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Three Open Universities to offer Special BEd Programs

In a bid to cater to the specific needs of students with learning disabilities, three state open universities are preparing to launch a special B.Ed program that will train teachers how to teach better to such students.

The move was announced by the Social Justice Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot while answering to a question in the Lok Sabha. He also stated that the Rehabilitation Council of India, a statutory body under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, has played a pivotal role in developing trained manpower through both regular and distance modes to help cater to the needs of students with learning disabilities.

In accordance to the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Council has taken the initiative to kick start B.Ed Special Education (learning disability) program through the distance learning mode as well.

“Accordingly, three state open universities, namely, Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University, Bhopal, Vardhmaan Mahaveer Open University, Kota, and Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani, have been encouraged to shoulder the responsibility to start the said course through distance mode in their respective states from the academic session 2015-16 to meet the demands of trained professionals for the Learning Disability course,” he added.

Answering a separate question, Gehlot stated that blind, spastic, dyslexic, physically disabled, autistic and other candidates with disabilities as defined in the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, appearing for Secondary School Examination Board or Senior School Certificate Examination are allowed to use an amanuensis or additional time.

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