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N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief,
N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief,

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LIBA conducted the programme with support of Christian Medical College, Vellore

Course involves aspects of motivation, exercising leadership, innovation and management tools

One-year fellowship in ophthalmology followed by a 3-year programme in dispensing optics

CHENNAI: Executives of the Sankara Nethralaya who graduated in the Executive Diploma in Health Care Management programme run by the Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) were awarded certificates on Thursday.

The first batch comprised 19 executives who had completed the 12-month course involving various aspects of healthcare management, ranging across hospital administration, patient relations and materials management.

The Christian Medical College, Vellore, supported LIBA in designing the course curriculum that combined management education and training. N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, who distributed the certificates, said the healthcare course was a result of three wonderful institutions collaborating for a focussed programme.

He noted that the course involved aspects of motivation, exercising leadership, innovation and management tools relevant to not-for-profit institutions such as the Sankara Nethralaya. LIBA, which sought to balance pursuit of excellence with the goal of making quality education accessible to the most disadvantaged sections of society, had designed the course to combine the distinct aspects of training and education, Mr. Ram said.

P. Christie, LIBA Director, said the shortage of teaching expertise in healthcare management that the institution initially faced was resolved by faculty support provided from CMC, Vellore.

Collaborating with an institution like the Sankara Nethralaya for the course involved developing management tools that would enable executives to optimally use limited resources and align the functioning of various departments with the founding vision of the institution. Pointing out that the Nethralaya was an institution for which the bottom line was unconventional, intangible and concerned with quality Fr. Christie said LIBA found a convergence of values in its synergy with the institution.

Rashmin Gandhi, Nethralaya consultant, said the newly-launched Sankara Nethralaya Academy would launch from April certificate courses in contact lens and orthoptics and fellowship programmes in contact lens, vision therapy and operation theatre assistant programme.

The Academy will launch the one-year fellowship in comprehensive ophthalmology in June followed by a three-year programme in dispensing optics in collaboration with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians London, in August, he said. S.S. Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya, felicitated the graduates. V. Vaidyanathan, hospital chairman, S. Meenakshi, director (Academics), Akhila Ganesan, general manager, and P. Suresh Kumar, Nethralaya executive spoke. Industrialists D.P. Padmanabhan and M.S. Kumar who helped link up the institutions for the programme were also felicitated.

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