“To the world you may be one person. But to ONE person you may be the WORLD”
National Eye-Donation Fortnight is celebrated every year in India from August 25 to September 8, under the National Program for Control of Blindness (NPCB). The objective is to promote the act of eye donation among people. SAKSHAMA – Samadristi Kshamata Vikasa & Anusandhana Mandala, a national level NGO dedicated for all-round development of persons with disability emphasizing on women, children and severe disables. It is organizing many programs under the “Cornea Andhatv-Mukt Bharat Abhiyan” (CAMBA) throughout Karnataka & India.
T John Institute of Management & science in Association with Sakshama and with the support of Nethradhama Hospital a reputed Eye hospital inaugurated this National Eye Donation Fortnight followed by a Blind folded walk in the TJGI Campus on August 25th 2016. The Chief Guest of the program was Dr. Divya from Nethradhama hospital, Jayanagar, Mr. C S Vijaykumar President of Sakshama (Retd. Vice president of Corporate Division, Ing Vysya Bank) was the guest of honor, Mr. Vinod Prakash, Organising Secretary of Sakshama was the key note speaker, the function was presided over by the Principal of TIMS, Dr. Bijoy Mishra. Dr. Divya mentioned on the number of blind people in India and ways to eliminate blindness. She explained various myths and facts on eye donation. She created awareness among the students on eye donation as a legal act after death. Mr. Vijay kumar gave the message of work done by Sakshama throughout Karnataka and their commitment to eliminate blindness by 2020. Mr Vinod Prakash stressed on the eye donation stressed on the eye donation and extended a pledge to be given by all the students to become the sight ambassador. Dr. Bijoy Mishra, Principal, TIMS emphasized on the importance of awareness of eye donation done through this function and suggested everyone to act in this line to contribute to the society. The inauguration ceremony was marked by an educative awareness lecture to apprise the students of the prevalence of blindness and requisites of eye donation. Thereafter, the students were taken for a blindfolded walk to understand how a blind feel without an eye as a part. The event was a part of Social Extension activity at TIMS.