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First convocation of GRIID College of Special Education: 191 professionals awarded degrees, 21 meritorious received gold medals

The College of Special Education, Govt. Rehabilitation Institute for Intellectual Disabilities (GRIID), Sector 31-C, Chandigarh celebrated its 1st Convocation with the Adviser to Administrator UT Chandigarh, Sh. Rajeev Verma as the Chief Guest of the event today at Sarai Building Auditorium, Block O, GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. 

 After the Inaugural ceremony, Dr A K Attri Director-Principal GMCH cum Director GRIID formally welcomed and felicitated the Chief Guest, Sh. Rajeev Verma, Adviser to Administrator, UT Chandigarh, the Guest of Honour, Sh. Ajay Chagti, Secretary Medical Education & Health and other dignitaries present during the event. 

 Dr. Attri apprised that GRIID was earlier known as GIMRC and was running Diploma in Vocational Training and Education (Mental Retardation) and Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation (Mental Retardation); Presently known as GRIID, it offers 2 years D.Ed. (Special Education-Intellectual Disability), B.Ed. (Special Education-Intellectual Disability) and M.Ed. (Special Education-Intellectual Disability) for teaching persons with intellectual disabilities. All courses are recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi, and B.Ed.(SE-ID) and M.Ed.(SE-ID) courses are also affiliated with Panjab University, Chandigarh.  

Out of the total diploma and degree passed out students of GRIID from the year 2002 to till date, 191 were awarded diploma and degree certificates in this ceremony wherein 32 were of DVTE(MR) and DVR(MR) courses, 58 were of D.Ed.(SE-ID), 81 were B.Ed.(SE-ID) and 20 were M.Ed. (SE-ID) courses.

 Total 21 students received gold medals from the Chief Guest for standing first in their batches. The students are serving persons with ID on different posts like Principal, special educators, counsellors etc. in various organisations.

 The Chief Guest, Sh. Rajeev Verma congratulated the passouts for completing their diplomas & degrees in special education. Sh. Verma said that this field of special education requires not only a wealth of knowledge but also compassion, empathy, and the ability to stay resolute in the face of adversity and the special education professionals have a vital role to play in the endeavor to make our society all-inclusive.

 He advised the graduates to imbibe patience, positivity and motivation while teaching children with intellectual disability. He urged the passing graduates to always carry the values of compassion, integrity, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. 



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