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Curriculum Development on Disability Studies

G N Karna (Author)

Since the decade of 1970s, the development of Disability Studies as an interdisciplinary field of academic inquiry could be visualized as the academic and philosophical aspect of disability rights movement. While disability rights movement constitutes the body, the academic discipline of Disability Studies represents the soul or essence of the movement for empowering the persons with disabilities. Insofar as the Indian scenario is concerned, though it was granted recognition as an academic discipline by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India long back in September 2005 and the UGC was directed to extend support to universities and colleges in setting up special Department/Centre on Disability Studies as also instituting Rajiv Gandhi Chair in Disability Studies in Central Universities. It was also further reinforced by the 11th Five- Year Plan Working Group on Disability. Notwithstanding all these developments, the UGC has not taken as yet even the basic initiative of constituting a Model Curriculum Development Committee on Disability Studies (as has been done in the case of Gandhian Studies, Human Rights, Dalit Studies and other academic disciplines). Meanwhile, more than seventeen universities/academic institutions (including TISS, IGNOU, JNU and DU) have moved towards launching Disability Studies programmes, though in a haphazard manner because of lack of model curriculum. Against this background, this book is intended to examine critically the progress made in regard to promotion of teaching and research on Disability Studies, and thereby attempting to develop a model curriculum on Disability Studies for various programmes of studies being offered by Indian Universities and Academic Institutions. The first ever publication of its kind, it would be highly useful for faculty, researchers, students and rehabilitation professionals from cross disciplines (including Rehabilitation Science, Community and Social Medicine, Special/Inclusive Education, Political Science, Sociology and Human Rights) interested in taking up career in Disability Studies at undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral levels in universities and higher education institutions, apart from administrators, policy makers and disability rights activists.  

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Title Curriculum Development on Disability Studies
Author G N Karna
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.07.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789386841858
length 204p.