February 2020

Fruits of a great intent bloom gloriously!

The certification ceremony of the students completing their Masters in Optometry and Bachelors in Medical Laboratory Technology and Ophthalmic Dispensing at the Sankara Nethralaya Academy, held at the packed to capacity VD Swami Auditorium on the 25th of January 2020 presented a picture of joy and jubilation.

The event capturing the successful acquisition of knowledge,skills by a set of young men and women and inculcation of the spirit of service in them was captured succinctly as ‘Fruits of a great intent’ by Mrs Akila Ganesan, Registrar, TSNA and Director-Administration Sankara Nethralaya. Observations on the institution in terms of its sterling role in reaching quality, career oriented education to children from the lesser privileged sections of society through fee waivers,scholarships and grants including assistance from its own employees resulting in the creation of a large number of first graduates in socially and economically backward families and 80% of its students being girls, by Professor Ramani, Principal, TSNA, followed by a note on the trail blazing courses introduced year after year including the fact that the TSNA was the only institution to offer the prestigious ‘Fellowship in Ophthalmic Dispensing’ in India and the impressive placement record of students from the previous batches by Dr Anuja Singh Vice-Principal and Mr Senthilkumar, Assistant Professor was a testimony to the quality of the tree from where the day’s fruits had blossomed.

The speakers highlighted that the exposure to a good number of eye screening camps serving the rural poor, including the ‘Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital Anjali to the Mahathma’ (SNEHAM-2020) not only exposed the students to various kinds of eye ailments but also inculcated the spirit of service in them.

Addressing the audience Mrs Akila Ganesan, Registrar, TSNA recalled that it was exactly 10 years ago when the dream of Dr SS Badrinath to start an institition offering courses offering high employment potential to the middle and lower income groups was placed before Periyava and today the institution has grown to great heights with the vision and plan of the great Visionary and the divine blessings of Periyava.

Highlighting to the students that Sankara Nethralaya is their home and their academic/professional performance, behavior and acts will reflect on it, Mrs Akila Ganesan used the opportunity to educate and guide them on their varying role and responsibility to their institution,their parents,society at large and to themselves.

The association of renowned professionals like Dr CM Srinivas, Dr Mitra Ghosh and Dr Mythily belonging to reputed institutions like CMC Vellore, Voluntary Health Service and MIOT Hospitals with the TSNA and their contribution to the courses offered was a testimony to the high standards of education offered at the institution.

A champion of ophthalmic anesthesia as a niche sub specialty and a key innovator in his field works his way up to the top slot!

It was yet another glorious feather in the proud cap of Dr VV. Jaichandran, Sankara Nethralaya’s senior ophthalmic anesthesiologist for whom winning accolades and honours at every national and international meet in his niche field that he attends has become a habit. An insightful talk titled ‘Retained Visual Sensations during Eye surgery’ delivered by him won great reviews and appreciation by the distinguished global audience at the 5th World Congress of Ophthalmic Anesthesia (WCOA), held at Jakarta, Indonesia on the 7th & 8th of February 2020. It was a glorious moment for a man who has been actively innovating newer techniques for both teaching and practicing regional blocks, when his E-Poster titled ‘Mannequin based training of ophthalmic anesthesia’ was adjudged as the ‘First Runner up’, at the prestigious international meet. It was a glorious hat-trick for the expert whose well researched papers had won the ‘Best Free Paper’ award at the 3rd WCOA in year 2012 at Turkey and the 1st and 2nd best free paper awards at the 4th WCOA held at Chennai in year 2016.

It was a wonderful example of the wheel having gone a full circle when Dr VV.Jaichandran who as a pioneer and champion of ophthalmic anesthesia in the country had contributed greatly to its recognition and growth as a critical sub specialty, was elected unopposed as the ‘International President of the World Congress of Ophthalmic Anesthesia’ (WCOA), the global body and umbrella organization engaged in the development, research, exchange of best practices and administration of this field, for the period 2020-24. It was a most befitting acknowledgment and honour coming in a year considered significant for the field of ophthalmology for the man who had been in the forefront of making the dream and vision of living legend Dr SS.Badrinath, to find a rightful and well deserved place for ophthalmic anesthesia and developing it further, a reality. A great moment for the man who pioneered the revolutionary ophthalmic anesthesia simulator and was the Chief Editor of a first of its kind textbook on the niche topic titled ‘Textbook in Ophthalmic Anesthesia’ with a ‘Foreword’ by Dr SS.Badrinath launched in year 2017 and a practitioner of anesthesiology who was passionately involved in forming a professional national body for ophthalmic anesthesiologists.

It is a great honour for an institution which is credited with having sown the seeds for the recognition and growth of ophthalmic anesthesia as a critical sub-specialty through the contributions of its veterans like Dr VG Appukutty and Dr Ian Sundararajan, that its senior anesthesiologist has been honoured with the highest position in the world of Ophthalmic Anaesthesia.

The Sankara Nethralaya family expresses its hearty Congratulations to Dr VV.Jaichandran its champion and pioneering anesthesiologist and wishes him a glorious and most productive innings as World President of the ‘World Congress of Ophthalmic Anaesthelogists’ (WCOA) the most coveted professional body. We are highly proud of you Doctor!!

Students from the Sankara Nethralaya academy demonstrate their expertise over a key professional skill




Most of us would recall our experience of having our blood drawn by a paramedic from our veins in a diagnostic lab or blood donation camp, our experience would vary from a very neat and quick process when the paramedic identifies the right vein, makes an almost painless puncture, draws the right amount of blood and puts a plaster over the area with no blood loss or a shoddy operation where he or she is unable to identify the vein, makes a painful puncture after several painful trial and error attempts and leaves the blood oozing after the needle is withdrawn

The study of drawing blood is called phlebotomy and is a vital learning for a lab professional. Students pursuing their Bachelors in Laboratory Technology at the Sankara Nethralaya Academy demonstrated their knowledge and skills in the Phlebotomy test conducted by the Indian Association of Paramedical Sciences on January 20th 2020 in which 350 students participated from Chennai.

We take great pleasure and pride in sharing that Jansy won the first prize and emerged as overall topper, followed by Ashwin Kumar and Sathish Kumar who shared the second prize and Priyadarshini winning the 3rd prize

The Sankara Nethralaya family conveys its hearty congratulations to its students for demonstrating their knowledge in a basic but vital part of diagnostics.

Head of iconic Tamil weekly strikes a positive note at the 71st R- Day celebrations at Sankara Nethralaya

The 71st Republic Day Celebrations at Sankara Nethralaya began with a reverential recollection to the Founding fathers of the nation who in their wisdom and foresight chose to adopt the sovereign, socialist, republic model as the newly independent nation’s model of governance and a special mention of Dr BR Ambedkar who drafted the Indian constitution as one of the most voluminous governance treatise consisting of 440 articles, which adapted the best from the constitutions of several nations.

Extending a warm welcome to the distinguished Chief Guest Shri Varadarajan Parthasarathy, Chairman & Managing Director, Kumudham Publications, Dr TS Surendran, Vice-Chairman and Shri AP Irungovel , Manager – Patient Education & Counseling recalled the glorious history of the magazine, the accuracy and impartiality of its reports, its immense popularity on account of its illuminate and educate approach and its employee friendly management.

Delivering the Chief Guest’s address Shri Varadarajan Parthasarathy  described Sankara Nethralaya as a mini India, he observed that he chose to speak in English on the occasion after some contemplation whether he should be speaking in Tamil or English as the institition and its founder were known all over India, he recalled an incident when a lady from Malmo whom he met when he was on a business visit to Sweden, inquiring about Dr SS.Badrinath and his institution, he reiterated that hence it would be more apt to speak in English at an institution which is in the eye of the world.

Conveying his hearty R Day greetings to the gathering, the distinguished chief guest implored that it was every citizen’s duty to recall the freedom fighters and founding fathers for choosing the sovereign,socialist republic model of governance for the newly Independent nation,which ensured liberty,fraternity and equality to all its citizens. He strongly underlined the remarkable advancements and achievements made by the Indian Republic in a wide sphere of human endeavor like poverty alleviation, reduction of unemployment,literacy,telecom, health care, abundant availability of essentials etc which he said is the right tribute to the founding fathers of the Republic of India. The distinguished chief guest ended his powerful talk with his strong observation that upliftment of the poor and weaker sections of society like women and children would be the benchmark of growth of future India.

The momentous day witnessed rendering of patriotic songs by the members of the Sankara Nethralaya family and acknowledgment of employees for long service, regular attendance and merit awards for the children of employees.