Student of CSIR, Chandigarh, Kashif Islam Khan Sherwani won the award for research work of Augmentative Rehabilitation of SCI and Stroke Patients. She carried her project work under guidance of Dr. Neelesh Kumar.
According to World Health Organisation, 15 percent of world’s population have some sort of disability. But only 7 percent of the world’s population has access to physical medicine and rehabilitation. Lack of quality physiotherapists and awareness about specialized rehabilitation care makes this situation worse and that too is limited to tier 2 cities in India. Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s disease are few chronic diseases that require continuous rehabilitation, but the patients are not able to visit rehabilitation clinic regularly because of distance and/or cost issues. Because of this reason patients’ start losing interest. If still, they try to visit the therapist, it becomes very monotonous of doing same traditional exercises and does not get any motivation and feedback to track their daily progress.The solution for the above problem is the augmentative rehabilitation that includes virtual reality therapy system that stimulates training of neuromotor movements, houses a wide array of abilities, delivers a simple way for physicians to track usage, and could be used at home and primary health centers. VR technologies offer new space for human exploration, understanding, and support by providing patients a safe environment in which they can interact and develop a goal and taskoriented activities within functional-virtual environments, especially when they find themselves in situations of cognitive, behavioural or motor disabilities. The solutions built from these technologies reduce patient’s limitations of activity and participation by promoting the recovery of functional motor abilities stemming the emerging philosophy of rehabilitation.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, awarded the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Appreciation to Kashif Islam Khan Sherwani , CSIR, Chandigarh at the GYTI 2018 Awards function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 19, 2018.