19 November 2015
S Gayathri from SRM Medical College, SRM University, Potheri was awarded the best young Optometry Researcher for the year award 2015 for her project ‘Accommodative facility and response time before and after sustained near work in myopes and emmetropes’. The announcement was made at a symposium held at IVI Hyderabad on 19 November at which six shortlisted students presented their research projects.
“Launched in 2014, the IVI Young Optometry Researcher Rolling Trophy initiative promotes research among Optometry students in India. Presentations of projects made by bright young students reassures me about the progress of Optometry research in India”, IVI CEO, Mr Vinod Daniel observed on the occasion. He also sought continued support from the wider Optometry fraternity for IVI initiatives strengthening Optometry research and education in India.
S Gayathri received a certificate and travel grant of INR 5000 enabling her to participate in a conference of her choice. SRM Medical College, SRM University was awarded the rolling trophy for the year 2015. Remaining five participants who received a certificate of participation and a memento included: Amrin A, Lotus Bausch and Lomb Institute of Optometry, Coimbatore; Keerthana K, Vasan Institute of Ophthalmology and Research, Chennai; Meganathan M, Nethradhama School of Optometry, Banglore; Olem Pradeep Rao, Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry, Hyderabad and Wewe – u- Khalo, Bansara Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences, Meghalaya.
Presentations at the symposium were evaluated by a panel of experts including Dr B R Shamanna and Dr P S Roopa Reddy from University of Hyderabad and Mr Nagesh Vuppalla from Neo Retina, Hyderabad. The inaugural award winner in 2014 was Hemanth Reddy from the Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry, Hyderabad.
India Vision Institute (IVI) is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust established in 2011. It is focused on supporting and promoting awareness, research, education and technological development in Indian optometry to advance capacity in vision correction and prevention of eye disease and blindness. (www.indiavisioninstitute.org)
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Image 1: Participants at the event
Image 2: Judges a the event