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Tata Jagriti Yatra: Day 6

Submitted by on January 1, 2009 – 02:598 Comments

It’s day 6 on the Tata Jagriti Yatra. Our train arrives in Puducherry (Pondicherry). We are visiting one of the most advanced eye care hospitals in India, the Arvind Eye Care Hospital. As our bus approaches the hospital grounds, it’s not difficult to notice how ultra modern the facility looks like from outside. The hospital is modern, large and well maintained and looks like being a million miles ahead of any normal government hospital. Indeed, Arvind Eyecare Hospital would even give the best private hospitals in India a run for their money on aesthetics alone.

Aravind Eye Care Hospital is an ophthalmological hospital with several locations in India. It was founded by Dr.Govindappa Venkataswamy. The hospital is named after Sri Aurobindo, one of the 20th century’s most revered spiritual leaders.

Aravind is more than an eye hospital. It is a social organisation committed to the goal of elimination of needless blindness through comprehensive eye care services. It is also an international training centre for ophthalmic professionals and trainees who come from within India and around the world. It is an institute for research that contributes to the development of eye care and to train health-related and managerial personnel in the development and implementation of efficient and sustainable eye care programmes. Aravind also is a manufacturer of world class ophthalmic products available at affordable costs.

We were joined in the hospital auditorium by joint director Dr. Ravindran and by video conference from their Madurai branch by joint director Dr. Arvind. Dr. Ravindran gave us a rousing talk about the history, ethos and outreach of the hospital. His talk resonated a lot with the gathered yatri’s and resulted in a standing ovation towards the end. One of the most amazing things that stood out for me about the hospital was its utilisation of the most advanced forms of technology. Their hospital network is interlinked by a multi-mega bit wireless network that has a 75Km range. The hospital provides mobile medical units. Fully self contained optical diagnostics units that can travel in to the darkest depths rural India and bring advanced, world class optical treatment and diagnosis to millions of people who would otherwise not have access to such treatment and care.  The buses can transmit video and photos back to a main hospital and within minutes receive an in depth expert analysis. They are also equipped with equipment to carry out minor eye surgery.  The hospital is free to extremely poor people and treatment is heavily subsidised for all those who can afford to pay, making the Arvind Eyecare Hospital one of the most socially accessible and medically advanced hospitals in India today.

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  • Raam

    hey kaustav

    the trip so far sounds absolutely AMAZING!!! can’t wait to hear all about it in person when you’re back! please put up more pics where possible, and possibly even video footage. wishing you all the best (& a fabulous new year!) for the rest of the journey. my love to shashank, gauri, gitanjali and the rest of the yatri’s.

    jai hind!

    raam x

  • Parmit

    hi……. kaustav……… how r u…………its gr8 to know abt arvind eye care…..
    i m waiting for rest……… of your journy…..

    give my regards to keyur patel and bhavin panchasara…..

    happy new year………..

  • Tarini and Isha Tripathi

    Hi, happy new year to all.

    I really would like to come but I am to young. (10 years old)

    So would monitor the yatra from outside.

    Give best wishes to the whole crew.

    yaro chalo badalne ki rut hai………… from tarini and isha

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  • Sanjeev Aggarwal

    Hi Vaibhav, I hope u might be enjoyiing your excursion trip.
    Get in touch with pop/mom. They miss u
    Love u

  • Purva

    No more posts after Day 6?
    Keep refreshing this page.. Where are you Kaustav?

  • clyde

    i’m so jealous! looks like u guys are having an amazing time. gits/kaustav do call, wanna cover the yatra when it’s in delhi. or if u have footage we’ll use it. ur number’s are not reachable.

  • kakali Mukherjee

    Please send me the documentary film of Dr. V’s Aurobindo Eye Care Hospital.