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Workshop in Kolkata to enhance capacity of Eyecare Educators

For want of a simple pair of lenses, several million people in India are unable to be productive. The issue of preventable blindness is a major problem, particularly in the rural parts of India, with a national loss in productivity running into hundreds or crores of rupees. 

The India Vision Institute (IVI) has launched a major national initiative to assist in development of the necessary human resources to deal with this issue. In this direction, IVI is conducting a capacity building workshop at the Vidyasagar College of Optometry and Vision Science, Kolkata from 4-8 March 2013. 

"IVI is very thankful to the Vidyasagar College of Optometry & Vision Science for facilitating the workshop being attended by 24 optometry educators representing 12 colleges", said Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO, IVI on the eve of the workshop. He added, "While India requires 115,000 degree trained optometrists to meet the eyecare needs of over 1.22 billion people, currently there is an extensive shortage of both optometry schools and educators. IVI Academy for Eyecare Educators endeavours to bridge the gap by enhancing the capacity of the existing cadre as well as by creating a pool of additional trained eyecare educators". 

Mr Debasish Kar, Director of the Vidyasagar College of Optometry & Vision Science said "The first of its kind, the workshop is a small step in the direction of enhancing the capacity of optometry educators in Eastern India. It will focus on a number of specialised areas including dispensing optics; low vision; binocular vision; and teaching and learning methodology. 

The workshop is being led by a team of national and international experts, including Mr Aditya Goyal, Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore; Ms Mithali Paranjape, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune; Mr Kunal Shah, Eye Savers, Hubli; and Ms Helen Dalton & Ms Jodi Martin, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney. The workshop is supported by the Alcon Foundation, Optometry Giving Sight and Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation. 

A Joint Initiative of the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI, Hyderabad) and the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI, Sydney), the Hyderabad-based IVI plays a catalytic role in achieving socially responsible, high-quality vision care; excellent vision care education; and international leadership in cutting-edge vision care research and development. (www.indiavisioninstitute.org) 

For further information about the workshop, please contact Ms. Jissa James on jissa.james@indiavisioninstitute.org