IRS registered 501 (c) (3) Indian charity since 1988!


In the true spirit of its founding principle of acquiring and disseminating knowledge for the common good, Sankara Nethralaya is actively involved collaborative research and study with leading national and international leading research establishments, healthcare centres and academic institutions as part of its efforts towards two way sharing of knowledge, know-how and real time experiences. The idea is to mutually benefit from each other’s strong areas and leverage the collective understanding knowledge to find solutions to prevailing and emerging eye care challenges.

We take pleasure in sharing a few critical research initiatives which would have far reaching impact in diagnosis and reduction/elimination of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy one of the largest contributors to vision impairment in third world countries.

Shri S.V Acharya receiving the Sankara Ratna Award from US Consul
General David T. Hopper

As an institution committed to the total elimination of blindness, Sankara Nethralaya is in constant pursuit of knowledge, learning and information from around the world to meet its objective. The Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in vision and ophthalmology, the research arm of Sankara Nethralaya is engaged in collaborative research with leading research institutions like the University of Missouri, the Deakin University, University of Alabama, IIT Madras and SASTRA University, besides this the Elite School of Optometry its optometry education wing also conducts collaborative research programmes with leading ophthalmic and optometry institutions in the world.

A high level collaborative research programme in Nano-biotechnology has been initiated with the University of Missouri, under an MoU between the institutions, the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in and ophthalmology and the University of Missouri will commit themselves to common goals of seeking knowledge and applying it to the improvement of human conditions, promote advanced research and formal training in Nano-medicine focused on ophthalmic care, cancer therapy/aging related debilitating human conditions, encourage exchange of scientists for joint teaching, training programs, host national and international conferences in the areas of nanotechnology, Nano medicine and other mutually beneficial disciplines to be defined in the future. The Professor S.Venkateshwaran Endowment Fund named in honour of one of the greatest academicians of our times, who could be credited for making the BITS, Pilani where he served as Dean - Education, Development and Vision, as a world class institution was set up to facilitate the exchange of research scholars and scientists between the two institutions.