Special convocation held at Desh Bhagat University

CHANDIGARH: A special convocation was held at Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, and 38 graduates of the Bachelor of Ophthalmic Medical Science (BOMS) programme were awarded degrees.
Chancellor of the University Zora Singh, said that in order to combat eye-related ailments and the blindness rate in rural India, the Centre started the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) in the year 1978. For the same purpose, a two-year Diploma of Ophthalmic Assistant was launched in various Government Medical Colleges across the country after completion of a +2 with medical subjects. These trained ophthalmic assistants provide primary eye care services to the rural population and were successful in reducing the rate of blindness in the rural population.
He added that, in response to societal needs, DBU launched the Bachelor of Ophthalmic Medical Science Lateral Entry Degree Programme in 2018 for these diploma holders.
Tajinder Kaur, the university’s Pro Chancellor, said that so far, 175 ophthalmic assistants have been awarded BOMS degrees in four different batches by Desh Bhagat University.
The convocation ceremony was organised by Director (FIIP) Surinder Pal Kapoor and Director Media, Surjeet Patheja, of the university.