Release of Special Postal Cover to Honour Dr.G.Venkataswamy
Installation of Sacred Relics
Infinite Vision: Odissi Dance Drama - Tribute to Dr. V
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Oration and Award Ceremony 2018
LAICO celebrates its Silver Jubilee
Google Celebrates Dr. V’s Birth Centenary with a Special Doodle
A tribute to Light

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Release of Special Postal Cover to Honour Dr.G.Venkataswamy
Aravind Eye Hospital- Coimbatore
Various commitments & achievements by various departments, CMEs, conferences, special lectures, celebrations, etc marked the year-long activities commemorating Dr. V’s birth centenary.. As a part of it, the Department of Posts, Govt. of India released a special postal cover in honour of Dr. V. The first cover was released by Shri. V. Ramasamy, IPoS, Director of Postal Services-Wester Region and received by Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman-Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System and then by Dr. V. Narendran and Dr. Kalpana Narendran, Aravind Eye Hospital-Coimbatore. Dr. Sudhir Gopal Jakhere, IPoS, Senior Superintendent of Post Office addressed the gathering and in his talk, he mentioned that it was the first time in Indian history that an Ophthalmologist is featured in a special postal cover.
Installation of Sacred Relics
Sri Venkateswara Aravind Eye Hospital at Tirupati
Aravind’s founder Dr. G. Venkataswamy deeply followed the principles of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. As such, every Aravind Hospital has some relic of the Mother installed in the building.

The relics for Aravind’s new hospital at Tirupati is Mothers sandals beautifully placed in a wooden box in a brown silk cloth with a red rose.The relics were brought by Dr. Venkatesh and Dr, Veena K from the ashram at Pondicherry on the morning of 11th December 2018. They were accompanied by Mr. Purushothaman and Mrs. Shobha.

At 9.30 on the morning of 12th December 2019, Dr.Ashok Vardhan brought the relics from the guesthouse and placed it in the meditation room. There was a serene atmosphere with the Tirumala hills in the background and a gathering of staff, wellwishers, patients and members from the Sri Aurobindo ashram at Tirupati. Passages were read from the Savitri by Dr. Aravind and members of the ashram. This was followed by bhajans in praise of Lord Venkateshwara by Mrs. Sundari Nagaraja and Mrs. Shobha. Staff offered prayers and meditated for a while.
Infinite Vision: Odissi Dance Drama - Tribute to Dr. V
Raja Muthiah Mandram on December 30th, 2018
In continuation of the chain of events commemorating Dr. V’s birth centenary, a dance drama was organized at Raja Muthiah Mandram on December 30th, 2018. Dr. Chitra Krishnamurthi and her team from ‘Nrityalaya’ School of Indian Classical Odissi Dance presented this dance drama, as a humble tribute to Dr. V on this special occasion. The dancers mesmerised the audience with their spectacular performance which was well-appreciated for its perfection and synchronisation. Audience enjoyed it very much and at the end of drama, Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman-Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System honored all participants with mementoes. Dr. Venkatesh, CMO, Aravind-Pondicherry delivered a vote of thanks.
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Oration and Award Ceremony 2018
LAICO, September 30
In this year of Dr. V’s birth centenary, Aravind honoured Prof Fred C Munson, a retired Professor of Hospital Management, University of Michigan. Fred’s relationship with Aravind has spanned over 35 years. Given his vast experience in the field of hospital administration, and being one who deeply understands the organizational dynamics, Fred is often invited to Aravind for teaching and facilitating planning retreats. His insights have helped Aravind develop its strategic approaches which are now being shared extensively with partner institutions. Fred can be credited with initiating several breakthrough discussions that have led to radical developments at Aravind. At the function held at LAICO auditorium, Mr. G. Srinivasan, President – GOVEL Trust presented the trophy. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System presented the citation. Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla, Director Operations, Aravind Eye Care System read out the citation. Prof Fred delivered the Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Oration titled, “Exploring the Edges”.
LAICO celebrates its Silver Jubilee
LAICO, October 1
LAICO celebrated the completion of its silver jubilee at a grand function held in LAICO. Mr. R.D.Thulasiraj welcomed the audience. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy shared a note on LAICO’s development over the years. Senior persons from LAICO’s partnering hospitals recollected their association with LAICO. The function was attended by 300 persons which included people from various organisations and NGOs that LAICO is partnering with.
Google Celebrates Dr. V’s Birth Centenary with a Special Doodle
October 1
Google dedicated a Google Doodle in honour of Dr. G. Venkataswamy that ran for 24 hours on their home pages in India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. The Doodle featured a mirrored landscape blurred on one side and clear on the other with a caricature of Dr. Venkataswamy in the middle. The Doodle went sensational in India within hours of its release with various national and regional media reporting the same.
A tribute to Light
Madurai, September 30
Aravind Eye Care System was founded by the legendary Dr. G. Venkataswamy (Dr.V), whose service to society has resulted in millions regaining their vision. October 1, 2018 being the 100th birth anniversary of Dr. V, Aravind held a public function at Raja Muthiah Mandram, Madurai to pay tribute to this noble soul. Titled, A Tribute to Light, the function was graced by dignitaries from various walks of life who shared their thoughts on Dr. V’s life, Aravind’s impact and how the organisation has set a model in eye care delivery. Speakers included Dr. J. Radhakrishnan IAS, Principal Secretary to Govt., Health and Family Welfare Dept; Tamil Nadu; Ms. Prema Nandakumar from Trichy; Dr. Gullapalli N Rao, Chairman, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad; Mr. Manohar Devadoss, Artist, Chennai; MJF Lion Prof Dr. S.S.Par Parameswaran, Governor, Lions District 324-B3; Dr. Raja Sabapathi, Chairman, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore; Dr. Asim Sil, Medical Director, VMANNN, West Bengal; Mrs. Elizabeth Kurian, Regional Director, Vision for Mission, India; and Mr. Philip Hoare, International Agency for Prevention of Blindness, UK. The function closed with a unique and spectacular theatrical representation of Dr. V’s life, dicrected by Prof. Prabahar Vedamanickam, Professor, American College, Madurai. More than 1000 persons attended the function

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