Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

New Teacher Training Program Created in India

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

New Teacher Training Program Created in India

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The National Centre of Disability Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), located in New Delhi, India, is recruiting students for its new teacher preparation program in special education (specifically in the areas of visual impairment, hearing impairment, and mental retardation). The program, which will begin educating its first cohort of students in fall 2009, is intended to meet the personnel shortage in India since the recent introduction of India's version of No Child Left Behind, known as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, vice-chancellor of the National Centre for Disability Studies, described the impetus for the creation of the program:

   The acceptance, spread and growth of special education/inclusive
   education in most parts of the world in the last two decades has
   had a significant impact on India. Though the need to train and
   recruit special teachers/educators on a large scale has
   considerably increased ... education of the children with
   disabilit[ies] is a distant dream even now, [in] various parts of
   our country ... due to the lack of support services and trained man
   power.

The program was designed and developed in partnership with the Rehabilitation Council of India, a statutory body that standardizes and regulates the training of personnel and professionals in the field of rehabilitation and special education in India. …

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