Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in FOT (Faculty of Occupational Therapy) was started in the year 1998. This is one of the few institutions with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy as early in the late 90s. The program was under The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University till the year 2007.

The program was reintroduced in 2017 as the Faculty of Occupational Therapy in Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research (MAHER) deemed to be University. The accreditation process has been initiated with the UGC and All India Occupational Therapists Association.

The Faculty of Occupational Therapy functions at MAHER, which is within the Chennai city limits, 10 minutes from the Koyambedu Bus terminus and less than 5minutes from the Chennai Metro Station. Faculty of Occupational Therapy has well-qualified teaching and clinical Staff to nurture the students with an affordable fee structure.

Vision & Mission

The vision of the Faculty of Occupational Therapy is to engage students and faculty in a lively learning community to satisfy the dynamic needs of a community and global society to promote health, well-being, and participation in life through occupational engagement and lifelong learning


The mission of the Faculty of Occupational Therapy Program is to produce creative, skilled, and ethical occupational therapists.

We meet this mission by:

    • Emphasizing the importance of Experiential Learning, Evidence-based practice, and Professional reasoning
    • Creating diverse and integrative learning experiences to develop knowledge and depth of student perspectives
    • Fostering collaborative engagement in scholarship and relationships that extends beyond campus to incorporate local and global communities
    • Promoting Occupational participation to support health and resilience for individuals, communities, and populations

About Principal

Dr.. Deepa Sundareswaran (Principal &HOD , Meenakshi Faculty of Occupational Therapy )

  Dr.Deepa holds a Master’s In Occupational Therapy in Mental Health from the University of Mumbai, India and a Fellowship in Research from University of Kanas, USA. She has also acquired Certification in sensory integration from University of Southern California. She completed a ‘ Short course in Psychological Counselling ‘& course on Ergonomics : Office , Hospital and School-Module 1& 2.She has worked as the Principal in College of Occupational Therapy at the National Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Thrissur, Kerala and at NIEPMD (National Institute of Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities). Passionately driven for empowerment, inclusion, quality of life and empathetic services for individuals with special needs. Believes in “hands on” approach. An extensive experience in the field of disability rehabilitation, clinical, teaching& administrative areas.