JAMMU, Mar 30: MIER College of Education here today organized ZCC Northern Zone-II, RCI sponsored CRE accredited National Conference on ‘Inclusive Education: Future Perspectives and Best Practices’.
Dr. Arun Manhas, State Project Director, Samagra Shiksha was the chief guest on the occasion while Dr. Malika Nadda, Coordinator ZCC Northern Zone-II RCI, New Delhi and Dr. Arun K Gupta, Chairperson MIER Group of Institutions were the guests of honour and Dr. Renu Gupta, Vice Chairperson MIER, was the special guest.
Dr. Adit Gupta, Principal, Prof. N.R Sharma, Dean Academics, HoDs of various departments and Centre Heads along with the staff members of the College and Model Academy School attended the Conference.
The conference was aimed at bringing practitioners, educators, thinkers and scholars in special education from the State and beyond on a common platform to deliberate upon different challenges that stand in the way of effective implementation of Inclusive Education.
During inaugural session, Dr. Adit Gupta, Director, MIER extended a formal welcome to the chief guest and other dignitaries.
He said that though much has been done by RCI and other NGOs in the area of special and inclusive education, much more is required to be done, especially in J&K and such programmes are certainly a step forward for highlighting the future prospects and best practices on ‘Inclusive Education’ to make it meaningful for real implementation in school setups.
Dr. Arun K. Gupta in his special remarks, 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 programmes in Inclusive Education.
Dr. Rohnika Sharma HoD UG Department presented details about the conference and dwelt upon the themes of the seminar.
Dr. Arun Manhas, in his address, deliberated upon the importance of educating children with exceptionalities in inclusive settings. Inclusive Education provides equal opportunities to both children with and without disabilities to learn in the same classroom.
Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Moolraj Sharma HoD PG Department.
More than 100 participants drawn from J&K, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and other states of India participated in the conference.