About Education and Training

Why train at Aravind?

Learning at any of the Aravind Centres gives you an opportunity to learn from experienced faculty, experience cutting edge technology, receive hands-on training, access to global eye care resources, receive a wider exposure through journal clubs and grand rounds and opportunity to meet trainees from all over the world.

A typical day at Aravind…

10,000 outpatients are seen. 1,000 surgeries are performed. 500 patients are screened at outreach camps. 700 more are screened via telemedicine. 100 trainees undergo training in one of several clinical & non-clinical programmes.   

Aravind’s unique position as a high volume institute providing high quality care allows trainees opportunities for hands on training and to do so beside some of the most experienced ophthalmologists in a wide range of specialities.

A focus on providing high quality care to its patients has kept Aravind at the cutting edge of technology. Trainees at Aravind experience both, state of the art technology in the operating room as well as appropriate technology that enables patients in rural settings to access eye care.

Aravind, has been able to achieve this scale with the principle of providing large volume, high quality and affordable services in a financially self-sustainable manner. Much importance is given to ensuring that all patients are accorded the same high quality care and service, regardless of their economic status. Aravind's innovative eye care delivery system has been recognized as a model for other developing countries. Aravind shares these best practicesthrough several management courses and through consultancy and capacity building programmes.

Aravind has strengthened its core competencies in patient care and training thanks to several collaborations and partnerships developed over decades. As a WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness, Aravind strives to influence the way eye care is delivered in the developing world – by enhancement of trained human resources through training, mentoring and capacity building.

The residency training programme is affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University. The Diplomate of National Board is awarded by National Board of Examinations at New Delhi. International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) examinations (Basic & Clinical Science assessment), Cambridge, UK are regularly conducted at Aravind.

Aravind offers training for all eye care professionals…




  Short term training

  Ophthalmic Technician



  Optical Dispensing


  Programme Managers

  Hospital Leaders


  Outreach Managers

  Project Managers

  Instrument Maintenance

  Eye Banking

  Molecular Biologist

  Research Methodology

  Training of Trainers

  Capacity Building

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