Educating the Public on Eye Care
Puthiya Thalaimurai Award for Dr. G. Natchiar
Kodai Kondattam 2014
Latest Vision Centre at Kadayam Opened
Aravind Hosts the Annual Meeting of SightLife
Aravind Hosts the 8th Annual Meet of the WAEH
Enhanced Technology for Cataract Surgery
Navarathri Celebrations
ICON Award for Dr. G. Natchiar
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award Presented to Dr. R. Pararajasegaram
AUROUTSAV 2013
FNAMS Awarded to Dr. M. Srinivasan
Rustom Ranji Oration Award for Dr. R.D Ravindran
ICMR Award for Outstanding Clinical and Biomedical Scientists for the Year 2009

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Educating the Public on Eye Care
Madurai, Friday, 22 Aug 2014
Aravind Eye Care System regularly organizes eye care awareness exhibition in its various centres on different occasions. A grand 3-day eye care exhibition is being held at Aravind – Madurai that focuses on the students and general public. The exhibition was inaugurated by the District Collector, Sri L. Subramanian in the presence of senior Aravind leaders on August 22, 2014. Around thirty stalls are put up by the different clinics and departments, mainly aimed to educate the people on common eye diseases and treatments. The exhibition will come to an end on August 24.

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Puthiya Thalaimurai Award for Dr. G. Natchiar
Chennai, Sunday, July 27
Dr. G. Natchiar was awarded the Tamilan Virudugal Award by the popular television channel Puthiya Thalaimurai for her selfless service in restoring sight to many.
 
Kodai Kondattam 2014
Aravind - Madurai, May 1-15
Janakiamma Child Care Centre along with the HR Department organized a two week summer camp for employees’ children. Resource persons were roped in to handle sessions like arts and crafts, aerobics, cooking, soft skills development and so on. Children were taken out on various occasions. Valedictory function of the camp was held on May 16. Mrs. Premalatha Paneerselvam, Senior Principal, Mahatma Schools and Ms. Kowsalya Sriniasan, Akshara School were the chief guests. A total of 48 children from 5years and above attended the camp.

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Latest Vision Centre at Kadayam Opened
Kadayam, March 26, 2014
Aravind- Tirunelveli opened its latest vision centre at Kadayam. Dr.R.Ramakrishnan � Chief medical officer welcomed the gathering and the centre was inaugurated by Dr.R. Kim- Chief medical officer Aravind, Madurai. Lamp lighting ceremony was performed by Ms Kalyani Paramasivam, Medical Officer, ESI Hospital. Various leaders and key persons in the community gathered for the occasion. On the inaugural day, 92 patients were screened of which 86 were new cases and 6 review cases.
 
Aravind Hosts the Annual Meeting of SightLife
Aravind � Madurai, February 28- March 2, 2014
Aravind Eye Hospital at Madurai hosted the 4th Annual Conference of SightLife, the largest eye bank in North America. Its main focus is developing countries where the need is and currently works with 15 eye bank partners. The 3-day conference from February 28 - March 2 brought together close to 100 experts in the field to evolve ways to build capacities of partner eye banks thereby eliminating corneal blindness globally.

Fifteen eye banks from India and six from abroad participated. Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank won the poster competition organized as part of the conference.
 
Aravind Hosts the 8th Annual Meet of the WAEH
Aravind � Madurai, January 21-25
Aravind Eye Care System hosted the 8th annual meeting of the World Association of Eye Hospitals, a global association of eye hospitals and ophthalmology departments of university hospitals from all over the world. During the meeting, members had the opportunity to get connected to each other and exchange information and knowledge about all kinds of topics, like improving the efficiency in the service given to patients or how to continuously develop patient pathways. Around 100 delegates from eye hospitals from 15 countries attended the meet.
 
Enhanced Technology for Cataract Surgery
Aravind, November 14
Aravind introduced an advanced machine called Centurion Vision System aimed to enhance the efficiency and outcome of cataract surgery. After making an assessment of the advantages of using the machine to patients, Aravind Eye Care System has introduced it at its hospital branches in Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Puducherry. Centurion Phaco System, the intelligent phaco-emulsification technology designed by Alcon Company to optimise the results of cataract surgery, will be able to target intraocular pressure during surgery. It enables safe and fast surgery with advanced technology fluidics system. It can be synchronised to achieve precise implantation of intraocular lens. It also enables early postoperative rehabilitation of patients. As Aravind Eye Hospital handles a large number of cataract surgeries, the addition of Centurion machine enhances efficiency and quality of surgery.
 
Navarathri Celebrations
Aravind � Madurai, October 13
The Navarathri celebrations for this year was filled with festivities and colours. There was a 5-step 'Golu display' as is the tradition and a central floral tribute to the goddess. All the employees danced around to the various tunes of Kummi/Garba and Kolattam/Dandiya. By invoking the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as 'Durga', the collective prayer for better & happier times ahead was resonant of the spirit of Navarathri.
 
ICON Award for Dr. G. Natchiar
Hyderabad, October 5
Dr. G. Natchiar was awarded the Eye Pep ICON Award by the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute at the function held in Hyderabad.
 
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award Presented to Dr. R. Pararajasegaram
Madurai
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award is given annually to professionals in ophthalmology and vision sciences who work towards eradication of blindness. This year the award was presented to Dr. R. Pararajasegaram, long term friend and well-wisher of Aravind in recognition of his enduring contribution towards the prevention of global blindness. Mr. G. Srinivasan, President � GOVEL Trust presented the award at a glittering cermong held at Aravind � Madurai on October 1. Dr. Pararajasegaram gave oration titled A Saga for Sight � My Experiences in International Eye Health during the ceremony.
 
AUROUTSAV 2013
September 4-9
The week- long Auroutsav is conducted across the Aravind centres to bring out the team spirit and synergy of the staff and employees which otherwise remain dormant amidst their busy work schedule. Staff from different departments, who otherwise will be confined in their cubicles meddling with work, get to know each other which later results in superb performances. The latent artistic skills of the staff members of Aravind Eye Hospitals are in full bloom during each �Auroutsav�. The festival, in which all employees, from the chairman to the last grade worker take part also helps in firming up team spirit. This time, staff across the Aravind Eye Hospitals were divided into four groups named after valiant heroines of India � Thillaiyadi Valliammai, Jhansi Rani, Velu Nachiyar and Rani Chennamma. Each team had around 300 members comprising doctors, nurses, tailors, lab technicians, sanitary workers, drivers and security personnel. The teams participated in 30 events that were divided into five categories � literary, art and craft, entertainment, sports and stage events. �Auroutsav� allowed everybody to move on the same ground without any discrimination. The entire event was scheduled in such away as not to disturb the hospital�s regular work. Individual events were organised between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. while the audience event was held after 6 p.m.
 
FNAMS Awarded to Dr. M. Srinivasan
October 26
Dr. M. Srinivasan has been selected Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). The ceremony will be held on October 26.
 
Rustom Ranji Oration Award for Dr. R.D Ravindran
Warangal, AP, September 28-29
Dr. R.D Ravindran was conferred the Rustom Ranji Oration Award at the Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmic Conference. He has also been conferred ACOIN Award (Mehra Acoin Award). The ceremony will be held on November 9- 10.
 
ICMR Award for Aravind Scientists
September 29
The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad presented the ICMR Awards to 51 outstanding clinical and biomedical scientists for the years 2009 and 2010 for their work in communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health and various other medical and biomedical fields. The ICMR Prize for �Biomedical Research conducted in underdeveloped areas� was presented to Dr. P. Sundaresan, Senior Scientist, AMRF for his research work on �Congenital Blindness in India: A Cluster Study on Ocular Anomalies in Ara, Bihar�.

The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize for the year 2009 was presented to Dr. Manikandan Palanisamy, Scientist and Head, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Aravind � Coimbatore for his research work on Epidemiological, Clinical and Laboratory Investigations of Ocular Infections�.
 
 
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