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Year : 1980  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-48

All India ophthalmological society


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B T Maskati

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Maskati B T. All India ophthalmological society. Indian J Ophthalmol 1980;28:47-8

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President and Colleagues,

I have great pleasure in presenting this report on the Society's activities during the year 1979.

The membership of the Society is steadily increasing and at present the Society has a membership of about 1550 members on the roll. During the year under report 14 Life Members and 106 ordinary members were enrolled. It. is a matter of pride that 5 of our existing ordinary members became Life Members during the year.

It is a matter of pleasure to note that the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology is being published regularly. I am sure you will all agree with me that Dr. S.R.K. Malik, the Editor of the Journal should be given the entire credit for the efficient management of the Journal.

Difficulties were encountered in carrying out day to day affairs of the Society and to overcome the same, some of the problems are put on the agenda for consideration of the Managing Committee and the General Body. The General Body sanctioned a full time clerk on a pay of Rs. 700/- per month who has been at present carrying out single handed the work of the office of the Hon. Gen. Secretary and the Hon. Treasurer.

The Proceedings of Hyderabad Conference are ready as it was decided at Amritsar Con­ference to publish the Proceedings as a Special number of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology.

Due to change of address, not intimated to the society. great inconvenience is experienced by the office and the letters are returned. At every posting of Society's matters at least 40-50 letters are returned due to change of address causing a lot of waste of money which could be easily avoided. I, therefore, earnestly request the members to communicate immedi­ately to the office of the Society their change of address with a copy to the Editor of the Journal.

In spite of specific mention in the circular about the procedure for obtaining railway concession forms for members and their associate members, the same is not being rigidly followed, causing thereby an unnecess­ary increase in the correspondence. Members may, therefore, note that railway concession forms will not be sent unless the procedure given in the circular is strictly followed by them. The decision has been taken that the members in default of more than one year's subscrip­tion will not be supplied with railway conces­sion forms till the subscription dues are received.

About 20 delegates from our country attended the VII Congress of Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology held at Karachi, Pakistan in March, 1979. All of us were accorded very warm welcome and special tra­velling facilities were given to the delegates by the President of Pakistan, Gen. Ziaul Haq. I take this opportunity to thank the President of Pakistan and the Ophthalmic colleagues of the host country. Many of our delegates took active part in the scientific sessions and read number of papers. Most outstanding was our friend Dr. Daljit Singh who presented 8 papers which were very well received.

Dr. L. P. Agarwal has been appointed as Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. On behalf of you all and my self, I extend to him hearty congratulations and wish him well in his onerous task.

Our President, Dr. D.G. Mody attended some of the State Ophthalmological Confere­nces and made them more lively by delivering inspiring addresses. The good work started by our Past President, Dr. A.V. Madangopal was justifiably fulfilled by our ever green, enthusiastic President, Dr. D.G. Mody.

I had the privilege to attend few State Ophthalmological conferences at their invita­tion and I could gather that they were very well attended and scientific work of fairly good calibre was presented. Several of our colle­agues visited foreign countries to deliver lectures and to observe more recent surgery in Ophthalmology. In my opinion it is good augury, particulary for our young fellow ophthalmologists.

I am happy to inform you that one of the senior members of our Society, Dr. P. Siva Reddy has been honoured by the award of "Doctor of Sciences" by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, at their special Convo­cation of Silver Jubilee celebration. Our congratulations.

I am also happy to inform you that our Hon. Jt. Secretary Dr. J. Agarwal has been invited by Dr. Barraquer Institute, Bagota, Columbia to deliver an oration. Our congratulations.

The revised Constitution and Bye-Laws have been published in a different format. My apologies for omission to put the date of September 1979 on these copies. There are some printer's devils which I would like to correct.

I would like to record with deep sorrow the sudden and sad demise of Mr. Naresh Sutaria, husband of our colleague Dr. Sudha Sutaria, under tragic circumstances. I voice our heart­felt condolences on behalf of you all to our dear friend Sudha. I am extremely grieved to record the sudden demise of one of our former members, Dr. A.H. Firdosi of Gwalior and the wives of Dr. D.B. Chandra of Allahabad and Dr. V. Thakur of Varanasi. I, on behalf of you all, express our heartfelt condolences to their bereaved families.

The Scientific Committee headed by Dr. Asutosh Sarkar has been doing excellent service to the Society and improving the standard of our scientific programme with new innovations. My congratulations to Dr. Sarkar and his team. Similarly Dr. M. Sengupta, heading the D.A.S.R. Fund Committee has also done equally excellent work.

At the recommendation of D.A.S. R. Fund Committee, four Travel Trainee Fellowships were granted by the General Body at Amritsar Conference. The applicants concerned were informed about it, but I am very sorry to report that none of them took advantage of the offer. Four Visiting Scientist Fellowships were awarded during the year. I would urge our members to take more active part in this programme. Our Hon. Treasurer, Dr. H.G. Badlani has done a tremendous job within a short period of one year and as you would see from his report, he has collected a fairly big amount of outstanding dues.

Finally, this report will not be complete without my appreciation and thanks to our Mr. Nerurkar who has really worked hard and sometimes overtime to keep the cogs of our Society's wheels moving efficiently. In conclu­sion, I take this opportunity to thank you all for your co-operation to discharge my duties to the best of my ability during this period of one year in particular and during my first term of office for three years in general.


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