Functions, Salient Features and Objectives of Rehabilitation Council of India Act 1992 B.Ed Notes

The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), is a government body, set up in the Indian parliament under an Act of Parliament. The rehabilitation Council of India(RCI) was set up as a registered society in 1986. The RCI Act was passed by the parliament on September1992 and it became a statutory body on 22 June 1993. It comes under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.The Act was amended by parliament in 2000 to make it more broad-based. 

Rehabilitation has been defined as “a set of interventions designed to optimize functioning and reduce disability in individuals with health conditions in interaction with their environment”. 

The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) regulates and conducts training programs and courses targeted and designed for disabled, disadvantaged, and special education requirement communities.

Functions of Rehabilitation Council of India Act1992

The functions of Rehabilitation Council of India Act (RCI), 1992 are as listed below: 

1). To standardise, regulate, and monitor training programs in the field of special education and disability.

2). To standardise syllabi and to maintain a Central Rehabilitation Register of all qualified professionals and personnel working in the field of Rehabilitation and Special Education.

3). It imposes strict action against unqualified persons offering services to person with disability.

4). It is responsible for maintaining the central rehabilitation register (CRR) and promoting research in this domain.

5). It prescribes minimum standards of education and training for 16 categories of professionals and personnel allocated to RCI.

Salient Features of Rehabilitation Council of India Act1992

The salient features of Rehabilitation Council of India Act, 1992 are the following: 

1). It is a government body set up to regulate training programs and courses for the disabled and disadvantaged community.

2). To regulate the training of rehabilitation professionals. 

3). To prescribe minimum standards of education and training of different categories of professionals working with disability persons.

4). To maintain a central rehabilitation registers and all matters related to it. 

5). To collect information on a regular basis on education and training in the field of rehabilitation of people with disabilities from institutions in and outside the country. 

6). To encourage continuing education in the field of rehabilitation and special education by partnering with organisations working for the same purpose. 

Objectives of Rehabilitation Council of India Act1992

The main objectives of the Rehabilitation Council of India Act, 1992 are: 

1). To regulate training policies and programs for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. 

2). To standardise training courses for professionals that deal with disability persons. 

3). It is responsible for maintaining a central rehabilitation register for all qualified professionals and personal. 

4). To promote research in rehabilitation and special education.

5). To standardise syllabi.

6). To regulate and monitor services given to disability persons. 

7). To collaborate with other organisations in promoting the welfare and rights of disabled people. 

Rehabilitation Council of India Courses

RCI offers several training courses in regular as well as distance mode for people with disability, which are:

1. Certificate courses

2. Diploma courses

3. PG Diploma courses

4. Degree courses

5. PG Degree courses/Master’s level courses

6. Short-term/refresher courses

Rehabilitation Council of India is the only statutory council in the country that is required to maintain the Central Rehabilitation register which mainly contains detailed documents of all qualified professionals employed in the training and educational programme for the disabled communities.