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    Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology
Target group : Project Management Professionals in Government Sector, NGO Sector
No.of Positions: 20 per batch
Duration: Two Weeks
Starting Date: September 02 - 16, 2019
Frequency: Offered once a year
Medium of Instruction: English
Faculty Co-ordinator: Mr. V. Vijaya Kumar
Started Year: 2006


This Project Management course is designed to result in excellence in execution of projects. The participants would get appropriate knowledge, tools, attitude and skills necessary for effective execution of projects and programmes.


Considering the burden of increasing blindness, the Vision 2020 aims to dramatically increase the volume, quality, and sustainability of eye care services throughout the world.


In recent years, the eye care international organizations are funding for eye care organizations on eye care projects. The eye care institutions have seen an increase on accountability requirements from the International Non-governmental eye care organizations and donor agencies, leading to a greater focus on effectiveness and efficiency in the way projects are using the resources and delivering their expectations. In this rapidly changing environment, with a diverse range of issues and challenges, project management can support the achievement of project and organizational goals, and give greater assurance to stakeholders that resources are managed effectively.


This training is designed for professionals concerned with eye care project management consists of  planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting  It will be of specific interest to the following groups:  

Government Sector: District Programme Managers, Technical and Planning Officers for health, Senior Ophthalmic Assistants 

NGO/Private Sector:

Project Managers, Project Coordinators of eye care programmes, Junior Programme managers, Administrative staff involved in managing or running projects from all eye care institutions.

The total number of participants for this training course is limited to 10. 

The prerequisite to attend this course is that all the participants should come with the real project proposal that is approved for implementation or they are responsible for managing which is in the early phase of implementation.  

Age: Preferably below 50 years of age


Offered once a year in September.

The broad schedule consists of:

Week I (Eye care & acquiring adequate knowledge and skills for project execution)

Assessing the magnitude of the problem

Overview of common eye diseases 

Management Module 

Project proposal writing and budget 

Project Management working on individual project 

Internalization of project and stakeholder analysis

Activity Planning 

Resource Plan – Material 

Log Frame Analysis (LFA) 

Week II (Acquiring adequate knowledge and skills for project  Execution contd.,)

Resource plan – Human Resources 

Project Accounting & Cash Flow Management 

Monitoring & Evaluation 

Project Sustainability 

Overview of the project operational manual and accounting manual

Reporting formats, Report Writing & project documentation 

Working on model projects 


Over the past 13 years, 107 participants from 62 institutions across 15 countries including India have participated in this course.

Here are some examples of Projects practically worked by the participants 

  • West Bengal Childhood Blindness Prevention – Ramakrishan Mission Hospital, Itanagar
  • Refractive error programme – VMANNN, Haldia
  • Diabetic Retinopathy  - Greater Lions Eye Hospital, Silliguri.
  • Strengthening of program to address the need for well-trained ophthalmic manpower for VISION 2020
  • QIDS Eyes : Comprehensive School Eye Health Pilot Project – Cape Town, South Africa
  • Combating Childhood Blindness – Gandhi Eye Hospital, UttarPradesh


Rs. 20,000 for India and Nepal participants

US $750 for overseas participants

18% of GST is applicable in addition to the course fee


Accommodation can be arranged at Inspiration – Aravind trainee’s hostel. It is a comfortable and quiet place, where you can relax and Contemplate your work in the company of your friends with diverse backgrounds and experiences in the field of eye care from different parts of the world.

Tariff: These rates include room rent and do not include other services


Twin Sharing Non AC

Single Non AC

Twin Sharing AC

Single AC

Tariff per day per participant

Rs. 350

Rs. 500

Rs. 700

Rs. 1000


Food will be served at Inspiration. The cost is Rs. 180 per day which will be charged separately. 5% of GST is applicable in addition to the food cost.

Please note: on Sundays, the mess will be closed for Lunch and Dinner. Participants are requested to have food at outside hotel. However there are good restaurants located nearby Inspiration (walk-able distance).

Please see the Inspiration brochure for more details.


Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India 

LAICO was founded in 1993 and is a part of the Aravind Eye Care System (AECS), Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It has state-of-the art facility for providing high quality eye care services and support to the community. 

The work of LAICO-AECS has the following objectives:

To develop good quality eye-care services in the needy areas of India and other parts of the developing world.

To train all cadres of eye care manpower needed in these areas.

To participate in planning of eye health in the developing world through reliable epidemiological information about visual impairment in the population.

The LAICO is located 35 minutes from the Domestic Airport and 15 minutes from the Railway Station.