The Swami Vivekananda National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (NIRTAR) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India. It is located in Olatpur, at a distance of 30 kilometers from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
The institute conducts three Bachelor Degree courses in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics, two Postgraduate courses in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy affiliated to Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. It also has an accreditation for DNB in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of National Board of Examination (NBE), New Delhi. It also conducts short orientation courses, Continuing Medical Education courses for rehabilitation professionals, awareness programs for the functionaries of Government and non-Government, persons with disabilities and their relatives. For admission to MPT and MOT courses, students must pass in a full time regular BPT/B.Sc. (PT) course from any recognized University with completion of all requirements of the degree course including internship.
NIRTAR has a hospital with 100 beds, operation theatres, x-ray and pathological investigations, physio-occupational therapy services, clinical psychology and vocational counseling, speech and audiology, fabrication of rehabilitation of aids and appliances. It provides total medical rehabilitation for the persons with locomotor disabilities. It has a sub centre at Dhenkanal, and Composite Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) at Guwahati. The institute helped in establishing the Regional Spinal Injury Centre at Cuttack.
NIRTAR also conducts rehabilitation camps in remote areas of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and North-Eastern States. This is done in order to provide rehabilitation services to the people with disabilities who cannot go to bigger cities.