Year : 1981 | Volume
: 29 | Issue : 1 | Page : 63--64
All India ophthalmological society, honorary secretary's report 1980
B T Masati
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President and Colleagues,
I have great pleasure in presenting to you this report on the activities of the Society during the year 1980.
As usual the membership of the Society is steadily increasing and though the current running number of membership as on 31.12.1980 is 2144, the number of active members on the roll is approximately 1415 which includes 250 Life Members. This is because names of some of the members whose subscription is outstanding for more than two years had to be deleted. During the year under report ( i.e. from 2.1.1980 to 31.12.1980) 46 Life Members and 157 ordinary members were enrolled. It gives me pleasure in informing you that our appeal for Life Membership was honored by 144 old member by becoming Life Members and I expect that some more members will follow their foot steps to strengthen our Society.
Great inconvenience is experienced by this office because of non-intimation of change of address by the members. This has resulted in receiving back about 40-50 letters from each posting of Society's matters, thereby causing a lot of waste of money which could be easily avoided. 1, therefore, earnestly request the members to communicate immediately to the office of the Society their change of address with a copy to the Editors of the Journal and the Proceedings.
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 yet rigidly followed, causing thereby an unnecessary increase in the correspondence. Members are requested to note that children are not eligible for railway concession and 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
I am happy to inform you that our Vice - President Dr. P. Siva Reddy, for his work on Prevention of Blindness, has been presented an "International Award" by the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness through Sir John Wilson. Dr. Madan Mohan has been appointed as Ophthalmic Advisor to the Government of India and Chief Organizer, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, New Delhi. Our warm congratulations to them.
Some of the A.I.O.S. approved delegated attended various ophthalmological conferences held in London, Brighton, Tunis and Peshawar The VII th Afro-Asian Congress of Ophthalmology held in Tunis was headed by our Honorary Joint Secretary Dr. J. Agarwal. I had the privilege to attend the above conferences except the one held in Tunis. I also attended few State Ophthalmological Conferences at their invitation. I was impressed by the gathering of ophthalmologists, both seniors and juniors, and a fairly good caliber of scientific work presented by some of them at these conferences.
It is a matter of pride that the Ethicon division of Messrs Johnson and Johnson Ltd., offered this year two "Ethicon Traveling Fellowships" of Rs. 2,500/- each (and not Rs. 3000/- as erroneously printed in the Journal ) to our society. As a result of its advertisement in our Journal five applications for this Fellowship have been received from the members.
At the recommendation of D.A.S.R. Fund Committee, four Travel Trainee Fellowships were granted by the General Body at Manipal Conference. The applicants concerned were informed in time about it, but I am sorry to report that only one member took advantage of the offer. As regards Visiting Scientist Fellowships, the Madras City Ophthalmological Association had invited Dr. Madan Mohan, Delhi Ophthalmological Society had invited Dr. Rangin Banerjee and Gujarat Ophthalmological Society invited Dr. Tiwari to deliver Guest Lectures at their Annual Conferences/ Symposia. I am confident that you all will highly appreciate the splendid job done by our Hon. Treasurer Dr. H. G. Badlani in persuading our old members to become Life Members and in collecting a fairly big amount of membership subscription arrears.
In conclusion, I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to our President Dr. B.K. Mitra, Mr. Nerukar and to you all for your co-operation to discharge my duties to the best of my ability and I hope that you will extend the same co-operation during the current year.