Education and Research

Gopal Jyot Post Graduate Center for Ophthalmology

Rotary Eye Institute’s Gopal Jyot Post Graduate Center for Ophthalmology is accredited to National Board of Examination, New Delhi, for Post Graduate courses in Ophthalmology. It’s the only NGO-run center in the state of Gujarat that’s acknowledged by National Board of Examination. This DNB qualification is an equivalent to MD / M.S. / M.Ch offered by Indian universities. The Indian Medical Council New Delhi has recognized the Institute for House post training in Ophthalmology. Till date, more than 85 students have received DNB degree from the institute. In 2005, one of our students, Dr Shubhra Goel, stood 1st in whole India and was awarded Gold Medal.

Hari Jyot College of Optometry

With an objective to develop primary healthcare professionals to cater to eye care needs of the patients, REI started Hari Jyot College of Optometry with the support of G. H. Bhakta Foundation, Mahuva. The college, which is affiliated to Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, offers full-time 4-year Bachelor of Optometry (B.Optom.) course. The intake capacity for the course which was 20 students in 2005 has now been increased to 40 students every year. Every year, one student is given scholarship for B. Optometry course from Shri Karsanbhai Patel Scholarship Fund. Since 2010, Hari Jyot College of Optometry has also started Masters in Optometry (M.Optom., affiliated with Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat) with the intake capacity of 10 students every year.

Also, every year, one student is given scholarship from interest of the Endowment Fund created by Shri Bhikhubhai Chhitubhai Patel, Sarpor Pardi, USA.

Continuing Education Program (CME)

Rotary Eye Institute considers continuing medical education for both the post graduate students as well as optometry students to be a major professional responsibility and is dedicated to serving the needs of practicing Ophthalmologists throughout their careers. With this objective, the institute conducts Continuous Medical Education (CME) programs in the form of short-term courses, seminars, lectures and hands-on workshops throughout the year. Inter programs are also presented as adjuncts to certain lectures so that practitioners get an opportunity to directly learn from the ophthalmic experts using their latest technologies.

Fellowship Programs

The Institute offers various Fellowship Programs to its students of ophthalmology in the area of Cornea, Glaucoma and Retina. Since it has exclusive access to all the latest clinical technology and ophthalmologic instruments, the institute also provides clinical diagnostics to graduates from other optometry colleges. These programs provide them with an opportunity to gain increased knowledge and clinical experience in their desired areas of vision care.


To promote research activity in the field of Eye Care, REI has started Rotary Rural Eye Health Research Centre in 1996. The Center conducts several research programs on the subjects related to eye diseases, which has potential to reduce the incidence of blindness. Practicing Ophthalmologists at REI have presented large number of academic presentation of papers and posters at various national and international forum. In the last 16 years, a total 490 papers have been submitted on various topics related to eye care treatment which have been accepted and published in various annual conferences in India, including All India Ophthalmological Society and All Gujarat Ophthalmic Society. Three Research papers and Two Posters were selected at American Society of Cataract and Refr Surgery, USA twice in 2007 and 2010.

Regular camps are organized based on research topics. The recent areas of research are Diabetic Retinopathy, Childhood Ocular Morbidity (age group 3-6 years), Glaucoma, Lasik, ARMD, Neo Vascular Diseases and Orbital Implants.

Our objective is to develop eclectic approach by promoting research activities in the field of eye care, thereby envisaging a better world with healthy vision.