What will you learn?

  • 3 mirror lens examination
  • Recognition and early detection of Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Basics of fundus fluorescein angiography
  • Indications of photocoagulation
  • Basics of B-scan ultrasonography
  • Handling lasers to do panretinal photocoagulation.
Target Group

The course is open to all ophthalmologists.

Course Location
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
2 per month
Course In-Charge
Dr. Naresh Babu, DNB
Contact Details
1, Anna Nagar, Madurai – 625 020, Tamil Nadu
+(91) 452-4356-100
+(91) 452-2530-984
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
1 per month
Course In-Charge
Dr. Syed Mohideen Abdul Khadar, MS
Contact Details
Swamy Nellaiappar High Road, Tirunelveli - 627 001, Tamil Nadu
+(91) 462-4356-100
+(91) 462-2331-633
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
2 per month
Course In-Charge
Dr. V. Narendran, DO, DNB
Contact Details
Avinashi Road, Coimbatore - 641 014, Tamil Nadu
+(91) 422-4360-400
+(91) 422-2593-030
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
1 per month
Course In-Charge
Dr. Manavi D. Sindal, MS
Contact Details
Cuddalore Main Road, Thavalakuppam, Pondicherry - 605 007
+(91) 413-2619-100
+(91) 413-2618-848
Eligibility Criteria
  • The candidates should have completed MS / DOMS degree
  • Candidates from other developing countries are also eligible, subject to fulfilling the procedural formalities of Medical Council of India.
  • The candidates should apply in the prescribed application form and will be admitted after scrutinizing their credentials and certificates.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the foremost causes of blindness in the developing countries. Early detection and timely treatment of diabetes can substantially reduce the risk of vision loss or blindness from eye diseases. Over the years, a lot has been understood about pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy and many clinical trials and research have given fruitful results. But it is obvious, from the increasing incidence of diabetic blindness, that these results are not transferred to the physicians and ophthalmologists effectively so as to benefit the patients
  • Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology in collaboration with Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) – Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has created TIFAC – CORE (Centre Of Relevance and Excellence) in Diabetic Retinopathy.
  • The centre imparts high quality education and training. It has state-of-the-art facilities for research in the areas of Diabetic Retinopathy and provides leadership, faculty and infrastructure facilities coupled with training and academic expertise.
  • TIFAC-CORE is mandated to develop into an international centre of excellence in research, training and develop changes in treatment patterns to prevent blindness due to diabetic retinopathy.
  • With this idea in the background, TIFAC-CORE offers this Certificate Course in Diabetic Retinopathy. This will help more ophthalmologists to treat these patients early rather than to rely only on the posterior segment surgeons.

General Information

Where to stay?
Accommodation and Food:

Inspiration – Aravind international trainee’s hostel is a comfortable and quiet place located close to the LAICO and Aravind Eye Hospital campus.  Please see the brochure for Tariff details.

Accommodation facilities with catering services are available within the campus at all Aravind Centres.  Types of facilities differ with each centre.  Please contact the training coordinator for more information.

How to pay?

Course fee covers tuition fee and teaching materials. National candidates can pay online on receipt of invoice along with the confirmation / appointment letter. International candidates can pay through wire transfer; the account details along with the payment procedure will be emailed to you by the course coordinator on confirmation of your admission.

Campus life at Aravind:

We recommend that all trainees take a look at Vanakkam – as guidebook to Southern India and Aravind. As you prepare for your travel to India and to the Aravind destinations, ‘Vanakkam’ will provide you with detailed information on what to expect when you arrive. This includes travel arrangements, dress code, living conditions, local weather and local food, as well as information on sightseeing and restaurants in the cities where the Aravind facilities are located.

For International Candidates:

A Visa is necessary to travel to India. As your visit to India is for undergoing training, you must obtain student /entry / internship visa (based on the duration of your training). It is advisable to get visa for the entire training period even before arriving in India. Extension of visa while undergoing training is not possible. Tourist visa is strictly prohibited.

Approval from Medical Council of India (MCI):

It is mandatory to obtain temporary medical license from MCI for all provisionally selected international ophthalmologists to undergo surgical training in India.  MCI approval process will be taken by the institute after getting necessary information and documents from the participants.  Final selection is subject to fulfilling the procedural formalities of MCI.  Please see www.mciindia.org to get detailed information or through course coordinator.

On arrival at Aravind:

The FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) registration formalities will be done as per the instructions given on your visa page. For registration purpose, the participant should have their four passport size colour photographs (4×4 cm with white background, ears distinctly visible without spectacles and cap). If required, documents should be presented to the local police commissioner office in person.  Please refer registration guidelines for more details.