The Department of Physiotherapy has been in existence in Kasturba Hospital since 1972. Initially, it was a part of the Department of Orthopedics, KMC, and subsequently it has grown to become an independent Department. Between 1981 and 1991, the Department began training Physiotherapists through its 2-year diploma program. From 1992, this was upgraded to a Bachelor's programme (BPT) and from 1997, the postgraduate, Master of Physiotherapy (MPT) program was started. Since 1996, it has been an independent Department and was integrated into the College of Allied Health Sciences (presently known as Manipal College of Health Professions) from 1999. The Department has since then grown in leaps and bounds and is committed to achieve excellence in clinical services, academics and research.