Dr Kalam Launches SRUJANA Innovation@LVPEI

His Excellency Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, launched the LVPEI-MITRA Program to initiate Srujana: Innovation@LVPEI on 25 October 2013 in collaboration with the Camera Culture group (MIT) of the MIT Media Lab and funded through the support of Infotech Enterprises Endowment for Innovation in Eye Care. Dr Kalam interacted with students who were working on prototypes of their innovations at the pre-inauguration event workshop, to develop eye care solutions for high impact in India and around the world. Faculty of LVPEI and the Camera Culture group were mentors to the participants.

Dr Kalam spoke about creativity and innovation in young minds. Others who spoke included Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute; Mr B V R Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, Infotech Enterprises Limited; Dr Virender Sangwan, Director SRUJANA Centre for Innovation, Centre for Regenerative Ophthalmology and Clinical Research, LVPEI; and Prof Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab.

Foundation of Berhampur Secondary Centre

The Foundation ceremony for LVPEI’s first secondary centre in Odisha took place on 3 October at Berhampur, Ganjam district. Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik unveiled the plaque and planted a sapling. He was accompanied by Shri Surya Narayan Patro, Hon’ble Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management; Shri Siddhant Mohapatra, MP, Berhampur; and Shri Pradeep Panigrahi, MLA, Gopalpur.

EYE–PEP 2013

Eye-PEP (post-graduate education program), 1 - 6 October 2013, had 240 delegates participating in the grand rounds competition, quiz competition, breakfast with experts, instruction courses on diagnostic techniques and interpretation, etc. that were part of the event. Dr G Natchiar, Emeritus Director, Human Resource Development, Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai, was the ‘Eye-PEP icon’ for 2013 and she spoke on ‘Enjoying Neuro-Ophthalmology.’

A workshop on Multi-sensory functions after cataract surgery in children on 24 October was supported by DFG (German Research Foundation) and HERF (Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation). Dr Brigitte Roder and her team from the University of Hamburg, Germany, discussed the results of collaborative research between LVPEI and the University of Hamburg over the last couple of years.

LVPEI Bhubaneswar conducted a meeting BIG Think Tank for eye research, an initiative to bring together clinicians, basic scientists from different areas of expertise on a common platform, including geneticists, nanotechnologists, veterinarians and cell-biologists who showcased their ideas for future collaborations with LVPEI.

Ramayamma International Eye Bank (RIEB) teamed up with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to conduct an eye donation awareness program in Devarakonda on 23rd and 24th October as part of the Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign. Senior Eye Donation Counselor Raghu delivered a public lecture on eye donation awareness.

World Sight Day (WSD), 10 October 2013

Patient Care staff at the Kallam Anji Reddy Campus in Hyderabad mark WSD by blindfolding themselves to draw attention to the issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.

A screening program was conducted by GMR Varalakshmi Campus in Visakhapatnam with support from Subbiramireddy Seva Peetham. 186 patients were screened and 36 advised surgery.

At Bhubaneswar, Lions Club and Open Learning System together organized a screening and awareness program at an urban slum in Kharvel Nagar.

GPR International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye Care (GPR ICARE) with Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry (BLSO) conducted screening at a slum in Rasoolpura, Hyderabad. 114 people were screened and 23 prescribed glasses.

BLSO students won prizes at University of Hyderabad: winners in Optometry Quiz (Bhagyalaxmi, Aparna and Hemanth) and best poster (Nandhini, Gunasree, Sushma, Ashwani, Gayatri, Parimala, Sudeshna).

Foundation Day Celebrations

At the LVPEI Alumni Program on 16th and 17th October, alumnus Dr Sunil Singh welcomed the gathering, Dr Raj Singh presented alumni achievements, Dr Rao appreciated

alumni efforts in supporting the institute’s mission, consultants shared updates on new techniques in various subspecialties, and appreciation awards were given to senior alumni.

The INK Salon interaction on Foundation Day 17 October had Lakshmi Pratury, host and curator, converse with Mrs Pratibha Rao and Dr Rao regarding chasing and realizing Dr Rao’s vision of LVPEI. Susant Pattnaik from Odisha, a technology whiz kid, serial inventor,

entrepreneur and motivational speaker, demonstrated some of his innovations. Bonnie Chakraborty rendered a song in the distinctive ‘Baul’ tradition and Vicky Roy recounted his story of a rag-picker growing to be an ace photographer invited to dine with Prince Edwards at the Buckingham Palace. Rounding off the program were rehabilitation clients Aditya, Shravya and Venkatesh performing musical numbers.

The Foundation Day staff celebrations on the evening of 17th October were fun time for the employees and their families. Dr Rao and Dr G Chandra Sekhar addressed the gathering, prizes were distributed for the fortnight long competitions held prior to the event, appreciation

certificates awarded to staff on completing 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service respectively, and cultural events with much singing and dancing were rendered on stage, with the sounds of joy reverberating into the cool evening air.

Bellary Centre Crosses the Century Mark in Surgeries
LVPEI’s first secondary centre in Karnataka, the
Y Mahabaleshwarappa Memorial Eye Centre in Bellary, achieved its first milestone in successfully performing 100 surgeries. The centre was launched on 13 February 2013.
Thoodukurthy Centre Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Kuchukalla Ramachandra Reddy Eye Centre at Thoodukurthy, Mahaboobnagar district, celebrated its 15th anniversary on 24 October. The centre has screened 168,048 people (from 24 October 1998) and performed 21,875 surgeries (15,728 non-paying and 6147 paying).

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