Speaking at a valediction programme of the university’s community service project “Vizhi Koduthu Oli Koduppom” at Nirmala College for Women, the Vice-Chancellor lamented that though the country had the ability to undertake corneal transplantation for three million people, surgeries were undertaken only for 27,000. “This is because there aren’t enough eye donors whose eyes can be used for the transplantations. India also uses eyes from other countries like Sri Lanka to tide over the acute shortfall. While incurable blindness requires rehabilitation, curable blindness involves surgery or cornea transplantation. Hence, eye donations are the only answer for combating curable blindness,” Mr. Thiruvasagam said.
Expressing happiness over the success of the Talking Book Library for the visually impaired at Nirmala College for Women, he said similar ones would be started at the Gobi Arts and Science College at Gobichettipalayam and Kongu Arts and Science College at Perundurai, with support from the Lions Club, by March. Each library would cost Rs. 3 lakh. V. Palanikumar, Collector, A. Shahjahan, Principal General Manager of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, and the family members of the Vice-Chancellor signed eye donation pledge certificates.