Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Expert Consultant with proven experience in the field of disability and sectoral mapping/sectoral situational analysis

Handicap International (HI) has launched a three year regional project, “Towards Disability Inclusive Development through a Strengthened Rehabilitation Sector in South Asia” in 4 countries: Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka & Afghanistan. The project seeks to improve the provision of physical rehabilitation services for people living with disabilities and empower them to participate in development and policy reform processes.
One gap in the physical rehabilitation sector is the lack of evidence to support advocacy actions; comprehensive needs analysis have not been carried out in any of the countries. This project will carry out an analysis of needs and unmet needs, with particular focus on human resources and HRH issues (trainings, standards, accreditation, levels of recognition of professions, rehab human resource supply, distribution and capacity), and also look at services and policy/governance. The analysis will be used by HI and its stakeholders (government ministries, professional associations, DPOs) to develop and prioritise an action plan to address gaps in the sector.
2.1. Overall Objective of the Assignment. Assist HI to carry out a mapping of three elements of the physical rehabilitation sector (with focus on human resources, services and policy/governance).
2.2. Specific Objectives
(i) develop a framework of analysis for the physical rehabilitation sector (with particular focus on human resources, as well as services and policy/governance). This framework will include a survey (for implementation by HI project teams in 4 countries), proposed sectoral indicators of the rehab sector, a planned approach for hosting a participative workshop for rehabilitation stakeholders,
(ii) initiate this analysis in four countries in South Asia by facilitating four, 1-day stakeholder workshops in each country (iii) Conduct final compilation, analysis and write up (of survey and stakeholder group findings) into a report. 2.5. Duration Starting date: Aug/Sep 2012 Expected Duration: 30 days [in three parts with time gap in-between to allow collection of survey / questionnaire data]
2.6. Required profile
 Degree in occupational therapy/ physiotherapy/ prostheticsØ &  Experience in MØ Strong knowledge of latest issues and trends in physical rehabilitation Ø Experience in performing sectoral analysis / mapping, situation analysis or sector surveys in physical rehabilitation or related area Øorthotics or equivalent & Experience facilitating stakeholder groups, workshops etc.Ø Demonstrated technical expertise regarding disability, with a focus on functional rehabilitation ØE, sectoral definition, developing indicators
 Previous experience working for Handicap International Legal requirement: Consultants must be able to prove their legal status (e.g. registration as a self employed consultant).ØDesirable
Terms of Reference (TOR): Please refer to the The terms of reference uploaded
How to apply: 
Candidates are requested to send a cover letter / expression of interest, CV and estimated budget of the consultancy, latest by 6th July 2012 to the following address: . Please indicate “Consultancy – mapping” in the subject of the email.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


 The Department of Occupational Therapy [OT] at Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences [MCOAHS], Manipal University [MU] is a premiere centre in the country both in terms of imparting OT education and offering OT clinical services.

The Occupational Therapy Department at Manipal was established in the year 1972 under the Department of Orthopedics in Kasturba Hospital, as a small clinical unit offering occupational therapy services. It was in September 1994, the Department started with 4½ year full time program in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy under Kasturba Medical College. Then in the year 1999 the academic program of the Department shifted to Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences.

The Department also conducts Masters of Occupational Therapy Program (two year, full time, post professional, advanced level, clinic based and with Dissertation program in different specialty), which started in September 2002.Manipal University has also started with part time post master’s PhD Program for in-service candidates and shortly would be starting with full time PhD Programs. This is the first centre in India offering facility for higher qualifications. Besides this we also offer short term Certificate Course in Hand Splinting, the first of its kind in India, since 2008.

The integrated education and clinical practice is the hallmark of this institute. The academic program is designed in such a way that the students can pursue their clinical practice and academic know-how in context with the social fabric both nationally and internationally. Within these few years of the Programs been started our students are not only doting various part of the country but also various international destinations.

Years of excellence in clinical practice, Occupational Therapy Department has redefined the practice of occupational therapy. The Occupational Therapists at Manipal are competent faculty and astute clinicians. The clinical facility of OT Dept. is located within the 2050 bedded multi-specialty Kasturba Hospital [University Hospital] offering tremendous clinical resources both in the form of inpatients & outpatients. It has developed specialized areas of clinical practice: neuro- rehabilitation. child habilitation, mental health rehabilitation, orthopedic rehabilitation, ADL unit, work rehabilitation unit, standard assessment lab, hand splinting and instrumentation workshop.

The Dept. of Occupational Therapy has also been associating with other countries to upgrade their OT qualification. Currently we are working with Nigerian OT’s [from Federal School of Occupational Therapy, Lagos, Nigeria] and Srilankan OT’s to upgrade their academic qualification and are looking forward to do the same for other countries as well.

The Dept. of Occupational Therapy is the hub for clinical placement in India, students from different institutes in India and world over come here to get a clinical exposure. The campus offers a very safe, secure and cosmopolitan ambience. It also offers the international students a great opportunity to interact Indian OT academics, clinicians and graduate & post graduate OT students. We have students coming from:
1.     Mcgill University, Canada.
2.     Curtin University, Australia.
3.     University of British Columbia, Canada.
4.     University of Allgemeines Krankenhaus, Austria.
5.     PEZ Technical College, Germany.
6.     University of Oslo, Norway.
7.     University of Northern Denmark, Denmark.
8.     Bournemouth University, UK.
9.    National Institute of Health and Social Studies, Seychelles

Our Programs are World Federation of Occupational Therapy recognized and certified by ISO 9001:2000.

Our Alumni are successfully placed all over the globe.

The OT education programs are affiliated to Manipal University, a brand name in education in the country; it is an international university with students from 55 countries study here under one single roof creating a rich cultural dynamics worth experiencing. It offers complete residential facility, safe and clean environment, provides with hostel facility and health care facility, great library and internet facility, excellent telecommunication facility, wonderful learning and clinical facility.

The Dept. of OT has been involved in some of the international collaborative initiative-  WFOT Project on Guiding Principles on Diversity and Culture, and Global History of OT; WHO Project on ICF Core Sets.

We are a relatively young OT School at the age of 15 years, but have full faith in our potential and understand our limitations. We aim to become one of the world’s leading Occupational Therapy centre.

The article on is the testimony of our committed endeavor. 
Dr. Kit Sinclair (immediate past president of WFOT) with the staff & students of OT Dept., Manipal (Jan, 2012)

Shovan Saha       
Associate Professor & Head
Dept. of Occupational Therapy,
Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences
Manipal University, Manipal, Udupi-576104, Karnataka, India.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Dear Friends, 

On behalf of the All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) and Kerala Branch of AIOTA, It gives us great pleasure to represent the organizing team inviting you all for the 50th National Conference of AIOTA. (OTICON 2013)

The theme of the conference is “Research informed Occupational therapy in health care”. This Conference is dedicated to innovations in Occupational Therapy and features lectures, scientific paper & poster presentations and continued Occupational Therapy Education (COTE) on the full spectrum of progress in the field, from advances in clinical practice to clinical and basic research, by leading experts from around the world.

Our venue – Trivandrum, capital of Kerala- referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the "Evergreen city of India", is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills, internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage. I hope you will take advantage of all there is on offer in this wonderful city.

The Congress will be an exceptional opportunity for professional networking and the meeting of old and new friends.
We are honored to be the host for the year 2013 and promise you a package filled with lots of knowledge and good entertainment. We assure you good memories to carry back after OTICON 2013.

For More details please Visit :

Looking forward to meet you all in Trivandrum.


Mr. Joseph Sunny, MOT
Organizing Secrotory
Mr. Phinoj K Abraham
Conference Coordinator

Occupational Therapist Nominated For Senator Election, For The State Of Georgia, US

It’s a great news for all Occupational Therapy fraternity That Mr. Bikram  Mohanty BOT  1988 batch NIOH, Kolkata, has been nominated by Mr. Barack Obama , for Senator election , for the State of Georgia US,. You all can visit his website:
He is an occupational therapist by profession and founder, owner of a clinical rehab service orgazination. You can follow him in his  Facebook page also:

Friday, June 8, 2012

A request from Silke Hamiliton

Hello Koushik,

I am a Pediatric Occupational Therapist from the Los Angeles area and work in private practice with a specialty in feeding/swallowing and Assisstive Technology. In addition I am contracted with a school district in the area. I am an international presenter at various conferences, such as Closing The Gap in Minnesota and iCreate in Singapore. You can see some information on my website at

From July 1 through December 31, 2012, my teenage son and I will be volunteering at Sweekaar Upkaar in Hyderabad.

As we want to travel within India I am looking for opportunities to give presentations to schools/ treatment centers for  children/ colleges or to OT associations and pair it with my travel. 
I want to share as much knowledge as possible with OTs in India and surrounding countries.
The idea is to exchange my expertise for maybe housing or some other bartered services to explore.

It would be great of you could post this on the OT blog that you have created so I can get the word out.
OTs and other professionals can contact me at

Thank You ahead of time and I may be meeting you as well?

Silke Hamilton, OTR/L, ATP, SWC

This information is received by Email....i am sharing it with you all for information

Fulbright-Nehru and other fellowship

Greetings from the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)!

Thank you for your interest in the Fulbright-Nehru and other fellowships administered by USIEF.

USIEF will hold a half-day mentoring workshop in Chennai on Thursday June 21, 2012 and in Bangalore on Friday June 29, 2012, on the procedures and guidelines for applying to the 2013-14 Fulbright-Nehru and other fellowships.
As you know, the deadline to apply for most categories of the Fulbright-Nehru and other fellowships is July 16, 2012. The workshops are for potential candidates preparing to apply for the fellowships this year. The workshops will have presentations by USIEF staff and Fulbright alumni on the application process, elements of a strong application (eg: a good research proposal or personal statement) and getting effective letters of recommendation.

Registration for the workshops is on a first-come basis and the last date to register is Friday June 15, 2012. Please send your name, designation, organisation, email and mobile number to:

Ms Lalitha Nagesvari – tel. 044-28574275/email: for the Chennai workshop
Mr S Vasudevan – tel.044-28574492/email: for the Bangalore workshop

We look forward to hearing from you by Friday June 15, 2012.

Best wishes

Maya Sivakumar
Regional Officer 
USIEF – Chennai

About USIEF (

United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) was established in 1950 to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and India 
through the U.S. Government’s flagship Fulbright Program for educational and cultural exchange. USIEF administers the Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships for American and Indian students, faculty and professionals; and organizes programs around visiting U.S. Fulbright scholars and Indian Fulbright alumni. The Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI), administered jointly by USIEF and the University Grants Commission (UGC), aims to build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. USIEF’s Education Advising Services also provides information to Indian students on higher education opportunities in the U.S.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Make Occupational Therapy as your Career Choice

Department of Occupational Therapy,    Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal, 576104, Karnataka, India, Phone: 0820-2922938/ 2922220/ 2922188, Email:

Course: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT). It is 4 ½ year fulltime course.
Eligibility: Student graduated from science stream with at least 45 % marks.

Department of Occupational Therapy Manipal is affiliated by World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) [] & All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) []. 

Department of Occupational Therapy, Manipal conducts the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy programme under Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences (MCOAHS) and is affiliated to Manipal University. This Course is also affiliated by Health Professions Council (HPC), UK and National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), USA.

What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a health disciplines that evaluates treats and consults with individuals whose abilities to cope with the tasks of everyday living are challenged by physical illness or injury, psychosocial disability or developmental delay.

What does an occupational therapist do?
n  Treat persons  with disabilities using therapeutic techniques & procedures
n  Design and fabricate splints, assistive devices and adaptive aids
n  Train for independence in daily activities
n  Modify environment to support participation and many more 

Job & Academic Prospects
n  Occupational Therapy is well renowned in India and has tremendous scope overseas.
n  In India the market for this profession is steadily increasing.
n  Occupational therapist works in Neurological, Orthopedical, and Pediatric and Mental Health unit in hospital and rehabilitation centre. 
n  Occupational therapists also work in school, industrial setup and as ergonomic consultant.
n  Good opportunities for overseas placements.
n  Abroad they draw attractive annual salary.
n  Can pursue Masters and PhD in specialized fields. 

Why Department of Occupational Therapy Manipal is your right choice for your career?
1)               Since 2006 this department is one of the reputed clinical placement destinations for occupational therapy students from different part of the world.
2)               Only institute in India which has collaboration with foreign universities in terms of clinical placement, lateral entry and collaborative research in the field of occupational therapy.
3)               One of the leading institutes in India in terms of publishing research article in the field of occupational therapy.
4)               India’s best splint unit. India’s best standard lab with maximum number of standardized tools for education, treatment and research.
5)               More than 60 % of alumni of this department are placed overseas.
6)               Highly qualified staff with national & international research background.

Admission Notice

Admission for Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) Courses, at NIOH, Kolkata
Total no of sit: 6
MOT in Orthopedics

DD – 36, Sector – I, Salt Lake, Kolkata – 700 064
Tel. no.:2321-3461/6602