LAHORE - Vice-Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stressed that the parents and society should treat special children as equal to the normal people and impart proper education and training facilities to them so that they could lead their lives as useful and productive citizens of the country. He was addressing participants of a ceremony held by the PU Child Welfare Centre New Campus in connection with the International Day of Disabled Persons here on Friday. The Vice-Chancellor said that the parents, instead of taking pity on their mentally and physically retarded children, should provide them conducive environment and send them to special educational institutes so as to help them live a normal life. He said the varsity Child Welfare Centre is extending educational and training facilities to special children to help them overcome their impairment and retardation with confidence. He also lauded the high quality facilities being provided by the Centre to the special children besides vocational training to deserving female students residing in PU employees colony and its adjoining areas. He also gave sanction to the construction of five additional rooms, purchase of computer software and equipment as well as regularization of services of female teachers of the Centre. Earlier, the special children presented various colourful games and tableau which were greatly applauded by the audience. Later, the Vice-Chancellor also visited the physiotherapy centre and classrooms for the special children and expressed his satisfaction over the services being provided there. The Centre Principal Ayesha Wajihullah presented the welcome address. Meanwhile, Special Education and Training Centre (SETC) observed International Day of Disabled and organized a colorful function and exhibition in this connection here at Johar Town. Honorary Consul General of Bangladesh Qazi Humayun Farid, TM Sheikh, Prof Maqsood Ahmed from UK, Principal Zarina Farukh along with parents and teachers participated in the event. Addressing the function renowned psychiatrist Prof Dr Khalida Tareen, Project Director SETC stressed that we should try to build self-confidence and remove any inferiority complex in disabled children so that they could also be able to live a normal life and earn their livelihood like other citizens. She said that on this International day of the disabled we should make a commitment that we will provide educational and vocational training facilities for the disabled. She said SETC was providing free education among normal and disabled children under one roof. Presently there are approximately 200 disabled and 500 normal students studying and the institution has been providing this service for the last 30 years. Qazi Humayun Farid said that it was not only the responsibility of the government to provide education to disabled but philanthropists should also come forward to help the special persons. T M Sheikh said that it was the need of the hour that government must open the schools for special children under the group of 5 years. Prof Maqsood Ahmed said that there were million of special children who were not getting proper education and SETC was a great achievement in the educational field.