SHRI KAPIL SIBAL CALLS FOR NEED TO DEVELOP SPECIAL NATIONAL PLAN FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
There is a need to develop a special national plan for the skill development of people with disabilities (PwDs). This is required in order to give them greater opportunity but care will have to be exercised that it is not done at the cost of normal education. This was stated by Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, while chairing the first meeting of the Round Table Conference on Educational Development of Women, SCs/STs & PwDs.
Shri Sibal also underlined the need for the setting up of residential schools and colleges for the disadvantaged in order to address the issues of lack of access and quality. He desired that the Secretaries, Higher Education and School Education and Literacy set up a task force to prepare a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model for this which could be sustainable.
Shri Sibal said that in order to address the issue of quality teaching in schools the Ministry will seek, in the next Plan, to expand the scope of the National Mission on ICT to school education also from its current higher education mandate. He also suggested that the Ministry can work on preparing a programme of a national fellowship for vocational and higher education.
Among those who attended the Round Table included Prof. Kancha Ilaiah, former Head, Deptt. of Political Science, Osmania University, Ms. Sonali Khan, Country Director, Breakthrough India, Dr. Mary E. John, Director, Ceatre for Women’s Development studies. Dr. Mithu Alur Founder Chairperson, ADAPT, and Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Smt. Anshu Vaish, Secretary, School Education and Literacy and Smt. Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, Higher Education.