Department of Physiotherapy, Punjabi University, Patiala
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Department History

Date of Establishment : 29th Feb 2008                 

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that is primarily concerned with remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention. Physical therapists can help people at any stage of life, when movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors. Physical therapists help people maximize their quality of life, looking at physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. They work in the health spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. Physical therapists can practise independently of other health care/service providers and also within interdisciplinary rehabilitation/habilitation programmes in a wide variety of settings.

In India undoubtedly there exists a great need for the quality Physiotherapy services. The Government of India’s national policy on the prevention of disability recognizes the physiotherapist as core member of the team involved in the prevention and management of locomotor disability. Prevention, health promotion, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation take place in multiple settings that may include primary health care centers, education & research centers, fitness clubs, health clubs, hospitals, senior citizen centers, sports centers, workplaces/companies etc.

The Department of Physiotherapy at Punjabi University, Patiala came to independent existence since 2008. The vision of Physiotherapy Department is to be a pioneer in heralding best physiotherapy health care professionals, academicians & researchers and to be an integral part of our communities' need.


Our mission is:

       To provide conducive atmosphere for easy and effective learning.

       To prepare the students to face the global healthcare needs.

       To provide quality physiotherapist well equipped with cognitive, psychomotor and effective skills.

       To inculcate the holistic approach amongst the students for the total rehabilitation of patients.

       To foster the research culture among the students and staffs for timely up gradation of knowledge.

       To provide exposure to the extracurricular activities for all-round development of students.

       To provide quality care with the help of recent advances in physiotherapy for early functional independence of patients.


Department runs two regular courses i.e., Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy (BPT) and Masters in Physiotherapy (MPT) in four specializations i.e., Musculoskeletal, Neuro-physiotherapy, Cardiopulmonary and Sports Physiotherapy.  The department is among one of those few universities of India that offer Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Physiotherapy.




Faculty (Click on Faculty Name for Bio data)


  1. Dr Narinder Kaur Multani, MPT (Sports) Ph.D Head of the Department
  2. Dr A.G.K. Sinha, MPT (Sports), Ph.D,
  3. Dr Narkeesh Arumugam, MPT (Neurology), Ph.D  


Assistant Professors

  1. Dr Sonia Singh, MPT (Orthopaedics), Ph.D
  2. Sandeep Singh, MPT (Neurology)
  3. Jayaraman G, MPT (Cardio)


Clinical Physiotherapists

  1. Kanimozhi D., MPT (Orthopaedics)
  2. Dr Pragya, MPT (Orthopaedics), Ph.D
  3. Vavita Rani, BPT
  4. Nainky Bhalla, MPT (Neurology)
  5. Balwinder Kaur, BPT
  6. Ravinder Kaur, MPT (Orthopaedics)
  7. Saurav Sharma, MPT (Orthopaedics)
  8. Ravinder Singh, BPT


The Department has some of the highest qualified Physiotherapy professionals in the country in its faculty. Books authored by the faculties of the department have become the standard text book of various universities. The staff and students of the Department are actively engaged in the research work in all areas of Physiotherapy and their research output is being published in the reputed national and international journals. By virtue of their research contributions, all the faculty members have earned recognition in their respective areas of specialization. They are invited all over the country and abroad as well to chair scientific sessions, as resource persons and delivering lectures.


Department has collaboration with other institutions for academic and research expertise such as Indian Spinal Cord Injury Center, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Sardar Bhagwan Singh Post Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Research, Balawala, Dehradun, Mullana University, Mullana, Ambala.



Books published with ISBN with details of publishers

Name and Designation of Faculty

Books written

ISBN with details of Publishers

Dr Narinder Kaur Multani,


The Principles of Geriatric Physiotherapy


JAYPEE brothers, Medical Publishers (P) Ltd, New Delhi, 2007

Dr AGK Sinha, (Professor)

1.Principles and Practice of Therapeutic Massage. (Reviewed in Physical Therapy , the official journal of American Association of Physical Therapy Nov.2002,vol 82 No 82 p 1138). 


2.Principles and Practice of Therapeutic Massage.2nd edition 2010


3.Sinha, A.G.K., Kumar, M., Singh, S. (Ed) Physiotherapy in Health Care: Need and The Reality.


4.Sinha, A.G.K., Tripathi, S., Sharma, R.  Orthoses, Prosthesis and Assistive Devices for Physiotherapists.

Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi – 2001



Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi –ISBN:9788184488319     


Publication Bureau Punjabi University Patiala

ISBN : 9788130201337, 2012


Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New  Delhi  2012

ISBN : 978-93-5025-898-9      

Dr Narkeesh Arumugam,

(Professor and Head)

Clinical Significance of Electrodiagnosis in Disc Herniation.

LAP LAMBERT Publishing is a trademark of: Omni Scriptum GmbH & Co. KG Heinrich- Böcking- Strabe., 6-8,66121. Saarbrucken, Germany.

Dr. Sonia Singh (Assistant Professor)

Factors leading to disability in Chronic Non Specific Back Pain “Impact of Back Muscles functions, spinal ROM & Fear-Avoidance Beliefs on Disability in Chronic Non-Specific Back pain”

LAP Lambert Academic Publishing ISBN : 978-3-659-42356-7, 2012





Name of the Investigator

Title of the project and duration

Amount sanctioned

  Funding Agency


Dr. N.K. Multani, (Professor)

Impact of Therapeutic Intervention in Patients of Osteoporosis


w.e.f. 2009-10 to 2012-13

UGC, New Delhi


Dr AGK Sinha (Professor)

Surveillance protocol development and intensive physiotherapy for prevention of lateral ankle sprain in sports person: A prospective study



for 2 years

UGC, New Delhi (UGC support for Minor Research Project in Physical Sciences, Biosciences, Maths, Medical, Agricultural Sciences and Engineering & Chemistry to University/ College Teachers.
















Dr. Narkeesh Arumugam


1.Efficacy of Trioflam Phonophoresis versus Conventional Ultrasound Therapy in the Management of Osteoarthritis Knee and Periarthritis Shoulder

2.Ergonomic Study in Bunge Rajpura Plant




w.e.f. 2014 for 1 year












Cadilla Pharmaceuticals,











Bunge India Private Ltd, Rajpura
























Name of Faculty Member

National Awards


Dr Narkeesh Arumugam

1.    Patanjali Award: Achievement award(2011) in the field of Physiotherapy - Bharathiya Vellalar Sangam, Tamilnadu, India

2.    Significant Contribution Award 2013: AIIMS Physiotherapy Conference2012- 2013

3.    Significant Contribution Award 2013: 51st annual conference of IAP 2013 held at Kala academy Panjim, Goa.


4.    Significant Contribution Award 2013: Neuroaxis 2013 AIIMS & IAMR Neuro Physiotherapy Conf 2013.


5.    Significant contribution Award 2014 in Manual Therapy In India: Awarded by Brain Mulligan, in Mulligan Conference 2014, organized by Capri Institute, New Delhi and D Y Patil Institute, Pune.


Dr. N.K. Multani

1.   Jewel of India award 2006 conferred for outstanding contribution in the field of physiotherapy by International Education Society

2.   IAP Chandigarh Branch Oration Award 2010.

3.   Dr. N S Yadava Oration Award, 2011


Dr. A.G.K.Sinha

1.    India medico award of Indian Association of Physiotherapists -2003

2.    CP Nair oration award of Indian Association of Physiotherapists 2007 for outstanding contribution in professional upliftment.




















Bachelor Of Physiotherapy (BPT, 4.5 Years)                                                                           Student Intake : 25

Pre-requisite: 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with 50% marks in aggregate. Admission of BPT course shall be based on the merit list prepared by the Punjabi University, Patiala. Preparation of merit list shall involve totaling of percentage of marks of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in the 12th Class.


Master Of Physiotherapy (MPT, 2 Years)                                                                                 Student Intake : 25

Pre-requisite: BPT with 50% marks from recognized university/board/institution.

Admission to MPT course is based on the merit list prepared by the Punjabi University, Patiala with special reference to following distribution of marks:

i)             40% weightage for 12th (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English) merit.      

ii)            60% weight age for BPT merit

Six seats in each specialization (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Neurological Physiotherapy, Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy, Sports Physiotherapy).

iii)           The candidate should have completed internship before the date of counseling for the admission to MPT.





Out Patient Department (OPDs)

In order to meet the requirement of clinical material for teaching and research, the Department runs three OPDs. The main OPD (General & Neurological) is located in the Health Centre of University where more than 100 patients receive physiotherapy services every day. The extension center i.e., Geriatric Physiotherapy Clinic at Model Town, Patiala provides specialized care to elderly population of the city. Sports physiotherapy clinic caters to the specific need of sports persons of the university. In all these OPDs the services are provided by the highly qualified Clinical Physiotherapists. These OPDs are equipped with ultra modern equipments like SWD, MWD unit, Combo-therapy, Interferential Therapy unit, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Traction, Infrared, Moist Heat, Whirlpool, Laser Therapy unit, Cryotherapy, Hydrotherapy etc.


Clinical attachments

Department has collaboration with renowned hospitals of Patiala city for clinical training of the students. These extensions are:


          COLUMBIA  ASIA, PATIALA (Multispecialty, 90 bedded)

          SADBHAWNA  HOSPITAL, PATIALA (Heart institute, 45 bedded)

          A P TRAUMA, PATIALA (Multispecialty, 22 bedded)

          AMAR HOSPITAL, PATIALA (Multispecialty, 150 bedded)

          NAVJEEVANI, SHULLAR (Pre-vocational training, Physiotherapy services)

The department has a mobile van for community physiotherapy services.



Teaching/Practical Labs

The Department has following teaching labs:

1. Anatomy Lab                             

2. Physiology Lab                                   

3. Electrotherapy Lab                    

4. Exercise Therapy Lab               

5. Clinical Psychology Lab                     

6. Computer Lab


Research Lab

The research lab of the department is equipped with state of the art research equipments such as Electromyography (EMG), Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV), Electrocardiography (ECG), Computerized Spirometry, Bone Mineral Density Evaluation, Foot pressure assessment, Physical fitness evaluation equipments.



  1. One day work shop on “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” by experts of Apollo hospitals Ludhiana in 2008.
  2. Two Day Work Shop on “Orthotics and Prosthetics” by Mr. Nirmalendu Guin prosthetic orthotic engineer of PGIMER, Chandigarh on 14-15 Feb 2009.
  3. Two days workshop on the topic of “Concepts and Techniques of Neural Mobilization” by Prof. A.G. Dhandapani in Collaboration with IAP Punjab branch organized in Oct 2009.  
  4. One Day Workshop on “Taping Techniques” by Dr. Mithilesh & Dr. Sandeep.
  5. National seminar on theme “The Role of Physiotherapy in Health Care Delivery: The Need and the Reality” on 22nd-23rdJanuary 2011.
  6. National seminar on theme “Methodology of Physiotherapy Education: Issues and Challenges” on 24th -25th March 2012.
  7. National seminar on theme Research in Physiotherapy” on 4th March 2013.
  8. One day CME on New generation total knee replacement and post surgical rehabilitation” organized in collaboration with Max Elite Institute of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation on 8th Feb 2014.



1.    4 papers were presented by the MPT students of the department at international conferences WCPT Conference, Amsterdam and 10th Asian spinal cord society conference, Sri Lanka, in 2011.

2.    Several papers of the MPT students of the department found place in publication of repute.

3.    MPT  students of the department has organized and provided physiotherapy/medical coverage to various national/ state level sporting tournaments and championships and has received praise from sports authorities and players for the quality of service rendered.


1.    Movement research laboratory - department intends to develop research lab for analysis of abnormal movement and physiological and biochemical aspects of movement.

2.    Simulation lab for ICU training – for advanced training in the cardiopulmonary specialization. It is planned to establish a simulation lab consisting of mannequin and other gadgets of ICU. 

3.    Information dissemination centre on locomotor disability: low awareness about the rehabilitative efforts is one of the main reasons for ineffective empowerment of people with disability. Department aims at creating information decimation centre at its OPD where the information of the various aspects of care of disability   and schemes of government shall be made available to the public.






Contact Us

Name: Dr.
Narinder Kaur Multani
The Head of the Department,
Department of Physiotherapy
Punjabi University, Patiala,Punjab.

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Ph: 0175-304-6434

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