L V P E I Experience - L V Prasad Eye Institute

Creating Virtual Global Classrooms

The Karam Chand Thapar Tele-education Academy

Mr Vikram M Thapar, grandson of the late Mr Karam Chand Thapar joined his father Mr Inder Mohan Thapar as Vice Chairman and Managing Director to direct the affairs of the very profi table KCT (Coal Sales) Ltd (Karam Chand Thapar and Bros Ltd) — the largest coal logistics fi rm in the country. Owners of the largest number of coal mines in the country till their nationalization in the 1970s, the company has expanded into the areas of manufacture of mining, material handling and general engineering equipment and now plans to return to the coal mining business in India and abroad.

Mr Vikram & Mrs Jyothi Thapar

Mr Vikram Thapar was Joint Managing Director of Ballarpur Papers until he joined his father. A chartered accountant, he expanded the business to start a pioneering aquacultural venture, The Waterbase Ltd. He also promoted Indian City Properties Ltd — a premium real estate and construction company, now managed by his daughter Ms Ayesha Thapar. KCT (Coal Sales) Ltd also promoted Indicon Logistics Ltd, managed by Mr Vikram Thapar's son Mr Varun Thapar. Indicon is poised to become the largest manufacturer of all kinds of containers.

On one of his visits to L V Prasad Eye Institute for an eye examination, Mr Vikram Thapar became interested in supporting the institute in its efforts to provide quality eye care to many more people in India. In particular, the idea of partnering LVPEI in providing quality education to ophthalmologists and other eye care professionals across the network appealed to him. Today, he and his family are committed to support LVPEI through the Karam Chand Thapar Tele-education Academy that he has helped set up.

Dr Francis S Mah from the University of Pittsburgh
Medical School, USA delivers a talk via videoconference

The generous support that we continue to receive from Mr Vikram Thapar and his family has helped us take ophthalmology education at our institute to the next level, both in terms of quality and reach. The videoconferencing facility has allowed us to interlink LVPEI's three tertiary centres — Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam — and our public eye health campus at Kismatpur. The interactive sessions during conferences and meetings create a stimulating and inclusive environment for academic and professional discussion.

The Karam Chand Thapar Tele-education Academy has also enabled us to videoconference guest lectures by internationally renowned specialists from the best institutions across the world, thus creating virtual classrooms, where our trainees can engage in discussion with the brightest and the best minds in the fi eld. Soon, the group's new tertiary care centre at Vijayawada will also be linked for videoconferencing.

The teleconferencing facility is only the beginning of our ongoing process of the enhancement of LVPEI’s educational facilities.