NSHM offers a 4year undergraduate programme in B. Optom. (Bachelor of Optometry) where students learn about various types of visual disorders, conditions, diseases and abnormalities of the human eye. NSHM offers one of the best optometry programmes in West Bengal with a problem based learning (PBL) and case-based learning (CBL) approach to improve clinical decision making ability in students.

Students are taken for study tours of tertiary eye hospitals to know about the ophthalmic examinations techniques practised in these places. Their hands-on training is also facilitated through participation in eye screening camps as optometrists. The final year of this 4-year long programme is devoted to internship which allows students to gain sufficient industry exposure before venturing into full-time jobs.

Programme Education Objective

  • Prepare students for quality eye-care, as an independent practitioner and/or as an optometry professional with modern knowledge, skills, and attitude in areas related to optics and vision, instruments, diagnostics, speciality practices, clinical ophthalmology, and public health.
  • Enable them to adapt to the changing and emerging lens and dispensing techniques, clinical assessment of refraction, binocular vision, low vision, vision diagnostics and aids for effective prevention, care, and rehabilitation of vision health with utmost regard to continuous learning, medical ethics and social responsibility.

Career Opportunities

Optometry is a challenging and dynamic career option that offers high salary, job stability and tremendous potential for growth and further research.

  • Clinical optometrist in private practice, government or private hospitals
  • Optometrist in retail and corporate sector
  • Lecturer / Professor in academic sector
  • Research assistant, research associate and research coordinator
  • Public health and community optometrist
  • Basic research scientist
  • Orthoptist
  • Professional services
  • Designing and manufacturing of contact lens, spectacles, and much more!

Programme Structure

Core Curriculum

Optics and vision

Geometrical & Physical optics

mirrors and lenses, properties of the images formed on the retina, optics of the eye, study of light, its properties and its interaction with matter.

Visual Optics

concept of eye as an optical instrument, optical components of eye, types of refractive errors, clinical approach in diagnosis and management of various types of refractive errors.

Instruments & Diagnostics

Ophthalmic Instrumentation

Advanced learning of design, methods of different ophthalmic instruments and its diagnostic procedures in eye care

Ophthalmic Lens & Dispensing

spectacle lenses and frames, their materials, types, advantages and disadvantages, calculations involved, when and how to prescribe, the construction, design application and development of lenses, particularly the methods of calculating their power and effect.

Optical and Ophthalmic Instrumentation

commonly used optometric instruments, its basic principle, description and usage in clinical practice.

Clinical Refraction

various clinical refraction procedures, pediatric optommetry, special population,neuro optometric evaluation, sports vision etc

Optometry speciality Practices

Binocular Vision & Ocular Mobility

Theoretical aspects of Binocular Vision, ocular mobility, clinical application, normal binocular vision and space perception, Gross anatomy and physiology of extraocular muscles, various binocular vision anomalies, its diagnostic approaches and management

Low Vision Aids & Visual rehabilitation

Science of low vision, epidemiology aspect of visual impairment, types of low vision devices and its optical principles, clinical approach of the low vision patients, assistive devices for totally visually challenged, art of prescribing low vision devices, training the low vision patients and other rehabilitation measures, causes of Low vision, functional and psychosocial consequences, best suitable low vision care through functional assistive devices and rehabilitation.

Contact lens

Fundamentals of ocular lens, theoretical and practical aspects of Contact Lenses.

Clinical Ophthalmology

Microbiology & pathology

basic biological, biochemical and pathogenic characteristics of pathogenic organisms.

Ocular Anatomy and physiology

gross, functional and applied anatomy, various structures in the eye and adnexa, structure and connections between the various parts of the central nervous system and the eye, normal functioning of all structures of the eye and their interactions, physiological aspects of normal growth and development of the eye, the phenomenon of vision


Structure ,function and interrelationship of biomolecules and consequences of deviation from the normal, Integration of various aspects of metabolism and their regulatory pathways, Understand metabolic processes taking place in different ocular structures.

Ocular Disease

To understand various ocular diseases affecting various parts of the eyes. It covers clinical signs and symptoms, cause, pathophysiological mechanism, diagnostic approach, differential diagnosis and management aspects of the ocular diseases.

Systemic condition and the eye

Definition, classification, clinical diagnosis, complications and management of various systemic diseases with its ocular manifestations.

Public Health

Public Health and Community Optometry

Fundamentals of public health, basic sciences of public health optometry, community optometry, epidemiology of vision problems especially focused on Indian scenerio, case studies


actions, uses, adverse effects and mode of administration of drugs related to eyes, application and interpretation, clinical optometry procedures in routine optometric examination

Research methodology & Biostatistics

Fundamentals on qualitative and quantitative research methods, biostatistics and statistical application on vision data, data analysis, basic principles of research and methods, inferences from the research findings, field project

Programme Type - UG

Duration - 4 years

Minimum Eligibility - 10+2 with Science

Degree Awarded By -

Fee Details

  • Kolkata
  • Durgapur

Kolkata Admission Fee of Rs. 45000/- and Alumni Fee of Rs 5000/- to be paid during Admission

Payment Date

Lump Sum PaymentYearly Payment Payment DeadlineHalf-Yearly Payment
Within 15 days of Admission INR 3,72,500 INR 1,67,400 INR 92,900
By 30th Nov, 2021 INR 92,900
By 31st May, 2022 INR 1,25,600 INR 69,700
By 30th Nov, 2022 INR 69,700
By 31st May, 2023 INR 62,800 INR 46,450
By 30th Nov, 2023 INR 46,450
By 31st March 2024 INR 62,700 INR 46,450
Total Fees: INR 3,72,500 INR 4,18,500 INR 4,64,550

Durgapur Admission Fee of Rs. 45000/- and Alumni Fee of Rs 5000/- to be paid during Admission

Payment Date

Lump Sum PaymentYearly Payment Payment DeadlineHalf-Yearly Payment
Within 15 days of Admission INR 3,28,000 INR 1,47,400 INR 81,800
By 30th Nov, 2021 INR 81,800
By 31st May, 2022 INR 1,10,500 INR 61,400
By 30th Nov, 2022 INR 61,300
By 31st May, 2023 INR 55,300 INR 40,900
By 30th Nov, 2023 INR 40,900
By 31st March 2024 INR 55,300 INR 40,900
Total Fees: INR 3,28,000 INR 3,68,500 INR 4,09,000

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Soumendranath Ghosh

Asst. Professor, Dept. of Vision Science

In this 4year undergraduate programme, students learn about various types of visual disorders, conditions, diseases and abnormalities of the human eye. The programme enables students to understand about the dysfunctions and diseases of the eye and visual system along with their genesis, natural course and treatment. They are equipped with theoretical as well as practical knowledge to professionally handle eye testing equipment, fabricating lenses when required, handle other aids for low vision and can even prevent blindness.

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