GNDU to offer special education course at BEd: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Amritsar, September 15

The Rehabilitation Board of India, Ministry of Education, New Delhi has approved the BEd (Multiple Disabilities) Special Education Course to be taught at the Ministry of Education at Guru Nanak Dev University. The decision makes GNDU the first public university in the state to offer a special education course, as most of the colleges offering the course are private.

GNDU will offer the course from the 2021-22 session with a capacity of 30 places. This course aims to train teachers for children with disabilities and create an inclusive environment in schools.

Speaking on the development, Prof. VC Jaspal Sandhu, said that there is a shift from special schools to inclusive environments and at the same time a shortage of trained special educators, resulting in gaps in achieving the inclusion in his true spirit. “In accordance with CBSE guidelines, it is mandatory to have specialist educators in all schools and this course would certainly help prepare teachers who can take on the role of specialist advisers and educators in schools, giving impetus to the vision of achieving inclusion as well as opening the doors of employment to young trained graduates, ”he said. For an efficient course run, the university has already signed a memorandum of understanding with Pehal Resource Center, Karampura, a government institution for special children that offers inclusive education to the government. Upper Secondary School, Karampura.

The government of Punjab attaches particular importance to the appointment of specialist educators in each PSEB or CBSE affiliated school to provide special care for children with disabilities.