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Inclusive Education and Community Engagement at Sneh Nirzar School for Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Objectives of the Practice:

This practice aims to deliver quality education to children with intellectual disabilities while instilling a sense of community service among higher education students. Grounded in principles of inclusivity, empathy, and experiential learning, it offers students an opportunity to engage with diverse learners and cultivate a deeper understanding of social responsibility.

The Context:

The initiative arose from the recognition of the marginalized status of children with intellectual disabilities within educational settings. Additionally, it addresses the lack of practical teaching experiences for higher education students. By bridging academia with inclusive education practices, it endeavors to create meaningful connections and foster a more inclusive society.

The Practice:

At T.N. Rao College of Teacher Education, students participate in a program where they dedicate a portion of their academic year to teaching at Sneh Nirzar School. This hands-on experience allows them to translate theoretical knowledge into practical skills, particularly in the realm of special education. The program's impact is twofold: it positively influences the students at Sneh Nirzar and facilitates the personal and professional growth of higher education students. Challenges include logistical constraints in transportation and scheduling, as well as the necessity for specialized training in teaching children with intellectual disabilities.

Evidence of Success:

Success is demonstrated through various performance metrics, including enhanced academic outcomes for Sneh Nirzar students, increased engagement and satisfaction among higher education students, and favorable feedback from both groups. Reviews indicate notable improvements in the academic and social development of the children, alongside heightened awareness and empathy among higher education students regarding the needs of marginalized communities.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required:

Challenges encompass limited resources at Sneh Nirzar School, such as inadequate teaching materials and specialized equipment for disabled children. Moreover, coordinating schedules and transportation logistics for higher education students can be demanding. Addressing these challenges necessitates adequate funding, collaboration with local authorities for resource allocation, and ongoing support from faculty members to sustain and expand this impactful practice.


This presentation showcases an innovative approach to inclusive education and community engagement, emphasizing positive outcomes and addressing encountered challenges. By integrating teaching deprived children with community service, the practice exemplifies the transformative potential of education in fostering a more inclusive and compassionate society.

TET-TAT Online Counseling Series for Teacher Trainees

Objectives of the Practice:

The primary objective of these TET-TAT online counseling series is to enhance the preparedness of teacher trainees for Teacher Eligibility Tests (TET), Teacher Aptitude Tests (TAT), and other competitive exams. The sessions aim to provide valuable insights, strategies, and guidance from experienced educators, ultimately improving the students' chances of success in these exams.

The Context:

In the context of teacher education, preparing for competitive exams like TET and TAT is crucial for future employment prospects. However, many teacher trainees may lack adequate resources or guidance to excel in these exams. These TET-TAT online counseling series were designed to fill this gap by providing targeted support and advice from seasoned professionals.

Nature of Activities:

1) TET-TAT Online Counseling Series 01: July 14, 2022 - Three Days - 130 Participants by G.F Maheta
2) TET-TAT Online Counseling Series 02: August 31, 2022 - Three Hours - 125 Participants by Trusha Koradiya
3) TET-TAT Online Counseling Series 03: October 2, 2022 - Two Hours - 135 Participants by Darshini Bhojani
4) TET-TAT Online Counseling Series 04: November 4, 2022 - Three Hours - 138 Participants by Jasmin Joshi

Evidence of Success:

Success is evidenced by the active participation of a significant number of students in each series. Additionally, feedback from students indicating improved confidence, understanding of exam requirements, and enhanced preparation strategies serves as further evidence of success. Performance metrics, such as increased pass rates in TET-TAT exams following the series, could also be indicative of success.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required:

Challenges may include ensuring equal access to virtual sessions for all students, especially those facing technological barriers. Additionally, scheduling sessions that accommodate the availability of both experts and students can be challenging. Adequate resources required include a stable internet connection, virtual meeting platforms, and coordination efforts to invite and host expert speakers. These TET-TAT online counseling series demonstrate T.N. Rao College of Teacher Education's commitment to providing comprehensive support to teacher trainees in their preparation for competitive exams, contributing to their professional development and future success.

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