Jamia Millia Islamia is setting up a Centre for Early Childhood
Development and Research that will offer several courses including a
doctoral degree in the subject, with the aim of helping children
from the underprivileged sections of society.
“The objective of the centre is to meet the challenges to holistic
development of young children, particularly those who belong to
communities that have been historically deprived, like the Scheduled
Castes and Tribes, minorities, and children with special needs as
also those affected by natural disasters and emergencies,” a
spokesman of the varsity told IANS Monday.
The centre will be opened Tuesday by
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and Minority Affairs
Minister Salman Khurshid.
The official said the broad focus of the
centre will be to develop it as a national resource in early
childhood development with emphasis on child rights.
“The centre will offer diploma and
postgraduate courses and research opportunities in early childhood
development and will help bridge the gap between theory, research,
policy and practice,” the spokesman added.