New Delhi, Aug 11: In a bid to motivate the differently-abled children to be independent, a workshop for them and their parents was organised here Saturday by a community college offering courses for them under the IGNOU.
Manovikas College, in east Delhi’s Surajmal Vihar, is run by an NGO and affiliated to the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
“The kids with special needs need to work in the mainstream. The goal of such meetings is to help parents know that their kids can achieve greater heights if they are sent to college,” Arun Banik, director of National Centre for Disability Studies at IGNOU told IANS.
As per Banik, community colleges offer particular courses to people living in a particular area. IGNOU at present has 300 such colleges across the country of which 50 cater to the differently-abled students.
The workshop addressed the attitudinal barriers that parents of children with developmental disabilities face.
There were several parents, annoyed with special schools that their kids were attending and accused them of doing little to help them.
“My 20-year-old son is being taught spiral binding at his special school. Can you believe it? How will that help him?,” fumed Seema Shinh, a resident of Subhash Nagar in west Delhi who admitted that she would send her son for a computer course at Manovikas College.
“He loves computers and also has a Facebook account,” added Shinh, whose son Ankur has epilepsy.
According to principal of the college, Sangeeta, there are a total of eight courses including hospitality, retail assistant, business and office attendant.
“Last year we had 40 children in our college of which 15 are employed right now,” Sangeeta told IANS.
The courses are based on syllabus provided by IGNOU. The duration for the four courses is six months and the fee is Rs.10,000.