'Teachers Education for Persons with Special Education Needs' (TEPSE) is a programme in universities across the country initiated by The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). It was a major topic in discussion in the Two day International Conference organized by KSOU.
The Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) organized a two-day international conference on 'Inclusive education-perspective and challenges'. The vice-chancellor, KS Rangappa of The University of Mysore administering the conference delivered the inaugural speech acknowledging the participants that more than 26.8 million people in our country suffer from some disability or the other. Also these disabilities are not identifiable as special skills are required by the personnel and hence many children in the rural parts of the country are its hidden victims.
Inclusive education is for educating students with special educational needs. Inclusive policies, culture and practice shall be incorporated to achieve the goal of 'Education for All' in the country. Due to the shortage of teachers in this department there is still a gap in achieving the goal.
Experts from India and abroad shared their philosophical, technical, pedagogical and sociological experiences.
The Chairperson Sudesh Mukhopadhyay, the RCI, New Delhi delivered a speech 'Inclusive education of persons with disabilities -- journey and miles ahead'.
She informed that in addition to the courses run by the departments of special education or education departments, a total of forty universities have these courses being run, in the conference on Friday.
Adding to the speech she also said that to assist in delivering an excellence in education, the RCI recognized institutes need this monetary help. The University Grant Commission (UGC) should anticipate the need to improve on the committees as this scheme is in very few universities in the country. TEPSE, has been aimed to achieve the launch of a special teacher preparation programme for B.Ed and M.Ed courses.
The universities have been motivated to start M.Ed by granting a maximum of Rs 2 lakh for the procurement of books and appliances in addition to the salary. A grant of Rs 4 lakh is promised if both B.Ed and M.Ed are held but only if staff is appointed. In the conference she invoked the people to advance with their respective states for accessing these funds.