To establish `Skills Lab for Speech' as a first step
TIRUCHI: With a view to exposing faculty and students to the emerging perspectives in the field of disability, the Institute of Rehabilitation Science and Special Education, Holy Cross College, on Thursday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Hogeschool Zuyd University, The Netherlands.
The Institute offers Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and need-based courses to create a cadre of professionals who will work with all categories of disabled. Having initiated the concept of partnership in 2005 to concretise internationalisation, the university aims to be a `gateway to knowledge' bringing together students, staff, business, non-profit organisations and public authorities.
By virtue of the MoU, the signatories intend to conduct international short-term courses regularly; obtain assistance in identifying and utilising resources like therapy materials, books, audio-visual equipment, ICT-equipment and other resourceful materials in the area of disability and rehabilitation; jointly identify areas of interest to further knowledge and experience through international expertise; organise staff and student exchange programmes for practical exposure and in-service training, and strengthen research initiatives together.
As a first step, the college is establishing a `Skills Lab for Speech' with generous contribution from the university.
The lab will be equipped with televisions, video cameras, practical teaching materials and an audiometer and serve as the resource centre for the district, catering to a wide range of children with special needs.
The signing of the MoU between the Principal, Sr. Rosy, and the representative of the university, Claudy Cobben, coincided with the valediction of the fourth international course for 28 participants on `Skills for Skill Lab' handled by Ms. Claudy and Adi Kessels, Speech and Language Pathologists.
Signing the MoU in the presence of the college secretary, Sr. Jesuin, and the Head of the Institute of Rehabilitation Science and Special Education, Sr. Maria Kamalam, the Principal said the MoU would serve as a platform for students and faculty to enrich knowledge leading to research and build a world of compassion and service.
Distributing certificates to the participants, the Director of GVN Hospital V. Jayapal noted that Tiruchi was gaining prominence as a speech therapy centre and that medical advancements must reflect in better rehabilitation of the disabled with active participation of the Government and NGOs.