8th International Symposium: ICF Education

A prelude to ICF in India

  • Dates: 30 Nov To 2 Dec 2022
  • Venue: Rayat-Bahra University, Mohali, Punjabi, India
  • Mode: Online and face-to-face meeting

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During the 8th International Symposium: ICF Education we will be exploring the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and how it is currently used in India and the potential of ICF Education to enhance the use of the classification.

The aim is to bring together people from around the world who are teaching about or using the International Classification in health statistics and administration, clinical practice and education such as in interprofessional education, research and product development.

Previous symposia demonstrated the successful biopsychosocial application of ICF. ICF educators, clinicians, advocates, and researchers from around the world are once again invited to share their experiences on this global platform and to learn from each other.

Collaboration and participation from all stakeholders are important. All participants are expected to share their experiences (whether they present an abstract or not) and learn from each other. Participation is essential. Accepted presentations will be posted on this website.


Pre- Symposium ICF Workshop: 30th November 2022 (Only Offline)

ICF Symposium: 1st and 2nd December 2022 (Hybrid Mode)


Rayat-Bahra University, Mohali, Punjab, India and by Zoom

Who should attend

Educators, clinicians, advocates, advisors, and researchers from around the world with an interest in ICF, as well as health policy makers and administrators, statisticians, and people with disabilities, care providers and disabled people’s organisations.


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Gurvinder Singh Bahra, Chancellor, RBU, Mohali

Prof. (Dr.) Parvinder Singh, Vice Chancellor RBU, Mohali

Prof. (Dr.) S.K. Mehta, Vice- Chancellor, University of Ladakh

Ms Sahila Bahra, Vice-president, Rayat-Bahara University

Dr. Harmesh Kumar President, SABH Foundation, SFO, CA, USA.

Dean of International (Foreign students) for RBU



INR 1000/-

Early bird closes October 31st

INR 2000/-

Advance closes 15th November

INR 2400/-

On the spot

INR 3000/-


INR 1400/-

Payment details

Cash/cheque/ DD/online transfer in favour of
President of the National Rehabilitation Institute, payable at
Hoshirapur, Opposite Green View Park, Court Road, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India

Bank: State Bank of India

Account number: 306 961 70986

IFSC code: SBIN0000653

Symposium theme

ICF Education: a prelude for India

Symposium topics

1. ICF based research in India

In India research using ICF as the basis for collecting information on functioning has expanded. The first day will focus on this research with a mix of invited speakers, panel discussion and presentation of posters.

2. International uses informing ICF use in India

A diverse group of people from around the world will share their experience on using ICF. A second poster session will share information on ICF. This will be followed by a discussion about how the international experience can inform the use of ICF in India and vice versa.

This two-day event will have an informal and inclusive program. All participants will be there on equal terms. The symposium will focus on education related to ICF, with the participation of people from different professional backgrounds with international experience in their fields. The outcomes of the symposium will be a set of recommendations and actions for collaboration between participants.



The abstract must present original topics in clinical/ research areas carried out by the authors themselves. Review of literature or complication of work done by others will not be accepted.

The abstract must include clearly defined sections as follows: Introduction, Need of study, Aims and objectives, Method, Results, discussion, summary and conclusion (bibliography optional).

The abstract must not exceed 300 words.

Abstracts will be checked for similarity with previously published work. Only those abstracts less than 10% of similarity will be considered for review and possible acceptance.


All abstracts should be submitted through email by 10th November 2022 by the corresponding author. No changes to the submitted abstract will be accepted.

For abstract submission and queries: icfsymposium2022@gmail.com, dharma.dfi@gmail.com

Abstract received after the due date and time will not be accepted.

The presenting author should be registered for the conference.

All abstracts submitted by the due date will be reviewed by at least four of the organizers who will recommend those for acceptance for presentation. The corresponding author will be informed by 15th November 2022.

Important dates:

November 10, 2022: Closing date for submission of abstracts

November 15, 2022: Notification of selection/rejection of abstracts

Preliminary Programme

Individual presentation by each panel member (20 minutes each) and then question and answers 10mins

National speakers

Invited speakers:

  1. Dr Gurpreet Singh Binepal
  2. Dr Anjan Bhattacharya
  3. Dr Deepak Kumar
  4. Dr Robins Kumar
  5. Dr Snehal Dharmayat
  6. Dr Suvarna Gambhir
  7. Dr Apurva Simpi

International speakers

Invited speakers:

  1. Nora Fayed (Occupational Therapist & Associate Professor), School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University, Canada
  2. Olaf Kraus de Camargo (Pediatrician & Professor), McMaster University, Canada
  3. Matilde Leonardi (Pediatric Neurologist & Professor), Public Health & Disability Unit, WHO-FIC Collaborating Center, Italy
  4. Eduardo Santana Cordeiro (Physiotherapist & Public Health Researcher), Director of CIF, Brasil
  5. Stefanus Snyman (Occupational Medicine Practitioner & Consultant), WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre, South Africa
  6. Catherine Sykes (Physiotherapist & Senior Research Fellow), WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre, University of Sydney, Australia
  7. Thomas Maribo (Physiotherapist), Head of Department of Public Health and Rehabilitation Research, DEFACTUM, Central Denmark Region & Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark.
  8. Daniel Cid (Physical Therapist & Master in Health Management). Author of FUNCAS, Interdisciplinary Assessment Software for Children with Disability; Academic Director at Capasitium; Founder of FUDUS, Foundation Kinesiologist of Human Functioning; Certified ICF trainer PAHO/WHO.



Prof. (Dr.) Neena Mehta, Dean Academic, RBU.

Dr. Jaimanti Bakshi, Head ENT(II), PGIMER, Chd.

Dr. Alakananda Banerjee, Physiotherapist and Founder, DFI, New Delhi.


Dr. Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, HOD, Electronics and Emgineering, RBU.


Dr. Dharam Vir, Assistant Professor, Speech and Hearing, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Ms. Ramica Sharma, HOD Pharmacy, RBU.

Dr. Deepika Kumar, Principal of Rayat Bahra College of Nursing

Dr. Robins Kumar, Certified ICF Trainer Dutch WHO-FIC, Occupational Therapist and C0-founder, DFI, New Delhi

Dr. Gurpreet Singh Binepal, M.D, Chest and Tuberculosis Clinical Research, McMaster University, Canada

Dr. Prashant Naik, Certified ICF Trainer Dutch WHO-FIC Assistant Professor, KLE Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka.

Dr. Vimal Kalia, Principal, RBCH

Dr. Pankaj Kaul, Dean, USMAS, RBU

Mr. Primal, Student Co-ordinator.

Advisory committee

Dr. SS Gill, Dean, Medical Sciences, RBU

Dr. Saraswati Gupta, Executive Director, National Rehabilitation Institute, Chandigarh

Dr. Shailendra Singh, Professor and HOD CSCE, PEC

Ms. Lakhvinder Kaur, President, National Rehabilitation Institute, Chandigarh

Dr. Dwarka Prasad, Former Professor, Clinical Psychologist, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Dr.Chand Trehan, Clinical Psychologist, Bahra Hospital, RBU

Ms. Kunjes Dolma, Women and geothermal (Wing) India Ambassador, PHD Fellow, UNIESCO, Iceland

Dr.Sonam Joldan, Dean Research, University of Ladakh

Dr. Jigmat Deachen, Dean, Student Welfare, University of Ladakh

Dr. Apurv Shimpi, Certified ICF Trainer Dutch WHO-FIC, Professor & Principal, Sancheti College of Physiotherapy, Pune

Dr. Snehal Dharmayat, Certified ICF Trainer Dutch WHO-FIC, KLE Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka.

Dr. Suverna Ganvir, Certified ICF Trainer Dutch WHO-FIC, Professor and HOD, DVVPF's College of physiotherapy, Ahmadnagar

Dr. Anjan Bhattacharya, MD, Senior consultant, Apollo Gleneagles, Kolkata

Dr. Deepak Kumar, MD, Cardio anaesthetist, Pulse Hospital, Ranchi

Dr. Priti Arun, Professor and EAd, Department of psychiatry GMCH, Chandigarh

Dr. Sudip Bhattacharya, Assistant professor, community and family medicine, AIIMS, Deogar

Dr.Jai Kishan, HOD, Pulmonary Medicine, Maulana University, Ambala

Contact for queries:

For abstract submission and queries:

Telephonic communication:

  • +91-8240646603 (ICF Education)
  • +91-9417034252 (Dr. Nina Mehta)
  • +91-8198000010 (Dr. Mandeep Sandhu)

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