Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) Medical College, School of Optometry was established in July 1998. The School of Optometry has been constituted under the Faculty of General Surgery and is a part of Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune. It is presently situated on the ground floor of the Medical College building, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Katraj Dhankawadi Campus, Pune.

In August 2000, the School became the first Institute in India to get affiliate membership of the World Council of Optometry. Many students from Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Iran, Nepal and Sri Lanka have been admitted to the institute’s optometry programmes. As of August 2019, 20 batches have completed the course with 490 undergraduate and 70 postgraduate students having graduated. A few of them have taken admission to Universities in England for Masters and Ph.D. courses. One of our gold medallists is teaches optometry in an institute in Singapore. Many graduates of our School have found jobs in Middle-East countries. Some students who have graduated from this college have secured admission to M.Optom at universities in Australia and England.

Bachelor of Clinical Optometry is a four-year, full-time programme. The first three years of the programme are devoted to teaching, followed by one year of internship for clinical training. Indian Optometric Association has approved BVDUMC School of Optometry and the Bachelor of Clinical Optometry Programme. In 2003, Bharati Vidyapeeth is the first institute in the country to have started a 2 year Master’s programme in Optometry (M.Optom).

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Ranking & Accreditations

The regular high ranking and accreditation provided by NAAC and the Government of India are indicative of the growing popularity of the institute and the high standards that it has achieved with the passage of time.

Awards & Achievements

S.N. Year Medical History Milestone & Achievements
1. 1998 Establishment of Department
2. 1998 Starting of Bachelor in Clinical Optometry Program  (under graduate program)
3. 1999 Resource Centre for International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE)
4. 2000 Resource Centre for International  Centre for Eye Care Education (ICEE)
5. 2000 Affiliated membership of World Council of Optometry
6. 2003 Starting of Master in Optometry Program (post graduate program)
7. 2003 Faculty Development Program
8. 2003 Continuing Education Program for Faculties and Practitioners: arranged by department
9. 2004 National Association of Indian Optometrists- A unification and education forum: Symposium arranged by department
10. 2004 1st Orthoptics evaluation of strabismic patients: Symposium arranged by department
11. 2005 1st Workshop on spectacle dispensing and dispensing optics: Symposium arranged by department
12. 2005 1st Seminar on Management of Cataract: Seminar arranged by department
13. 2006 1st Orthoptics workshop and exhibition arranged by department
14. 2007 Seminar on Corneal anomalies and their management: Symposium arranged by department
15. 2007 Implementation of virtual refractor: Seminar arranged by department in association with ICEE Australia
16. 2007 Glaucoma and retina evaluation:  Seminar arranged by department
17. 2007 Community Optometry and Ophthalmology: Seminar arranged by department
18. 2007 Eye check up for the Prisoners at the Yerwada jail
19. 2007 1st Departmental Alumni Meet
20. 2008 1st Dry eye Symposium arranged by department
21. 2008 1st Acuvue Day (Johnson & Johnson): Seminar arranged by department
22. 2008 1st Bausch & Lomb Mastermind
23. 2008 1st Career guide and personality development: Seminar arranged by department
24. 2008 1st Eye donation Seminar arranged by department
25. 2009 1st Bausch & Lomb Master Mind Plus
26. 2009 1st Low Vision Seminar arranged by department
27. 2010 1st Bausch & Lomb Master Mind In-Campus
28. 2010 Orthoptics workshop and exhibition arranged by department
29. 2011 1st seminar on Sports Vision arranged by department
30. 2011 1st Seminar with Hands-on session on Ocular Prosthesis, Orthokeratology, Rose K lenses and Practice management.
31. 2011 1st Workshop on Scleral Contact lenses and reasons for unsuccessful practice in past
32. 2015 1st Session of Edumotivator for student development  arranged by department
33. 2016 Workshop on Scleral Lenses with Hands-on Session
34. 2016 Inter-class ‘Optometry based working models’ exhibition
35. 2016 Continuing optometry awareness program on Social Platform: A departmental initiative
36. 2017 1st inter-class Sports Day
37. 2017 1st Workshop with Hands-on session on Fresnel Prisms in association with  Akriti Oculoplasty Logistics
38. 2017 Workshop with Hands-on Session on  Orthokeratology
39. 2017 1st Annual Optical Industry Meet for students
40. 2018 Workshop on Scleral Lenses with Hands-on Session
41. 2018 2nd Annual Optical Industry Meet for students
42. 2019 Workshop with Hands-on session on Mini Scleral Lenses
43. 2019 Eye check up for Pune Police Department
44. 2019 2nd inter-class Sports Day
45. 2020 Workshop on Advanced Orthoptics and Practice Management with Hands-on Session.  Inter-class ‘orthoptics based working models exhibition’
46. 2020 Series of Workshops on Speciality Contact Lenses
47. 2020 Webinar on Computer Based Diagnosis of Binocular Vision Anomaly and Management, introduction to ‘Bynocs’
48. 2020 Series of Five e-certificate Webinars on Soft Contact Lenses in association with Cooper Vision India and Optometry Council of India (OCI)
49. 2020 Ongoing series of Webinars by Alumni/ Optometry Professionals-‘Building the bridge’:  A departmental initiative for student awareness about Optometry Industry
50. 2020 Formation of Program Outcome for post graduate curriculum
51. 2020 1st Online Parents Teachers Meeting for 2nd and 3rd year under-graduate students
52. 2021 Continuation of Webinars by Alumni/ Optometry Professionals-‘Building the bridge’:  A departmental initiative for student awareness about Optometry Industry
53. 2021 Bausch & Lomb Master Mind In-Campus
54. 2021 Eye Camp by post graduate students at AU Small Finance Bank, Pune
55. 2021 A two days extensive community eye Camp covering a population of 6445 individuals, at Karjat and Jamkhed District by post graduate students.
56. 2022 Eye Camp by post graduate students at Kothrud area, Pune.