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News from Member Organisations December 2021 - India



On the world Occupational Therapy Day (27th October 2021), All India Occupational Therapists’ Association (AIOTA), organised Webinar on “Occupational Therapy as a Promising Career”, which was specifically designed for the students of class X, XI, and XII and their parents to create awareness about the potential of making the successful career in Occupational Therapy profession. All OT professionals were also asked to upload the videos and reels in the social media to highlight the various dimensions and importance of OT profession as part of marking OT World Day.

The function was inaugurated by Dr. Pramod Ingale, Academic Dean, LTM Medical College, and Prof. and Head of the department of LTMM College and Hospital, Mumbai. The program began with welcome address by Dr. Anil Srivastava, President AIOTA & Executive Chairman of Academic Council of Occupational Therapy (ACOT) followed by briefing on the Webinar by Dr. Jyothika Bijlani, Dean Academic Council of Occupational Therapy (ACOT). The inaugural function was concluded by Hon. Secretary of AIOTA, Dr Joseph Sunny with vote of thanks after the announcement of names of winners who participated in the contest of Occupational Therapy related video s & reels by the Chief Guest of the function.

Immediately after the inaugural function, the parallel sessions of webinar started in English and other regional languages on Zoom platform. The presentation contents of this webinar on “Occupational Therapy as a Promising Career”, were prepared by team of experts consisted of Dr Shovan Saha (Manipal), Dr Vijay Batra (Delhi), Dr. Shriharsh Jahagirdar (Mumbai), Dr. Manish Samnani (Noida), Dr. Neeraj Mishra (Davangere) & Dr. Balaji Baskaran (Chennai) .This was then presented in seven Indian languages i.e., English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam and Telegu. Considerable amount of work and efforts were put together for not only in preparing the presentation in different languages but also the tremendous amount of hard work was put in by the coordinators, the logistic, IT & media promotion to make this event a grand success.

More than 2500 teachers, students of 10th, 11th & 12th grade & their parents had attended the webinar across India in almost all states. To achieve this target of audience, more than 300 occupational therapy professionals & students volunteered to coordinate the above activities with various schools & colleges.

Such an innovative webinar was very successfully held for the first time in India with 24 occupational therapy professionals who made the presentation in various languages at 12 different sessions and in 7 different languages across all the states of India in one day using zoom on-line services.

This was truly well appreciated both by the audience & OT professionals equally.

Dr. Anil K. Srivastava