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OPTOMETRY SCHOOLS IN INDIA

OPTOMETRY SCHOOLS IN INDIA


March 2013
INDIA VISION INSTITUTE

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Foreword
Optometry schools in India play a crucial role in servicing the current national need for 115,000
Optometrists. With only 49,000 four and two year trained Optometrists available currently, there
is a tremendous challenge for India; both in terms of strengthening existing schools as well as
developing new schools.
This report from India Vision Institute provides a snapshot of the schools and Optometry
programs that are currently available in India. It also provides a glimpse into the uneven spread
of schools across the country and the gaps that are currently seen in certain parts of the country.

Vinod Daniel
CEO India Vision Institute

Executive Summary
There are a total of 143 institutions providing Optometry as a primary eye care program in India.
The various optometry courses offered include diploma, bachelors and masters degree. Diploma
in Optometry is offered by 58 institutions, Bachelors in Optometry is offered by 97 institutes and
Masters in Optometry is offered by 18 institutions.
History
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 in Uttar Pradesh, Chennai in Tamil
Nadu, Bengaluru in Karnataka and Thiruvanthipuram in Kerala. Elite School of Optometry
(ESO) was established in 1985 at Chennai and was the first to offer a four-year degree course.
Since then, this profession has evolved in the country with increasing number of institutions
beginning to provide Optometry as a career choice.
- Wikipedia on list of optometry schools in India

Optometry Status
To provide primary eye care to the overall population of the country, India currently needs
115,000 optometrists. India currently has approximately 9,000 4-year trained optometrists and an
estimated 40,000 two-year trained eye care personnel. Hence there is an acute shortage of trained
optometrists.
- Delhi Declaration on Optometry and Blindness Prevention in India

Eligibility
Students eligible for Optometry course are those with Higher Secondary Examination (10+2
course) with Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Mathematics. The professional courses offered
in optometry across India comprise of diploma, bachelors as well as masters programs.
Methodology
The following process was followed in drafting this report

Online research on Indian Optometry schools

Compilation of the schools on a state by state basis

Contacting schools individually to derive information regarding; courses offered,


duration and other relevant details

Terminology
The terminology of degree awarded may vary across schools. Not all schools offer Optometry
course under a university.

A two years course is awarded as Diploma in Optometry or Diploma in Ophthalmic


assistant or Diploma in Ophthalmic Techniques or Diploma in Optometry and
Orthoptics

A three to four year course is awarded as Bachelor in Clinical Optometry (B. Optom)
or Bachelor of Science in Optometry (B.S Optometry) or B.Sc. (Hons.) Optometry &
Ophthalmic Technique

Five year degree in Optometry is awarded as Integrated M Sc in Optometry

Post graduate studies in Optometry are awarded as Masters in Optometry (M Optom) or


M Phil Optometry.

Optometry Institutes in India

Majority of the schools are located in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra,
Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur do not
have any Optometry schools.

List of institutes providing Optometry courses in India

S.No

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

19
20
21

Institute Name
Andhra Pradesh
Alluri Sitarama Raju Academy of
Medical Sciences
Andhra Medical College
Arogyavaram Medical
Centre(IGNOU)
Bausch & Lomb School of
Optometry
GSL Medical College
Guntur Medical College
Kakatiya Medical College
Kurnool Medical College
Maharaja Institute of Medical
Sciences
Pushpagiri Eye Institute
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical
Sciences
Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital
University of Hyderabad
Assam
P E W S Group of Institutions
Sri Sankardev Netralaya (IGNOU)
Ridley College of Optometry
Bihar
Nalanda open University
Chattisgarh
MGM Institute (IGNOU)
Chandigarh
Chitkara School of Health Sciences,
Chitkara University
Government Medical College &
Hospital
Grewal Eye Institute (IGNOU)

City

Eluru
Vishakapatnam

Diploma

Bachelors

Masters

Yes
Yes

Chittoor

Yes

Hyderabad
Rajahmundry
Guntur
Warangal
Kurnool

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Vizianagaram
Hyderabad

Yes
Yes

Kadapa
Hyderabad
Hyderabad

Yes
Yes
Yes

Guwahati
Guwahati
Jorhat

Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Chandigarh

Yes

Yes

Chandigarh
Chandigarh

Yes
Yes

Patna

Yes

Raipur

Yes

22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29

30
31
32
33
34
35

36

37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46

47

Delhi
Amity University
All India Institute of Medical
Sciences
Delhi Institute of Homeopathy &
Para Medical Sciences
Dr. Pattnaiks Laser Eye Institute
Jamia Hamdard University
S.M Group of Institutions
St. Stephens Hospital (IGNOU)
Venu Eye Institute & Research
Centre (IGNOU)
Gujarat
Ahmedabad Institute of Medical
Sciences
Apollo Hospitals International Ltd.
(IGNOU)
Drashti Eye Institute
Harijyot College of Optometry
Metas of Seventh Day Adventist
College (IGNOU)
Nagar School of Optometry
Haryana
Pt B.D. Sharma Post Graduate
Institute of Medical Sciences
Jharkand
Kashyap Memorial Eye Hospital
(IGNOU)
Karnataka
Manipal College of Optometry
Netradhama School of Optometry
Sankara College of Optometry
Vasan Institute of Ophthalmology &
Research
Kerala
Ahalia Foundation Eye Hospital
Alsalama College of Optometry
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
BSS Educational Institutions
(IGNOU)
Dr Tony's Eye Hospital & Lasik
Centre
Dr Somervell Memorial CSI
Medical College & Hospital
(IGNOU)

Delhi

Yes

Delhi

Yes

Delhi
Delhi
Delhi
Delhi
Delhi

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Delhi

Yes

Ahmedabad

Yes

Ahmedabad
Junagadh
Navasari

Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes

Surat
Ahmedabad

Yes
Yes

Rohtak

Yes

Ranchi

Yes

Manipal
Bangalore
Bangalore
Bangalore
Palakkad
Perintalamanna
Kochi
Alappuzha

Yes

Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Aluva

Yes

Karakonam

Yes

Yes

48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77

Eye Microsurgery & Laser Centre


(IGNOU)
Eye World School of Optometry
Govt Medical College, Kohzikode
Jubilee Mission Hospital (IGNOU)
Little Flower Hospital & Research
Centre (IGNOU)
Malabar Eye Hospital & Research
Centre (IGNOU)
Netra Eye Care Centre (IGNOU)
Rayhan College of Optometry
St. Thomas Mission Hospital
(IGNOU)
Trivandrum Medical College
Madhya Pradesh
Sadguru Seva Centre
Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital (IGNOU)
Maharashtra
A.D.N Paramedical College
Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry
Bract's Vishvakarma Institute of
Health Science & Research
College of Optometry, Bharati
Vidyapeeth Deemed University
College of Optometry & Ophthalmic
Sciences (IGNOU)
Damani Eye Hospital
Dr D Y Patil Institute of Optometry
& Visual Sciences
Institute of Eyecare Education and
Research, H.V Desai Eye Hospital
ITM Institute of Health Sciences
Kohinoor Hospital (IGNOU)
Kothara Community Hospital
(IGNOU)
Laxmi College of Optometry
Lions Nab Eye Hospital (IGNOU)
Lotus College of Optometry
Maharashtra Government Medical
College
Maharashtra Institute of Medical
Sciences & Research
Municipal Eye Hospital
Shri Ganapati Netralaya

Tiruvalla
Kochi
Calicut

Yes
Yes
Yes

Angamaly
Kozhikode
Trissur
Mallapuram

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes

Kattanam
Thiruvanthapur
am

Yes

Chitrakut
Bhopal

Yes
Yes

Nagpur
Mumbai

Yes

Yes

Yes
Yes

Pune

Yes

Pune

Yes

Nashik
Akola

Yes
Yes

Pune

Yes

Hadapsar
Panvel
Mumbai

Yes
Yes
Yes

Paratwada
Panvel
Miraj
Mumbai

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Aurangabad

Yes

Latur
Mumbai
Jalna

Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

78

79

80
81
82

83
84
85

86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100
101

Sau Hemalatabai Motilal Patani


Optometry College
Meghalaya
Bansara Institute of Ophthalmic
Sciences
Mizoram
Regional Institute of Paramedical
and Nursing Sciences
Nagaland
The Global Open University
Orissa
LV Prasad Eye Institute (IGNOU)
Punjab
Ruby Nelson Memorial Hospital
(IGNOU)
Surya Kiran Institute of Paramedical
Sciences
Singla Nursing and Eye Hospital
(IGNOU)
Rajasthan
Global Hospitals ,Institute of
Ophthalmology (IGNOU)
NIIMS University
Sahai Hospital & Research Centre
Tamilnadu
Aarupudai Veedu Medical College
Aravind Eye Hospital
Bharatiyar University
Christian Medical College (IGNOU)
CSI Hospital Kanyakumari Medical
Mission (IGNOU)
CSI Kalyani Multi Speciality
Hospital (IGNOU)
Dr Agarwal Eye Hospital
Dr.Anand College of Optometry &
Vision Sciences
Dr Benjan Singh Eye Hospital
(IGNOU)
Elite School of Optometry
Garnett Memorial Eye Hospital
(IGNOU)
Grace and Noble School of
Optometry and Dispensing
Joseph School of Optometry
(IGNOU)

Aurangabad

Yes

Shillong

Yes

Aizawl

Yes

Kohima

Yes

Bhubaneswar

Yes

Jalandhar

Yes

Bathinda

Yes

Kothakpura

Yes

Mount abu
Jaipur
Jaipur

Yes

Salem
Madurai
Coimbatore
Vellore

Yes
Yes

Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Salem

Yes

Nagercoil
Chennai

Yes
Yes

Mettupalayam

Yes

Chennai
Tiruchirapalli

Yes

Yes

Neyyoor
Mylapore
Chennai

Yes

Yes
Yes

Yes

102
103
104
105
106
107

108
109
110
111

112
113
114

115
116
117
118
119
120
121
122
123
124
125
126
127
128
129

KG Hospital
Lotus Bausch & Lomb Institute of
Optometry
M N Eye Hospital
Regional Institute of Ophthalmology
& Ophthalmic Hospital
Shriprakash Institute of Optometry
SRM University
Sri Jayendra Saraswati Institute of
Medical Sciences & Research
Institute.
Sri Ramachandra University
Dr M.G.R Medical University
Vinayaka Missions University
Tripura
Tripura Institute of Paramedical
Sciences
VHAT Eye Hospital
Uttarakhand
K M M Optometry & Eye Institute
Uttar Pradesh
Ahsan Paramedical College &
Hospital (IGNOU)
Banaras Hindu University
Dr P N Mahendra Eye Institute and
Khairabad Eye Hospital
D S Institute of Paramedical Science
& Hospital
Gandhi Eye Hospital
ICARE Eye Hospital
Muzaffarnagar Medical College
Raj Eye Hospital
Shri Rajaram Memorial Eye
Hospital Society (Orti)
Sardar Patel P.G Institute of Dental
& Medical Sciences
School of Optometry, Janakalyan
Eye Hospital
Sitapur Eye Hospital
S S Institute of Paramedical
Sciences
S S Institute of Paramedical
Sciences
St Joseph College for Women
(IGNOU)

Coimbatore
Coimbatore
Chennai
Chennai
Chennai
Chennai

Chennai
Chennai
Chennai
Salem

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Agartala
Agartala

Yes
Yes

Pauri

Yes

Moradabad
Varanasi

Yes
Yes

Kanpur

Yes

Ghaziabad
Aligarh
Noida
Muzaffarnagar
Gorakhpur

Yes
Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Banda

Yes

Lucknow

Yes

Lucknow
Sitapur

Yes
Yes

Yes

Agra

Yes

Allahabad

Yes

Gorakhpur

Yes

Yes

130

131
132
133

134
135
136
137
138
139
140
141
142
143

Tirupati Eye Care Centre (IGNOU)


West Bengal
All India Institute of Optometrical
Sciences
Academy of Optometry
Krishnalaya School of Optometry
Dr A R Adhikary College of
Optometry & Paramedical
Technology
George Group of Colleges
Jadavpur University
NPC College of Science &
Management
NSHM Knowledge Campus
Pailan College of Management &
Technology
Paramedical College
Rotary Narayana Netralaya
(IGNOU)
Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital
(IGNOU)
Vidyasagar College of Optometry &
Vision Science

Noida

Yes

Kolkata
Kolkata
Kolkata

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kolkata
Kolkata
Kolkata

Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes

Kolkata
Durgapur

Yes
Yes

Kolkata
Durgapur

Yes
Yes

Kolkata

Yes

Siliguri

Yes

Kolkata

Yes

Acknowledgement
India Vision Institute acknowledges the contributions of a number of current and former IVI staff
and interns including Mr. Abhishek Kalbarga, Ms Jissa James, Ms Anusha Kolisetty, Mr M.
Chandra Shekher and Ms B.Rashmi for their contribution towards this report.
IVI also thanks Mr. Vivek Mendonca (President, ASCO India) and Ms Lakshmi Shinde (CEO,
Optometry Council of India) for providing us their inputs. IVI also acknowledges all the
Optometry schools for cooperating with us and sharing their data.