Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant Foundation S. Madhavan (left) donates an operating microscope to Sankara Eye Centre in Coimbatore on Monday. The eye centre’s Managing Trustee R.V. Ramani (second right) and Cognizant’s Vice-President (Projects) Vishnu Potty (second left) are in the picture. Cognizant Foundation, the corporate-social responsibility arm of Cognizant Technology Solutions, donated a Rs.28 lakh worth operating microscope to Sankara Eye Centre here on Monday. The equipment was provided to the centre to support its community eye care programme for the poor.
Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant Foundation S. Madhavan handed over the equipment to the centre’s Managing Trustee R.V. Ramani at a function held as part of the Eye Donation Fortnight. Vice-President (Projects) of CTS Vishnu Potty was present. Mr. Madhavan said that while every corporate firm had a role to play in the area of corporate-social responsibility, Cognizant believed that bigger and successful corporate firms had a greater role in working for social welfare. The foundation joined hands with various service organisations to reach out to the needy.
He complimented Sankara Eye Care institutions on their significant contribution to provide eye care to the needy. Mr. Potty said that identifying the right service partner was a tough task for Cognizant. The work done at Sankara Eye Care institutions was inspiring and Cognizant members would involve themselves with various service activities at the hospital.
Dr. Ramani thanked the foundation for donating the equipment. While around 500 free eye surgeries were being performed every day by Sankara Eye Care institutions across the country, the Coimbatore Centre alone performed around 200 surgeries a day. The new equipment magnified the image, provided a lot of illumination and enabled the surgeon to perform operations with precision. The equipment also had a co-observer’s tube which enabled the surgeon assisting the procedure to have real time view of the entire surgical process. The equipment could also be connected to a video monitor and the surgery could be telecast live for the benefit of the doctors and medical students..