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News from Member Organisations March 2020 - India


The Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health & Family Welfare has tabled its 117th Report on 31st January, 2020, in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha both. The committee has accepted the AIOTA’s suggestion and recommended for renaming the Bill as ‘National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill 2020’ in place of earlier terminology ‘The Allied & Healthcare Professions Council Bill 2018’ in the lines of ‘National Medical Commission Act 2019’.

Almost all suggestions endorsed by AIOTA were addressed in the recommendations of the committee, tabled in the parliament which referred it to the ministry for enactment.

The key recommendation is separate council for occupational therapy professionals in National Commission for Allied & Healthcare Professions Bill. According to the other recommendations: occupational therapists can practice independently or as a part of multi-disciplinary team with a minimum qualification of baccalaureate degree; no supervision of modern medicine doctors; equal representation in the advisory board; inclusion of members in the council from key national institutes; and also one nomination from AIOTA. The committee further recommended the Ministry to re-examine the definition of occupational therapy, based on global definition and existing state councils of Delhi & Maharashtra.


Jan.16-18, 2020

OTICON 2020 -the 57th, Annual National Conference of the All India Occupational Therapist’s Association was very successfully organized on 16th -18th January 2020 at Mumbai. The event was hosted on account of Platinum Jubilee Year (1950-2020) of Occupational Therapy School & Centre, Seth G.S Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai, which also happened to be the First school of Occupational Therapy in Asia.

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Pre-conf. Continuing OT Education Program on “Advanced Occupational Therapy Practices in Mental Health: Micro & Macro Perspective” organized by Academic Council of OT

The Mayor of Mumbai Hon. Mrs. Kishori Tai Pednekar inaugurated the conference. More than 800 delegates attended the event from all over India and abroad. About 50 research works under different categories were presented. Competitive scientific students’ events like street plays, poster presentations, humorous posters, mini movies and innovative technology sessions were organized on the occasion. Dr. Vinita Acharya (Manipal) and Dr. Raviraj Shetty (Mumbai) were the resource faculties for Pre-Conference Continuing OT Education by Academic Council of OT on “Advanced Occupational Therapy Practices in Mental Health: Micro & Macro Perspective”, followed with panel discussion by eminent experts:

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Lighting of the Lamp by the Chief Guest Mrs. Kishori Pedenkar-Mayor of Mumbai

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Welcome Address by President AIOTA Dr. Anil Srivastava

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Mrs. Manjiri Nimbkar receiving President AIOTA’s Crown of OT Award posthumously presented to Founder of OT in India & Asia Late Mrs. Kamala V. Nimbkar (nee Elizabeth Lundy)

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Inaugural Address by Hon’ble Mayor of Mumbai Mrs. Kishori Tai Pednekar. Others seen are President IOTA Dr.Anil Srivastava, Org. Secretary Dr. Jayashree Kale and Hon. Secretary AIOTA Dr. Satish Maslekar.

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Mayor of Mumbai with AIOTA officials in scientific exhibition arranged during OTICON’2020

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President AIOTA presenting AIOTA Certificate for Ergonomic Suitability of- Seating and Educational range of furniture produced by Godrej Interio-India

The founder of Occupational Therapy profession in India & Asia was posthumously conferred with the prestigious President AIOTA’s Crown of OT Award 2020. The award was received by her kin Mrs. Manjiri Nimbkar, the managing trustee of Nimbkar Rehabilitation Trust.

Dr. Jayashri S. Kale, Professor & Head of OT School, SGSMC, Mumbai, was the Organizing Secretary and Dr. Amitabh K. Dwivedi, Professor & Dean Jaipur OT College, Jaipur was the Chairman of the Scientific Program of this prestigious event.


The General Body (GB) of AIOTA met at Mumbai on 17th February, 2020, has accepted the proposal of Dr. R. Ilavajagan, Convener/President, Puducherry Branch/Association of the AIOTA for holding OTICON’2021: The 58th National Conference of AIOTA at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Gorimedu, Dhanvantari Nagar, Puducherry.


Following were declared elected in first ever online election to elect the Executive Committee of the All India Occupational Therapists’ Association for the tenure April, 2020 to March, 2024. The results were declared by Dr. Lakshmanan S. (Bangalore), Chairman, Election Committee, during the GB Meeting of the AIOTA held on 17th January, 2020, at Mumbai:

President: Dr. Anil K. Srivastava, Lucknow

Vice President: Dr. Surendra K. Meena, Jaipur

Honorary Secretary: Dr. Joseph Sunny, Cochin

Honorary Treasurer: Dr. Pratibha M. Vaidya, Mumbai

Executive Committee Members: Dr. Amitabh K. Dwivedi, Jaipur, Dr. Arun Kumar M., Chennai, Dr. Murali Krishnan S., Chennai and Dr. Punita V. Solanki, Mumbai.

Following the re-election of Dr. Anil K. Srivastava as President, all AIOTA officials wanted to express their gratitude to Dr. Srivastava, hence decided to compile everyone's feelings together and presented Dr Srivastava a book titled "Golden Memories".


The Academic Council of OT elections were held to elect Dean and four Executive Committee Members, by mode of secret ballots during GB meeting of the ACOT held on 17th January, 2020 at Mumbai:

Dean ACOT: Dr. Jyothika Bijlani, Mumbai

Executive Committee Members: Dr. Kamal N. Arya (New Delhi), Dr. Shailja S. Jaywant (Mumbai), Dr. Vijay Batra (New Delhi), and Dr. Zarine D. Ferzandi (Mumbai)


Dr. Shailaja S. Jaywant, Assistant Professor, OT, LTM Medical College & General Hospital, Mumbai, was the facilitator for two days’ workshop held on 7th to 8th February, 2020, on ‘Comprehensive Learning Disability Assessment Module & Intervention’. The workshop aimed to provide the knowledge about the comprehensive module for learning disability (LD) assessment which is designed and approved by the All India Occupational Therapists’ Association. This workshop was aimed to give guidelines about preparing LD Certificate as per government of India format for LD Certification.


After successful completion of AIOTA’s Fellowship in Advanced OT in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (FAOT-NDD) in 2017 & in Neuro-rehab (FAOT:NR) in 2018, Academic Council of Occupational Therapy (ACOT) is now all set to start “AIOTA’s- 3rd Annual Fellowship in Advanced Occupational Therapy: Musculoskeletal Rehab & Ergonomics (FAOT:MS&E-India) From Sept 2020- June 2021. Those interested may write to Dr. Jyothika Bijlani Dean ACOT, E mail: deanacot@aiota.org