi Goel and Dr. Mehta Parth Kirit were presented with the Ms. DivyaChaturvedi Endowment Award for Best Outgoing Diploma in Ophthalmology student in Uvea.

A Certificate of Merit – Chief Resident was presented to Dr. Mythri K Rao by Dr. T. S. S. The second recipient was Dr. Damisetti Anjali Gopalakrishna.

The Jayaben Chamanlal Shah Endowment award for Best Outgoing Sub Specialty Fellow was presented to Dr. Aanchal Agarwal virtually. She thanked everyone and said the guidance of her instructors and teachers were vital to showing her and fellow students the way, helping them reach their goals.

Dr. Smriti Jain too received her awards virtually. She received both the Dr. V T Doshi Memorial award for Best outgoing Vitreo Retinal Fellow – Award and the Indian Society for Prevention of Blindness Endowment Award for Best Lady Fellow in Vitreo Retinal Sub-specialty. She thanked Dr. AVS ma’am and the teaching staff at JCOC and the sub-speciality teachers who guided her throughout her time at SN.

At the close of the ceremony, everyone present paid their respects and offered flowers to Sri Maha Periyava.

Blessed Visit of 46th Azhagiyasingar of Ahobila Mutt

His Holiness, Srimathe Srivan Satakopa Sri Ranganatha Yateendra Mahadesikan, the 46th Azhagiyasingar of Ahobila Mutt visited Sankara Nethralaya’s Dr. V.G. Appukutty campus on 3rd January 2021.  He was shown around the premises comprising the C. U. Shah Sankara Nethralaya, The SN Academy, Elite School of Optometry, and Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Centre.  Dr. Girish Rao, President, and Dr. Rajesh accompanied the Swamigal on his tour.

The event started with an invocation by Mrs. Vidya Thirumalai, one of Sankara Nethralaya’s well-wishers.  Colonel Raghavan, Advisor – Projects, welcomed His Holiness on behalf of Dr. S. S. Badrinath and Dr. (Mrs.) Vasanthi Badrinath, and Sankara Nethralaya family members.  Col. Raghavan also wished everyone present a Happy New Year.  Dr. T. S. Surendaran and Dr. Girish Rao, President, honoured His Holiness with ceremonial tributes.

His Holiness blessed the gathering and recollected that Dr. S. S. B performed a cataract surgery on his spiritual guru Sri Maha Periyava Sri Chandrasekerendra Saraswathi Swamigal. Dr. S. S. B’s name spread gaining renown due to this. He recalled Sri Maha Periyava’s blessing that as long as the sun and moon shone, Sankara Nethralaya would bloom and serve humanity.  His Holiness also recounted Jayendra Sarswathi Swamigal’s call to Dr. S.S.B to found an institution in the service of India’s poor.  He extolled the efforts and sacrifices of those who served the cause of bringing vision to the poor and needy.  Service is a boon to society and we should encourage the practice amongst ourselves.  His Holiness appreciated and blessed Dr. Girish Rao in continuing our founder’s mission to serve society.  His Holiness blessed the institution, employees, and the students to take the vision forward for many decades.

Dr. Rajesh offered the vote of thanks and expressed his gratitude to His Holiness who stayed to bless everyone present individually.

TSNA Netra Vidya Series

The Netra Vidya learning platform was launched and initiated by The Sankara Nethralaya Academy in 2014 to impart knowledge and skills to budding optometrists, optometry students, and experienced practitioners to up-skill and reskill themselves and keep themselves updated about the best evidence-based practices in clinical practice. During the pandemic situation in 2020, it was restructured as a virtual lecture series to deliver Optometry programs. The Sankara Nethralaya Academy and the BV/VT team of SN ushered in the Netra Vidya series on 16th September with a four-part series of online lectures and tutorials aimed at educating and upgrading young and upcoming optometrists on the nuances and best practices to successfully run an Orthoptics practice.

The chosen topics intended to cover basic binocular vision, vergence and accommodation assessments, interpretation, a correlation between the clinical parameters and diagnosis in NSBVA (non-strabismic binocular vision anomalies) along with management and vision therapy practices. On 16th September 2020, Dr. Rizwana initiated the BV series with a motivational talk to youngsters on the topic “To the Optometry class of 2020”. The talk was well-received and set the tone for the subsequent academic sessions that commenced on 19th September 2020 and concluded on 17th October 2020.

On 19th September, the first part of the four-part series began with a two-hour session by the Binocular team of SN headed by Dr. Rizwana, in which they took the participants through an interactive case discussion in which the participants were asked to analyse and solve various problem-oriented cases that are common in strabismic practice. The trouble-shooting skills were enhanced for the 100 plus participants who found the systematic approaches to problem solving very helpful.

On 25th September Prof. Mitchell Scheimann, celebrated author and currently ‘Dean of Research, Director of Graduate studies and renowned faculty at Salus University, USA, conducted the second session in which he deconstructed the Clinical testing of Strabismus into a simple two-step frame work. He also dealt with understanding the prognosis for strabismus treatment based on clinical assessment in great detail. The session had close to 170 participants from various parts of India and abroad. Seeing the enthusiastic response from the participants, the BV core team Dr. Rizwana, Mr. Praveen Kumar, Ms. Ayisha Atiya, and Mr. Amit Bhowmick took the participants through a special session on basics of Vision Therapy on 10th of October 2020. This session was open only to those participants who had registered for all the three core sessions.

The much awaited concluding session by Dr. Susan Cotter was conducted on the topic “Prescribing prisms in primary eye care practice- Tips and Tricks”. Dr. Cotter, a Professor of Optometry at Marshall B Ketchum University and author of many peer-reviewed publications on Paediatric Optometry and strabismus, simplified the art of prescribing prisms and encouraged the young optometrists to prescribe prisms for strabismic patients. More than 170 participants attended the concluding session by Dr. Cotter.

Some Testimonials from the participants

“Excellent lectures”
“Lectures were very easy to comprehend”
“Got all doubts clarified”
“Videos and pragmatic lectures made the sessions more interesting”
“I really appreciate the session, the way it was conducted as it was interactive and gave opportunity for case discussion as groups using Zoom breakout rooms”
“It is an excellent platform, great group, please keep continuing in making us learn happy”
“The lecture series was really a great opportunity for learning, thank you – the entire team and their hard work behind it”.

Dr. Rizwana Becomes President of The Optometric Association of Tamil Nanbargal (OATN)

The Optometric Association of Tamil Nanbargal (OATN) has unanimously nominated and chosen Dr. Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen (Head, Binocular Vision clinic, Sankara Nethralaya) as the upcoming President for the next tenure.

The OATN, established in 2011, aims to strive for the recognition and regulation of the Optometry profession & education. It has been established as the legal association for Tamil Nadu Optometry since 2012. The association has 500+ members and counting, including life members and student members, from across Tamil Nadu. OATN has served as a great source of support to the Optometry community through dissemination of knowledge, and hands-on training through conferences, seminars, and workshops. The association also volunteers to support NGOs to provide eye and vision care to the needy, deserving, and for individuals with vision impairment. The association conducts strong lobbying to facilitate the passing of the AHP bill that would immensely benefit the Optometry community.

OATN also provides support to young graduates and job seekers through its massive networking channels. The legacy of this association was greatly supported by its Founding President Mr. Singaravelu, who was then followed by Mrs. Poongothai and now Dr. Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen, Sankara Nethralaya will step into this illustrious position.

The Sankara Nethralaya family congratulates Dr. Rizwana wishing her and the association to reach greater heights under her leadership.

Kurai Ondrum Illai Humble Tribute to Sankara Nethralaya’s Frontline Warriors

48 talented vocalists and instrumentalists gave a soulful rendition of Kurai Ondrum Illai song as a tribute to our frontline heroes of Sankara Nethralaya Chennai team.

‘Kurai Ondrum Illai’ is one of the famous Tamil devotional songs, which was tuned by Shri Kadayanallur Venkatraman, who was a close associate of Shri Semmangudi. Governor General of India Sri C. Rajagopalachari has weaved those beautiful words into an amazing song and popularized by Bharat Ratna M. S. Subbulakshmi amma who has made this lively song divine and immortal with her soulful voice.  The song is an expression of thankfulness to the divine without any wants left unfulfilled.

To mention the raagams, the whole song is not based on just one raagam but is a Raagamalika. The pallavi and anupallavi are sung in Shivaranjani while the charanam is rendered in Shivaranjani, Kapi and Sindubhairavi.

All the 48 artists are carefully selected and this project was started in July and completed on Sep 7, 2020.   The concept, execution and the direction is by Sowmiya Narayanan, Kamalakiran Vinjamuri and Somanath Dhandibotla. The video, audio, editing, mastering and mixing were done by Somanath Dhandibotla.  All the participants are from various states in US.

Many prominent figures from the world of Carnatic classical music gave positive reviews and this Youtube video is getting lot of positive acclamations.

Kalaimamani  Sri Unnikrishnan appreciated the efforts of youngsters for arranging a precise orchestration. “Must have been quite a task. Everybody has sung and played very well. In unison. Convey my Best wishes to the entire team,” he said.

Sangita Kalanidhi Padma Bhushan Smt. Sudha Raghunathan gave her appreciation and observed, “Wonderful effort ji! Joara paadi vaasitchirka!”

Please watch this rendition at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEdmK49Iyhc

Sangita Kalanidhi Padmasri Vidushi Kanyakumari’s Violin Concert for Indigent Patients

Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust USA organized a live stream event by Sangita Kalanidhi Padmasri Vidushi Kanyakumari -Violin on Sunday, 11th October 2020 at 5:30 PM (EST)| Monday, 12th October, 2020 at 3: AM (IST). Sangita Kalanidhi Kanyakumari was accompanied by Vidhwan Dr. Patri Satish Kumar on the Mridangam, Vidhwan Anirudh Athreya on the Khanjira, and Vidhwan Sayee Rakshith on Violin support.

Patrons immersed themselves in Vidushi Kanyakumari’s concert from comfort of their homes. SN OM Trust USA was forced to cancel in person-events in Atlanta GA, Dallas TX, Washington DC, Houston TX, Los Angeles CA, and Pittsburgh PA due to present COVID 19 pandemic conditions and SN OM trust trustees organized online charity concerts to raise funds for bringing sight to poor indigent patients.

SN OM Trust Inc. USA., is Sankara Nethralaya’s only fund-raising arm in the USA. We invite you to visit https://www.sankaranethralayausa.org/ to learn more about donating from the USA.

We sincerely thank our supporters Mana TV, TV Asia, Sakshi TV, TV5, TV9, US 1 Television, and Radio TORi for their tireless efforts in telecasting this Classical concert.

Watch Sangita Kalanidhi Padmasri Vidushi Kanyakumari’s performance here at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3333933226832359

Walk for Vision with SN Family and Lions Club!

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Dr. Veena Bhaskaran of Sankara Nethralaya backed by Lions Club International, organized a World Sight Day 2020 walkathon on Sunday, 11th October, 2020.

The Charity walkathon “Walk for Vision” aims to create awareness about preventable blindness. Participants went on a 5 km walk/cycle/run in the comfort of their home environments as per their fitness. Participants get an e-certificate and their selfies published on our social media wall on registration. Send us your selfies at walkforvision@snmail.org by 18th October, 2020 and your photo too will go up on our wall!

The Charity walkathon was met with enthusiastic participation from Sankara Nethralaya’s ophthalmologists, students, and the general public. More than 160 participants walked, ran, and cycled to help spread awareness of “Hope In Sight”, which is this year’s clarion call.

Among those who supported our “Hope for Vision” walkathon were Dr. Girish Shiva Rao, Dr. Geetha Iyer, Dr. L. Vijaya, Dr. R. Sujatha, Dr. Lingam Gopal, Dr. Jyotirmay Biswas, Dr. Jeyalakshmi Govindan, Dr. Elizabeth Sonu John, and Dr. Veena Bhaskaran. Many of our staff, a SWAN volunteer, and patients also participated in the walkathon on Sunday.

Once again, our long-time champion – Lions Club of Central Madras, District 324 A1 supported Sankara Nethralaya’s 4 decade long crusade against preventable blindness & organized a “Walk for Vision” walkathon at Natesan Park, T. Nagar.

Lion members led by President Ln Dr. T Elangovan, walked around the park in small groups following all the COVID-19 protocols and distributed pamphlets to the general public to create awareness about Diabetic Retinopathy.

President Ln Dr T Elangovan addressed morning walkers regarding the ill- effects of uncontrolled diabetes, which can result in Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). People living with diabetes should visit their Ophthalmologist at least once a year for a comprehensive Eye Examination.

Walkers present during the address thanked the club members for talking about this significant complication of Diabetes.

Sankara Nethralaya thanks our staff, patients, Lions Club team and everyone who participated in the Walkathon and spreading the message about Universal Eye Health.

Elite School of Optometry World sight day 2020

World sight day is the most important advocacy day in the eye health calendar and it’s held annually on second Thursday of October. This year World sight day is on 8th October 2020. Sankara Nethralaya along with Elite School of Optometry (ESO) always contributes to the society and as a part of this year’s world sight day and promoting the theme -“Hope in Sight” students of ESO have organized several activities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, implementing the community activities is found difficult and it involves many safety precautions. Keeping in mind the current situation and in order to promote the eye care awareness, various activities are planned and the details are given below.

Activity 1

“Hope is Sight- Displaying the solidarity of the professionals”

A placard displaying the theme ‘Hope in sight’ was made and a video collage of optometrists and optometry students holding it was made displaying the solidarity of the professionals.

Activity 2

E-posters-awareness through Social Media

Innovative E-Posters creating awareness on compelling eye health safety and consequential eye donation were designed. The posters surfaced the doubts of many common people on eye donation, myopia and eye care and digital eye strain and suitable exercises. We also received accolades for the attractive and informative posters from many optometrists in various institutions. These posters were shared in social media platforms.

Activity 3

Online awareness sessions with young minds

Eye care awareness session were conducted for the students of Omega international school, Gerugambakkam. The session was organized by the school and Dr. Anuradha ESO principal delivered key points on the burden of refractive error, importance of spectacles, common ocular problems, binocular vision problems and symptoms, color vision anomalies and she also shared the common symptoms of digital eye strain which is a raising problem especially in COVID 19 situation. 55 students from 8th and 9th grade along with staff members attended the session and doubts from the students were clarified at the end.

Activity 4

Promoting eye care through stake holders -Awareness and Vision ambassador training

Sukriti social foundation is a Non –governmental organization (NGO) which works for social welfare development especially for government school students and teachers. As a part of world sight day initiative, Dr. Anuradha, ESO principal promoted awareness on burden of visual impairment and importance of compliance to spectacles among school students through online session. Almost 75 people attended the session including government teachers, Sukriti staff members and volunteers. Vision ambassador training on basic vision screening with ESO’s PVS chart (Pocket Vision screener) was also taught to them and formats for documenting the vision, finding out obvious eye problems were also shared.

Click here to view World Sight Day 2020 – ESO

Elite School of Optometry 35 years of excellence

Elite School of Optometry fondly called as ESO, is India’s first college offering a four year professional degree in optometry. This institution has been run by Sankara Nethralaya, a tertiary eye care center in collaboration with SASTRA deemed university since 2017. The college is best known for its intense clinical training to the students along with a superior foundation in optometry education and research. Students of ESO are also educated on social accountability and responsibility. Adding a gem to its crown, the institution holds records in serving the community through various community activities.

ESO was established on the 18th of September 1985 by Dr. S S Badrinath, Prof. S R Govindarajan and Prof. Jay M Enoch and completes its 35 years of excellence in 2020.

To celebrate this landmark event, the graduate optometry students and team of ESO planned a virtual event with the objective of bringing all alumni to reminisce their days at ESO and also keep the current students updated about the legend of ESO. The celebration was held on 30th of September and 1st of October 2020 between 10.00 and 17.00 IST.

Dr N Anuradha, the Principal of ESO welcomed the august audience. Dr. Girish Shiv Rao, President- Medical Research Foundation and Dr. T S Surendran, Vice- Chairman- Medical Research Foundation addressed the students and alumni. Drs P P Santanam, R Krishna Kumar, Sumathi Narayanan, S Meenakshi, Prof. Seshasayee, Prof. Pichaimuthu and other faculty of ESO shared their fond memories with ESO. As the alumni are from different time zones from across the world different times were allotted on two days and every alumni were excited to be a part of the grand event. They shared their current position, their journey in the field over the years and fun moments from their college days.

There were 365 alumni and students who participated in the virtual celebration via Google Meet. There were representatives of alumni from the first till the last batch. The present students were thoroughly motivated from hearing the success stories of their seniors. The event was highly appreciated by all and recommended to have such an event yearly as ‘ESO day’.

Click here to view ESO 35 Celebrations