Sibal calls for need of Skill Development Plan for the Disabled
"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," Union Minister for Human Resource
Development (HRD) Kapil Sibal stated.
Sibal was speaking while chairing the first meeting of the Round Table Conference
on Educational Development of Women, Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST)
The HRD minister 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 of Higher Education, School Education
and Literacy set up a task force to prepare a Public Private
Partnership (PPP) model for this which could be sustainable.
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 HoD
of Political Science at Osmania University), Sonali Khan (Country Director at Breakthrough
India), Dr. Mary E. John (Director at the Centre for Women's Development Studies),
Dr. Mithu Alur (Founder Chairperson, ADAPT), Dr. Achyuta Samanta (Founder, Kalinga
Institute of Social Sciences), Anshu Vaish (Secretary, School Education and Literacy)
and Vibha Puri Das (Secretary, Higher Education).