Education Department

Dear website visitor,
Welcome to the Education Department’s Home page. Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital is one of the leading ophthalmic educational institutions in Bangladesh. The Institute of Ophthalmology was formally established in 1993 to coordinate all doctor and ophthalmic paramedic courses at Islamia, and we have established teaching as part of our mission and our vision. The primary aim is to provide the students and trainees with a modern teaching, training and research facility. To serve that purpose, our department has a wide variety of postgraduate ophthalmic courses and various training opportunities for both ophthalmic doctors and healthcare professionals at Islamia Hospital.
Trainee and students benefit from the wide referral network that Islamia Hospital has established in Dhaka and rural Bangladesh that enables them to see routine as well as complicated cases. With our award winning faculty and state of the art facilities, our students are able to participate in learning from up-to-date information. Our curriculum has been designed to develop clinicians who are well trained in medical and surgical ophthalmology, and who will excel as competent service providers.
The foundation of these programs is derived from our best clinical practices and experience gained over the years. The general framework for these courses is to make them interactive and hands-on so that participants can derive the most benefit from their time spent learning with us.
Islamia wishes to complement the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness global program for the “Elimination of avoidable blindness by 2020” and to meet the national demand of ophthalmic professionals. When we realize that there are so few ophthalmologists in Bangladesh - it is estimated that the ophthalmologist:patient ratio in the US is 1:15,800 while in Bangladesh it is approximately 1:300,000 or more - one can see that the need is enormous! Hence, I encourage you to take part in this learning opportunity. We wish you all the best.


Prof. Sarwar Alam
Director of the Education Department
Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Prof. Sarwar has been with Islamia since 1986 and is currently the Director of the Education Department. He has 16 publications to his credit plus three waiting to be published, and spent three months as an observer in the Cornea Department at Johns Hopkins University.


IIEI&H Utilizing Modern Technology


Education Department at IIEI&H have initiated Skype interviews for foreign trainee candidates

A doctor from Egypt seeking to experience Cataract Surgical training at IIEI&H

Is seen being interviewed on Skype by IIEI&H faculty and senior members

Prof. ASM Kamal Uddin and Prof. Dr. Sarwar Alam [Director of Institute]

Mission, Vision & Activities

Educate all cadres of ophthalmic professionals so as to build capacity for the nation.

To become an international training centre in ophthalmology for doctors and ophthalmic paramedics from all over the world.

Educational Activities

In 2011 and 2012 three groups of ophthalmologists from China came to Islamia to learn the technique of Phaco-emulsion surgery.


Dr. Hong Bin (L), Dr. Duan Yanping and Dr. Yang Xueli with doctors from Islamia, July, 2012.