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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

National activities of professional concern and of importance: By the all india occupational therapists' association for the year 2019-2020

Director and Consultant, Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation, Rehabcare, Lucknow; Director, Deenbandhu Rehabilitation Center, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India; President, The All India Occupational Therapists' Association; Editor-in-Chief, The Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy; Executive Chairman, The Academic Council of Occupational Therapy; WFOT Delegate

Date of Submission12-Feb-2020
Date of Acceptance13-Feb-2020
Date of Web Publication30-Mar-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Anil K Srivastava
93, Laxmanpuri, Faizabad Road, Lucknow - 226 016, Uttar Pradesh, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijoth.ijoth_5_20

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  Allied and Health-care Professions Bill, 2020 Top

After almost 73 years of autonomy in India and 70 years of existence of profession of occupational therapy (OT) in India and Asia, it is quite a disheartening and unfortunate situation, to pen down the bitter truth that Indian government has not yet implemented a mechanism to acknowledge and regulate the profession of OT as well as many other health care and allied health-care professions.

The All India Occupational Therapists' Association (AIOTA) has been persistently making dedicated efforts for enactment to regulate this profession of the modern biopsychosocial medical system for the past more than three decades, but unexpectedly, it has remained unidentified, unregulated, and underutilized. It has certainly hampered the systematic growth and standardization of the profession in India, with respect to the global standards. Although the government felt the need of such regulation, no serious actions were visible, except in 1994 and thereafter in 2008, despite sincere efforts by the AIOTA officials, in this respect, which still has been a professional issue of prime focus.

The report tabled by the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare on 31st January, 2020, in the parliament to much extent has addressed almost all the issues raised by the AIOTA. The parliamentary standing committee did not accept our plea for an exclusive independent central council of OT or along with physiotherapy. The parliamentary standing committee relied on the view of the ministry that four councils have already been created, and it will not be practical to have a large number of councils, as being demanded by almost all allied and health-care professions. However, contrary to the recommendations of the ministry, by clubbing OT with 3-4 other groups of professionals in the original bill, which was strongly objected by the AIOTA, the parliamentary standing committee recommended for “Council for Occupational Therapy Professionals” and “Council for Physiotherapy Professionals” as the distinct categories.

The parliamentary standing committee has accepted the AIOTA's suggestion and recommended for renaming the Bill as “National Commission for Allied and Health-care Professions Bill 2020” in place of earlier terminology “The Allied and Health-care Professions Council Bill 2018” on the lines of “National Medical Commission Act 2019.”[1]

The other favorable recommendations are as follows: OTs can practice independently or as a part of multidisciplinary team with a minimum qualification of baccalaureate degree, no supervision of modern medicine doctors in the clinical practice, equal representation in the advisory board, inclusion of members in the council from key national institutes, and also a nomination from among the AIOTA officials. The parliamentary standing committee further recommended the ministry to reexamine the definition of OT based on the global definition and existing state councils of Delhi and Maharashtra. The union cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has already approved the Allied and Health-care Professions Bill, 2018, for regulation and standardization of education and services by allied and health-care professionals.[2] The Bill was introduced by the Health Minister Shri J. P. Nadda in the Rajya Sabha on December 31, 2018, which was referred to the parliamentary standing committee on health and family welfare, chaired by Professor Ram Gopal Verma.

  Fifty-seventh Annual National Conference Of All India Occupational Therapists' Association, Mumbai: Oticon'2020 Top

The 57th annual national conference of the AIOTA was held at Mumbai from 16th January, 2020, to 18th January, 2020, on the occasion of platinum jubilee year (1950-2020) of OT School and Centre, Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College (SGSMC) and King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, which also happens to be the first school of OT in Asia.

The conference was superbly organized with more than 800 national and international delegates and students, by OT School at SGSMC and Mumbai Branch of the AIOTA. The event was inaugurated by the Mayor of Mumbai Mrs. Kishori Tai Pednekar. About 50 research works in the form of oral, e-Poster, and innovative technology were presented. Competitive scientific events such as street plays, poster presentation, mini-movie, and innovative technology, continuing OT education program on “Advanced OT Practices in Mental Health” followed with panel discussions and also the panel discussion on “Management of Hemophilic Synovitis” by the multidisciplinary team were appreciated by participating delegates.

The founder of OT profession in India and 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. OTICON'2020 was organized in the fond memory of the founder of the profession of OT in Asia: Late Mrs. Kamala Vishnu Nimbkar.

The AIOTA and OT fraternity in India congratulated the Organizing Secretary: Dr. Jayashri S. Kale, Professor and Head of OT School, SGSMC, Mumbai, and the Chairman of the Scientific Program: Dr. Amitabh K. Dwivedi, Professor, and Dean, Jaipur OT College, Jaipur for their commendable efforts for successfully organizing this conference.

  Fifty-eighth Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapists' Association, Puducherry: Oticon'2021 Top

The 58th Annual National Conference of the AIOTA will be convened by the Puducherry Branch/Association of the AIOTA at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Gorimedu, Dhanvantari Nagar, Puducherry, in close collaboration with Tamil Nadu Branch/Association of the AIOTA and support from all OT colleges of South India. It has tentatively been planned for February 2021. We are optimistic for another exemplary academic meet of the AIOTA there at the Union Territory of Puducherry formerly known as Pondicherry: a perfect amalgamation of the traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture.

  All India Occupational Therapists' Association and Academic Council of Occupational Therapists Elections 2019 Top

Congratulations to the newly elected team of the AIOTA Executive Committee, by first-ever online election mode, under the supervision of Chairman, AIOTA Elections, 2019, Dr. Lakshmanan Sethuraman. The AIOTA also welcomes the elected executive committee of the academic council of OT and wishes for many more meaningful OT education courses during the upcoming tenure, for academic enhancements of the members of the AIOTA to advance their skills for effective service delivery.

  References Top

Parliament of India Rajya Sabha. Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare. India. Available from: https://prsindia.org/sites/default/files/bill_files/SCR%20-%20Allied%20and%20Healthcare%20bill.pdf. [Last updated on 2020 Jan 31; Last accessed on 2020 Feb 12].  Back to cited text no. 1
PM India. News Update: Cabinet Approves the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill. India. Available from: https://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/cabinet-approves- the-allied-and-healthcare-professions-bill/. [Last updated on 2018 Nov 22; Last accessed on 2020 Feb 12].  Back to cited text no. 2


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