Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Science

Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Science is established in January 2016. This is the first State University to start a regular department for the human resource development in the field of special education which in turn serves to the welfare of students with disabilities.

Objectives of the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service
  • To run special education courses for the preparation of human resources to serve children with special needs
  • To carry out research for the development of new and innovative teaching and learning strategies.
  • To run various training programmes for the special educators, parents and children with special needs
  • To render extension / outreach service to the community through enabling unit, Alagappa University Resource School, Centre for Multimodal Material Production for Differently Abled and Vocational Store by Differently Abled.
Salient Features of the Department

The main focus of the department is moulding professionals in the field of the disability studies, education provision for different disability sectors and their rehabilitation services. The service is rendered in four fold dimensions i.e.

  • Teaching,
  • Research,
  • Training,
  • Extension / Outreach Programmes

It is one of objective of Rehabilitation council of India to set a separate Department of Special Education whether there will be a scope for the extending research degrees particularly in Special Education. In this line the new department is offering -

  • Ph.D Special Education

Apart from the above research degrees research projects and surveys at state, regional and Community level will be carried out to identify children with disabilities, to render educational and vocational services to those who are identified.

International Research Fellowships were also received by the Faculty to undertake Intenational Research work. Norwegian Government Research Scholarship and Erasmus Mundus MA Inclusive and Special Education COHORT were received twice by Dr. J. Sujathamalini, Associate Professor and Head i/c.

National level UGC Projects and State level SSA Projects were also Undertaken by the Faculty Dr. J.Sujathamalini.


Various training programmes such as-

  • Training programme for the special educators (Continuing Rehabilitation Education ) was conducted in collaboration with NIVH
  • Training programme for the promotion of technological base teaching skill
  • Short term training programme for parents on Physiotherapy was conducted for the Special School Students with special needs
  • Training for rural youth, women and disadvantaged were also organized
  • Need based Vocational training for the disabled were also organized
Extension Activities

Alagappa University Resource School for Differently Abled

This department also has a special resource school for differently abled children and extending services to the community. The Resource school extends physiotherapy and occupational therapy for the children with disabilities, organize medical camps for identification of children with various disabilities and provide educational assistive and adaptive devices available in the department. Students who are autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and intellectual impairment from the age of 3 yrs to 30 yrs are enrolled and getting benefits of therapies and educational services from our resource school which is within our campus. Full time Physiotherapist, special educators and care takers are extending excellent service to those students effectively and efficiently.

Centre for Multimodal Material Production Unit for the Differently Abled

The department also has a Centre for Multimodal Material Production Unit for the Differently Abled, started under Tamilnadu Government Scheme. This centre prepares teaching learning materials to serve differently abled in schools and colleges. Especially talking books, large print materials and tactile teaching learning materials are prepared by the student teachers to serve students with visual impairment. Alagappa University contributes to the welfare of students with disabilities in a multidimensional way. Diagnose and assess for labeling the children with disabilities

Contact Details:

Dr. J. Sujathamalini,
Professor & Head,
Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Science,
Alagappa University,
Karaikudi – 630 003,
E-mail :
Phone No : 04565 223287, 04565 226287

S.No Photo Name Designation Profile
1 Dr. J. Sujathamalini Professor and Head
2 Dr. K.Gunasekaran Assistant Professor
Programmes Offered
  • B.Ed Special Education (Visual Impairment)
  • B.Ed Special Education ( Intellectual Disabilities)
  • M.Ed Special Education (Visual Impairment)
  • Ph.D in Special Education
    Sl. No. Name of the Programmes Action
    1 B.Ed., Special Education ( Visual Impairment)
    2 B.Ed., Special Education ( Intellectual Disabilities)
    3 M.Ed., Special Education (Visual Impairment)
    4 M.Sc., Applied Psychology
Fee Structure
B.Ed Special Education
I Year
S.No Head Amount
1. Tution Fee 14000
2. Special Fee 2000
3. Other Fee 1000
4. Special Lecture and Industrial Visit 1500
  Total 18500
II Year
S.No Head Amount
1. Tution Fee 14000
2. Special Fee 2000
3. Special Lecture and Industrial Visit 1500
  Total 17500

M.Ed Special Education
I Year
S.No Head Amount
1. Tution Fee 11000
2. Special Fee 2000
3. Other Fee 1000
4. Special Lecture and Industrial Visit 1000
  Total 15000
II Year
S.No Head Amount
1. Tution Fee 11000
2. Special Fee 2000
3. Special Lecture and Industrial Visit 1000
  Total 14000
S.No Equipment
1 Readit Instant Reader ,Scanner and Magnifier
2 Readit Scholar HD
3 Braille Edge 40 (40 cell Braille Display with note- taking features)
4 Angel Pro
5 HV Pro
6 Book Sense Xt
7 Blaze EZ Multi Player & OCR Device
8 Sparsh Tactile Maker with 500 sheets of Swell paper
9 Large Print Key board
10 Mouse Magnifier
11 Candy 4 HD hand held magnifier
12 One Hand Keyboard
13 Foot Pedal Mouse
14 Talking Typing Tutor
15 Braille Keyboard
16 Jaws Pro Talking Software for the Blind
17 Tamil OCR Scanning Software
18 VP Arithmetic
19 MAGic Screen Magnification Software No Speech
20 Vision Screener Software
21 WYNN Wizard Reading & Studying Software
22 Index Basic D-V4 Braille Printer
23 Duxbury Braille Translator 11.2
24 Tractor Feed Braille Paper - 11.5 * 12 of 160 GSM 10 Packs
25 Conversor Pro Wireless FM Assistive Listening Systems
26 Low Cost Conversor Listenor V2 Amplification Device with Earphones
27 5 Finger Typist Tutorial Software
28 Speech Trainer
29 Psychology Tools
30 Physiotherapy Materials

UGC Innovative Programme of Worth Rs 60 lakhs was sanctioned by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

Ph.D in Special Education is being offered in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Science

Ph.D Guided by the Faculty

Sl.No. Name of the Candidate Research Supervisor Year of Award
1 V.P.Joshith Dr. J.Sujathamalini 2011
2 M.K Ramkumar Dr. J.Sujathamalini 2013
3 A.Catherin Jayanthy Dr. J.Sujathamalini 2014
4 N.Rajeswari Dr. J.Sujathamalini 2014
5 B.Manokaran Dr. J.Sujathamalini 2015
6 S. Sathiamoorthy Dr. J.Sujathamalini 2015
7 Eduru Jane Selina Paul Dr. J.Sujathamalini 2016

International, National and State level projects were also undertaken by the Faculty of the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Science

Completed Projects
S. No Agency Period From Period To Project Title Budget
1 UGC 2012 2014 Occupational Stressors and Coping Strategies of Teachers with special reference to Inclusive Education 6.10 lakhs
2 SSA 2011 - 12   Rethinking Professional Issues towards Inclusion 3.41 lakhs
3 SSA     5% SAMPLE Check – DISE 1.20 lakhs

Ongoing Projects
S. No Agency Period From Period To Project Title Budget
1 The Universe, Japan October 2015 March 2017 An Evaluation of Health Educatrion of Disabled Children win India 2.92
B.Ed Special Education 2010-11
S.No Name Register No. Period of Study Address Phone No. Designation & Office Address
1 Kubenthiran P 2010713001 2010-11 S/o N. Periyanayagam,
Thaluthanoor, Thoonukudi (po),
C.K.mangalam (va),
Sivagangai (Dt).
- -
2 Maduraiveeran R 2010713002 2010-11 18-B, Ammani, Puliyal (Po),
Devakottai (Tk),
9751094937 Special Educator SSA, Sivagangai

The department established association with the following Institutions for the welfare of students with special needs. MoU was signed with the Chellamuthu Trust, Madurai.

The department is collaborating with National Institute of Empowerment of Persons with Visaul Disabilities earlier known as National Institute of Visually Handicapped, Regional Centre for conducting Continuing Rehabilitation Education for the professionals in the field of special education.

S.No Student’s Name Period of Study Contact No. Name of the Organization / Institution Position
1 R. Madurai veeran 2010-11 9751094937 SSA, Sivagangai Special Educator
2 M. Marshal 2010-11 9786295645 SSA, Sivagangai Special Educator
3 M. Meenakshi Sundareswari 2010-11 9943872603 Department of Statistics, Government of Tamil Nadu, Pudukkottai. Statistical Analyst
4 S. Banu Priya 2010-11 9095108980 Alagappa Polytechnic college, Karaikudi Guest Lecture
5 E. Nivedha 2010-11 - RMSA, Aranthangi. Special Educator
6 V. Jemi Thangamalar Sujatha 2010-11 9487482939 RMSA, Sivagangai. Special Educator
7 N. Latha 2010-11 9626943630 RMSA, Pudukkottai Special Educator
8 K. Muthumeenal 2010-11 - Alagappa Skill Development Centre, Alagappa University, Karaikudi Special Educator
9 K. Raja Rajeswari 2010-11 9750768683 SSA, Sivagangai Special Educator
10 R. Chithirai Selvan 2010-11 9095707884 SSA, Sivagangai Special Educator
11 R. Arul Selva 2010-11 - SSA, Sivagangai Special Educator
12 R. Renuga Devi 2010-11 - SSA, Sivagangai Special Educator
13 P. Arumugam 2010-11 9842407710 SSA, Sivagangai Special Educator
14 M. Muruganandhaam 2010-11 8973538828 / 9965376979 SSA, Sivagangai Special Educator
15 P. Thenmozhi 2011-12 9994658352 Collaborative Programme, Alagappa University, Karaikudi Theoretical Assistant
16 D. Umamaheswari 2011-12 7373165141 SMS Girls Higher Secondary School, Karaikudi Teacher
17 G. Singaravel 2011-12 9444059755 Venus Electro Energy System, Chennai Accounted
18 P.Rajkamal 2011-12 7373893705 Sathiya Bharathi School, pappakudi, Sivagangai Teacher
19 K.Prasath 2012-13 7373192546 Mathanur Ontrium, SSA Special Educator
20 A.R. Kayalvizhi 2012-13 9941389605 Umayal Ramanathan College, Karaikudi Assistant Professor
21 M.Uma 2012-13 9443137211, 9787585033 Vithya Giri Matric Higher Secondary School, Puduvayal, Karaikudi Teacher
22 R.Gowri 2012-13 7373164487 Doctor’s Public School, Aranthangi. Teacher
23 K.Kanaka 2012-13 9843943762 Avudaiyar Block Special Educator
24 M.Sakthi kumar 2013-14 9942250934 NIEPMD Extension Centre, Port Blair, A&N Islands Special Educator
25 C.Manjunath 2013-14 8056624935 National Institude for Empoverment of Persons with Multiple Disability, Chennai. Special Educator
26 K.Prabu 2013-14 9750597817 IED Office, Dharmapuri. Special Educator
27 S.Punithavalli 2013-14 9500543238 Rajas Charald Nursery School, Karaikudi. Teacher
28 PL. Karthik 2013-14 9750485499 Kalaimagal Vithiyalaya Matric Hr. Sec. School, Sakkottai. Teacher
29 M.Adhiyaman kumar 2014-15 9791250417 Amalaragini School for Blind, Thiruvannamalai. Special educator
30 A.Panimalar 2014-15 9047842296 Anbagam Kuzhanthaigal Kappagam , Mailadudurai Special Educator
31 S.Priyanga 2014-15 9791443080 Leader’s Matric Hr. Sec. School, Karaikudi Teacher
32 M.Thamayanthi 2014-15 9443609253 Rajarajan CBSC School, Karaikudi Teacher
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