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Lions International conducts a program for the visually abled at Sankara Nethralaya

Lions International

It was a program with a difference organized by the Lions International at the Sri V.D.Swami Auditorium on the 25th of July 2015, an evening when a differently ‘ABLED’ extraordinary young lady hand-held and ‘escorted’ a thrilled and amazed audience of seasoned eye care champions and supporters from the Lions Clubs and employees of a renowned eye care institution, down a little known pathway; she moved with the felicity of a person who knew her pathway and to those being led it was not a walk down a dark alley but a passage well lit and hurdle free, an eye opening trip which was enlightening, entertaining, educating and most importantly ‘Soul Stirring’.

The day’s proceedings got off with a warm welcome to the gathering, the special Chief Guest Ms. Khadija Hatim Yusufali, Lions District Governor Balaji Rathnam and his ‘Guru’ Lion G.V.Raman, by Lion S.N.Harinarayanan, he thanked the star speaker for her presence and the Lions for organizing a most meaningful program on ‘How a visually impaired person can live a meaningful and fulfilling life’.

Speaking on the occasion Lion G.V.Raman shared his experience with members of the ‘Academy of the Blind’ with the audience and lauded the visually impaired as a determined and confident lot, he expressed his wholehearted appreciation to Lion SN.Harinarayanan for propagating the cause of ‘Sight for the blind’. The senior Lion office bearer sprung a pleasant surprise to the audience by announcing that Lion Dr. SS.Badrinath, Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya has been selected by Lions International for their highest and most coveted honour ‘Ambassador of Goodwill’ for the year 2015. He added that Dr. SS.Badrinath in his characteristic humility had expressed that the award was not for him as an individual but an acknowledgement for Sankara Nethralaya and hence any representative from the institution could receive it with pride. Lion G.V. Raman added that senior office bearers of the Lions International, Chicago chapter, which was conferring the honour were however very particular that they confer their highest distinction in person on the distinguished recipient on a later date, after his return from the USA.

Ms. Sarika Gopalkrishnan, Head, Low Vision Clinic, Sankara Nethralaya, an expert on low vision, a ‘Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry’, a selector for the ‘World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) and an accomplished low vision care professional whose expertise is sought by the office of the State government’s Commission for the differently abled, in selecting low vision aids and a person passionately committed  to the cause of enhancing the life of those with low vision complaints, was aptly chosen by the organizers of the function to introduce the most versatile Chief Guest and Star speaker of the day. Ms. Sarika gave a most touching account of the chief guest, describing her as a totally independent person, a perfect housewife, instructor and a role model; she shocked the audience with the amazing revelation that Ms.Khadija was an ace skydiver and mountaineer, who had scaled the snowy peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro. Ms. Sarika utilized the opportunity to express her deep and heartfelt gratitude to the Lions Club, particularly to Lion S.N Harinarayanan for their generous support, which made the LVC at Sankara Nethralaya a reality. Lion Harinarayanan made a brief intervention to the intro to give the audience a touching note on how Ms Khadija came to Chennai, tracing the request from Lion Ashok Mehta from South Africa seeking a Fellowship opening at Sankara Nethralaya for Dr. Hatim and his own role in taking up the case successfully with Dr. S.S.Badrinath.

The Chief Guest of the day began her speech by highlighting some disturbing figures on visual impairment and the encouraging fact that 85% of blindness is preventable and curable. She took the audience on a spellbinding trip on how a visually impaired person could lead a ‘better than normal life’; she enchanted her audience on how simple things like a thoughtfully placed rubber band on a tooth brush, the bubbling sound of boiling tea, Braille cloth tags differentiating colours of dresses, a colour indicating clip in a dress to the most advanced, built-in gesture based i-phone, GPS Apps, talking clock, i-phone camera which makes an announcement of the image being shot, Kurzweil scanning systems and joint access with speech (JAWS) apparatus could help a visually impaired person  to not only live independently but also a fulfilling life of serving fellow human beings, in her role as a physiotherapist, adding that the person in question actively browses the internet and sends mails etc. Ms Khadija ended her most absorbing and moving talk with an earnest appeal for better rehabilitation services to the visually impaired.

Speaking on the occasion Lions District Governor Shi Balaji Rathnam described visually impaired people as people with ‘Supreme Vision’ and an ‘undying spirit’, he underlined that it was more important to be ‘humane’ than ‘human’. The Governor had a high word of appreciation for the Lions
Club of Central Madras and Lion Harinarayanan the tireless champion of the visually impaired; he explained that the Lions Club of Golden Vision donates support gadgets to the visually impaired at the Kola Perumal School. Speaking on the occasion Lion K.S.Babai gave an interesting account of a visually impaired faculty member of her college who had endeared herself to her students through her great work.

The most touching and absorbing function came to an end with a Vote of Thanks by Lion C.T.Natesan, to the Chief Guest Ms. Khadija Hatim Yusufally, Sankara Nethralaya, its staff members and the Lions members assembled in large numbers.

The Hindu

Board member of the Medical Research Foundation underlines and reiterates Sankara Nethralaya’s service to society to a distinguished audience.

Shri V.Vaidyanathan

The Alumni Association of the College of Engineering, Guindy (AACEG) is among the city’s elite and prestigious professional bodies and has a diverse and high level member base. It boasts of a member profile consisting of ‘Captains’ of industry, technocrats and senior officials serving in the private and public domain. The members of the AACEG, in addition to their pursuit of bettering their own field of specialization and addressing issues pertaining to their vocation are also bonded by a common passion for service and giving back to the society and constantly engage themselves in several service and suffering alleviation initiatives through this August body.

The members of the AACEG had organized a lecture in memory and honour of one of their most accomplished teachers, Dr K.S.Hegde, a man whom they held in high regard and about whom they had fond memories, he had served their institution as Principal with great distinction, a blood donation camp was also organized on the occasion as a mark of their respect to him. Shri V.Vaidyanathan, former Chairman of Sankara Nethralaya and member of the Medical Research Foundation’s Governing Board and a senior member of the AACEG was invited to deliver the “Dr.K.S.Hegde Memorial Lecture” at the college auditorium in the Anna University campus, Guindy. The senior member of the Sankara Nethralaya family leveraged the opportunity to give a most interesting and absorbing account of his institution’s endeavours towards bringing the light of life and smile back on the face of the visually impaired, he emphasized its massive cost free services by way of community ophthalmology camps to the economically backward sections of society. The distinguished alumni gave a fascinating audio-visual presentation about the ‘Mobile Eye Surgical Unit’ (MESU) a most advance medico-engineering marvel, a ‘first of its kind in Asia’ operation theatre on wheels, developed jointly with IIT-Madras and how it takes the most advanced cataract surgery, totally cost free, right to the doorsteps of the most socially/economically backward sections of society, living in highly inaccessible regions of the country including tribal, hilly hamlets, to a highly engrossed and impressed group of techies comprising of engineers from different disciplines. Shri Vaidyanathan concluded his lecture with an emphatic appeal for individual and institutional support to help Sankara Nethralaya dispense its high quality, cost free services to an increasing patient base all over the country; he also utilized the opportunity to underline the critical need for eye donation in the country and need to spread awareness on the same and distributed eye donation pledge forms to the esteemed gathering.

The most interesting and absorbing talk helped in taking Sankara Nethralaya’s cause to a highly distinguished and influential group.

The Sankara Nethralaya family pays its respectful homage to a man of Science with a heart of Gold!

Dr. APJ.Abdul Kalam

The members of the Sankara Nethralaya family bow their head in reverence to one of their institution’s greatest well wishers as they bid a tearful farewell to Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ.Abdul Kalam, former President of the Nation, Eminent Atomic Scientist, Visionary and above all a simple, down to earth humanitarian passionately committed to the well being and prosperity of his motherland and its citizens. Sankara Nethralaya was blessed to have his hallowed presence in its premises on two occasions and considers his laudatory remarks on its pioneering role in stem cell research, in his inaugural speech at the Asia-ARVO and his observation ‘Today morning I entered the ‘Temple of the Eye’. This Mission is God’s Mission. The country salutes Sankara Nethralaya, as the greatest compliment and acknowledgement of its services. These words from one of the nation’s noblest son’s would remain green in the institution’s collective memory and motivate us to reach greater heights in fulfilling the dreams of a great man who strongly believed that Science and Scientific findings would have true meaning only if they help in alleviating the suffering of the common man.

The Vidyasagar Institute for Bio-Medical Science successfully conducts the BITS Practice School-I Programme


The BITS Practice School-I Programme was conducted by the Vidyasagar Institute of Bio-Medical Science (A unit of the Medical Research Foundation) between 22nd May and 16th July 2015 at the Sankara Nethralaya Main campus. A total of 10 students from different BITS campuses, 2 from BITS Pilani, 4 from BITS Hyderabad and 4 from BITS Goa participated in the same. The students did their projects in the R.S Mehta Jain Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology (3), Centre for Bioinformatics (2), L & T Microbiology Research Centre (2), SN ONGC Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology (2) and Nano Biotechnology Department (1).

We take pleasure in sharing the topics covered by the students and their guides from the institution.

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

Chief receives high honours from diverse bodies

The Indian Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society’s Annual Convention was inaugurated recently in the city by the Honourable Health Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr.C.Vijaya Baskar, the society’s India Secretary General Dr.Amar Agarwal hailed Dr. SS.Badrinath’s role in blindness eradication and awarded him a Gold Medal for his contribution to ophthalmology on the occasion. Dr. SS.Badrinath was also among the honoured dignitaries who received the first copy of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s book ‘Transcendence – My spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji’ at a glittering book launch held at the Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi.

New Indian Express

Sankara Nethralaya takes a giant step towards unravelling the intricacies of the Ocular Surface

OSKON 2015

Comprehending the magnitude and diverse array of abnormalities, ophthalmic issues and the very functioning of the Ocular Surface had been among the more daunting areas of ophthalmology and by its intrinsic nature the area had remained a challenge to ophthalmologists the world over, since a very long time. The Ocular Surface and Keratoprosthesis Conference (OSKON-2012) bearing the theme ‘From Darkness to Light’ organized by Sankara Nethralaya, three years ago, as a high level interaction in the field, could justifiably take the credit for being the first major initiative towards bringing together ophthalmologists specializing in the area of ocular surface from the world over and enabling a critical dialog among them. If the OSKON 2012 made a great beginning by succeeding in consolidating the apprehensions and questions of these professionals, in terms of issues plaguing the ocular surface and helped in delving deeper into the field, the OSKON 2015 conducted recently was a high level exercise in exchanging the latest techniques, findings, sharing experiences and knowledge from across the globe, as its theme ‘A world eye view of the Ocular Surface’ aptly summed up. The event got off with a simple curtain raiser held at the Sri V.D. Swami Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya main campus on the 9th of July 2015.

Senior Ocular Surface professionals from Sankara Nethralaya, Dr.Geetha Krishnan and Dr.Bhaskar Srinivasan took the audience back on a fascinating ‘Journey of the Decade – 2005-2015’ with a racy narration on how the dawn of the century witnessed the ophthalmic fraternity pondering over and delving deeper into the realm of the Ocular Surface, rapid strides made in the area in terms of successful sight restoring refractive surgeries, finding of new solutions to Corneal blindness caused due to internal and external factors like effect of chemicals, the advent of ‘Modified Osteo-Odonto Keratoproshtesis’ (MOOKP) the revolutionary tissue process evolved by Professor Giancarlo Falcinelli. Dr.Geetha followed this up with a quick introduction of the distinguished participants, their areas of specialization and distinctions; she had a high word of praise for ‘Rotary International’ for their generous grant for research in Cornea and the great work being carried out by the ‘Dr.G.Sitalakshmi Memorial Clinic for Ocular Surface disorders’ at the Sankara Nethralaya main campus.

Speaking on the occasion Dr.SS.Badrinath, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya recalled the stellar role played by Dr. H.N Madhavan, Director, L&T Microbiology Research Centre, Sankara Nethralaya in growing Corneal Stem Cells in the laboratory, he had a high word of praise for Dr.Prema Padmanabhan, Dr. Geetha Krishnan and Dr. Bhaskar Srinivasan and recalled the tireless efforts of Late Dr.G.Sitalakshmi in mastering and adopting the MOOKP process at Sankara Nethralaya and her Guru Professor Falcinelli’s wish that Sankara Nethralaya should not confine itself to being a treating centre but also a teaching centre for MOOKP. It was a moment of great pride for the host institution when the visiting dignitaries invited on stage by Dr.Geetha to share their views on the meet, showered their praise on it by observing that a visit to Sankara Nethralaya was an opportunity to learn and that they have come to learn, share and collaborate; the crowning glory of the day of course was the tribute from the legendary Professor Giancarlo Falcinelli who in his inaugural message lauded the MOOKP Centre at Sankara Nethralaya as the best among all the centres in the world which he had trained on the process.

The three day high level deliberations that followed the curtain raiser witnessed in-depth discussions, debates, exchange of new procedures and processes in the Ocular Surface arena and proved to be a great learning experience to the participants.

The image of a great admirer and generous supporter get enshrined at Sankara Nethralaya

Nani A.Palkhivala

Nani A.Palkhivala was a living legend of his times, he strode the world of economics, law and finance like a Titan, he was an erudite scholar, powerful orator and legal luminary, his authority over tax laws and the constitutional law are legendary. He was an outspoken and uncompromising civil liberties activist and served with distinction as India’s Ambassador to the USA. While his professional excellence and brilliance are well known, there is a lesser known facet to this great persona; Nani Palkhivala was a compassionate humanitarian and a socially conscious person with a strong urge to contribute to society. He held Dr. SS.Badrinath and Sankara Nethralaya the institution he founded in the highest esteem, after a visit to the eye care facility’s main centre at Chennai and observation of the quality of service offered and the highly professional financial/administrative management of the institution he lauded Sankara Nethralaya as “The Best Managed Charitable Organization in India”.

Sankara Nethralaya considers this high compliment from an economics genius and financial wizard of our times as the greatest tribute to its self sustaining financial model. So impressed was Shri Nani Palkhivala with the quality of eye care dispensed, especially the cost free care to indigent patients that he bequeathed a considerable portion of his property to support the cost free community services of Sankara Nethralaya; an entire building at the Sankara Nethralaya Main centre is named as Srimathi Nargesh and Sri Nani A.Palkhivala block as a sign of the institution’s gratitude and respect to the noble and philanthropic couple.

Sankara Nethralaya’s association with the man who complimented it as a place which reinforced his waning faith in the goodness of mankind, the philanthropist who bequeathed a considerable portion of his property to support its cost free community services, continued long after his demise. Members of the Nani.A. Palkhivala Memorial Trust producing a documentary on the life of the great man for the benefit of posterity, visited many places and met people near and dear to him, people who had closely interacted with him to compile their first hand experience and their impressions on him, to give viewers a broader picture of the man. The team made a trip to Chennai earlier in the year to visit Sankara Nethralaya and spoke to its Founder and Chief Architect Dr SS.Badrinath. The Trust members recently gifted an archival quality print of the life like portrait of late Nani A.Palkhivala by renowned artist Shri Suhas Bahulkar to Sankara Nethralaya.

Nani A.Palkhivala

It was a most memorable day for Sankara Nethralaya family when the Nani Palkhivala Trust chose Sankara Nethralaya’s, main centre at Chennai to hold the highly prestigious ‘Nani A.Palkhivala Memorial Lecture’ the annual event commemorating his memory and greatness. The event held on the 9th of July 2015 at the Sri V.D Swami Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya main campus and witnessed the gathering of a large number of participants from the legal fraternity, the Nani Palkhivala Trust, Consultants, senior management members of Sankara Nethralaya and the general public who held him in great esteem. The proceedings got off to a great start with Shri S.Mahalingam, Member ‘Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre’ and former CFO of TCS describing the man being remembered and honoured as a scholar, economist, industrialist, author, philanthropist, visionary and extraordinary speaker and shared some memorable moments he was privileged to have with him.

Speaking on the occasion a visibly moved Dr SS.Badrinath, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya recalled that Shri Nani Palkhivala was particularly impressed by the cleanliness in the institution when he had visited Sankara Nethralaya in the early 90’s.  The following moments witnessed the most touching exchange of thoughts in the form of letters between a kind and generous benefactor and a noble, service minded doctor and his institution, a golden, closely guarded  communication which was privy to the two until it was made public on the momentous occasion; the audience were moved by the generosity of a man who in phases gave away his stocks and savings of a life time and how in his characteristic humility refused to be felicitated in public for what he called was a private act. Dr. SS.Badrinath recalled the fondness that the Kanchi Mahaperiyava had for Shri Nani Palkhivala and how he formed the ‘Veda Samprokshana Nidhi’ with the help of a generous donation made by him to the Mutt.

Welcoming the distinguished Chief Guest of the day Honourable Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Shri Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Shri N.Venkatesan, member of the Palkhivala Trust hailed him as a member of a distinguished family and a most accomplished legal professional who rose up the ladder through his excellence. Delivering the Chief Guest’s address Honourable Justice   Sanjay Kishan Kaul lauded late Shri Nani Palkhivala as a man who had left an indelible mark in the sands of time, he recalled that while Shri Nani Palkhivala had a deep respect for the Constitution of the country, framed by the founding fathers of the nation, he was also conscious of the role of change and dynamism in this instrument to ensure that it helped in the better empowerment of the common man. The Chief Guest praised Madras as the centre of Medicine, Music and Culture, he emphasised the need of good educational institutions in the legal and medical field to produce quality professionals from both disciplines and observed that medical field was relatively more fortunate, thanks to the contribution of private enterprise to its growth. This was followed by the most awaited event of the day, the unveiling of the portrait of late Shri Nani Palkhivala by the eminent Chief Guest, to the thunderous, standing applause of the large gathering. It is interesting to note that the portrait of the eminent Jurist was unveiled at the Supreme Court considered the ‘Temple of Justice’ by Chief Justice of India honourable Shri HL. Dattu and the same was unveiled at Sankara Nethralaya, fondly referred to as the ‘Temple of the Eye’ by Honourable Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Shri Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dr.Jyotirmay Biswas, Head of the Uvea Department at Sankara Nethralaya gave a most interesting introduction of the star speaker of the day Dr. V.K Raju, Department of ophthalmology, West Virginia University and thanked him for his presence and participation. What followed was an enthralling speech on the topic ‘From Nani Palkhivala to V.S Naipaul’ the world famous ophthalmologist and long time friend of Dr SS.Badrinath and Sankara Nethralaya kept the audience in spell binding attention with a wonderful comparison, contrast and interesting portrayal of two great contemporary personalities, who were different in their approach and temperament but had a common passion for their motherland. The star speaker made interesting deviations with his observation on the need for learning for the sake of learning, the need to revive the fine art of reading, the advancement of the Indian cinema industry even way back in the early 60’s, he fervently appealed to the 1.2 million physicians of Indian origin practising all over the world to pool their talent and eradicate all ailment including blindness, he underlined that childhood blindness was mankind’s most cruel curse and lauded Sankara Nethralaya’s endeavours towards eliminating the same. He ended his speech with a surprise gesture, a donation to be used as a corpus to create what he termed as the ‘Danavantri Lecture’ to his old friend and Chief of Sankara Nethralaya Dr.SS.Badrinath.

The momentous day came to an end with a Vote of Thanks by Shri R.Anand, Trustee, Nani Palkhivala Foundation, recalling the old and most touching association between Shi Nani. Palkhivala and Sankara Nethralaya the institution he held close to his heart and the most powerful speech he delivered impromptu when he had visited the institution in the early 90’s.

Indian Express

MoU for BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing – 4 Years Course jointly by The SN Academy and Govt of Tamil Nadu`s Periyar University – Salem on 01.07.2015

Prof S Ramani - Principal, Ms Akila Ganesan - Registrar (TSNA), Dr. P Thirumoorthi - Director, Dr. K. Angamuthu. Registrar & Dr.  C. Swaminathan. Vice Chancellor, Periyar University.

Prof S Ramani - Principal, Ms Akila Ganesan - Registrar (TSNA), Dr. P Thirumoorthi - Director, Dr. K. Angamuthu. Registrar & Dr. C. Swaminathan. Vice Chancellor, Periyar University.

Being a super speciality eye hospital with a reputation built over three decades of noble service, Sankara Nethralaya extends its community services in Healthcare Education too through its academic wing The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (TSNA).

In order to reach out to larger fraternity of students, TSNA has signed an MOU with Periyar University, a State University in Salem, for offering a professional course BSc (Ophthalmic Dispensing) with three years of intensive study followed by one year internship.

This educational programme is backed by a strong knowledge base and medical expertise, supported by state of the art infrastructure facilities. Besides eligibility for educational loans from banks, BSc – Ophthalmic Dispensing degree certificate from a UGC recognized government university enhances the scope for the students in terms of employment as well as higher studies in India and abroad.

This course is open for admission for plus two passed students with a minimum of 50% in aggregate. Applications can be downloaded from and the contact number is 91769 44244

Certification ceremony of the 9th Batch of students completing the ‘Certificate Course in Hospital Management’ offered by the Sankara Nethralaya Academy on 27th June 2015 Saturday.

Dr T S Surendran – Vice Chairman & Director for Paediatric Ophthalmology department of Sankara Nethralaya with the successful Hospital Management Graduates.

Dr T S Surendran – Vice Chairman & Director for Paediatric Ophthalmology department of Sankara Nethralaya with the successful Hospital Management Graduates.

The certificate awarding ceremony of the 12 weekend certificate program in Hospital Management – (9th Batch) conducted by the Sankara Nethralaya academy, an education wing of the Sankara Nethralaya was conducted successfully on 27th June 2015 Saturday at the Sankara Nethralaya main campus, College Road, Chennai 6.

Healthcare Management Executives share a memorable moment with our founder Padma Bhusan Dr SS Badrinath

Healthcare Management Executives share a memorable moment with our founder Padma Bhusan Dr SS Badrinath

Shri A Mahalingam, Deputy Registrar, the Sankara Nethralaya Academy extended a warm welcome to the program participants and the Chief Guest – Dr T S Surendran.

He lauded him as an excellent teacher who could captivate any student by the unique lecture delivery. H added that in the events at SN, whenever he is on the stage to welcome or introduce a guest or make a presentation, it will be a captivating session with humorous anecdotes and recapitulating some hilarious and past events, relevant to that context or the guest. Shri mahalingam highlighted that Dr TS.Surendran has the unique distinction of conducting a large number of surgeries and procedures done to children. The recent feather to his cap is the “Lifetime Achievement award” by Paediatric ophthalmology society of India at Pushkar, Rajasthan.

The participating candidates from junior to mid and senior level management positions from a broad spectrum of health care institutions ranging from single specialty to multi-specialty hospitals found the course to be of great relevance to their vocation in terms of enhancing their skill sets, equipping them to handle direct and related healthcare issues and to organize their departments much better.

While the course won overall praise for its holistic approach to hospital management, in-depth, wide and well researched content and professional levels of tutoring by the faculty, TSNA staff members won praise and admiration for their efforts in making the entire learning experience very pleasant and memorable. On their successful completion of their course the students had the good fortune of having an interactive session with the Vice Chairman of Sankara Nethralaya – Dr T S Surendran, they shared their experiences with him and received their certificates and good wishes from him. Dr Surendran also highly spoke on the importance of Patient care / Customer services to the group and also encouraged us to be the ambassadors of the institute.

Mrs Sreedevi, Manager – Academics, TSNA and Prof S Ramani Principal were also participated the event. This certificate ceremony, which was very ably facilitated by Shri A.Mahalingam, Sankara Nethralaya Academy concluded with exchanging pleasantries amongst one another.

Few Testimonials from Candidates

Dear Sri Mahalingam,

We had 13 weekend classes on the various important topics in Hospital Management.Each one was dealt in detail by the experts in the respective subject.We had group discussions on each subject during the class.We have submitted assignments on various subjects in between and one in the final as per the schedule.Departmental visits were arranged in between to understand the working pattern of Sankara Nethralaya.

Ambiance:- Class room was very nice with Soft AC and it was well equipped with all the needed Audio / Video gadgets,which has helped us to understand the Course contents effectively.

Faculty : All the faculties were extraordinary and each one has dealt their subject effectively with relevant case studies in the available time. Everyone was saying that each topic should be arranged in 5 to 10 sessions. In spite of time constraint they have done a splendid job and made us to understand the gist very clearly.

TSNA Staff :- Sri.Mahalingam & Sridevi Madam did a exemplary work with a clear dedication & meticulous planning. Kudos to the duo. Every week we will get a mail on details of the faculty of the coming week followed by a gentle reminder. Once the session is over they collect the PPT from the faculty and forwarded to our group almost on the same evening. During the departmental visits staffs from every dept explained to us the protocol followed by them in running a great institution like SN successfully.

Visionary: We were given an exiting opportunity to interact with Dr.S.S Badrinath.He is a great visionary and explained us in simple terms about the Vision & Mission of SN. Interaction with Dr.SSB was of immense use and it has helped us to enrich our knowledge on the present healthcare scenario & a vision to look for an exciting future.

Rural Service: I had the opportunity to visit the Orikkai village near Kanchipuram,where SN has kept their Two Buses equipped with all the materials required for a eye surgery. Kanchi Swamigal addressed the gathering and appreciated the services rendered by SN in restoring vision for poor people at their door step as a free service and giving a free spectacle too for the needy patients. Hats off to Dr.SSB’s vision & his dedicated SN TEAM.

13 Weekend Certificate Course in Hospital Management by TSNA,Chennai has helped us to  harpen our skills on the various important subjects and has given the much needed confidence by conducting regular classes,weekly assignments,group discussions and departmental tours to learn practically from the experts.I am sure the skills learnt here will be of immense use in our practical approach while running our institutions on a day to day basis. Individually I have learned a lot from Dr.SSB, Sri.Mahalingam, Ms.Sridevi, Our great learned faculties and my own batchmates.

Best Wishes to TSNA & dedicated staffs of SN in their Mission of giving the Visionary to Health care professionals & in restoring the Vision of needy patients.

B.Kannan,Director – Business Development
Dr Mehta`s Hospitals, Chennai /

Dear Mr Mahalingam ,

Let me first start by taking this opportunity to thank God for enabling me take part in this course, which has been a great eye-opener for me in terms of the sheer scale in which a hospital operates. It was great to know how many departments are involved in its smooth functioning on a day-to-day basis.

Next, coming to the faculties for this course, who are experts in their respective fields. They have been gracious enough to come down to the institution and share their knowledge with us. It was great listening to them and learn from their experiences. The course content which is really huge, was very well abridged by them and the three hours of time given was very challenging to share maximum information. I would like to salute them for their efforts.

Regarding the facilities in the classroom, I would like to say that they were top notch and made it very easy for us to understand the topics. A special thanks to all the personnel involved – right from the security, who helped us in the car park to the canteen people who took care of our refreshments. A mention should also be made about the photographers, who made all the participants look extra special.

I would like to state that it has been a privilege to be a part of this diverse batch of participants, who have contributed in their own way and enlightened me with their experiences.

Regarding the course itself, I would like to say that most of the topics were included. One suggestion here would be to include insurance as a topic as nowadays, this is a major component of healthcare.

Last but not the least, I would like to thank you, Mr.A Mahalingam, from the bottom of my heart for all the efforts you have taken in making this course a great success. The meticulousness with which you sent the profile of the faculties well ahead of the sessions, the PPTs/PDFs of each session after its completion and communication regarding any changes in the programme were top-notch and I am yet to come across such a superb communicator. May God shower his blessings on you to achieve more success.

Thanks and Regards,
Sai Shankar Balakrishnan
Team – Lead, TCS, Chennai

Dear Shri Mahali Sir,

I have taken this course based on my interest in learning about how to handle different scenarios about hospital management.. Such as handling official documentation, financial status about the hospital though I do not have much interest about finance, I wanted to know how it caters the needs of a hospital. Also want to know about patients medical, utilities, operation and the laboratory, through the use of Morden technology..I am sure that this course has helped me to understand the just about all the functions of hospital management.. And I am sure would make my best possible efforts to implement the same in various aspects of my career.

Dr Angeline King Charles, Chennai,

It was a memorable journey of 12 weeks with Sankara Nethralaya Academy where we were provided with excellent and experienced faculty. Each faculty introduced us to the topic and gave us a brief understanding about the topic.

Each faculty excelled the other, the coordinator Mr A Mahalingam had coordinated and taken forward the course excellently. Timely communications received from him helped us a lot. His timely guidance and encouragement helped us to complete the course, even before we could realise. The snacks organised by Mahalingam sir were very tasty. The team and the atmosphere were so good that it made me remember my college days.

Meeting with our visionary Dr SS Badrinath sir was the highlight of the course. His talk to the team will help us in our carrier.

I sincerely thank Mr Mahalingam for arranging this meeting.The course will be very useful to me. The time spent in Sankara Nethralaya will be one of the memorable moments.

Thanking you

yours truly
Sumathi V – Administartive Officer , Seethapathy Hospital, Chennai

Training objectives were clearly explained and achieved.

There are too many good points to list!

This course was very relevant to my expectation and hope it will help me in most aspects of my work in future.

I gained greater knowledge.

The power point presentations was very good and the slides were to the point,used in conjunction with good handouts.

The trainers used many ways to pass on the knowledge to us with case studies and some practical sessions.

Before the course i was confused about certain concepts, having completed I feel confident about it.

The trainers had the learning message across by breaking everything down into simplified sections.

This course was very informative and practical.

The syllabus was excellently delivered…. all aspects were clearly explained in context,every trainer was very experienced and was able to answer all of our queries.

The objectives of the course was clear, the contents met with all expectation.

The lecture sequence was perfectly planned.

The level of this course was too high!!!!

This course has exposed us to new knowledge and practices.

I will recommend these type of courses very strongly to my colleagues.

The lectures were clear and easy to understand.

The teaching aids were effectively used.

The trainers encouraged interactions and were useful.

It gives me immense pleasure in writing my feedback about this course. Thanks to THE SANKARA NETHRALAYA ACADEMY, highly esteemed institution in conducting these highly effective short term courses. It empowered great knowledge in a short duration. Special thanks to A Mahalingam sir for his valuable time and efforts for supporting us throughout the course.

Ms Jasantha, B.Tech Biotechnology,


I am indeed very lucky to come across the certificate course in hospital management, and having taken it has given me immense pleasure of attending the same.

I would like to express my gratitude to the professors of excellence who have managed to abridge the course to three hours per day for our understanding.

A course of such a wide subjects which takes two full years have been taught meticulously with ease of understandingness.

I also wish to thank Mr.A Mahalingam sir and ms.sreedevi madam for arranging the venue and arranging a cool atmosphere to attend the class in this scorching Chennai heat.

The PPT provided by Mr.Mahalingam sir, was and will cherish us in our learning’s and mistakes which we all will come across in our daily today activities, and correct us to mend our selves for betterment of our working environment.

Having chosen the course and planning to shift to hospital environment if, given an opportunity in the near future, I shall vouch for the learning’s I had which will make me stronger and successful in my career ahead.

I wish to thank again Mr.Mahalingam for planning of the classes and bringing the 9th batch a successful team into his credit.

Thanking you.

S.R.Gandhi / Manager – Marketing /

Mountainous lamp, rays thru all the way,

Greatness of Dr.SS Badrinath of that say!

Fountainous knowledge oozes its flow,

Lectures speech of that blow!

Nestling like a care of womb,

SN academy near to its comb!

Faithful apostle, with his discipline,

Hail to Mr.A Mahalingam with a Crown!

Railing with the bunch of memories,

Priding with the SN aluminous series!

Shri U Amalraj / General Manager / Tirame Technology Pvt Ltd, Ch

Healthcare Management Executives share a memorable moment with “Visionary” Padma Bhusan Dr SS Badrinath


As a part of the Certificate Course in Hospital Management (CCHM), the participants had an opportunity to meet the Chairman Emeritus of Dr.S.S.Badrinath on Saturday, the 20th of June 2015 and spend cherished moments with the living legend and shared their feelings.

“We had a very meaningful interaction with him as he made some observations on our backgrounds and enquired what we felt about the course and sought suggestions/improvements.

We shared our thought to introducing the hub and spoke method of treatment in eye care across the country and introduction of insurance as a topic in the course. After a patient listening, the Chief told us that it was a challenge in the present day scenario to get good eye care doctors who are willing to work as a team.

He said that the Nethralaya was fortunate to be blessed by Kanchi Paramacharya while the institution was run on the support of the donations from philanthropists and well-wishers across the globe.

He made special mention about the Mobile Eye Surgical Unit, which goes to the villages and conducts surgeries, greatly benefitting the villagers. A mention was also made on the research that is being conducted in the institution with respect to the various areas in eye care. Dr Badrinath also encouraged us to be the ambassadors of the institute.

This session, which was very ably facilitated by Shri A.Mahalingam, Deputy Registrar of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy concluded with exchanging pleasantries amongst one another”.