The Eye Foundation offers Degree Course in Optometry under Bharathiar University

The Eye Foundation offers Degree Course in Optometry under Bharathiar University

The Eye Foundation will offer a degree course in optometry from the 2008 academic year under the aegis of Bharathiar University, G. Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University, said here.

Awarding certificates at the passing-out ceremony of the Optometry Fellowship Program of the foundation, he said Bharathiar University was taking initiatives in offering courses in medical and para-medical sciences to increase the strength of man power in these areas, thereby helping the community at large. Successful candidates were awarded certificates by the university.

“When other universities are not willing to offer such courses, why should we lag behind? When they cannot offer, they should not criticise us when we do so. There is an acute shortage of skill-oriented man power. Bharathiar University has 34 such ongoing courses [off-campus] in various hospitals. We have plans to extend such programmes to other organisations too,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

The courses were being offered under the Industry-Institution Interaction and Counselling Cell of Bharathiar University. The course content was offered by the hospitals, while the certification would be by the university. The Vice-Chancellor listed out a few industries that have showed interest in offering such courses.

“Courses provided by universities are theoretical and not job-oriented. This is the reason why we are not able to provide 100 per cent placements to our students. Such off-campus programmes will ensure that candidates are well-placed,” he said.

Lamenting on the poor contribution of the Government towards health care system, he said that without active private participation, health problems could not be tackled. India ranked 173 among 177 countries in public expenditure towards healthcare of the GDP.

Welcoming the concept of health tourism, he said: “Health tourism has evolved, thanks to private participation by which the government is getting seven per cent of foreign exchange.”

Medical Director of the foundation D. Ramamurthy said that optometry was an important part of eye care delivery. Listing out the various programmes the foundation was undertaking to equip its staff, he said the foundation would organise continuing medical education programs.

A new batch of eight candidates for the next fellowship programme was also inducted. Managing Director Chitra Ramamurthy, Optometrists Rajeev P. Nair and Arun G. Krishnan spoke.