Department of Education of Groups with Special Needs was established on 1st September 1995. Since then the department had been working in the area of education of children with special needs and children belonging to socially disadvantaged groups, such as SCs, STs and minorities. Implementation of an inclusive system of education for all assumes greater significance of systemic reforms especially in the context of the socially disadvantaged and the persons with disability. The department focuses on the problems and difficulties faced by children belonging to these groups and takes up projects for developing relevant material for teachers and teacher educators. The department also organizes training programmes for teachers, teacher educators and policy makers to sensitize and train them in appropriate strategies for providing quality education and equal education opportunities for these children in the mainstream schools.
Inclusion in education is a dynamic phenomenon and its postulates for education create a demand on education system to modify itself as per the need of the child, irrespective of his/her abilities/disabilities. Successful and effective implementation of inclusive education requires thoughtful planning and time bound action based on research findings.
Keeping this in mind, the department has been involved in various programmes for the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities, children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and those belonging to minorities, in education. The department has undertaken a number of research, development, training programmes and extension activities for making education accessible to the disadvantaged groups including the learners with disabilities.