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Year : 1989  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46

The 47th All India ophthalmological conference at Madras

Angamally, India

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T P Ittyerah
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Ittyerah T P. The 47th All India ophthalmological conference at Madras. Indian J Ophthalmol 1989;37:46

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Madras, considered to be the cradle of modern ophthalmology in Asia, was the meeting place of more than three thousand ophthalmologists from all over India during the first week of January 1989 on the occasion of the 47th Annual Conference of the All India Ophthalmological Society. This memorable meeting was unique in many respects. There were a record number of delegates. The registration was computerised. A torch was kept lighted throughout the conference. In spite of the huge number of participants, the confusion which is usually seen at the venue, of such conferences, was relatively insignificant.

Even before the official inauguration of the conference on 4/ 1/89, delegates started pouring into Madras to participate in the pre-conference workshops and instruction courses. The instruction courses were of a high standard, and both the in­structors and the delegates seem to have learned a lot during this scientific exercise.

The inauguration was well arranged without any political speeches. The Vice - Chancellor of the MGR Medical Univer­sity, in her inaugural address high-lighted the importance of spreading post-graduate training beyond the four walls of medical colleges.

The scientific sessions were organised in 5 halls with authori­ties on the subjects making brief introductory remarks. These small, but useful speeches well compensated for the few papers which were not upto the mark and had found their way into the scientific sessions. The projection system, audio and video were good and comparable to international standard. I congratulate the Scientific Committee Chairman Dr. P.N. Nagpal for implementing many of his original ideas through­out the scientific programme.

The scientific exhibits were attractive even though this method of scientific communication is rather new to our members. The old drawing and instruments from Egmore Eye Hospital threw light on the glorious past of our profession in India.

The trade exhibition was well arranged and I understand, a lot of modern equipment was sold during the conference. The conference venue itself was in a film studio complex and the ophthalmic film festival in this studio atmosphere was a grand success with a very good participation. The film by Dr. Babu Rajendran "The Worm" dancing in the Vitreous under the operating microscope bagged the first prize.

The food was excellent, and arrangements were fairly good. There was a cafeteria serving snacks and beverages.

The trouble of the long trip to the Fishermen's Cove was rewarding to the eye, with by the fire-works display, bright­ening in the night sky and to the palate by the lovely banquet. The music of the waves mingling with the local orchestra created a wonderful sensation of music not only to the intoxi­cated dignitaries but also to teetotallers.

The general body meeting was interesting and one could appreciate the democratic tradition of the society during the procedures. This time the polling was pulling through the electronic voting machine! The Organizing Secretary was a worried and anxious man at the conference, and one would see the smile coining back on to his face as the conference came to a successful close. Dr. Babu Rajendran deserves all praise not only for his personal hard work to make this conference a success but also for getting his whole family to work hard to see that all the delegates enjoyed the conference. His charming daughter entertained us with Bharatanatyam. I appreciate your love and affection to the fellow delegates. I am sure, Dr. Babu Rajendran had all support from the secretariat of the All India Ophthalmological Society which is functioning at 13, Cathedral Road, Madras. With the omnipresent Agarwal ophthalmic family extending a helping hand wherever pos­sible, the conference has left behind memories to be cherished for a long time.

As a delegate, I enjoyed the conference, the stay, the climate, the hospitality and even the post-lunch nap in the cafeteria. I congratulate the committee for their hard and dedicated work leading to this wonderful show at Madras, the birth place of 'Elliot's Trephining'.


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