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SCHOLARS, EXPERTS, EDUCATIONISTS AND ACADEMICIANS GIVE FOOD FOR THOUGHT AT DIEMR’S NATION CONFERENCE ON “INCLUSIVE EDUCATION – CHALLENGES AND RESPONSES”

k-b-kushal-All children have the right to learn together. Children should not be devalued or discriminated because of their disability, gender or for that matter any reason. The disparities in education must be removed so that education becomes an easily accessible commodity for all and this is what is referred to as Inclusive Education. What are the challenges that the nation faces to make inclusive education possible and what are the responses of the education sector to these challenges? That’s what formed the theme for the national conference organized by the New Panvel based DIEMR in the nation’s capital. Eminent educationist Dr. K B Kushal’s New Panvel based management and research institute’s latest focus is on beginning a national movement to make “Education for All” effective and happening in the nation. That was the main aim of organizing a national conference in New Delhi – on the topic “Inclusive Education – Challenges and Responses”. The who’s who of noted educationists, academicians and research scholars arrived at the venue to discuss, address, speak and interact with the audience on the topic. Along with Dr. K B Kushal, the luminaries who shared their thoughts and visions included Padmushan Dr. G P Chopraji, Prof Y S Rajan – an eminent scientist who has co-authored many books with former President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam and former Vice Chancellor of Magalayatan University Prof. Bhumitra Dev among others. There are 2 Crore disabled in India, out of which only 10 lac have access to education. Underlining the need to ensure that children with disability are included in mainstream education, Padmabhushan Dr. G P Chopraji said that it was regrettable that these children do not have access to education. He said that India was a ghamkhana for disabled children. Padmabhushan Chopraji also emphasized the need to promote girl education in the rural areas of the country. On the other hand, defining Inclusive Education, Prof Y S Rajan spoke about the cut off marks race in the education system that was killing creativity of young minds. The former Vice Chancellor of Mangalayatan University Prof. Bhumitra Dev compared each human being like a letter of God that has its own uniqueness and creativity. He said that those who run the show in education must be like those skilled men who know how to make a diamond out of a gem. In poetic lines, Prof Bhumitra Dev gave a clear picture of the biggest challenges that Inclusive Education faces. In his address, Dr. K B Kushal said that there is a need to see Inclusive Education as an issue in macro framework. He said that the last century was the century of conflicts but if we need to overcome these conflicts to remove the obstacles for developing nations to become developed nations, then there was a need to build human resources. Dr. Kushal said that the nation already had an education for all campaign – the

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