Jammu, Nov 28: A three day workshop sponsored by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) was culminated at MIER College of Education. The purpose was to develop awareness and positive attitudes about the rights as well as abilities of the persons with special needs. The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) along with RCI have sponsored training workshops nationwide for key functionaries dealing with disabilities sector of central and state governments, local bodies, and other service providers for the financial year 2015-16 and 2016-17. For the State of Jammu & Kashmir, this responsibility was entrusted to MIER College of Education. More than 50 participants including principals and teachers from government and private schools in Jammu district participated in the workshop.
At the inaugural ceremony of the workshop, Madam Priya Sethi, Hon’ble Minister of State for Information, Education and Culture, J&K was the Chief Guest. Dr. K.R. Arya, Chairperson, North Zonal Coordination Committee, RCI was the Guest of Honor.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Arun K. Gupta, Chairman MIER said that RCI is the nodal agency recognized at the national level that is not only involved in redefining disabilities and spreading awareness but also acts as a regulatory body for different training programs in the field of special education. He further added that such sensitization workshops are needed to create awareness and generate empathy towards people with exceptionalities. Dr. Gupta highlighted the need to change the mindset of people in society and in educational arena for accepting people with special needs.
Dr. Arya exhorted that though much has been done by RCI and other NGOs in the area of special education, still much needs to be done, especially in North India and such sensitization programs are certainly a step forward. He congratulated the college to be the role model for other educational institutions. He shared his motivational experiences and provided examples from real life.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Hon’ble Minister, Madam Priya Sethi appreciated the efforts of the institution for taking such initiative and being a pioneer institution in academia for conducting suchlike courses and workshops. She said this workshop is “an eye opener for her too.” Madam Sethi assured that she would initiate projects that would not only help in spreading awareness but also creating job avenues for people with disabilities in the state.
Prof. Renu Gupta, Director MIER deliberated upon the need of organizing such workshops for teachers and principals both in the government and private sector. She also provided an overview of the workshop.
Dr. N.R Sharma, Dean Academies MIER presented the formal vote of thanks. Dr. Rohnika Sharma, HoD Spl. Education MIER College of Education was the program coordinator of the workshop.
There were eight technical sessions on three major themes such as: Disability-Life Cycle Approach, Inclusion and Accessibility and Govt. Policies, Schemes, Acts, Rights and Entitlements.
Dr. Rajiv Gupta, Associate Prof., Govt. Medical College Jammu; Dr. Madhu Singh, Principal MC Khalsa College of Education; Mr. Ravi Prakash Singh, Asst. Prof., Amity University, UP; Mr. Arun Gautam, Asst.Prof., CRC Sunder Nagar, H.P., Ms. Alka Gupta, Resource Teacher, Directorate of School Education, Haryana; Dr. Rohnika Sharma, HoD Spl. Dept., MIER College of Education; Dr. Bharti Tandon, Asst.Prof. MIER College of Education; Mr. Rajendra Praveen, Asst. Prof. MIER College of Education and Mrs. Harika Singh, Incharge Inclusive School-Model Academy were the resource persons at the workshop.
At the valedictory ceremony, Dr. Sushma Sharama, Prof. Dept. of Education, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra was the Chief Guest. Dr. N.R. Sharma, Dean Academics MIER was the Guest of Honor. Dr. Annie Koul, HoD B.Ed Gen. MIER College of Education formally welcomed the dignitaries, resource persons and the participants.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sushma Sharma deliberated upon the importance of educating children with exceptionalities in inclusive settings. She informed the participants about the policies, programs and laws related to inclusive education. In addition, she highlighted the progress in the special education field in the global context.
Dr. N.R Sharma highlighted the need of providing educational facilities to children with disabilities in regular curriculum so that they can have meaningful learning experiences. He also emphasized that parents of children with disabilities have to be informed about various available resources and whom to contact for that.
The participants also shared their experiences and provided suggestions to enhance educational provisions for children with special needs.
The program was ably conducted by Mrs. Komal Sharma, Mrs. Angela Gadroo, Mrs. Auditi Malhotra and Mrs. Monika Rathore. Mrs. Poonam Soni, Mr. Ashish Anand, Dr. Atul Thakur, Mrs. Suman Gupta and Dr. Reeta Dwivedi were the rapporteurs of the program.