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Third batch of IVI Young Leaders Program launched in Hyderabad

The third batch of the IVI Young Leaders Program (YLP 2015-16) commenced today in Hyderabad with the inaugural two-day workshop for a group of nine young leaders from optometry institutions across India. Launched in 2013, the IVI Young Leaders Program aims to develop a pool of young and talented Optometry professionals to take up a leadership role in generating awareness about eye care, optometry education and research. IVI has so far developed a pool of 20 young Optometry leaders, in the first two batches, excelling in their sphere of work in eye care delivery. 

Over a period of one year, the program will comprise three intensive two-day workshops with an opportunity for the participants to engage with national and international experts. The workshop will focus on core leadership and management aspects along with subject related themes including Optometry education and research, social enterprise, marketing and promotion and public health. The program will also include field visits and group projects to be undertaken by the participants. 

“India urgently needs more leaders in eye care to meet the huge challenge of dealing with preventable blindness and I am delighted to see young professionals in optometry eager to take up a leadership role”, said Mr. Vinod Daniel, CEO-IVI, welcoming the new batch of young leaders. “These dynamic leaders from diverse disciplines of optometry will be a great foundation to forge eye care delivery in India”, he added. 

The 2015 group comprises the following young leaders: 
1. Aloe Gupta- Nagar School of Optometry, Ahmedabad 
2. Anand Kumar- L V Prasad Eye Institute, Vishakhapatnam 
3. Anton Decruse Waanbah- Bansara Institute of Ophthalmic Science, Shillong 
4. Chandrashekher M- India Vision Institute 
5. Kiran Challa- L V Prasad Eye Institute,Hyderabad 
6. Paula Mehta- Optometry Council of India, Bangalore 
7. Pooja Singh- All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 
8. Prem Kumar Singh- Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi 
9. Soumendra Nath Ghosh- NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata 

Established in October 2011, IVI acts as a catalyst to help India achieve socially responsible, high quality vision care and an industry that can support: excellent eye care available to all; state of the art Indian optometry; excellent eye care education; international leadership in cutting-edge vision care research and development; and viable Indian vision and optical industry, playing a substantial part in global eye care. IVI is an initiative of the L V Prasad Eye Institute of Hyderabad and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney. 

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