A life time of tireless effort and missionary dedication to doing own God’s work found its crowning glory on Thursday, 2nd of February, 2012. The All India Ophthalmological Society, the world’s second largest and the country’s largest professional body dedicated to the cause of Ophthalmology with a membership of 14,000 eye care professionals, honoured Dr Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya and a towering personality in the world of eye care with the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ at its 70th Annual Conference (AIOC – All India Ophthalmological Conference – 2012) being held at Kochi. The award comes as a high recognition of Dr SS Badrinath’s colossal contribution to the field of ophthalmology in terms of pioneering research through the establishment of State of the Art research Centers, spreading knowledge in optometry and ophthalmology through dedicated educational institutions accredited to prestigious Universities, providing world class eye care at affordable cost and most importantly his stupendous efforts in eradicating blindness, especially among the poor and the needy through high quality community ophthalmology initiatives at the various Sankara Nethralayas in Chennai, Kolkata, Rameswaram and Tirupathi and Mobile eye care units reaching out on the spot ophthalmological care to the remotest villages
The award was presented by acclaimed novelist and Member of Parliament Shri Shashi Tharoor.The deafening, standing ovation given by the attendees comprising Doctors, Researchers, Scientists , overseas delegates, eminent people from other fields and local invitees at the Convention Centre of the Le Meridian Hotel, Kochi, as Dr SS.Badrinath walked up to the dais to receive the coveted award, reiterated in no uncertain terms that this was not only an award from a renowned professional body but an award from the heart of the people.
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