New teacher training program created in India.
Article Type: Report
Subject: Schools (India)
Schools (Recruiting)
Schools (Alliances and partnerships)
Special education (Management)
Educational programs (Management)
Disabled students (Recruiting)
Pub Date: 08/01/2009
Publication: Name: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Publisher: American Foundation for the Blind Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Foundation for the Blind ISSN: 0145-482X
Issue: Date: August, 2009 Source Volume: 103 Source Issue: 8
Topic: Event Code: 280 Personnel administration; 389 Alliances, partnerships; 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Industry hiring; Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8294000 Education of Handicapped; 9105115 Special Education Programs NAICS Code: 61111 Elementary and Secondary Schools; 92311 Administration of Education Programs
Geographic: Geographic Scope: India Geographic Code: 9INDI India
Legal: Statute: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
Accession Number: 207944195
Full Text: 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 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. According to Omprakash Mishra, pro-vice chancellor of IGNOU, the Bachelor of Education in Special Education program (a postundergraduate-degree program) was designed to include a mix of theoretical and practical courses that encompass the latest Indian and international developments in special education and to enable trainee teachers to develop a broad perspective of the role of specially trained professionals in inclusive and specialized settings. Students applying for the 2- to 5-year program are required to have an undergraduate degree from any university that is recognized by India's University Grants Commission. In addition, applicants are required to have gained, after obtaining their undergraduate degrees, a minimum of two years of experience in special schools for individuals with any form of disability. Weighted consideration will be granted to candidates who are disabled or parents of children with disabilities. The multilingual program will include instruction in English and Hindi and other languages, as needed, according to course-description materials. For more information, contact: Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, vice-chancellor, National Centre for Disability Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, 110 06, India; e-mail: ; web site: .
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
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