The inaugural function of Two-day National Conference on “Inclusive Education and Adapted Physical Education: Traditional and New Approaches in Developing 21st Century Skills for Students with Special Needs” jointly organized by FDMSE and GAPEY, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, Coimbatore campus was held on 21st February 2020. Dr. Muthaiah, Dean, FDMSE, welcomed the gathering and introduced the theme of this national conference. Swami Nityadipanandaji Maharaj, Ramakrishna Math, Kavundampalayam, Coimbatore, delivered the Presidential address. Dr. K. Balabhaskar, Head, Adult Independent Living, NIEPMD, Chennai, delivered the Keynote address. Dr. R. Giridharan, Associate Professor & Head, GAPEY presented the vote of thanks. Swami Garishthanandaji Maharaj, Administrative Head, RKMVERI, Coimbatore campus, inaugurated Innovative Assistive Technology Stalls displayed for the benefit of delegates.
The valedictory function of the conference was held on 22nd February 2020. Br. Ajarachaitanyaji Maharaj, RKMVERI – FDMSE & GAPEY presided over the function. Dr. R. Giridharan, Associate Professor & Head, GAPEY welcomed the gathering. Dr. N. Muthaiah, Dean, FDMSE presented the brief report of the Conference. Dr. M.S.Nagarajan, Senior Manager Sports, Special Olympics, Chennai delivered the valedictory address and Dr.S.Parween, Asst.Professor, FDMSE proposed the vote of thanks.
In total 205-delegates including special educators, para professionals from various parts of southern India, student trainees from FDMSE and GAPEY attended the conference. 30-papers were presented papers on various themes related to the conference in three parallel sessions on two days.