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SIMH to be made research and referral centre

KOCHI: Minister for Education E.T. Mohammed Basheer has said that the State Institute for Mentally Handicapped (SIMH) in Thiruvananthapuram will be converted into a state-of-the-art research and referral centre.

The Minister was speaking at a function organised by the All Kerala Special Schools Association here on Friday to give away the special school awards and to mark the conclusion of the teachers' training programme.

Mr. Basheer said that the vocational training programmes would be introduced in all the special schools in the State.

There are more than 170 special schools in the State, according to J. Oommen, chairman of the Special Schools Association.

The best special school awards went to Carmel Jyothi Special School, Adimaly, Pratheeksha Training Centre, Irinjalakkuda and Marian Play Home Special School, Thiruvananthapuram.

Best special school teacher awards went to Santha Menon, Reach Swasraya Special School, Thrissur, Annamma Issac, St. John of God, Pampady, Alice Anjaly, Anugraha Special School, Kottakkappuram, Kottayam, and Seno, Sneharam Special School, Manalur, Thrissur.

K.P. Kunjamma of Snehanilayam Special School, Kakkanad, received the teacher award for 25 years of service.

The best volunteer awards went to Thulasidharan Pillai, Karuna Special School, Chavara, Kollam, T. C. Retnam, Sradha Special School, Ernakulam and Rosamma Joseph, Vikas Vidyalaya, Kottayam.

The best non-teaching staff awards went to Lalitha G. Nair, Rotary Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, and Sherly Babu, Ashanilayam Special School, Poonkunnam.

The chief guest at the function was Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan, Judge of the Kerala High Court. Kurien Joseph, Judge of the Kerala High Court, also spoke.

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