Regional Inter-professional Master's program in Rehabilitation Science Funded By- SAARC Development Fund(SDF)

Overview of M.Sc in Rehabilitation Science Program




• The magnitude of disability is significant globally to merit special attention by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. Persons with disabilities represent 10% to 15% of the world’s population depending how disability is defined. They use health and social services more frequently, placing significant demand on primary, secondary and tertiary health care services. There is a huge unmet need for basic health and rehabilitation services for the population with disabilities, both in developed and developing countries. Those who do not receive adequate timely services run the risk of further deterioration of their disability and so placing even greater demands on the limited programs that are available, mostly in urban environments.
According to WHO/UN estimates, there are between 50 and 150 million people with disabilities in the SAARC region. In addition, there are undoubtedly countless avoidable deaths caused by lack of adequate rehabilitation services. Stroke is the fourth leading causes of death in all countries of the SAARC region, causing 9% of all deaths in Sri Lanka, and 7% in Bhutan, India and the Maldives (WHO, 2015).

Road traffic accidents cause 2% of deaths in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal and WHO estimates that for every death caused by injury a further 10 people require hospitalization. Countries of the South Asian region are considered by WHO to account for 25% of the world’s injury-related disabilities (SEARO viewed 2010).

Despite these incredible figures the rehabilitation services of SAARC member countries are extremely limited. Rehabilitation and disability services vary from country to country and are provided by a range of professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, nurses, social workers etc. trained at different levels. Access to education programs for rehabilitation professionals is also extremely limited.


• To build up the capacity of health and rehabilitation human resources for services, education, policy and research through development of its capability to deliver regional, inter-professional, post graduate education programs.


• To contribute to the enhancement of the range and quality of basic health, disability, and rehabilitation services for the population of disabled people.
• To facilitate integration into mainstream society while supporting poverty reduction initiatives.
• Name of the course: M.Sc in Rehabilitation Science


• Name of the program: M.Sc in Rehabilitation Science
• Affiliating authority: University Of Dhaka
• Duration : The course extends for two academic years



• The candidate must have a Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy/ Speech and Language Therapy or equivalent health related degree from the Public University or recognized by the concerned Government authority.
• The candidate must have completed one year internship training/working experience in any recognized hospital approved by the concerned Authority.

b) Admission Procedure:

Candidate will be selected for the program on the basis of merit through admission test, which shall consist of written and oral examinations or set of criteria by the institute. However, admission work will be done by a committee headed by the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Dhaka.

Scholarship Opportunity Funded by SAARC Development Fund(SDF):

The call for scholarship applications for SAARC Regional Inter-professional Master’s in Rehabilitation Science program funded by SAARC Development Fund (SDF) is now closed. The information below is about the closed call. Information about the next call for applications will be published in the beginning of 2020. The eligibility criteria as well as the application procedure and key days may differ from the previous years. 


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