The Rehabilitation Council of India is a statutory body formed under the RCI act of Parliament. It was formed to develop and regulate training courses in the field of rehabilitation sciences and specialist education. It also maintains a register for all the qualified professionals in the disability field to keep in check on quacks. Apart from training courses it also promotes research in the field for the betterment of people with disabilities.
The role of the RCI is clearly defined :
- Standardization of academic course
- Research and development
- Manpower training and regulation.
- Giving affiliation to various institutions and carrying out periodic surprise checks to maintain quality and decorum.
- It only trains manpower and cannot provide employment opportunities to the disabled.
Courses offered by the RCI are in the field of
- Visual impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Intellectual disability
- Learning Disability
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Community-based rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation psychology
- Clinical. Psychology
- Speech and hearing
- and various other disability sectors.
Admission to these courses is subject to individual colleges and their respective admissions criteria of merit or admission tests.
Apart from running college courses it also regularly organises workshops for working professionals to upgrade their knowledge and expertise. These workshops also provide hands-on training for implants and therapeutic methods involved in the betterment of disabled people.