By Dr Mahipal Singh Sachdev, Chairman Centre For Sight 

What is cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the lens inside the eye that prevents clear, sharp vision. It may cause loss of vision if not cured on time. To restore a clear vision, a surgeon performs the cataract surgery where he makes a small 2 mm cut on the cornea to enter into the eye and remove the clouded lens by opening the bag in which it lies. He then replaces it with a permanent artificial lens inside the eye.

The patient on the ventilator, in the crowded government hospital ICU in Chennai, heard the sounds of fireworks going off outside, “Looks like there’s a cause for celebrations!” he muttered to himself, just as he heard a stir in the bed next to him, where a Covid-19 patient like himself struggled to breathe, “Maybe somebody’s recovered!” he struggled to say.

Even as I hear the dying cry of George Floyd gasping, ‘I can’t breathe!’ I wonder who it is that cannot breathe? Is it the black minority that gasps under the weight of a white majority? Or is it the white majority that sees African Americans enjoying their same freedom, and are stifled with anger, struggling to accept the equality, the law has given them?

Scholarship Name: CSIR Bhatnagar Fellowship 2020

Description: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi is announcing this fellowship for the outstanding technologists and scientists working for innovative technology development. The aim of the fellowship is to enhance the technological competitiveness of the nation by mentoring young scientists within the system.

Eligibility: Indian Scientist/Technologist working as an associate with a mission or thrust area program of CSIR or an area of interest to CSIR, below the age of 67 years, can apply for this fellowship.

Scholarship 1: Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research Senior Research Fellowship 2020

Description: Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh invites applications for Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research Senior Research Fellowship 2020 from students having a Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. This fellowship is meant for the Biotechnology Industry Research Assist Council (BIRAC) under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) funded project under Dr Smita Pattanaik, Additional Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology.

Eligibility: The fellowship is open for candidates who hold a first-class master's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from a recognised university. They must have two years of relevant research experience and must fulfil the upper age limit as per GOI rules.