Institute for the Physically Handicapped

The Institute for the Physically Handicapped (IPH), located in New Delhi, functions under the administrative and financial control of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India. The Institute was set up on 12th November, 1976 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.


The main aims and objectives of the Institute are to develop manpower in the field of rehabilitation and also to serve the orthopedically handicapped of all age groups.

Manpower Development

To achieve the main objective of developing manpower of rehabilitation personnel, the Institute conducts the following courses:

  • B.Sc (Hons.) in Physiotherapy (3 years and 6 months).
  • B.Sc (Hons.) in Occupational Therapy (3 years and 6 months).
  • B.Sc (Hons) Physical Therapy (Post Diploma - One year duration).
  • B.Sc (Hons.) Occupational Therapy (Post Diploma - One year duration).
  • Diploma Course in Prosthetic and Orthotic Engineering (2 years and 6 months).

Rehabilitation Services

The Institute runs Outpatient services for persons with disabilities like paraplegia, hemiplegia, arthritis, cerebral palsy, post polio residual paralysis, congenital anomalies, etc.

Assessment Clinics

Patients availing facilities in the Outpatient department are examined and evaluated by a multi disciplinary team of rehabilitation specialists.

  • Occupation therapy OPD
    In the outpatient department, patients with various disabilities like poliomyelitis, cerebral palsy, hemeplegia, arthritis, spinal injuries etc. are assessed, evaluated and given treatment using purposeful activities to improve or restore their functional capabilities impaired by disease or injury.
  • Occupation therapy OPD
    Physiotherapy outpatient department of the Institute is equipped with modern electrotherapy and exercise therapy equipment. Besides teaching and training of student therapists, a wide range of patients suffering from neurological, muscular and skeletal disorders are treated here.
  • Speech therapy OPD
    The Speech therapy OPD has equipment for the examination and treatment of patients with hearing and speech disorders.


In the Workshop artificial limbs, aids and appliances are fabricated and assembled for fitting according to the individual and specific needs of patients suffering from disabilities of Neuro-musculo-skeletal origin. It also has tailoring, carpentry and painting sections. In the workshop the students studying for the Diploma in Prosthetic & Orthotic Engineering are provided with practical training on learning skills of Prosthetic and Orthotic Engineering Technology.

Implementation of Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for Fitting Aids/Appliances

The Institute is an implementing agency for the scheme of Assistance to the Disabled persons sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. In the year 1994-95 the institute supplied aids and appliances worth Rs 62.83 lakhs to 2997 beneficiaries.

Special Education School

The Special Education School is meant for children with severe orthopedic handicaps. The school provides education up to the primary level and is recognized by the Education Department of the Municipal Corporation, Delhi. The aim of the Special School is to provide education and physical rehabilitation facilities, simultaneously.


The Institute has a library to meet the requirements of students, staff and guest faculty. There are 6616 books on various medical and professional subjects.

Printing Press

The Institute has a medium sized printing press.