Vision Centre CME

Aravind-Madurai, 7th January

A Continuing medical education (CME) programme was organised for staff from 37 Vision Centres operated under Aravind-Madurai. The sessions, guided by Dr. Usha Kim, Regional HR Director, covered topics such as clinical updates, improving adherence to clinical protocols, reorientation to fundus imaging, cataract follow-up at vision centres, optical and innovative anterior segment imaging, and self-motivation. The organisers included Dr. Kowsalya, Medical Consultant, Neuro-ophthalmology Services, G. Jhansi Sunitha, Vision Centre Manager, and Pitchaimeena, Clinical Manager, Vision Centre. Dr. Kowsalya, and Mohammed Gowth, Senior Faculty, LAICO, coordinated the entire programme, attended by 74 Vision Centre staff members.

Clinical updates to Vision centre staffs
R.D. Gopinath, Tutor Opticals, Aravind-Madurai , providing hands-on training for MLOPs
MLOPs interacting with the resource person during a session at the Vision Centre CME
Participants of the Vision Centre CME

CPE for Coordinators, Technicians, Supervisors and Tutors

Aravind-Pondicherry, 6-7 January

Aravind-Pondicherry organised a CPE programme with the aim of educating clinical staff about patient care, quality, and safety at work, incorporating various team-building exercises. Sessions covered topics such as the Art of communication, Aravind ways, and The seven habits of highly effective people, facilitated by senior faculty and staff members from the HR and Housekeeping departments. A total of 50 participants benefited from this CPE.

Deepa, HR Manager, AECS, leading a session during the CPE held at Aravind-Pondicherry
Participants raising queries during the session at the CPE programme
Group activity at the CPE
Participants of the CPE programme

Insurance Meet 2024

Aravind-Pondicherry/Chennai, 5-6 January

The Insurance Meet spanned two days between 5th and 6th January at two locations. The first day in Pondicherry included sessions on patient care, professional behaviour, communication, teamwork, staff coordination, planning, decision-making, and resource utilisation, conducted by internal faculty members.

The second day in Aravind-Chennai featured talks by industry experts from VIDAL TPA, Medi Assist TPA, Star Health Insurance (presented online through Zoom), and Claim Book. Discussions covered PreAuth & Claims, requirements, document submission for settlement, and more. A total of 35 attendees, including Senior Managers, Managers, Coordinators, Admin Assistants, and MRD staff from 14 branches, participated.

Attendees engaging in the second-day session at Aravind-Chennai
Senior Managers, Managers, Coordinators, Admin Assistants, and MRD staff from 14 branches at the Insurance Meet 2024

CME on Patient Care

Aravind-Coimbatore, 4-5 January

The Medical Record Department of Aravind-Coimbatore organised the CME for the medical record department staff, aiming to highlight the significance of patient safety. The CME featured various sessions handled by speakers, including Gautham Kumar, Manager, Quality Assurance, elaborating on Incidents, near misses, and sentinel events; Umapriya, HR Manager, discussing Communication: Tips for success; Hemalatha, Patient Care Manager, addressing How to improve and document near misses and incident reporting; and Rajakumari, Counselling Coordinator, explaining Professional etiquette and why interdepartmental relationships are important. These sessions guided the participants in creating a professional climate in their working environment. A total of 35 staff members participated in the programme.

Aravind Garden Festival

8th January

The annual Aravind garden festival, featuring an inter-hospital event involving all Aravind centres, was held this year with the theme of indoor plants. Aravind staff from each centre showcased creative displays based on the theme, which were judged, and the best one at each centre received an award. This festival served as a platform to promote environmental sustainability and raise awareness among staff, patients, and the public.

Prize winning ornamental plant at Aravind-Madurai
Ornamental plants display at Aravind-Pondicherry
Innovative presentation of ornamental plants showcased at the Garden Festival in Aravind-Tirupati
Prize winning ornamental plants proudly on display at Aravind-Tirupati

Hackathon 5.0

Aravind-Pondicherry, 5-7 January

Aravind Centre for Eyecare Innovation (ACEi) organised its 5th annual Hackathon at Aravind-Pondicherry. Dr. Arulmozhivarman, Dean of Academic Research, VIT, Vellore; Dr. Bharathiraja, Head, Centre of Electric Mobility, SRM, Chennai; Sandal Kotawala, Founder & CEO of Alfaleus, Hyderabad; and Dr. Prabu Baskaran, Retina Consultant, Aravind-Chennai, were invited as judges. A total of 128 problem statements were collected, with 32 of them being chosen for the Hackathon. Around 80 Aravind staff, including doctors, managers, technicians, and MLOPs, as well as 43 students from VIT, Chennai, and Vellore, and IIT Tirupati, took part and collaborated to find solutions. The top five innovations were awarded. Engineers from Aurolab, Remidio, and Alfaleus provided on-site technical support for the event. Aurolab sponsored the entire event as well as the prize money.

Dr. R. Venkatesh, CMO, Aravind-Pondicherry addressing the gathering at the Hackathon 5.0
Participants attentively listening during the session at Hackathon 5.0
Attendees showcasing their innovations
Judges assessing the findings
Introduction of prototype models during the Hackathon 5.0
Judging the innovations of participants
Winners, participants, judges, and organisers at the Hackathon 5.0

Motivation Session

Aravind-Coimbatore, 5th January

Aravind-Coimbatore organised a motivation session for MLOPs, with the focus on how to be successful in life. Dr. Jeyantha Sree Balakirshnan, a retired English professor and eminent motivational speaker, delivered a talk on Theethum nandrum pirar thara vaaraa, inspiring the participants.

Dr. Jeyantha Sree Balakrishna inspiring MLOPs through her motivational speech

Annual Outreach Planning Meeting

Aravind-Tirunelveli, 4-5 January

Hosted by Aravind-Tirunelveli, the meeting was attended by camp medical officers, camp managers, camp organisers, and admin assistants from all Aravind centres. The team discussed the previous year’s outreach performance and planned new activities for the year 2024. Further, there were discussions on specialty eye care services through outreach, and Not-operated patients.

Additionally, a session was arranged as part of the Camp Meeting on Work life balance, handled by R. Ganesh, Founder, LIME, Chennai.

Dr. R. Meenakshi, CMO, Aravind-Tirunelveli at the centre, with Dr. Lalitha lighting the lamp, and Dr. R. Ramakrishnan standing on the left
Delegates in discussion during the outreach planning meeting
Camp medical officers, camp managers, camp organisers, and admin assistants from all Aravind centres, joined by Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, at the annual outreach planning meeting

Vaanavil Programme

Aravind-Madurai, 1st January

As part of the annual Resident Social Responsibility (RSR) initiative, postgraduates from Aravind-Madurai supported visually rehabilitated women from Trichy through the Vaanavil programme. A platform was established to sell their handmade products, including colourful and attractively printed bags, pouches, jewellery pouches, candlesticks, incense sticks, towels, pillow and cushion covers, wire baskets, and bed sheets, to celebrate their dignity.

The event was led by Dr. Venkatesh Prajna, Director, Academics & Finance, and supported by Kalyani, Resident Coordinator, and other staff members.

Showcasing handmade products crafted by visually rehabilitated women, facilitated by postgraduates through the RSR Programme
MLOPs and residents enthusiastically purchasing products as a gesture of supporting visually rehabilitated women
Postgraduates involved in the Vaanavil programme, alongside Dr. Venkatesh Prajna, Director, Academics & Finance, seated at the centre


Aravind-Pondicherry, 11th January

Continuing the tradition, Aravind-Pondicherry organised Angaadi, a unique charity event involving all the employees. This year, the event featured a food festival and a fun shopping experience exclusively for hospital employees, with all proceeds donated to non-profit organisations.

Margazhi Bhajans

Aravind-Coimbatore, 1st January
Aravind-Coimbatore organised a session on the importance of Margazhi Bhajans for all employees. Thilagavathi Shanmugasundaram, an orator, delivered a talk elucidating the spiritual and scientific reasons behind the rituals and the value of traditional beliefs. As part of Margazhi month activities, each MLOP department initiated daily Rangoli making and participated in Bhajan, with awards presented for the best Rangolis.

Aravind – Chennai, 27th December

In celebration of Margazhi, a musical recital was held in the central courtyard of Aravind-Chennai. The orchestra’s performance created a divine atmosphere, featuring Carnatic singer Dhanush Anantharaman, violinist Krithik Koushik, and mridangam player Vamsidara Anand, providing a divine treat for the audience.

Carnatic singer Dhanush Anantharaman, violinist Krithik Koushik, and mridangam player Vamsidara Anand with Aravind members

Observing Pongal

Pongal festival was joyously celebrated at various Aravind centres, including those in Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Pondicherry, Chennai, and Tirupati, with staff members wholeheartedly participating in traditional festivities. Each centre organised a series of traditional events as a tribute to Mother Nature. Festivities including uriyadi, folk dance performances, rangoli competitions, and pooja were held. Notably, in Aravind-Tirupati, this festival, known as Sankranti, was celebrated in the same manner.

Pongal pot brimming with prosperity – a traditional practice during the pongal celebration at Aravind-Tirunelveli
MLOPs and staff members cooking the delicious Pongal dish together at Aravind-Tirunelveli
Staff members performing pooja during the pongal occasion at Aravind-Coimbatore
MLOPs showcasing their talents during the pongal celebration at Aravind-Coimbatore
MLOPs participating in competitions at Aravind-Chennai

Pongal CME

Aravind-Coimbatore, 2-5 January

Similarly, Aravind-Coimbatore conducted the Pongal CME programme, focusing on non-clinical topics under the theme Safety is an individual responsibility, and individuals are responsible for action. Sessions included a discussion on women’s safety by Sub-Inspectors Dowlth Nisha, and Suganya, creating awareness through real incidents.

Dowlth Nisha addressing the MLOPs

Aravind-Chennai, 7th January

Aravind-Chennai organised a Pongal CME programme for all MLOPs, staff members, and 2nd year trainees. The CME covered topics including IP case sheets audit – handled by Karpagam, MRD, Post-op complications by Dr. Akila C, Medical Consultant, Aravind-Chennai, Frequently asked questions (FAQ), videos, and role plays presented by MLOPs from each department. A total of 300 MLOPs participated in the CME.

Dr. Akila C addressing the participants during the Pongal CME

Workshop on Soft Skills for Transformation

Aravind-Tirunelveli, 1st January

As a part of employee welfare activities, a workshop on Soft skills for transformation was organised by Aravind-Tirunelveli for the MLOPs. Lakshmi R, Manager, HR department, welcomed the gathering. Gokul, Sales Consultant, Zeiss India, is a softskills trainer who conducted sessions in two batches. The sessions included lectures and game activities that helped MLOPs better understand the concepts.

Gokul, Sales Consultant, Zeiss, providing soft skills training to MLOPs

Quiz Programme on OT and CSSD Protocols

Aravind-Coimbatore, 28th December

Aravind-Coimbatore organised a quiz programme for OT MLOPs, staff nurses, and trainees, aiming to emphasise the importance of OT and CSSD protocols. Dr. D. Chandrasekhar, Consultant & NABH Coordinator, conducted the quiz with participants divided into seven groups, each comprising nine members. The event provided a valuable learning experience in an enjoyable and competitive manner.

Optical Exhibition

Aravind-Madurai, 22nd December

In an ongoing commitment to train MLOPs and raise awareness about the importance of spectacles among the public and staff, the optical and pharmacy departments collaborated to organise a one-day exhibition. The event was inaugurated by Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System (AECS). The exhibition drew patients and staff, who appreciated the team’s efforts. It featured 25 posters and six models, and similar exhibitions were planned to be conducted annually across all Aravind centres.

Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System (AECS), observing the exhibits during the optical exhibition
Charts, posters and models on display at the Optical exhibition
A showcased model of an optical lab

Continuous Professional Education – CPE 2023

Aravind-Madurai, 22-23 December

Aravind Communications recently conducted its 7th Continuous Professional Education programme for the DTP staff across Aravind centres, including designers, photographers and videographers. The two-day programme, featuring a diverse range of sessions, saw the active participation of 28 staff members. Resource persons, including M. Abdul Aziz Hakkim, Assistant Professor, School of Animation & Media Studies, SLCS, Madurai; G. Ramanan, Artist,  Madurai; Chokkan, Principal Technical Program Manager, Intuit, Bengaluru; and Hameed Fayaz K, Head of Creative & Brand Solutions at Divo, Chennai, handled various sessions.

The comprehensive programme covered both online and offline sessions, addressing key topics such as Learning infographics for simplified visual representation of complex subjects, Introduction to digital drawing, Mid-career realities focusing on opportunities, threats, and professional mastery, Strategies for expanding reach through Youtube videos, and colour correction in photography.

A special highlight of the event was an interactive session with Mike Myers, Aravind Volunteer and Photography Consultant, who shared insights about photographic techniques. The programme also included visits to the Kalaignar Centenary Library in Madurai, the Keeladi Museum, and an outdoor photographic activity – Bird watching at Maadakulam, enhancing the overall experience for photographers and the team.

M. Abdul Aziz Hakkim, Assistant Professor, School of Animation & Media Studies, SLCS, Madurai conducting a session on info graphics
Artist Ramanan explaining on digital drawing to the participants
Mike Myers, Photography Consultant-Volunteer, Aravind on the left, leading a team of photographers during an outdoor photographic expedition
Participants of the CPE programme during their visit to the Kalaignar Centenary Library in Madurai

Sponsors Day

Aravind-Tirupati, 17th December

Sponsors Day was organised by Aravind-Tirupati for the first time since its opening. The event, attended by 98 sponsors and volunteers, was graced by the esteemed presence of the Chief Guest, Sri Mangal Chand Tater, Managing Trustee, Shohan Kanwarlal Tater Charitable Trust, Chennai, and the Guest of Honour, N.S. Ravi, Retired Additional Registrar of Co-op Societies, Government of Andhra Pradesh (Integrated).

The programme commenced with a prayer song, followed by ceremonial lamp lighting. V. Vasudeva Reddy, Camp Manager, extended a warm welcome to the attendees. N.S. Ravi delivered a talk emphasising the vision and mission of Padmashree Dr. G. Venkataswamy.

Dr. Sreenath, Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Services, Aravind-Tirupati, presented the annual report. Dr. G. Natchiar, Director Emeritus, AECS, expressed her joy in meeting all the sponsors. Dr. R. Venkatesh, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Pondicherry, delivered a talk on various eye-related issues. Dr. Umakanth, Medical Consultant, IOL & Cataract Services, Aravind-Tirupati, engaged the audience in an interactive session.

Dr. S. Ashok Vardhan, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Tirupati, and Dr. Sreenath, Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Services, Aravind-Tirupati presented certificates of appreciation to sponsors as a token of recognition for their noble contributions. Followed by, there was an experience sharing by a few sponsors. Additionally, the event featured a cultural performance by MLOPs. The proceedings concluded with a vote of thanks by Gowri Shankar, Camp Organiser, followed by a special lunch for all the sponsors.

Dr. G. Natchiar, Director Emeritus, AECS, lighting the lamp during the Sponsors day at Aravind-Tirupati
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, at the centre, joined by Dr. R. Venkatesh (Right) and Dr. S. Ashok Vardhan (Right), presenting certificates of appreciation to the sponsors
Sponsors alongside the senior leadership team of Aravind during the Sponsors Day at Aravind-Tirupati

Hospital Day

Aravind–Tirupati, 16th December

The 5th Hospital Day programme, organised by SV Aravind-Tirupati, featured various events. The programme began with a welcome address by K. Kesava Kumar, Manager, Administration & Finance. The chief guest, Dr. A. Raghuramaraju, Professor of Philosophy, IIT Tirupati, delivered a talk and Dr. S. Ashok Vardhan presented the annual report.  Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, AECS, gave an encouraging speech on the future goals and presented the Service Awards and attendance prizes to the staff members.

Dr. R. Venkatesh presented the best paper and best video awards to the doctors. Followed by Dr. Sathya T. Ravilla, Chief, Paediatric & Adult Strabismus, presented about Aurosambaralu. Dr. G. Natchiar presented prizes to the winners for cleanliness at MLOP Hostel. Dr. Nandini, Medical Officer, served as the compere. Moreover, there was a cultural programme by MLOPs on the theme of Ramayana, showcasing their talents through dance, karate, and silambam. Additionally, there was a special dance performance by the crèche children. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Damien Jacob, Manager, Patient Care.

Dr. S. Ashok Vardhan presenting the annual report during the Hospital Day
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy (left), and Dr. A. Raghuramaraju (centre), presenting the service award to Dr. S. Ashok Vardhan
The chief guest of the event Dr. A. Raghuramaraju presenting awards to the MLOPs
Dr. G. Natchiar presenting prizes to the winners for cleanliness at MLOP Hostel
Cultural events by MLOPs during the Hospital Day