World Optometry Day
was celebrated for the first time in Bombay 16 years ago under the banner
of Drivisa, a social organization for Optometrists. There after it has
been celebrated year after year in different ways.
In the year 1999,
the city of Mumbai, business capital of India, saw Optometry with new
light and hope. A team of optometrists under the able guidance of Mr.
N. P. Baliwalla, burned the mid-night oil to set up a new school of
Optometry in Mumbai. For the first time Mumbai was to have a four-year
degree program in Optometry. The H.H.K College of Optometry was established
in August 2000. This was a very special year for all optometrists in the
city, and World Optometry Day this year was an occasion to celebrate.
World Optometry Day
was observed on the 23of March this year. Free eye camps are conducted
in several places on this occasion. Students and faculty members of
H.H.K College of Optometry organized a free eye camp on the 23~ of March
2001, in the premises of the College.
208 patients were
examined during the camp, a complete eye examination was done by an able
team of optometrists and ophthalmologists assisted by the students. Patients
who, required surgery were referred to the Lokmaniya Tilak Hospital in
Sion. Free spectacles were dispensed to 104 patients, the following week.
On the 25th' of March
2001 an inter- college cultural show was organized for all the schools
of Optometry in the region. The program was started with a condolence
meeting for Dr. E Vaithialingam, who had passed away on the 16th March
2001. He was a very senior Optometrist of India and was the Principal
of the Elite School of Optometry, Chennai. Mr. N. P. Baliwalla and Dr.
Rastogi spoke a few words in his honor and floral tributes were offered.
This year's Drivisa
Award for Educational Contribution was given to Ms. Anju Kuckreja, by
Mr.Amod Gogate Incharge of Bharati Vidyapeeth University. She is a faculty
of S.N .D. T University and H.H.K College of Optometry. Mr. Nilesh Chavan
faculty of H.H.K College of Optometry and Bharati Vidyapeeth University,
was honored with his IACLE fellowship award handed over to him by Mr. N. P. Baliwalla.
The occasion was well
attended by practicing optometrists irom Mumbai and Pune. 150 optometry
students irom various schools in Maharashtra namely the S.N .D. T University
Mumbai, Bharati Vidyapeeth University Pune, Janan Probhodhini School of
Optometry Pune and the H.H.K College of Optometry, attented the function.
The students from the various institutions had put up a splendid cultural
show for the audience. An intercollege Anatakshri was also organized for
the students, which was very well enjoyed by all.
The program ended
with a vote of thanks given by Mrs. Kunda Ganatra, who is a practicing
optometrist and is the Western Region representative of the Indian Optometric