In May 1977, inspired by the Sankaracharyas of Kanchi, Dr. R V Ramani and his wife, Dr. Radha Ramani set up a Primary Health Care Centre for the needy at Coimbatore. With the help of Best Eye Doctors In India offering voluntary services and the support of Coimbatore’s Resident Community, the service grew to 12 Medical Centres in 9 states serving 1000 patients every day.
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Centre
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Centre, a Primary Health Care Initiative at Coimbatore.
Expanding reach – 9 such Medical Centres
Expanding reach – 9 such Medical Centres, in and around Coimbatore treating around 1000 patients every day.
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust was formalised with 3 Founder Trustees to carry forward the vision of Sankara.
Pioneered Eye Banking with Sankara Eye Bank
Pioneered Eye Banking with Sankara Eye Bank established at Rao Hospital, Coimbatore.
Sankara Eye Centre, Coimbatore
Sankara Eye Centre, Coimbatore: The utopia of establishing a speciality hospital became a reality on a land gifted by Sri. N. Nataraj.
Sankara Eye Foundation – USA
Sankara Eye Foundation – USA established by like-minded Visionaries.
“Krishna Arpanam” – Sankara Eye Hospital, Krishnankovil.
First replication in Andhra Pradesh
First replication in Andhra Pradesh – 225 bed Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur.
First foray into a metro – Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore
First foray into a metro – Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore, a 225-bed hospital and training centre at Bangalore, Karnataka.
Land Gifts to Sankara Eye Hospital, Shimoga
40 families from Shimoga gift land towards Sankara Eye Hospital, Shimoga: A 225-bed hospital to serve central and coastal Karnataka.
Sankara Eye Hospital, Anand
Sankara Eye Hospital, Anand: A 225 bed hospital in the state of Gujarat
Sankara Eye Hospital, Ludhiana
Sankara Eye Hospital, Ludhiana: The largest eye hospital in Punjab is inaugurated.
Year of the Millionth Eye Surgery
Year of the Millionth Eye Surgery: Sankara completes its millionth free eye surgery with Shanthi, a 35 year old weaver.
Sankara Eye Hospital, Kanpur
Sankara Eye Hospital, Kanpur – established to serve the needy State of Uttar Pradesh.
Sankara Eye Hospital, Jaipur
Sankara Eye Hospital, Jaipur – the magic of light touches the State of Rajasthan.
Sankara Eye Centre, Indore
Sankara Eye Centre, Indore – established to serve the needy State of Madhya Pradesh.
RJ Sankara Eye Hospital
RJ Sankara Eye Hospital – established to serve the needy State of Maharashtra.
In 1985, Dr. Ramani’s attention was drawn to the tangible difference the “Gift of Vision” could make. More than 80% of blindness is preventable and curable. Sankara was started with the mission to work towards eradicating needless blindness, Under the aegis of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust. In keeping with Mahatma Gandhi’s dictum, ‘India lives in the villages’, in 1990, Dr. R.V. Ramani launched Gift of Vision – High quality, cost effective, readily available eye care at the doorsteps of Rural India. With the support of Rotary International and Rotary Coimbatore Central, through a Health, Hunger and Humanity Grant for the first time in India the “Gift of Vision” programme was initiated. The Model aims at providing World Class eye care totally free of cost to 80 % of the population and through paid services for 20 % which in turn subsidises the total cost of treatment.
“To work towards freedom from preventable and curable blindness”
“To provide unmatched eye care through a strong service oriented team”
Replicating the sustainable Model was the next big dream of Dr. R V Ramani. In 2002 a grand vision of replicating the sustainable eye care model across the country was envisaged.
His relentless pursuit towards enabling sight for the less-fortunate brought International support: Sankara Eye Foundation established in USA became an integral part of the Sankara’s vision for National replication and that led to the first replication outside Coimbatore in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
Today with the strong commitment towards eradicating curable blindness 12 Super Speciality Sankara Eye Hospitals have been set up across 9 states of the country.
Board of Trustees
DR. R V RAMANI
founder and Managing Trustee
DR. S.V. BALASUBRAMANIAM
DR. P.G. VISVANATHAN
DR. S.R. RAO
Rao Hospitals Head
DR. S. BALASUBRAMANIAM
SHRI. JAGDISH M CHANRAI
Mrs. SEETHA CHANDRASEKAR
Agriculturist & industrialist
MR. C. N. SRIVATSAN
Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
MR. SUNDAR RADHAKRISHNAN
Co-Founder of Mastek Limited
MR. P. JAYENDRA
Founder of Real Image Media Technologies
MR. S.G. MURALI
Chief Financial Officer of T.V.S. Motor Company Limited
Mr. BHASKAR BHAT
Managing Director of Titan Company Limited
DR. P. JANAKIRAMAN
Managing Director of Power Link System Private Limited
DR KAUSHIK MURALI
Paediatric Ophthalmologist and heads the Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
Mr. BHARATH BALASUBRAMANIAM
Hospital Administrator and Heads the Operations of the Sankara Group
As we conclude the challenging year 2020-2021, we acknowledge the enormous efforts put in by Team Sankara in facing the Pandemic. Together we are stepping forward with hope and optimism, re-dedicating ourselves to our cause of eradicating curable blindness. In this Nethra Yagna, spread over the last four decades, many have participated with wholehearted commitment and dedication.
The involvement of our Doctors, Administrators, Staff , Donors and Supporters, all put together have shaped Sankara during this long journey. Success of any Mission largely depends on the acceptance of the services by the beneficiaries. We are always grateful to our beneficiaries – our Patients.