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India Vision Institute welcomes Australian Rural Leaders to Hyderabad

The India Vision Institute (IVI) Hyderabad hosted a thirty member delegation of the Australian Rural Leadership Program currently visiting India, this evening. ARLP is a unique opportunity for selected rural and regional leaders to undertake a program of personal growth and develop the skills, knowledge and networks needed to be effective in regional, state, national and international arenas. 

The reception, jointly hosted by IVI and the Australian Consulate for South India, provided an opportunity for the thirty member visiting ARLP delegation to appreciate challenges in vision care delivery in India and interact with a range of professionals working towards bridging the gaps. 

The program focuses on professional and personal leadership development, examination of key national and international issues that impact on rural Australia. The delegates represent a wide range of areas of rural concerns including agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment and sustainability, elder services, meat processing & livestock management, dairy, wool, and primary industry. 

Welcoming the delegation at IVI Hyderabad this evening, Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO, India Vision Institute (IVI) said, “with the IVI’s mission of ‘leading the change’ in the Indian vision care sector, welcoming the ARLP delegation to IVI has a special significance. The recent launch of IVI’s own Young Leaders Program is a step in the same direction, and we would continue to create opportunities for young leaders of the world to interact”. 

Mr Michael Carter, Trade Commissioner and Consul-Commercial for Australia to Southern India, said that “Over the years Australia and India have developed a strong working relationship in a wide range of areas including trade and industry; and that initiatives such as these were indicative of the growing range of bilateral engagement.” He commended the role of the IVI in furthering bilateral relations in the public health sphere. 

An initiative of Brien Holden Vision Institute (Sydney) and LV Prasad Eye Institute (Hyderabad), IVI supports 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 believes that young leaders have a significant role to play in ensuring excellence in vision care delivery in India. 

During the inaugural year, IVI supported optometric professionals with six higher education scholarships to pursue doctoral studies in India, skill and capacity building workshops, student seminars; signed MOUs with the Africa Vision Research Institute and the Salus University to promote educational research; and awarded 325 scholarships to enable participation in IAPB 9GA. Aksauhini, the all India strategic plan launched on the occasion of first anniversary of the IVI in September 2011, sets out a framework to improve vision care in India.