The origins of Sankara Eye Foundation can be traced back to the Sri
Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust. By 1982, the activities of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti
Medical Trust had grown very diverse and grown well. At this juncture, the
Acharyas advised Dr.Ramani to establish Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust
exclusively to oversee health related activities. A board of Trustees were
appointed who have continued to guide its activities, ever since.
In 1985, a new chapter in the history of the Trust was waiting to be born:
under the leadership of Dr. Ramani and the persuasion and deep commitment of
many doctors, especially Dr. S.Balasubramaniam, the idea of focusing on a
specialised area of medical care emerged. The incidences of preventable and
curable blindness in India was very high during the 1980s and there was much
that could be done.
Naturally, the 10x10 sq.ft.clinic would not do for such a lofty dream;
Providence would not have it that way either. A good friend of Dr. Ramani, Shri
Natraj came forward and donated 5.5 acres of land in Sivanandapuram, in the Saravanampatty
area of Coimbatore. Back then, this area was a remote hamlet, very unlike the
buzzing IT centre that it has become today. The entire land was covered in
Parthenium and far removed from the rest of the city. Again, help came in the
form of friends. Soon, a fencing was erected around the land and coconut trees
were planted alongside the fence. A bore well was also sunk and on another side
of the fence, avenue trees were planted as well. The residential quarters in
the hospital premises were lined with suitable plants as well.
Construction of the hospital that was to be named Sankara Eye Hospital, later
called the Sankara Eye Foundation, was yet to begin. This is when Dr. S.V.
Balasubramaniam, both a visionary and philanthropist, came forward to donate a
Toyota van and construct a 1000 sq.feet consultation centre - Vedanayagam
centre within the premises. The van was used for the Trust's outreach
From that beginning, there was no looking back. To the team at Sankara, Eye
Care was going to be a long-term mission. Therefore, every facet of
construction – be it the 10 feet wide corridors, the H-type architecture that
segregates outpatient care from diagnostics and inpatient care, paving way for
natural light to come in, or demarcating the support activities such as the
canteen and purchase areas from the main hospital, were planned, keeping the
future in mind. The architecture and construction remains relevant even today.
Equipped with most modern facilities,
highly skilled & knowledgeable full-time dedicated specialists and highly
motivated staff, the Sankara Eye Foundation is committed to clinical excellence,
personalized patient care and best eye care services at all times to all our patients.
Our specialists work closely together to understand and address each patient’s needs. From
a routine vision examination to LASIK Eye Surgery, at Sankara you can be sure
of ‘Eye Care
available at Sankara Eye Hospitals
Our team of experienced doctors combining ethical values
with the most advanced technologies & equipments is supported by a staff of
well-trained members, dedicated to providing comprehensive, quality eye care
services encompassing all ophthalmic sub-specialties .
We will provide quality
ophthalmic treatment and care with the highest levels of skill, competence and
concern, by adopting the latest technologies, techniques and practices in
prevention, diagnosis and treatment in all ophthalmological subspecialties.
Quality Objectives shall be achieved by
Eye Care- Speciality Services
Sankara offers total eye care- speciality services including
Preventive, Curative and Rehabilitative
Each of the Board of Trustees shares a special bond with Sankara's vision and brings with him/her rich years of experience in their respective fields
Dr. S.V. Balasubramaniam, Chairman
Mentor, friend, guide, visionary...he has played each of these roles at Sankara and continues to steer it towards realising its vision. Dr. S.V.B.joined the Board of Trustees in 1984 and has been a pivotal force of support for the movement. A qualified Chartered Accountant, S.V.B. as he is known, heads a diverse group of industrial establishments – Bannariamman Sugars and Group of Companies. SVB is also Managing Trustee of various other social bodies, including Siruthuli, a citizens' movement to promote and preserve ecological conservation.
Dr.R.V. Ramani, Founder and Managing Trustee
Dr. Ramani along with his wife, Dr. Radha Ramani started a private practice in the memory of his late father, Dr. A. Ramanathan in the year 1972 in Coimbatore. A passion for service led them to receive the blessings and guidance of Sri Kanchi Sankaracharys and they founded Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Centre in the year 1977, a clinic that provided subsidised health care to the poor. This dream led to another – the founding of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust in the year 1982 and Sankara Eye Hospitals in the year 1985. The rest is history. His unstinted commitment to the cause and devotion to Sankara has helped to create an enduring legacy.
Dr. P.G. VIshwanathan is a renowned ENT surgeon and is the founder of Vikram ENT Hospitals. One of the earliest to join the board of Trustees at Sankara, he has pioneered several techniques in auditory surgery and specialises in microsurgery. He is deeply passionate about social service and care and runs a school for the hearing impaired; with his humility and ever-helpful nature. It is only natural that people from all walks of life are drawn to him.
Dr. M. LeelaMeenakshi
Former Director, Cancer Institute at G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, a pioneer in Oncology care in the Coimbatore region, a voracious reader and deeply committed to the cause, Dr. Leela Meenakshi has been a great source of strength and support to the Sankara Movement. She is a social activist and is on the advisory panel to several hospitals that specialise in Oncology care. She remains a friend, philosopher and guide to the Sankara family; her tall ideals and high standards of ethics and integrity are values that every member of the medical community strives to emulate.
Dr. S.R. Rao
Dr. S.R. Rao heads Rao Hospitals and specialises in laparoscopic surgery and is actively involved in a host of social activities. He carries forward the legacy of his father, Dr. Major R.S. Rao, one of the founding trustees of Sankara. It was at Rao Hospital that the Surgical activities of the Sankara Movement and the Sankara Eye Bank were functioning in the earlier years.
Dr. S. Balasubramaniam
One of India's foremost eye surgeons, Dr. S. Balasubramaniam looks at serving people as a divine calling. A close friend of the Sankara Movement, he was instrumental for Sankara to branch of into the field of Ophthalmology. He was the one who was persuading Dr. R.V. Ramani to initiate eye banking activities in Coimbatore. Dr. Balu as he is fondly known hails from a family of eye surgeons and has been a pillar of strength and support to the movement.
Shri. Jagdish M Chanrai
The Chanrai family is among the most pre-eminent in Nigeria, having settled there for close to two centuries. A chance meeting between Shri Jagdish Chanrai and Dr. Ramani was the beginning of a firm friendship. At the 50th wedding anniversary of his parents in Mumbai, Shri JMC told a very moved Dr. Ramani, about his concept of caring capitalism, aptly summed up in these words: 'I looked for my God, the God I could not see, I looked for my soul, my soul eluded me and then I looked at my brothers in poverty and….. I found all the three.' His support to the Sankara Movement through the Mission for Vision remains invaluable.
Shri. Murali Krishnamurthy
Urged by their uncle Late Sri. P. Balasubramaniam, who was a longtime friend and associate of the Sankara Movement, brothers, Murali and Sridharan initiated Sankara Eye Foundation in USA in the year 1998. SEF is entirely run by volunteers and works in multiple ways to make Sankara's mission towards eradicating preventable blindness a reality. SEF's vision is to achieve "20 /20 vision for all by the year 2020". Murali & SEF are integral parts of the Sankara Movement, both in US and in India.
Awards have come calling on both, the leadership at Sankara and the movement itself.
Awards - Sankara Eye Care Institutions
Dr. R. V. Ramani has been recognized and honored by many Institutions for his meritorious community services.