NISE -Status up gradation.
DR. SAIM ALI SOOMRO.
Faculty of Intellectual disability.
Over view of NISE:
Established in 1986 to prepare the manpower
working in field of Special education,
covering the public and private sectors.
NISE has been conducting training courses
since 1986, initially NISE established in the
hostels of Al Maktoom, when their purpose
built building was ready , institute Was shifted
to current building in
NISE building has ample space , modern
class room facilities, multi purpose halls, A
library and a Hostel.
In PARA-3 of PC1 its clearly mentioned that it
should be declared study centre for AIOU to
start a diploma course under its umbrella.
Background and some realities.
AIOU has already some understanding with NISE , as university
established The Department of Special Education in 1986, that
has developed tremendously in number of students, courses ,
standard of teaching , methodology and research done in the
field of Special Education.
There are many examples of development in public and private
sectors when institutes has moved forward in vertical direction in
their respective fields.
Pakistan is sixth populated country in the world, according to
WHO 9 children are born every second, means ……..every
minute, ……every hour and ……..every day, a population census
was held in 1998 it stood 180 million at that time, we are
approximately more than 200 million people now and its feared
by International donor and monitoring agencies like UNICEF &
WHO that our population will double in next one decade .
We do not have any concrete research on percentage of
disability but roughly international ratio is about 10 percent,
some countries which still lack or have inadequate basic health &
sanitation support have ratio more than 10 %.
Nations with climate change, global warming, High fertility rates,
Universities and Educational Institutes
Preparing manpower in Special education
Beside Allama Iqbal Open university, Karachi
university and recently a private sector university has
established department of Special & Inclusive
In Pakistan we broadly consider four major disabilities
as area of rehabilitation ie Hearing, Visual, Mental &
Physical, there is much more to add to field of
acquired disabilities and later age disabilities due to
Psychological, neurological diseases, accidents and
as a result of physical trauma or diseases.
If we can sense the need and demand of field of
Special education & Rehabilitation in this country the
task is Himalayan, resources limited , work done and
acumen is limited to tunnel vision & approach
Ground realities (General)
Only three universities preparing diploma/Master level
-manpower, with finger counting post Master fellow
ship level People available to cater the need of more
than 200 hundred million people. Its severe shortage.
In allied fields of Physio therapy, Speech therapy,
Psychiatry & Psychology (basic, Applied and Clinical)
situation is same.
Situation of department before & after devolution few
words on real picture .
Ethical Burden is increased on DGSE.
In Past 25 to 30 years NISE with its limited resources
, man power shortage and shortage of facilities for
training to its faculty has done a reasonable job.
Our department is yet to produce any Phd. From our
cadres there are few M.Phil in our ranks , if people
are encourage at departmental levels situation can be
Demand of Market & Future role of
Currently NISE has experienced Faculties in four
domains. Hearing, Visual, Mental/Intellectual,
At present we have Two M.phil , three MBBS Doctors
(one has completed his MD recently. An MBA. Three
Masters in various subjects.
If experience is added to there qualifications , they are
far more qualified to handle a one year or 9month
But eyes should be set to higher goal to declare it
First university of ‘Special Education” in our country,
No one has a diverse and standard back up of
centres of excellence in the shape of four institutes of
repute for a practical intern ship as we have.
Future Road MAP
Initially following PC-1 of the NISE we should declare
it Study centre of the AIOU for one year diploma
This step will give us necessary experiment,
reputation and finances.
Next step should be to hire our own Faculty and in
the mean time prepare our own Faculty through
incentives to achieve M.Phil & Phds in various
Disabilities , with two way planning we can achieve
our own goals to make a move for degree awarding
body by achieving and fulfilling HEC criteria and
support from Legislative bodies.
NISTE is situated in H/8, they were started for
technical trainings and certificate courses in technical
education, now they are moving towards declaring it
Lok versa Museum is at walking distance from
NISE in shakarparian, they are conducting
courses in Media, TV production and photography
etc, they are earning finances and reputation,
soon they are going to apply for a university
Rawalpindi Arts counsel on stadium road
,Rawalpindi is also conducting Professional grade
courses in Arts, Media, Painting, Film & TV
Production & Direction keeping in view the need
of growing field of Journalism & media.
These are just few examples in our neighbor
hood. There are scores of other example in last
decade many of Public sector institutes are given
status of universities.