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IVI signs MoU with Salus University, USA and AVRI, South Africa

Hyderabad Based India Vision Institute signs Memorandum of Understanding with Salus University, USA and African Vision Research Institute, South Africa

India Vision Institute (IVI); an Australia India initiative to address the needs of over 100 million Indians who are unable to be productive due to un-corrected refractive errors, signed Memorandum of Understandings with Salus University, Philadelphia, USA and African Vision Research Institute, Durban, South Africa. 

The MOU between IVI and Salus University signed by Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO India Vision Institute and Mr Anthony F Di Stefano, Director MPH Programme, Salus University will provide one full time and five part time scholarships for Indian nationals to pursue Masters in Public Health through the online programme of the prestigious Salus University. The MOU with African Vision Research Institute signed by Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO India Vision Institute and Prof Kovin Naidoo, CEO African Vision Research Institute will support joint activities and promote the sharing of tools and resources to build research capacity across all optometric schools in India. 

Vinod Daniel, CEO and managing trustee of IVI said “IVI since its launch in October 2011 has conducted several national level workshops focussing on faculty development and research methodology training. Over a hundred optometric educators from India have benefitted from these workshops and fits in well with IVI’s mandate to develop capacity within the optometry sector in India and to address the needs of un-corrected refractive errors, which would save India’s billions of dollars of loss productivity". He further added “The India Vision Institute, being co-chaired by two eminent visionaries in the blindness prevention arena; The CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, Prof Brien A Holden and Chairman of L V Prasad Eye Institute, Dr G N Rao and their deep passion to make a difference, would contribute in a significant way to India’s stand in the world health platform in the coming years” 

India Vision Institute is a partnership between Brien Holden Vision Institute (Sydney, Australia) and LV Prasad Eye Institute (Hyderabad, India). IVI was established in October 2011 and is focused on supporting research, education and technological development to advance Indian capacity in vision correction, eye disease and blindness prevention. 

Salus University is a private, specialized United States based academic institution. The University’s mission, as its name implies, is to protect and enhance health and well being through education, research and services worldwide. 

African Vision Research Institute is an African-based institute that links, institutions, organizations, academics and intellectuals in the pursuit of confronting the challenges of Africa’s eye health issues. The mission of the Institute is to develop research capacity and appropriate skills in an effort to eliminate visual impairment and avoidable blindness in Africa, in support of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight campaign initiated by the World Health Organization in 2000. 

For further information please contact Mr Vinod Daniel on +91-7893985353 or ivi@indiavisioninstitute.org



Brief on India Vision Institute (www.indiavisioninstitute.org)

India Vision Institute is an initiative of Brien Holden Vision Institute (Sydney, Australia) and LV Prasad Eye Institute (Hyderabad, India). IVI is a platform for the development of an Indian mega humanitarian industry, a world leading, socially and economically important contribution for advancing vision correction and comprehensive eye disorders. IVI will support research, education and technological development that will advance India to a world platform for health care in vision correction, eye disease and blindness prevention. 

IVI’s Objectives:

• To obtain resources in order to promote Indian research, development, entrepreneurship, technological achievement and commercialization to a premier level of basic and advanced products. 

• To promote and develop the necessary human resources to achieve the above mentioned objectives, Including higher education scholarships, academic optometrists, ophthalmologists, scientists trained and developed to achieve advances in the optical and ophthalmic industries. 

• To fund scholarships and other support mechanisms for research, student involvement and management training. 

• To develop the study of eye care in Indian schools by providing top notch quality of education. 

• To act as a think tank and catalyst for cutting edge debates and discussions in Optometry.