What will you learn?

  • This four-week course equips the participants with the knowledge and tools required for effective administration of an eye hospital - an understanding of the various departments of an eye hospital, exposure to management systems and best practices.
  • Specific modules which teach general management skills, department-specific management skills, how to best coordinate work across multiple departments, and how to adapt each of these pieces to your own organisation.
Target Group

Managers/Administrators who are responsible for day-to-day activities of an eye hospital.

Course Location
Batch Number 1
Start Date
End Date
No of Seats
20 per batch
Course Co-ordinator
Mr. Udaya Kumar
Contact Details
Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Madurai
+(91) 452-4356-500
+(91) 452-2530-984
Eligibility Criteria
  • Participants need to be nominated either by their own organization or by the funding agency.
  • This course is most successful when participants learn not only from the faculty, but equally from each other through the sharing of their own experiences and problems. You are therefore qualified if your eye care responsibilities and experiences can contribute to an informed, nuanced debate. You are an ideal participant if you are involved in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of day to day operations in an eye hospital.
  • Past participants come from varied backgrounds as eye hospital administrators and managers, operations managers, senior managers responsible for developing new activities, trustees and proprietors of hospitals. Participants must currently hold a position at the hospital. Significant weight is placed on the applicant's intended impact and future level of responsibility post-training. We favour candidates who, in their application and nomination forms, clearly articulate the type of improvement and impact they intend to make at their home hospital.
  • Applications are also assessed based on additional criteria:
  • Current level of organisational responsibility
  • Ability to contribute to and learn from the course
  • Balance of management and professional background
  • As the course will be presented in English, all applicants will be expected to communicate effectively in English.
  • This four weeks course allows participants to thoroughly understand the Aravind approach by balancing time observing its facilities and addressing and discussing management issues within the classroom. You will spend significant time in Aravind’s tertiary and secondary care hospitals, vision centres, community centres, and outreach eye camp seeing and questioning the practices you learn about in class.
  • Class time is a combination of case discussions and lectures supplemented by reading assignments and exercises. The case method, popular in top-tier business schools, uses simulations of actual management situations. By putting you in realistic scenarios, the lessons drawn from class become relevant to your own hospital environment. Expect to constantly be challenged to fit the operational solutions you see into your own hospital’s context.
Course Details

When to come?

This one month course is offered twice a year, in April and in August. The next batch is scheduled from 01st April to 30th April 2020.

Where to stay?

Accommodation can be arranged at Inspiration – Aravind trainee’s hostel. It is a comfortable and quiet place located close to the LAICO and Aravind Eye Hospital Campus. It offers common spaces where you can relax and chat with your classmates from all over the world. Rooms have televisions and wireless Internet connections.

Food:Food will be served at Inspiration Hostel.  The cost for lunch and dinner will be charged separately.

Please note: on Sundays, the mess will be closed for Lunch and Dinner. Participants are requested to have food at outside hotel. However there are good restaurants located nearby Inspiration (walk-able distance).

Please see the Inspiration brochure for more details.

Where to learn?

The course will be held at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), in Madurai, India.  It is fully equipped with a 200-seat auditorium, projector-enabled classrooms and facilities for group discussion.  Madurai is well connected by air, rail and road to Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Trivandrum.  Nearby tourist attractions include a hill resort at Kodaikanal, the temple town of Rameswaram, and the southernmost tip of India at Kanyakumari.

The climate is fairly warm during April and slightly cooler by August. The days are generally warm and the nights comfortable.

E-mail terminals are available in LAICO, which participants can use during breaks, before or after hours.

How to pay?

Participants from India and Nepal pay a INR 20,000 course fee with the GST of 18%.  All other overseas participants pay USD 750 with the GST of 18%.  These amounts include tuition, teaching materials and field visits.  Securing your spot in the course required sending the course fee within two weeks of receiving your confirmation letter.  An invoice in this letter will instruct you how to pay by Demand Draft (D.D.) or wire transfer to Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology in Madurai, India.  If admission is within two weeks of the start of the course, payment is to be made posthaste.  If you request to cancel your enrollment two weeks prior to the course start date you will be refunded 100% of your payment.  A 25% cancellation fee is applicable if we receive your cancellation request occurs less than two weeks prior to the course start date.

How to prepare?

All international travelers must secure a visa before arriving.  When we receive your registration details we will send an invitation letter for your local Embassy or Consulate on your behalf.  It must be submitted along with your application for the conference visa.  Visa processing takes time, so we ask you to apply well in advance.