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Dr. SS Badrinath Oration: Sankara Nethralaya Pays Respect to Visionary Founder with Speech by Gopalkrishna Gandhi

In a poignant tribute to Sankara Nethralaya’s visionary founder late Dr. SS Badrinath, an oration was conducted on Saturday, February 17, 2024 (a few days before the birth anniversary of Dr. Badrinath, which falls on February 24), at Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital in Chennai. The event, held merely a few months after his passing, was marked by heartfelt reminiscences and reflections on Dr. Badrinath’s life and contributions to society.

Ms. Bhavya Ganapathi, a student of Kalakshetra Foundation commenced the event with her solemn invocation. The chief guest, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, was honored with distinction by Mr. G Ramachandran, Honorary Secretary of Medical Research Foundation, and Dr. Girish Shiva Rao, President and Executive Director of Medical Research Foundation.

Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former West Bengal Governor and distinguished diplomat, took center stage to deliver a stirring speech on the topic, “Gandhi’s Glasses.” In a deeply personal address, Mr. Gandhi recounted his interactions with Dr. Badrinath, revealing that the late ophthalmologist had previously requested him to speak on the same topic during an international gathering.

During his oration, Mr. Gandhi painted a vivid picture of Mahatma Gandhi, sharing anecdotes and memories associated with the iconic figure and his glasses. He showcased photographs capturing Gandhi Ji both with and without his trademark spectacles, underscoring the symbolic significance of this simple yet profound accessory. He concluded his speech by presenting the audience with the last-ever prescription of Mahatma Gandhi, which was recommended by an ophthalmologist.

Dr. TS Surendran, Chairman of Sankara Nethralaya set the tone for an evening of reflection and homage with his welcome address. Sankara Nethralaya’s Honorary Treasurer Mr. Kannan Narayanan concluded the proceedings with a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all attendees and donors, reaffirming the importance of honoring Dr. Badrinath’s enduring legacy. In a significant announcement, Dr. TS Surendran declared that the oration would become an annual tradition, serving as a fitting tribute to Dr. Badrinath. Dr. Girish Shiva Rao, President and Executive Director of Medical Research Foundation, also took part in the event.

Sankara Nethralaya Commemorates 75th Republic Day with Grand Celebration

Sankara Nethralaya celebrated the 75th Republic Day with pride at the quadrangle of the Mahyco Block, situated at the main campus in Chennai. The ceremony, which commenced at 7:45 am, was graced by R.W. Bro T. N. Manoharan, The Regional Grand Master of the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India, who served as the Chief Guest.

The highlight of the event was the flag hoisting ceremony at 8 am, which was conducted by R.W. Bro T. N. Manoharan, accompanied by Mr. I.K. Chellasamy, Chief Security Officer, escorting the Chief Guest to the flag pole. Following the flag hoisting, Dr. Janani Srinivasan extended a warm welcome and introduced the Chief Guest, who was later honoured by President of Medical Research Foundation Dr. Girish S Rao.

The Chief Guest, R.W. Bro T. N. Manoharan, delivered an inspiring address, reflecting on the significance of the Republic Day and its values. A significant part of the celebration included the distribution of service awards to employees who inspired the whole Sankara Nethralaya family with their dedication. The Chief Guest distributed awards to employees who completed 35, 30, 25, and 20 years of service. Dr. Girish S Rao honored those who completed 15 years, while employees with 10 years of service were recognized by Dr. Ronnie George, and Dr. Girish S Rao.

The event also witnessed the distribution of Dhingra Trust awards by R.W. Bro T. N. Manoharan. Smt. Sita Mittal presented the Circle of Excellence Awards in Patient Care, recognizing outstanding contributions. Merit Scholar Ship Awards to the children of employees, acknowledging academic excellence were also presented during the ceremony. The dedication of SNDEED employees was recognized with awards presented by Lion S N Harinarayanan from the Lions Club of Central Madras.

Further, employees who rendered commendable service during the Michaung Cyclone and Flood were honored by Dr. Pramod Bhende, Director of Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services. The ceremony concluded with a gracious Vote of Thanks by Ms. Sudha Mohan, Deputy General Manager of the HR Department.

Dr. Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture Sheds Light on Advances in Pediatric Ophthalmology

In a distinguished event at the Sri VD Swami Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya, on January 20, hosted the 17th Dr. Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture, featuring Professor Graham Edwin Holder from the Department of Ophthalmology at the National University of Singapore. The lecture, titled “Role of Electrophysiology in Pediatric Retinal Disorders,” delved into the latest advancements in the field.

Dr. Akshay Badakere led the ceremony as the master of ceremonies, commencing with an invocation by Ms. Akshaya C Balakrishnan. Dr. Kavitha Kalaivani Natarajan delivered the welcome address, setting the stage for an enlightening evening focused on pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Sumita Agarkar provided insights into the pediatric ophthalmology department, and Dr. Hennav Kaur Dhilon shed light on the significance of the Dr. Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment.

The introduction of the chief guest, Professor Graham Edwin Holder, was presented by our distinguished senior consultant Dr. Lingam Gopal. This paved the way for the much-anticipated Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture, where Professor Holder shared his expertise on the role of electrophysiology in addressing pediatric retinal disorders.

The event witnessed the presence of Sankara Nethralaya’s President, Dr. Girish Shiva Rao and Chairman, Dr. TS Surendran, who honored Professor Holder for his valuable contributions to the field. The evening concluded with a heartfelt vote of thanks by Dr. Akila Ramkumar, expressing gratitude to all participants and emphasizing the ongoing commitment to advancing pediatric ophthalmology research and education.

34th Institutional Award Ceremony at Sankara Nethralaya

The 34th institutional award ceremony took place on November 18 at Shri VD Swami Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya. The ceremony acknowledged the academic accomplishments of individuals from Elite School of Optometry and Vidyasagar Institute of Biomedical Technology and Science, conferring Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Optometry, and Bachelor of Optometry degrees. Furthermore, Excellence Awards in Ophthalmology were presented at CU Shah Postgraduate Training Center.

Distinguished diabetologist Padma Shri Dr. V Mohan graced the ceremony as the chief guest. Dr. Mohan is the Chairman and Chief of Diabetology at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, and President and Director at Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai.

Tribute to Dr. SS Badrinath: Honouring the Legacy of Sankara Nethralaya’s Founder

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our chief, Padma Bhushan Dr. SS Badrinath, the visionary founder of Sankara Nethralaya, who left for his heavenly abode in Chennai early morning on November 21, 2023.

Dr. SS Badrinath ‘s legacy symbolises commitment to revolutionizing ophthalmic care. His pioneering efforts in the field of eye care have touched the lives of innumerable individuals, restoring vision to those in need.

His journey began with a vision to establish a centre of excellence dedicated to eradicating preventable blindness, a vision that materialized into the renowned institution, Sankara Nethralaya. Under his guidance, the institution flourished, becoming a pioneer of exceptional eye care services, research, and education in India. A visionary leader, a compassionate healer, and a revered mentor, our chief’s impact extended far beyond the walls of the hospital.

In this time of mourning, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family, friends, colleagues, and the extended Sankara Nethralaya community. His legacy of compassion, dedication, and service will forever remain in our hearts and in the noble work that continues at Sankara Nethralaya.

As we bid farewell to a luminary whose brilliance illuminated countless lives, we find solace in knowing that his legacy will continue to guide and inspire generations to come. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Dr Jaichandran V V received his 2nd Patent Certificate from The Patent Office, Govt of India.

Sankara Nethralaya congratulates Dr. Jaichandran VV, Deputy Director, Department of Anaesthesiology for being honored with a Patent Certificate for his pioneering work. Collaborating with the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT-Madras, he developed a ground-breaking “Real-Time View Simulator for Practicing Peribulbar Blocks.”

This innovative simulator promises to offer real-time visualization capabilities. This achievement signifies a leap forward in improving precision and safety in medical procedures. Dr. Jaichandran’s patent award reflects his exceptional contributions and marks a significant milestone in ophthalmic anaesthesia.

Inauguration of Sankara Nethralaya’s Refractive Surgery Suite in JKCN Complex

In a momentous event, Sankara Nethralaya proudly inaugurated a cutting-edge refractive surgery suite in the AS block of JKCN Complex on October 25, 2023. The ceremony brought together a distinguished assembly of key figures, led by the institution’s top leadership and prominent members of the medical community.

Key Attendees

The inauguration ceremony was graced by the presence of Lasik staff along with some of the top associates of Sankara Nethralaya, including:

Dr. TS Surendran – Chairman & Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology

Dr. Girish Shiva Rao – President and Executive Medical Director

Dr. Nirmala Subramaniam – Emeritus Professor, Ophthalmology – Oculoplasty

Dr. Prema Padmanabhan – Distinguished Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology – Cornea

Dr. L Vijaya – Distinguished Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology – Glaucoma

Dr. Rama Rajagopal – Director, Ophthalmology – Cornea

Dr. Chetan Rao – Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology – Vitreo Retinal

Dr. Iyer Geetha Krishnan – Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology – Cornea

Dr. Sudhir RR – Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology – Cornea

Dr. Pramod S Bhende – Director, Ophthalmology – Vitreo Retinal

Mr. Kannan Narayanan – Hon. Treasurer

Ms. Banumati Ramkrishnan – Treasurer, SN USA

Inauguration Ceremony

The event kicked off with a solemn and traditional lamp-lighting ceremony, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness. Following the lamp-lighting, a sacred pooja ceremony was performed, invoking divine blessings to ensure the success and prosperity of the newly inaugurated refractive surgery suite. Outfitted with the latest technological advancements, the new surgical suite solidifies Sankara Nethralaya’s position as a leader in the field of eye care.

World sight day – Vision Screening Program Pediatric optometry and Vision Enhancement clinic

On the occasion of World Sight Day, the Department of Pediatric Optometry and Vision Enhancement Clinic initiated an eye screening camp at the National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD). This program was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Rashima and led by Ms. Tharakeswari, Senior Optometrist, between October 16 and 17, 2023.

The screening program began with a small inauguration ceremony attended by Shri Nachiketa Rout, Director & Administration, Dr. Amarnath from the Department of Medical Science, and Dr. Vijayalakshmi, a Pediatrician. During the function, Ms. Tharakeswari explained the importance of vision screening in children with special needs.

As many as 127 children with cross-disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders, ranging between the ages of one and 20 were screened. Among them, 30 children were referred to our hospital for further evaluation and management, while 11 children were directed to the Vision Enhancement Clinic for rehabilitation.

The screening team consisted of Ms. Libiya, a Vision Rehab Specialist, Optometrists Ms. Gowsalya, Ms. Dhanalakshmi, Ms. Indira, Ms. Praveena, Ms. Nikitha, Ms. Karthika (TSNA Low Vision Fellowship student) and ESO Optometry Internship students Mr. Hariharan, Ms. Jayasanthiya, Ms. Dharshini.

Dr.Rajeswari Mahadevan Memorial Scientific Session – First Physical Conference, 2023

Dr. Rajeswari Mahadevan is a name that is etched in the field of contact lens practice in India. Fondly remembered as Dr. Raji, with two decades of experience in the field of contact lens and international acclaim, she had been a trendsetter in various innovations in CL practice and specialty CL practice in India. In her fond memory, Sankara Nethralaya initiated “Dr. Rajeswari Mahadevan Memorial Contact Lens Oration” on her birthday, September 9 since 2020.

The 4th Dr. Rajeswari Mahadevan Memorial Scientific Session was held on September 9th and 10th, 2023. On the 9th of September, an online quiz competition was conducted exclusively for optometry undergraduate students. On the 10th of September, the event transitioned to the first physical conference in the last 4 years, showcasing the keynote speeches and research presentations centered on the field of contact lenses.  We have received around 145 registrants, out of which 83 were external registrants and 62 were in-house registrants.

We had 10 optometry Colleges who had enthusiastically participated in an online Quiz contest which was engaging for the students.  We had 12 oral scientific papers and case reports from various optometry colleges and contact lens practitioners.

This time, we had eminent international and national speakers addressing in a hybrid mode – “Unveiling the advancements in scleral lens practice by Ms Daddi Fadel, Clinical Scientist –Centre for Ocular Research and Education, University of Waterloo, Canada.  Independence Contact lens practice by Mr. Yeshwant Saoji, Senior Optometrist, Saoji Vision Care Nagpur and the Research opportunities in Contact lens by Dr. Jaya Sowjanya Siddireddy, Lecturer, University of Canberra, Australia and by Dr. Pradipta Bhattacharya, Postdoctoral fellow at University of Houston, Australia. The response and the feedback that was received for each talk were remarkable.

There were oral scientific presentations, e-posters, and scientific reviews presented by many delegates from across the country. All the contests were judged by judges from India including Mr. Yeshwant Saoji, Dr. Anuradha N, Dr. Krishna Kumar R, Mr. Nilesh Thite Executive Manager of Educations programs at IACLE, Optom Irene Sophia, who evaluated the entries. This year’s panel discussion was newly initiated and moderated by Mr. Yeshwant Saoji, Senior optometrist, Ms. Vandana Kamath, HOD and Assistant Professor Sankara college of Optometry Bengaluru, Ms. B S Savita Consultant Optometrist Eyeful Optometry clinic and Ms. Madhumathi S Deputy Manager, Contact lens department, Sankara Nethralaya.  The event was attended by the President of the Medical Research Foundation Dr. Girish S Rao, Dr. N Anuradha, Principal of Elite School of Optometry, and Dr. R Krishna Kumar, Advisor-Optometry, Sankara Nethralaya, Medical Research Foundation.Also, we had an informative session on Orthokeratology and GOV products by one of the sponsors of the event Mr. Swastik from Vsquare Pvt. Ltd.

Cash prizes were announced to the award winners for the following categories –Best Oral presentation was awarded to Ms. Vanessa Barnes from Vision Care Lab, Mumbai, Best E -poster was awarded to Ms.Keerthana, Intern -Elite School of Optometry, the best scientific Review was awarded to Mr. Krishna Shah –CL optometrist, Sankara Nethralaya, the best photography by Ms. Varsa Harinya, CL optometrist, Sankara Nethralaya and the Best Quiz Winning Team was Manipal College of Health Professionals, Manipal, Karnataka.

Overall the session well on well with lots of brainstorming discussions and appreciation from all the delegates.

BD India Awards Sankara Nethralaya Main Lab

Becton Dickinson India Pvt Ltd, BD LIFE SCIENCES (BD) awarded Main Laboratory SNSC Clinical Laboratory as the top performer in the National level pre –analytical quality check on 26.06.23.