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Dehradun: Uttarakhand Open University has signed a MoU with the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) to start special BEd course to help specialize teachers for imparting education to differently-abled students in the state. 

Speaking to TOI, vice-chancellor Uttarakhand Open University, Subhash Dhulia said, "Uttarakhand Open University is first to offer such a course in any of the hill states and the foundation course is likely to start from February." 

"The course will have a duration of two-years and will be in the open distance learning mode initially. Parents of differently-abled children can also enrol for the course" said Siddharth Pokhriyal, course coordinator. 

He added, "The number of disabled children in the state have gone up after the Kedarnath tragedy in 2013 and there are nil trained teachers who can teach them. The state needs more trained teachers and this course will certainly be of much help to train special teachers to help these kids." 

As per information received by an RTI activist, Kamal Gupta, Uttarakhand has 19,000 such students in varied categories who need special training and this course will help the teachers to address the challenges these kids face in better ways. 

It is learnt that specially trained teachers will be hired and assistance of retired acclaimed teachers in the field of disability will be taken for the course and those having Bed degree, BA degree, BSC degree, BCom degree or even MSC, BSC degrees can enrol for the course. 

According to university officials, the course will be available to 500 applicants and is likely to be divided in a batch of 100 individuals each for different streams of training. 

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