Prof (Dr.) P. S. Sukumaran

Director

From the Desk of Director

School of Behavioural Sciences was established in 1988 with a vision of teaching, research and extension in the field of disability rehabilitation and mental health. In many ways it is a very unique institution in the entire university system in India. It is unique because of the theme, the multidisciplinary faculty structure, the diversity of academic and extension programmes, the nature of its students and so on. Not many university departments are there in the country with a mission of conducting higher education and research in disability rehabilitation. The School offers wide variety of academic programmes like Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Sciences, Special Education, Rehabilitation Psychology, Behavioural Medicine, Rehabilitation Nursing, and Indian Sign Language. Its extension activities include Santhwanam Counselling Centre under the leadership of an experienced clinical psychologist and the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for the Adults with Intellectual Disability lead by trained special teachers. Through these centres the School extends services to the most marginalized sectors of the community without charging any fees.

The School utilizes its wide variety of student strength for organizing extension activities which are useful to the society. This institution encourages professionals from the fields of Medicine, Nursing, Psychology and Special Education for doing research. Further the School takes initiatives and provides support for organizing academic programmes such as B. Ed. and M. Ed. Special Education (Intellectual Disability), B. Ed. Special Education (Learning Disability), and B. Ed. Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorders) in various affiliated colleges under the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences of this University.

The faculty members of the School are enthusiastic in organizing national and international seminars and workshops in collaboration with various institutions of national and international reputation. The publications of the faculty members and students include books, research papers and popular articles.

Even though we have made many fruitful initiatives in this most neglected area of study we have to go a long way further for realizing our vision and mission. Now the School is attempting to strengthen its academic as well as research activities by building meaningful working relationships with the Rehabilitation Council of India as well as reputed institutions in India and abroad. We hope the coming decades will witness many progressive leaps from the School of Behavioural Sciences in the areas of Disability Rehabilitation and Mental Health. For this we welcome all those who are interested from any part of the world to work for the cause of creation of a better world for persons with disabilities and their families.