Training Institute for Teachers of the Visually Handicapped


Teaching the blind students is a specialised job and the scarcity of specially trained teachers to teach the blind poses a great obstacle to the task of educating the visually impaired students. Academy started training for such teachers on a regional basis in the year 1965 to overcome this obstacle. This is a two-year course for B.A. & B.Sc. passed students having obtained 50% marks in aggregate or above. A relaxation of 5% is given to applicants of reserved category.

The Institute is affiliated to the University of Calcutta and imparts degree of B.Ed. in Special Education (Visual Impairment). The course is approved by the Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi and is sponsored by the National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disability (N.I.E.P.V.D.), Dehradun. The two-year course trains a total of around 60 male and female persons to teach visually impaired school-going children. The teachers trained at the Institute are engaged to teach in special schools and regular ‘inclusive’ schools.

The Institute regularly hosts the Teachers’ Refresher course and the Continued Rehabilitation Education (C.R.E.) course for teachers already employed at private, government and government-sponsored schools in West Bengal. Some of them are from other states also.

We distribute form only to eligible candidates in the month of April-May. Only thirty (30) candidates are selected through a written admission test usually held in the first week of June. The session starts in August. Now the centre is sponsored by the National Institute for Empowerment for the People with Visual Disabilities (N.I.E.P.V.D.), Dehradun offered B.Ed. Special Education (Visually Impairment) affiliated to the University of Calcutta and it is recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India. The prescribed application form is available both in the Academy Office and our website: which is to be filled up properly.