The Dr E.Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific Session is conducted every year as a tribute to the contribution of this great man to the field of optometry and to the all round growth that the Elite School of Optometry registered during his tenure as its Principal between 1991- 2001. The 11th scientific session was held at the Sri VD Swami auditorium on the 18th of March, 2012. The significant increase witnessed in both the number of participants and the scope of the presentations every year is a testimony to the increasing importance of this session.
This year’s session witnessed the presentation of 22 oral and 32 poster presentations on a wide range of topics including Binocular Vision, Low Vision, Contact Lens, Pediatric optometry, Qualitative research, Refractive error, Cataract, Glaucoma and Retinal diseases from school and college students across the country. Dr Prem Nandhini and Dr Dharani Ramamurthy were the judges of the day and presented the following awards to the winners
1. Best Scientific Oral Presentation in regular category – Ms Nandhini Ganesh, Post Graduate student, Elite School of Optometry
2. Best Scientific Oral Presentation in student category – Ms Lynn Mathew, student, Lotus College of Optometry
3.Best Poster Presentation in regular category – Ms Manuseni Uma, LV Prasad Eye Institute
4.Best Poster Presentation in student category – Ms Mumtaz Qazi, student, Lotus School of Optometry
The Indian Vision Institute awarded travel grants for the eligible students.
The function was graced by Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Dr.TS.Surendran, Vice-Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya and Dr. Vasanthi Badrinath. Speaking on the occasion Dr TS.Surendran and Shri S.Veeraraghavan, Professor of Mathematics and Biostatics, ESO recalled the critical contributions of Late Dr E.Vaithilingam to the field of optometry in general and the Elite School of Optometry in particular and shared their fond memories of working with him.
The function was webcast for the benefit of those who were unable to attend in person.