The Sankara Nethralaya family demonstrated its perfect sync with nature as its members gathered enthusiastically and in large numbers to celebrate the 67th Independence Day, unmindful of the incessant rains. The day’s proceedings got off to a novel and thoughtful start with a highly charged group of tiny tots representing the nation’s future citizens, led by the two adorable little Gandhians Master Rohan and Master Ketan in Desi attire unfurled the tricolor to the singing of the National Anthem. Delivering the welcome address Dr TS.Surendran, Vice Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya paid glowing tributes to the Founder and Chairman Emeritus Dr SS.Badrinath for creating a monolith organization, dedicated to service and leading it to glorious heights. Giving the audience a rare glimpse of Dr SS.Badrinath who in an exemplary exhibition of team spirit and dignity of labour had even mopped the floor of the institution he was associated with, he reminded that this was the man who is leading us and we should imbibe this great quality from him. This was followed by a wonderful award winning presentation on Mahatma Gandhi by Master Rohan.
Delivering the key note address Dr K.S.Vasan, Managing Director, Sankara Nethralaya gave a most thought provoking and spirited talk on the challenges that lay ahead, the strengths and weaknesses of the institution, the need to adapt and evolve in a fast changing healthcare market place, without compromising on the founding principles of the institution. He expressed hope that the cost saving and other progressive measures being taken would bear fruit in terms of making the institution more profitable. He made a fervent appeal to rededicate to the founding principles that had made the institution different and special and strongly underlined that ‘Patient Care’ should be the ‘be all’ and ‘end all’ of our existence. He lauded Dr T.S.Surendran for his ceaseless and continued support in fund raising for the institution and Consultants Dr. Geetha Krishnan Iyer and Dr. Bhaskar Srinivasan for persuading their high worth patients to make significant contributions to the institution. Dr. Vasan closed his address with a most touching request to the gathering to give a standing ovation to Dr SS.Badrinath and Dr Vasanthi Badrinath for their monumental effort, sacrifice and service to society and for leading the institution remarkably since its inception. This was followed by an interesting patriotic skit enacted by children presented by Shrimathi Surekha Mehta of SWAN (Sankara Nethralaya Women Auxiliary). As a day dedicated to recognizing and rewarding talent and hard work the ‘Man of the Year’ and ‘Woman of the Year’ awards, performance excellence awards, service completion certificates and eye pledge award were distributed to staff members to the thunderous applause of the gathering.
The momentous event came to an end with a passionate address by Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, expressing his wholehearted thanks for the trust and confidence reposed in his leadership, he had a special word of thanks to every member of the Sankara Nethralaya family especially the Consultants for their contribution towards making Sankara Nethralaya what it is today, he appealed to everyone assembled to be more communicative and spread love for each other and for the institution. He had special pat on the back for Ms. Yuvarani of IT Department for developing a special communication software which he hoped would fill the current void in. communication between employees. The momentous day came to an end with a patriotic song by the students of the Elite School of Optometry and a warm Vote of Thanks by Dr. Rajiv Raman.