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Punjab Tribune Bureau | November 23, 2020 06:25 PM

Workshop on Learning Disabilities” organized at GNDU

AMRITSAR –  “Identifying learners with various learning difficulties at an early stage for better intervention” experts opined during a three day National online “Workshop on Learning Disabilities” organized by School of Education of Guru Nanak Dev University under the aegis of PMMMNMTT, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education & under the dynamic leadership of Prof.Dr.Jaspal Singh Sandhu. Over seventy participants from various Institutions and diverse parts of India collaborated on virtual platform for knowledge sharing and assimilation with the best experts of the country to divulge on the need to sensitize the teaching faculty towards the challenges of children with learning disabilities & adopt inclusive pedagogy for creating a inclusive spectrum for a  more equitable & inclusive  society.

Prof. Sudesh Mukhopadhyay, Former Chairman, Rehabilitation Council of India, Govt. of India. An experienced Teacher Educator and Educational Administrator, with long standing experience with NCERT/ NIEPAand with many national and international organizations for learning disabilities inaugurated the workshop. Speaking on the occasion, she shared that one of the simplest and effective ways to expand and create awareness is by empowering teachers to be able to identify the early warning signs. She elaborated onthe policy of Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education as important recommendations of NEP-2020, participation model of disabilities in higher education, role of online education and recommendations of various policies including divyangan policy and initiatives under taken by shivajii.

In the valedictory address, Prof.Renu Nanda, Department of Education, University of Jammu said that the general population is still ignorant about the prevalence of learning disabilities in our society. The efforts to reach the unreached should be taken seriously. Hence the focus on training the teaching faculty in the identification of children with LD and implementation of appropriate strategies is of utmost importance and needs to be added as an independent discipline for the pre-service teacher educators. She also suggested that the solution to these problems lies in understanding the intricacies of their problems from personal perspective through the conduct of case-studies. Congratulating the team of School of Education for this faculty development programme, she reiterated on the need to organize such workshops.

Prof (Dr.) Amit Kauts, Project coordinator shared the theme, its objectives & schedule of the programme with the participants in the welcome address, Dr. Deepa Sikand Kauts, Head, Department  of Education of the University shared that the aim of workshop was to equip the participants to implement inclusive learning practices, where every child, irrespective of his/her strengths and weaknesses, is part of the mainstream student community so as to be able to effectively meet the learning needs of adults with learning disabilities. 

A rigorous schedule of technical sessions was conducted to familiarize and facilitate the conduct of Workshop. Besides the technical sessions, prayer and yoga sessions were also conducted on daily basis. During the workshop,eminent resource persons representing leading higher educational institutions in India and abroad led the technical sessions,Prominent among them were Ms. Betty Abraham, Department of Special Education,SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai., Dr. GeetOberoi, Founder President, Orkids.,Prof. Amitav Mishra, School of Education, IGNOU, New Delhi, Dr. Shyamala Dalvi, Educational Consultant, University of Mumbai & Dr. Annie Koshi, Principal, St. Mary School, Delhi

The topics for the workshop included Learning Disabilities and NEP-2020,Legal Provisions of Learning Disability in India-Overview of Learning Disability: Facts, Challenges and Practices, Types, Characteristics and identification of Children with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia,Inclusive Pedagogy: Teaching Students with learning disabilities in Virtual Environment, Creating learning environment w.r.t students with learning Disabilities, Intervention Strategies and  Learning Disability, Screening and Intervention Strategies, Assessment of Learning Disability, Case Studies and Success stories of  Learning Disabilit

Prof (Dr.) AmitKauts, Project coordinator, presented the report of the three day workshop. He shared that to make the workshop practical oriented, the participants were divided into six groups; they were continually monitored and facilitated for the group assignments. Each group prepared a case study on learning disabled student of their respective institutions with the identification and intervention practices followed by them as educators  as the outcome of the workshop sessions. He further shared that the collaborated work of participants and experts of the workshop would be translated into a resource book for the reference of researchers.

Ms. Sakshi Sharma presented the report of the workshop and the Participants, namelyMr.Rajiv Kumar Sharma and Dr.Sonali.N.Channawar shared their reflections on the faculty programme during the valedictory session.

Dr. Deepa Sikand Kauts congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the programme. At the same time, conveyed her gratitude to all the speakers for enriching sessions & appreciated support of the administration for such faculty development programmes in the university.

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