National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (Divyangjan)

National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (Divyangjan)

In the year 1978, the National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped (NIOH) was established in Calcutta, West Bengal under Ministry of Social Welfare, Govt. of India as an autonomous body under Societies Registration Act 1961. Now, NIOH is a leading Central Government organization funded by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and the name is changed to National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (Divyangjan) . It is situated at the campus of the former Kumar P. N. Roy Group of Hospitals at Bon Hooghly, Kolkata. It is an apex organization which is functioning in the area of locomotor disability. The Institute supports and enables persons with locomotor disabilities to optimize their potential and to realize their right to live life on an equal basis with their non-disabled peers through rehabilitation management, education, training, research and human resource development.

Institute was established with the following objectives:

  • To conduct/sponsor, co-ordinate or subsidize research in all aspects of the education and rehabilitation of the Orthopedically impaired which expression shall also include the neurologically handicapped with problems of coordination or mobility.
  • To undertake, sponsor, co-ordinate or subsidize research in biomedical engineering leading the effective evaluation of aids or suitable surgical or medical procedures or the development of new aids.
  • To undertake or sponsor the training of trainees and teachers, employment officers, psychologists, vocational counselors and such other personnel as may be deemed necessary by the institute for promoting education, training or rehabilitation of the orthopedically impaired.
  • To distribute, promote or subsidize the manufacture and distribution of any or all aids designed to promote any aspects of the education, rehabilitation or therapy of the orthopedically impaired.

The National Institute for the Locomotor Disabilities can be reached at the following.

National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (Divyangjan)
B T Road, Bonhooghly, Kolkata – 700 090
Phone : 033-2531 1248 : Fax : 033-25318379
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