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The second round - IVI Young Leaders Program launched in Hyderabad

Following the success of the inaugural Young Leaders Program (YLP) launched in April 2013, the second round of the program was inaugurated today with a two-day workshop at the India Vision Institute (IVI) in Hyderabad on 12 April. 

An IVI leadership initiative, YLP aims to shape and mentor future leaders to advance optometry and eyecare delivery in India. The launch of the second YLP will coincide with the concluding workshop of the inaugural YLP group scheduled for 12-13 April. 

“I am delighted to speak to the group of young optometry leaders who I believe are privileged to receive leadership training at such an early stage in their career. I do hope they will put it to appropriate use in advancing the cause of eye care” Dr Rao, Chair, LVPEI, said while addressing the young leaders. “At LVPEI, leadership qualities are highly valued and staff is encouraged to take initiative. LVPEI has been able to attain a leadership position in eye care delivery today due to sheer hard work of the entire team”, he added. 

“Young optometry professionals have an important role to play in getting due recognition for optometry as a specialized profession, developing strong and advanced academic infrastructure and promoting a robust eyecare industry in India”, said Mr. Vinod Daniel, IVI CEO, on the eve of the YLP workshops. IVI endeavors to be a catalyst in leading the change through its many initiatives, including the YLP, he added. Mr. Daniel also extended a warm welcome to the new batch of young leaders. 

Through a series of workshops, the YLP introduces participants to core leadership issues including creative thinking, managing change, team dynamics and understanding self. Additionally, a panel of national and international experts provides a comprehensive overview of the eyecare scenario in India and worldwide, public health, optometry education and research, social enterprise, effective communication and advocacy. For the participants to experience real life examples of excellence in eye care delivery, including both public service and commercial enterprise, the program also includes field visits. 

The 2014 group comprises the following young leaders: 
1. Ms. Anitha Arvind, Amity University 
2. Mr. G Ravi Kumar, LVPEI 
3. Ms. Jaya Sowjanya Siddireddy, BHV Pvt Ltd 
4. Mr. Kamal Pant, U.P.RIMS & Research 
5. Mr. Khem Raj Nackwal, B&L Pvt Ltd 
6. Mr. Mannava Sunny, University of Hyderabad 
7. Mr. Revanth Kumar, India Vision Institute 
8. Ms. Sailakshmi Sridharan, India Vision Institute 
9. Ms. Seema Banerjee, LVPEI 
10.Ms. Sheethal Pai, Nethradhama School of Optometry 
11.Mr. Vijayanadh Reddy, ESIC Government Hospital 

India Vision Institute, a joint initiative of the LV Prasad Eye Institute, India, and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Australia, supports research, education and technological development in vision correction, eye disease and blindness prevention. IVI acknowledges the support of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation and Optometry Giving Sight in funding the program. 

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