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Agreement between New South Wales and India to create a Vision Institute for India

Hyderabad, India based L V Prasad Eye Institute and New South Wales, Australia based Brien Holden Vision Institute signed a memorandum of understanding in New Delhi to establish and support the India Vision Institute (IVI). IVI's objectives are to upgrade the Indian eye care education sector and assist in the development of a vibrant vision Industry for India. The mou was signed on November 16, 2011 by Professor Brien Holden, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute and Dr G N Rao, Chairman of L V Prasad Eye Institute at the Australian High Commission in the presence of the NSW Premier Mr. Barry O'Farrell, the Australian High Commissioner Mr Peter Varghese and the Vice Chancellor of the University of New South Wales Professor Fred Hillmer.

Mr Peter Varghese, Australian High Commissioner to India acknowledged the strong linkages between Australia and India in the public health arena especially in blindness prevention and the twenty five years of close working relationship between the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the L V Prasad Eye Institute. He added that "this initiative will make a positive difference for India in dealing with the needs of over 100 million Indian’s who are unable to be productive due to un-corrected refractive error".

Vinod Daniel, CEO and managing trustee of IVI said "This formal agreement from the Brien Holden Vision Institute at the University of New South Wales and the L V Prasad Eye Institute to establish and support the India Vision Institute will transform the Indian optometry education and industry sector. He further added "The India Vision Institute, being supported by these two international leadership institutions in the vision care area and co-chaired by two eminent visionaries in the blindness prevention arena; The CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute Prof. Brien Holden and the Chairman of L V Prasad Eye Institute Dr G N Rao and their deep passion to make a difference, would contribute in a large way to India’s stance in the world health platform in the coming years"

Mr Barry O'Farrell, Premier of New South Wales acknowledged this important bilateral collaboration between the LV Prasad Eye Institute and the Brien Holden Vision Institute to establish and provide operational support for the India Vision Institute to the combined value of $350,000; and to award up to 50 higher education scholarships over the next five years valued at $7,500 per scholarship, a total of $375,000. He added "the relationship between NSW and India is growing in many spheres and this particular public health collaboration is a further example of this rapidly growing partnership".

For further information please contact Mr Vinod Daniel, (CEO India Vision Institute) on +91-7893985353 or vinod.daniel@indiavisioninstitute.org