AIISH's unique abilities need intl tag

Cooperation with education department sought to spread awareness messages

Anniversary: KSOU vice-chancellor Prof K S Rangappa (right) makes a point to RGUHS vice-chancellor Dr K S Sriprakash in Mysore on Tuesday. (from left) Prof P Manjula, AIISH director Dr S R Savithri and Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family  Welfare  K Chandramouli are also seen.  dh photo

He was speaking at the inauguration of 46th anniversary celebrations of AIISH at the Panchavati campus here on Tuesday.  .

Mentioning that AIISH was unique in its abilities, he said there is a need to improve in learning and research and make a mark internationally. He called upon students to connect with poor, disabled and needy.

He said that it was a tragedy that centres of excellence are in pockets of the country and are not able to connect to the needy. He sought cooperation with education department to spread awareness messages about learning disabilities among students.

Healthcare at primary and secondary level is still in the domain of the government. It needs to be spread to more people, he added.

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) vice-chancellor Dr K S Sriprakash stressed on the need for providing AIISH with the tag of centre of excellence (CoE). RGUHS would accord AIISH the status of CoE in the coming years.

He suggested the AIISH director to send a proposal for postgraduate fellowship programme. As RGUHS already provides 65 fellowships, he said a similar facility could be granted to AIISH.

Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) vice-chancellor Prof K S Rangappa opined that education in the undergraduate and postgraduate level has been neglecting the needs of special children.

KSOU has initiated a B Ed programme for special education and there is scope for strengthening the course. More benefits need to be given to children with special needs. Traditional methods of providing education has to be reinvented and innovative programmes beyond curriculum have to be included, he said.

Three clinics launched

As part of the anniversary celebrations, three unique clinics - ‘Unit for structural and orofacial anomalies (U-SOFA)’, ‘Learning Disability Clinic (LDC)’ and ‘Motor Speech Disorders (MSD)’ - were launched on the occasion.

U-SOFA would provide treatment for children and adults with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies.  LDC is aimed at early identification of students with learning disability. It would acts as a nodal centre for issue of certificates that give students eligibility for educational concessions.

MSD has been launched with the objective of providing systematic assessment and rehabilitation services.

Students feted

Students  - M S Lakshmi, Gargi Singh, Melita Moses and Swathi S - were felicitated for their outstanding performance in academics. Apoorva H M, Giten E George, T J Jobish and Sahana P were feted for presenting the best journals.

AIISH director Dr S R Savithri, audiology head of the department Prof P Manjula and others were present.

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