Inclusive Education in India: Challenges, Progress, and Future Directions

  • Dr Preeti Dubey and Ratnesh Kumar Pandey
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  • Dr Preeti Dubey

    Faculty at St. Joseph College for Women, Gorakhpur, U.P., India

  • Ratnesh Kumar Pandey

    Faculty at B.S. Anangpuria Institute of Law, Faridabad, Haryana, India

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Inclusive education in India has emerged as a vital discourse, reflecting the nation's commitment to providing equitable educational opportunities for all, irrespective of their diverse abilities. This research paper delves into the multifaceted landscape of inclusive education in India, encompassing its historical evolution, persistent challenges, notable progress, and the envisioned path forward. Tracing the historical trajectory, the paper navigates through pivotal shifts in policies and societal attitudes that have influenced the inclusivity paradigm. Despite strides, the road to inclusive education is fraught with challenges. Scarce resources, inadequate teacher training, deeply entrenched societal prejudices, and the intricate needs of distinct disability groups pose substantial hurdles. This paper rigorously examines governmental endeavors such as the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the Right to Education Act (RTE), assessing their impact on shaping an inclusive educational landscape. Amid the challenges, the paper unveils inspiring instances of success. Through the lens of exemplary schools, organizations, and regions, it showcases the transformative power of inclusive education. These triumphs underscore the pivotal link between inclusive policies and improved learning outcomes. Anchoring progress are dedicated educators armed with the knowledge and skills to create inclusive classrooms, a testament to the critical role of teacher training. Collaborative synergies between educational institutions, parents, communities, and non-governmental entities surface as catalysts in fostering inclusivity. The paper scrutinizes these collaborative mechanisms, highlighting their contribution to shaping educational environments that honor diversity. Moreover, technology emerges as a potent tool in the inclusive education arsenal, promoting accessibility through assistive technologies and digital resources. In conclusion, inclusive education stands as a cornerstone of India's educational journey, echoing the nation's commitment to social justice. This research paper encapsulates the intricate tapestry of inclusive education in India, weaving historical insights, current challenges, celebratory milestones, and visionary aspirations. By addressing present obstacles while harnessing the collective strength of stakeholders, India can pave a path toward a genuinely inclusive and empowering educational landscape.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 2343 - 2360


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