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?Explore full potential of physically challenged?

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED have an important role to play in the economy of the country and proper utilisation of their talent could lead to a socio-economic improvement of their life.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 16:41 IST

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED have an important role to play in the economy of the country and proper utilisation of their talent could lead to a socio-economic improvement of their life.

Chief guest and economist Dr Jayantilal Bhandari expressed these views at a programme organised by Sanjeevani Seva Sangam on Friday to announce the beginning of the fifth batch of a two-year Diploma In Special Education (DSE) course for the hearing challenged.

Dr Bhandari said that the contribution of the physically challenged in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, though miniscule at the moment, was growing steadily which is a sign of growing awareness in the society. The number of persons suffering from one or the other physical deformity, if taken as a single whole, was large and could not be neglected.

Sangam convenor Krishna Bhandari and vice-president Preeti Taneja said that the one-year diploma course in special education for the hearing affected was started in 2001 and was extended to a two-year course three-years back.

Since the beginning of the course 52 have graduated as teachers and 24 are currently undergoing training. The course being recognised by Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and run by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment offers 100 per cent employment opportunities in the vast untapped field of teaching and training the physically challenged.

Apart from government organisations, private and non-government organisations (NGOs) offer placement as faculty in institutions run by them.

The candidate should have a minimum of 45 per cent marks in his higher secondary exams, while a graduate can also apply for the same. The applicant can obtain the form from the counter by paying Rs 150 and Rs 200 by post. Boarding facility for girls and boys is also offered.

The course has only 20 seats and it is the only centre in the State offering the same. Admission is given on merit and first-come-first-serve basis. Earlier, Institute director Dr Bhatnagar welcomed the guests and secretary Sharda Mandloi proposed the vote of thanks.