Bid to broad-base reach of courses

NEW DELHI, AUG. 1. As many as six different open universities from across the country have come forward to broad base the reach of the two courses of the Rehabilitation Council of India on B-Ed. (Special Education) and Post-Graduate Professional Diploma in Special Education through the distance mode.

At a meeting held in the Capital recently followed by a three-day discussion amongst the Vice-Chancellors of the open universities at Bhopal, these universities have agreed to sign a tripartite agreement with the RCI and MP Bhoj University to start the two courses in the regional languages. The courses will soon be available in regional languages through the distance mode programme of these universities.

The universities that have agreed to start the courses are Netaji Subhash Open University, Kolkata; U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Allahabad; Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad; Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nasik; Karnatak State Open University, Mysore and Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai.

"B. Ed. (Special Education) course is one of the most popular courses of RCI and with this agreement we aim to make the course popular in regional areas as well," says Major H.P.S Ahluwalia, Chairman, Rehabilitation Council of India.

The MP Bhoj University will provide the English medium package of study materials of the two courses to other open universities for its translation into regional language and use in its RL Study Centre. The languages in which it will be available include Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali and Hindi.

B. Ed Special Education was launched in the year 2001. So far, three batches have been held and the enrolment of the 4th batch is underway. In the year 2001, 1016 candidates joined the course through 44 study centres all over the country. Now there are 72 study centres in the country and up till last year 4454 candidates had joined the course.

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