KLE Institute of Physiotherapy: A constituent unit of KAHER deemed to be University
KLEU Institute of Physiotherapy

A report released by WHO in the year 2018 stated that more than 1.5 billion people globally are estimated to live with a disability. The report further states that this occurrence increases in order from poor countries to high-income countries. Such patients have the potential to benefit from physiotherapy services. However, there is a major misconception that general physiotherapy is all about massage, exercise, treating elite athletes, or those who are recovering from an injury.

Physiotherapists manage the task of maintaining, promoting, and restoring the overall health and fitness of growing segments of the population, ranging from conditions such as back pain to heart disease, fractures and amputations, arthritis to paraplegia, cervical spondylosis to frozen shoulder, head injury, and stroke.

Physiotherapists have a unique and expanding role to play in global health work/care. The modern health care system demands collaboration among health workers from different professional backgrounds, to ensure holistic and patient-centric care. Physiotherapists offer comprehensive services by working along with patients, their families, carers and communities, to deliver the highest quality of care across settings, making them the key members of collaborative inter-professional teams.

Understanding the same, KLE Institute of Physiotherapy ensures that aspiring physiotherapists possess skills, knowledge, and qualities to do ethical and effective global health work. The Institute today provides excellent physiotherapy human resources to the nation and the world.

The Brand Image of KLE Institute of Physiotherapy Society
KLE Institute of Physiotherapy is one of the pioneering institutes in the field of physiotherapy under KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research (KAHER), located in Belagavi, Karnataka, administering physiotherapy education since 1994. This institute was established under KLE Society’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belagavi as a Department affiliated to Karnataka University, Dharward and in the year 1997, it was affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. The department was the first to start the Master of Physiotherapy program in the year 2000 under the Rajiv Gandhi University, Bangalore. In the year 2004, the Department was upgraded to the status of an Institute under the same University. In the year 2009, when KLE became an independent Deemed to be University, the Institute of Physiotherapy has been taken under its ambit.

The Institute’s continuous endeavor is to educate, mentor, and train physiotherapy students to the highest international standards, empowering them to achieve their full potential, for lifelong learning in intellectual, ethical and clinical competencies. The Institute is also aimed at fostering quality research, education, and patient care, amending the K.L.E Society Scholarship and cultural tradition.

The Dedicated Educators

Talent drives any organization towards success, however; it is the efforts of a visionary when combined with talent that leads an organization to continuous glory. KLE society’s Chairman and Chancellor of KAHER, Dr. Prabhakar B. Kore is the formidable force behind this Institution’s continuous success. He has installed and implemented a lot of ideas into the society as a whole, in which KAHER and its constituent units are a tip of the iceberg. He has been the Chairman of KLE society for the last 34 years and under his guidance, the society has successfully been running about 262 Institutions. Aiding Dr. Kore in his mission of upholding the Institute’s educational value is Dr. Sanjiv Kumar, Principal and Head of the Institution. Together they have expanded the potential of the Institute at various levels.

A Customized and Student-Centric Curriculum
We have now established the unique features and particulars about KLEU, but this talk of fame is not complete until we know how the Institute offers supreme quality education. The Institute does it by offering its students advance syllabus and lesson planning, E-learning resources, mentorship program and an ambiance to learn. Students are also encouraged to participate in Extra-Curricular, Extramural and NSS activities.

The Institute currently offers a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy (BPT) with an intake of 100 seats, a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy (MPT) with an intake of 60 seats, representing 10 specialties like Pediatric Physiotherapy, Orthopedic Physiotherapy, Neurology Physiotherapy, Orthopedic Manual Therapy, OBG Physiotherapy, Community Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physiotherapy, Oncology Physiotherapy, Geriatric Physiotherapy, Biomechanics – Physical and Functional Diagnosis and short courses like Post Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Rehabilitation with an intake of 04 seats, Certificate Course in Manual Therapy with an intake of 50 seats and Certification Course in Sports Conditioning.
Furthermore, the Institute equally emphasizes the need for the holistic development of its students. And hence, the students are encouraged to take Yoga classes, visit to Orphanage Homes, Old Age Homes, local industries and attend Soft Skills Training Programs.

As a step towards staying upbeat with the current trends in Physiotherapy, students here are also encouraged to take up quality research projects in UG and PG Courses, publishing over 300 articles in eminent journals.

Exceptional Infrastructural Facilities

Completing this student-specific community of the Institute is its state-of-the-art infrastructure. The Institute boasts of the best facilities to promote comprehensive teaching and learning and patient care.

The Institute’s building and lighting arrangements endorse the green building philosophy that imbibes the true understanding of ‘Swacch Bharat’ concepts. Multimedia presentation resources are given for the classrooms, ICT with Wi-Fi, and PAS facilities. The library has more than 8222 books and 17 exclusive Physiotherapy journals. The digital library section houses 30 computers with internet access.
The Institute’s Physiotherapy OPD is part of a 2460 bedded multi-specialty hospital; KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital and Medical Research Centre. It has one of the best infrastructure, covering an area of 1400square ft. and imbibing a variety of advanced facilities like Virtual Reality, Gait Lab, Hydrotherapy pool, MATRIX, Shockwave Therapy, Dry Cryo-Therapy, Functional Electrical Stimulation, EMG Biofeedback, LASER, CryoCompressor, Isokinetic Device, Sports-Fitness, etc. This is also the first Institute to launch a Mobile Physiotherapy Van to provide Domiciliary services, intended to extend services in and around Belagavi city.

The Institute also encourages its students to offer physiotherapy services to KLES Belgaum Cancer Hospital and KLES Centenary Charitable Hospital located in Belagavi City. Students here also are well exposed to the Community and Rural Health Care postings (Old Age Home, Special Schools, and Primary Health Center). Thus at KLEU Institute of Physiotherapy, students gain hands-on experience while also focusing on gaining theoretical knowledge.

An Abode of Opportunities

KLEU believes that its responsibility does not end with just providing the best academia. The professional and holistic growth of its students is of paramount importance to it and to ensure the same, the Institute introduces its students to the world of opportunities. One of its mere attempts to do so is by conducting placement programs at regular intervals of time. Some of the noteworthy placements undertaken by the Institute include Sports Physiotherapists for Women’s Indian Cricket Team, Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket team, clinical posts in Asian Cancer Institute, Leelavati Hospital, Sancheti Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital as well as imparting academic excellence in D.Y. Patil Institute of Physiotherapy, Goa Medical College, Rishihood University, etc.

In Years to Come

By now, it is evident that the KLEU Institute of Physiotherapy is committed to leveraging its facilities to world-class standards, to provide the best academia and to prepare students for global healthcare needs and will continue to do so. In the future, the Institute is planning to provide improvised physiotherapy education in terms of expansion and infrastructure, with innovations in rehabilitation facilities such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Movement Analysis, and Simulation laboratories, to help students improve critical thinking, research and complex learning.

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