Friday, December 3, 2010

Optometry Courses and Colleges in INDIA

All India Institute of Optometrical Sciences (AIIOS) is an academic institute of Indian Optical Institute & Refraction Hospital Trust (IOI & RHT), established in 1932, the pioneer institution in Optometry in India . The study of Optometry as a science and profession, was not given much thought in India in the past until it was realised by Professor A.K .Banerjee, who qualified in England in Optometry in 1928 and returned to India with a dream of training young people in Optometry.

In 1958, two schools of optometry were established, one at Gandhi Eye Hospital, Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh and the other one at Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, under the second five year plan by Director General of Health Services of Government of India. These schools offered Diploma in Optometry courses of two years duration. Subsequently four more schools were opened across India situated at Sitapur Eye Hospital, Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh, Chennai (formerly Madras) in Tamil Nadu, Bangaluru (formerly Bangalore) in Karnataka and Thiruvanthipuram (formerly Trivandrum) in Kerala.[3] Elite School of Optometry (ESO) was established in 1985 at Chennai and was the first to offer a four year degree course.

The four year degree courses are offered in well established schools and institutions including All India Institute of Medical Sciences - New Delhi, Elite School of Optometry attached to Shankar Netralaya - Chennai, Bausch and Lomb School attached to L. V. Prasad Eye Institute - Hyderabad, Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College - Pune, Lotus College of Optometry at Mumbai and Sankara College of Optometry in the state of Karnataka launched under the aegis of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Presently more colleges and schools of optometry in India are offering a four year degree course based on the CMOC curriculum endorsed by the ASCO.-http://asco-india.org/

India needs approximately 115,000 optometrists. Currently India has approximately 9000 optometrists (four year trained) and 40,000 eye care personnel (two year trained).[4] It should be noted that definition of optometry differs considerably in dfferent countries of the world.[5] India needs more optometry schools offering four year degree courses with a syllabus similar to that in force in those countries where optometry is very well established with an internationally accepted definition.

Postgraduate education in optometry in India is also offered leading to M.Optom, MSc, MPhil and PhD by several universities and institutions. The following list includes educational institutions offering four year degree courses, and also two year diploma and other non-degree courses: [18]:

Educational Institutions

1. All India Institute of Optometrical Sciences (AIIOS), Kolkata. (offers Bachelors degree course in Optometry)

2. Academy of Optometry, Kolkata

3. Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry, Mumbai

( B.Sc)

4. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi [19]( B.Ophthal.Tech)

5. Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry, Hyderabad [20]

( B.S.Optometry)

6. Bharati Vidyapeeth's Medical College, Pune [21]

( B.Optom and M.Optom)

7. College of Optometry and Ophthalmic Sciences, Nasik

( B.Sc Optometry)

8. Elite School Of Optometry, Chennai [22]

( B.S.Optometry and M.Phil optometry)

9. Jnana Prabhodini Medical Trust School of Optometry, Pune( does not exist now)

10. Lions Arvind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Madurai( Diploma)

11. Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal( B.SC and M.Sc)

12. MEH School of Optometry, Mumbai (Diplma)

13. Nagar School of Optometry, Ahmedabad B.Optom and M.Optom

13. Optometry Research & Training Institute (ORTI), Uttar Pradesh

14. Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital & Institute of Ophthalmology, Hyderabad(Diploma)

15. Schells Eye Hospital (Unit of Christian Medical College), Vellore (B.Sc)

16. School of Optometry, Gandhi Eye Hospital, Aligarh

17. School of Optometry, Janakalyan Eye Hospital, Lucknow

18. School of Optometry: Regional institute of Ophthalmology, Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Chennai(Diploma)

19. School of Orthoptics & Optometry, Sitapur

20. The Lotus College of Optometry, [[Mumbai](B.Sc -Open university YCMOU, M.Sc( Private Certificate)

21. Harijyot college of optometry, Navsari, Gujarat( B.Sc,M.Sc)

22. Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh

23. M.N.College of Optometry, [[Chennai](B.Sc)

24. College of Optometry, Miraj, Maharashtra

25. Lotus Bausch & Lomb Institute of Optometry, Lotus Eye Care Hospital, Coimbatore [23]

26. Shri Prakash Institute Of Optometry (Unit of Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital & Eye Research Centre),19 Cathedral Road, Chennai [24]

27. NSHM Knowledge Campus (Dept. of Optometry & Vision Science), Durgapur, (B. Optm, Masters in Applied Optometry & Visual Science) West Bengal [25]

28. Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore ( A unit of Sankara Eye Care Institutions, India)

28. George College of Management and Science, Kolkata

29. Hyderabad Central University, (offers MSc in Optometry and Vision Sciences)

30. NIMS University, Udaipur, Rajasthan (offers Degree and Diploma courses in Optometry)

31. U.P. State Medical Faculty (validates courses leading to Diplomas in Optometry and Orthoptics)

32. J.N.R.V.University, Udaipur, Rajasthan

33. I.G.O.N.University, Delhi

34. Jamia Hamdardh University, Delhi

35. West Bengal Technology University

36. A.A.A.I.University,U.P.

37. Sikkim Manipal University

38. Bharathiyar university,in malabar collage of health education,calicut,kerala
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