Centre as An Apex Organisation
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences has been recognized as the Apex Organisation by the Government of India under the National Programme for the Control of Blindness. This programme was launched in 1976 to combat blindness problem in India with the objectives of :
- Intensification of educational efforts on eye health care through media of mass communication and extensive education methods.
- Extension of eye care services through mobile units to restore sight and relieve eye ailments by adopting an eye camp approach.
- Establishment of permanent facilities for eye health care as an integral part of general health services.
The Centre also assists the Ministry of Health in short term and long term planning and evaluation of the programme. It undertakes and plans epidemiological investigations and provides technical leadership to the entire nation.