Sankara Nethralaya to launch academy

Special Correspondent

Object of the academy is to train those working in eye hospitals

CHENNAI: Sankara Nethralaya has proposed to launch an academy to offer several certificate and fellowship programmes to equip ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses and administration personnel with additional skills.

The proposal for the project was submitted to Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi at a function in the hospital on Monday. Presenting the proposal, S.S. Badrinath, chairman emeritus of the hospital, said the object of the academy was to train those working in eye hospitals.

They would be taught “A to Z on how to perform, conduct in a service oriented organisation and deliver care in a professional manner,” he said.

The proposed academy will come on a one-acre plot in Mahabalipuram. The courses will commence in April at Sankara Nethralaya premises on College Road in the city. Courses for ophthalmic theatre assistants, orthoptics, contact lens, hospital management and fellowship programmes in vision therapy and ophthalmology would be offered.

Two days ago, the hospital signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam on conducting surgeries in Tirupati, Dr. Badrinath said.

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