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Schemes usher in a new era of corporate social responsibility

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Centre for Special Children inaugurated at the Institute of Neurological Sciences-VHS


  • Most of the developments in the institute came through individual and corporate donations
  • Institute will strive to build a community of multidisciplinary neurosciences professionals



    GIANT STRIDES: The partners of the Institute of Neurosciences - Voluntary Health Services seen at a function where a number of corporate social responsibility initiatives were launched in Chennai on Wednesday. — Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

    CHENNAI: A slew of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives were launched at the Institute of Neurological Sciences - Voluntary Health Services (TINS-VHS) at Taramani on Wednesday.

    The inauguration of the Centre for Special Children, 40 years after the institute was set up, heralded a new era of corporate social responsibility initiatives for the TINS-VHS.

    At a function to celebrate the completion of four decades of service, Krishnamoorthy Srinivas, who set up the TINS-VHS, recalled the long and steady progress of the unit over the years. The best way to make a diagnosis, he said, was to listen to the patient.

    E.S. Krishnamoorthy, vice-chairman, TINS-VHS, said much of the developments of the institution, in terms of facilities, infrastructure and manpower, had come through philanthropy and social responsibility shown by individual donors and corporate houses over the years, long before CSR became a `mantra' in the corporate world.

    New CSR initiatives

    The new CSR initiatives included the Appa Rao Centre (CEC Ltd) for experiment in primary health care, integrated with neurosciences research; the K.K. Birla Centre for Special Children, a one-stop centre for children with special needs, and The Hindu Database Centre-G. Narasimhan Library and Resource Centre to establish an online national database of neurological and allied disorders.

    The other projects, launched on Wednesday, were the Lasersoft Technology Partnership to integrate primary health care, hospital care, and research using software technology; Mrs. Madhuram Narayanan Vascular and Autonomic Function unit to integrate cerebro-vascular, peripheral, vascular and autonomic dysfunction assessment and management and the Sundaram Finance Neuro rehabilitation suite.

    The new units would strengthen the institution, enhancing the existing facilities, making the care provided more comprehensive than before, Dr. E.S. Krishnamoorthy said. The TINS-VHS would strive to build a community of multi-disciplinary neurosciences professionals who would carry the message of integrated social development far and wide.

    N. Murali, Joint Managing Director, The Hindu , said Dr. Srinivas, VHS secretary N.S. Murali and diabetology department head C.V. Krishnaswami had carried on the vision and ideals of VHS founder K.S. Sanjivi to improve services with modern technology. The VHS was a model institution in community health care.

    Suresh Kamath, CEO, Lasersoft Technologies; A. Prabhakar, MD, CEC Ltd.; Krishnan Srinivasan, CEO, ISG Novasoft, K.K. Birla Group of Companies; B.S. Nataraj, MD, Sanmar Group of Companies; and Srinivasa Raghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance Group, were among the other CSR partners who participated in the programme.

    Dr. Srinivas felicitated Dr. N.S. Murali and Prof. C.V. Krishnaswami on behalf of the TINS-VHS.

    Ninan Mathew, professor of neurology and chief, Houston Headache Clinic, Texas, who delivered a commemorative lecture, was honoured.

    A cheque for Rs. 1 lakh from the TINS was handed over to Dr. N.S. Murali as a contribution towards the staff welfare fund.

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