Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, named
after the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, was
of March, 1967 as a National centre for ophthalmic science, to provide
state of the art patient care, expand human resources for medical
education and undertake research to find solutions to eye health
problems of national importance.
Prof L P Agarwal was the visionary, who envisaged an eye
center that would be at the fore front of eye health planning,
academics and clinical care. It was designed keeping in mind the
specific needs of
and included the best features of leading ophthalmic centers
around the world.
Prof L PAgarwal and the RPC were instrumental in making
first country to start a National Programme for Prevention of
visual impairment and Control of Blindness. The Centre formed the
apex of the pyramid of Ophthalmic services in India, under this
RPC has been recognized over the years, as a center of
excellence by policy makers, professionals and the discerning
public. All its expertise is available
to the common man at highly subsidized rates or free.
The Centre is a constituent unit of the All India
Institute of Medical Sciences, wherein it retains the fullest
autonomy, while still keeping it within the mainstream of medical
education and health care.
Dr.R.P.Centre continues to play a pivotal role in
the National Programme for Control of Blindness. Faculty members
of the Centre provide technical inputs at various forums that
deliberate on policy planning and programme implementation. We
have contributed our share in various blindness surveys and rapid
assessments that have been conducted under the National Programme.
As part of the Working Group, we have assisted in the framing of
the Plan of Action under the Vision 2020 initiative. The Plan of
Action shall guide the National Programme for Control of Blindness
in the years to come. The Centre continues to foster partnerships
with non-governmental organizations engaged in the field of eye
care. The centre has developed software for the National Registry
of Eye Care infrastructure and human resources in
this was done to support vision 2020 activities in India. This
will be of immense use for policy planning in future.