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                                        Guidelines & Eligibility Criteria for Award of Fellow of 

    Academic Council of Occupational Therapy (FACOT)

 [Effective from April 01, 2023]



The Fellow of ACOT is awarded to professionals in the field of Occupational Therapy for their outstanding contribution to research and academics.

  1. A member of AIOTA with a minimum qualification of a master's degree in Occupational Therapy from AIOTA accredited OT college & who fulfills the laid down eligibility credit points specified below, may apply to the Dean of the Academic Council of Occupational Therapy, on the prescribed form before 31st August of every year.
  2. Only those members can apply for Fellow of ACOT whose membership has not been withheld or suspended and there have been no disciplinary proceedings against the member due to any reason.
  3. The Dean ACOT will scrutinize the application of the member and on establishing the eligibility to become a Fellow of ACOT, recommend his/her name to the EC of ACOT.
  4. The recommendation of ACOT EC will be submitted to AIOTA EC for final approval. Dean ACOT would notify the decision of AIOTA EC to the applicant.
  5. The prescribed fee of INR 10,000/-(Rupees Ten Thousand) only, shall be payable by the applicant after approval of the award.

           a) The processing fee of Rs. 3000/- (Nonrefundable) should be sent by Demand draft
                 NEFT/ Net banking along with a dully-filled application form

           b) Balance amount of Rs. 7000/- to be paid after the approval of the award.

  6. The payment should be made by Demand Draft/NEFT/ Net Banking in favor of AIOTA.
  7. The recipient of fellowship will be honored as a “Fellow of the Academic Council of Occupational Therapy” (FACOT). The award usually is presented during the inaugural session of the Annual National Conference or General Body Meeting of AIOTA. The award carries a Certificate and a FACOT shield.
  8. On the basis of merits, a maximum of 2 to 3 FACOTs will be awarded every year.
  9. Minimum processing time after submission of the application is 3 months.
  10. The decision of the ACOT followed by approval and /or non-approval from AIOTA EC will be final & binding
  11. May contact Dean ACOT for information on bank details &/or any queries.

IMPORTANT:

  • The applicant must fulfill the following eligibility criteria to submit a request
  • The self-attested copy of supporting documents including the AIOTA membership certificate should be attached to the application. (The application may be submitted in soft copy by e-mail, but It is mandatory to submit a hard copy of the application with all supporting self-attested copies of documents)
  • The title page of the application should carry the justification in brief, that the applicant is fulfilling the eligibility criteria for the award of Fellow of ACOT


ELIGIBILITY Credit points for submitting a request for the award of Fellow of ACOT (FACOT)

 

S No.

                                            Criteria

Credit Points

Minimum credit points

Maximum Points

 SECTION 1 

 

 Minimum requirement of credit points = 38 (Mandatory)

(Total Maximum Credit Points = 50)

I

 

Not less than 15 Years of AIOTA’s uninterrupted membership having a Master’s Degree in OT (of minimum 2 years) from AIOTA’s accredited college for BOT /MOT programs & having a Bachelor’s degree from AIOTA accredited institution 

or

Not less than 12 Years of AIOTA’s uninterrupted membership with a Ph.D. in OT-related areas (minimum 3 Years duration as per UGC Norms),  having a Master’s Degree in OT (minimum 2 years) from AIOTA’s accredited college for BOT /MOT programs & having a Bachelor’s degree from AIOTA accredited institution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

17

 

or

 

 

17

 

II

Minimum 3 Publication as an Author/Contributing Author in the textbooks and/or Principal Author in the Journals indexed in globally recognized databases (UGC CARE List I / UGC CARE List II

Except 

Case Report

Non-Systematic Reviews 

Editorials

Letter to Editor 

3 Points Each

 

 

 

9

 

12

 

 

 

III

Completed principal guide of minimum 6 postgraduate students of Master’s program in OT in AIOTA accredited colleges

1.5 points for each student

9

9

IV

Minimum three presentations (Oral, poster/ Assistive Technology Devices.) at the National Level or an international conference as a principal presenter

2 Points each

6

6

V

Conducted a minimum of two full day COTE/CME/Seminar/Workshop/Short Courses on OT-related specialties as a “Resource Person.” in an institution of repute

3 Points Each

6

6

 

Total

 

38

50

 

Section 2

Total Maximum Credit points=50

S No

Criteria

Credit points

Maximum 

Credit points

I

Completed Masters in OT (Full time in campus course of minimum 2 years)

1.0 point for each year

3

II

Completed PhD in OT-related subjects (minimum three years) as per UGC norms 

2 points for each year

6

III

Masters in Occupational Therapy (overseas university)

0.5 Point for each year

 1

IV

Doctorate degree in OT-related subjects (Overseas University)

1Points for each year

 3 

V

Publication in the booklet in recognized booklets/ AIOTA/ Bulletin/ WFOT/AOTA/ COTA/ BOTA/WHO & Other Recognized bulletins

0.5 Points Each

 2 

VI

 Recognized OT faculty position in Occupational Therapy, not lower than Asst. Professor/ Lecturer, in an AIOTA/WFOT accredited OT institution

0.5 Point for every Year

 5

VII

Experience of Teaching / Clinical Training Occupational Therapy Students in AIOTA accredited college or Govt. / UGC Recognized Teaching Institution or Hospital other than Asst. Professor/ Lecturer/ Associate Prof./Professor faculty position in an AIOTA/WFOT accredited OT institution

0.5 Point for every three Years

 5

VIII

Completed Principal guide of students in AIOTA-accredited institutions for Ph.D. in OT-related subjects 

3 Points for each candidate

 

 9

 

IX

Completed co-guide of students for Ph.D. in OT-related subjects in AIOTA-accredited institutions 

1.5 for each candidate

 

3

X

Completed co-guide of students in AIOTA accredited institutions for full-time campus course of master’s program in OT

0.5 each Candidate

2

XI

Exemplary scientific contribution to the OT profession by doing research in basic and/or related subjects in Occupational Therapy other than retrospective clinical studies in recognized OT institutions, universities/ Govt centres (state/central/Municipal corporation/WFOT/ WHO/recognized overseas universities  

1 Points Each

 3

XII

Member of indexed Journal reviewing committee/ editorial board (term of AIOTA =4 years)

1 Point Each term

2

XIII

Recipient of Distinguished awards and honors pertaining to Occupational Therapy Services or Occupational Therapy presentations in National / International Conferences / AIOTA or by Govt. Organizations 

1 Point Each

 3 

IVX

Publication as a Contributing / Co-author in the indexed journals

1.5 Points Each

 3 

 

Total

 

50

Required credit points for eligibility for FACOT 

Total credits points scored in sections 1 & 2 = 50/100 (*out of 50 points, a minimum of 38 points are required from section 1)  

*Mandatory Requirement:

Scoring of minimum credit points in section 1 should be: 38

 

Total of Max Credit Points in section 1&2=100

 


                  

FACOT Application Form



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