With the world’s largest population of blind being desperate for drastic corrective measures, several organizations, including Sankara, face a huge demand for trained eye care professionals. The need of the hour is the development of human resources such as ophthalmologists, optometrists, paramedics, technicians, eye care managers and support personnel and this is where the Sankara Academy of Vision comes in.
Skilled and motivated health workers in suf?cient numbers at the right place and at the right time are critical to deliver effective health services and improve health outcomes. Where eye health workers do exist, there are often problems of quality and productivity. Inadequate continuing postgraduate education often means that skills and competencies are not updated and difficulties with equipment, environmental factors and motivational issues frequently. Non- ophthalmic staff too play a key role in eye health. India with a population of 1.22 billion has one of the lowest ratios of qualified eye care professionals to patients with eye problems
Given this situation, the Sankara Academy of Vision (SAV) was established in 2013 by the Sankara Eye Foundation to train human resources for both Sankara Hospitals as well as other organizations.
SAV offers professional courses, programs and consultancy to the entire eye care sector in India. While leveraging internal experts as far as possible, outstanding external faculty/instructors/practitioners are also deployed. Excellent courseware, interactive sessions, demos, fieldwork and ‘hands-on’ (where required) and holistic evaluation are features of SAV courses/programs. An alumnus of SAV would be a satisfied and elevated professional who will remember his/her training experience here and benefit from it for years to come!
SAV offers the following programs:
- Fellowship in General Ophthalmology and Sub-Specialities
- M.Sc. Optometry, B.Sc. Optometry, Fellowship in Optometry, Internship in Optometry
- Diploma in Vision Care Technician (VCT)
- Sankara Geuder Competence Centre for short term and long term training