What will you learn?

  • This one month course equips the participants with the knowledge and tools required for effective administration of an eye hospital - an understanding of the various departments of an eye hospital, exposure to management systems and best practices.
  • Specific modules which teach general management skills, department-specific management skills, how to best coordinate work across multiple departments, and how to adapt each of these pieces to your own organisation.
Target Group

Managers/Administrators who are responsible for day-to-day activities of an eye hospital.

Course Location
Batch Number 1
Start Date
End Date
No of Seats
15 per batch
Course In-Charge

Mr. B. Udaya Kumar

Contact Details
Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Madurai
+(91) 452-4356-500
+(91) 452-2530-984
Eligibility Criteria
  • Participants need to be nominated either by their own organization or by the funding agency.
  • This course is most successful when participants learn not only from the faculty, but equally from each other through the sharing of their own experiences and problems. You are therefore qualified if your eye care responsibilities and experiences can contribute to an informed, nuanced debate. You are an ideal participant if you are involved in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of day to day operations in an eye hospital.
  • Past participants come from varied backgrounds as eye hospital administrators and managers, operations managers, senior managers responsible for developing new activities, trustees and proprietors of hospitals. Participants must currently hold a position at the hospital. Significant weight is placed on the applicant's intended impact and future level of responsibility post-training. We favour candidates who, in their application and nomination forms, clearly articulate the type of improvement and impact they intend to make at their home hospital.
  • Applications are also assessed based on additional criteria:
  • Current level of organisational responsibility
  • Ability to contribute to and learn from the course
  • Balance of management and professional background
  • As the course will be presented in English, all applicants will be expected to communicate effectively in English.
  • This course allows participants to thoroughly understand the Aravind approach by balancing time observing its facilities and addressing and discussing management issues within the classroom. You will spend significant time in Aravind’s tertiary and secondary care hospitals, vision centres, community centres, and outreach eye camp seeing and questioning the practices you learn about in class.
  • Class time is a combination of case discussions and lectures supplemented by reading assignments and exercises. The case method, popular in top-tier business schools, uses simulations of actual management situations. By putting you in realistic scenarios, the lessons drawn from class become relevant to your own hospital environment. Expect to constantly be challenged to fit the operational solutions you see into your own hospital’s context.

General Information

Where to stay?
Accommodation and Food:

Inspiration – Aravind international trainee’s hostel is a comfortable and quiet place located close to the LAICO and Aravind Eye Hospital campus.  Please see the brochure for Tariff details.

How to pay?

Course fee covers tuition fee and teaching materials. National candidates can pay online on receipt of invoice along with the confirmation / appointment letter. International candidates can pay through wire transfer; the account details along with the payment procedure will be emailed to you by the course coordinator on confirmation of your admission.

Campus life at Aravind:

We recommend that all trainees take a look at Vanakkam – as guidebook to Southern India and Aravind. As you prepare for your travel to India and to the Aravind destinations, ‘Vanakkam’ will provide you with detailed information on what to expect when you arrive. This includes travel arrangements, dress code, living conditions, local weather and local food, as well as information on sightseeing and restaurants in the cities where the Aravind facilities are located.

For International Candidates:

A Visa is necessary to travel to India. As your visit to India is for undergoing training, you must obtain student /entry / internship visa (based on the duration of your training). It is advisable to get visa for the entire training period even before arriving in India. Extension of visa while undergoing training is not possible. Tourist visa is strictly prohibited.

On arrival at Aravind:

The FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) registration formalities will be done as per the instructions given on your visa page. For registration purpose, the participant should have their four passport size colour photographs (4×4 cm with white background, ears distinctly visible without spectacles and cap). If required, documents should be presented to the local police commissioner office in person. Please refer registration guidelines for more details.