4th International Conference on Inclusive Education

12-14 January 2017

Venue: Krishibid Institution Bangladesh, Monipuripara, Dhaka


Conference Theme

Inclusive Education is Good: But How to Do It?


Welcome to the web page of the Forth International Conference on Inclusive Education under the banner of Asian Centre for Inclusive Education (ACIE) that is going to be held in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. ACIE is a joint initiative of some academics, scholars, practitioners and researchers of universities and professional bodies in the Asia-Pacific region. Its prime objective is to improve access to high quality education of disadvantaged children in Asian countries and beyond. The Secretarial of the Centre is currently based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Different universities, professional bodies and individual scholars of Asian region are the members of ACIE. The professionals working in other countries outside Asia (e.g Australia, Canada and the USA) who have interest in promoting inclusive education in this region are also associated with this centre.

The aim of the conference is to get an opportunity to share and disseminate ideas, research findings, academic and field-level experiences on Inclusive Education from different country experiences with a view to selecting implementation strategy of IE for achieving SDG 4.



  The Conference is open for academics, practitioners, researchers, students, parents, teachers, NGO-workers, public servants and policy-makers with an interest in promoting inclusive education either in the region or in the globe.  

Conference Venue: 

  Krishibid Institution Bangladesh, Monipuripara, Dhaka   15469a3f-48eb-437f-ba09-ebb939267411  a03f70b3-ff49-4763-b843-63ab66c60eb0                

Accommodation for international delegates

  Accommodation of international delegates will be arranged by the conference organizers in local hotels (Asia Pacific Blossoms Hotel, Baridhara, Dhaka) with all meals and transportations.


Impact of this conference:

  1. Provide a recommendation guideline to the global community that could be considered while developing implementation strategies for Inclusive Education. 2. Reveal research findings of different countries on Inclusive education. 3. Develop a strong regional and international collaboration for promoting inclusive education.  

Organizing Partners


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Technical Partner

  pune-university____ SP Pune University, India        

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Conference Theme:

“Inclusive Education is Good: But How to Do It?”



Subthemes of the Conference

    Based on the above theme, sub-themes of the conference promote Research/models/experiences/practices related to:                      

1.Ensuring Presence and Access in Schools

Physical access (Enrollment) to Education

Physical Reform in Education

Challenges in Equal Access to Education


 2.Ensuring Participation in Education:

•Ensuring Regular Attendance, Year and Cycle completion by Learners

•Introducing Inclusive Pedagogy for Active Classroom Participation for all learners

•Reforming Teacher Education for Inclusive Education

•Use of Multi-sensory Teaching Materials for Enhancing Learning

•Flexible School System for Inclusion

•Ensuring Participation of Community, Parents and Local Education Authorities for Inclusion

•Resource Mobilization for Inclusion

•Reforming School Curriculum for Inclusion

•Collaboration (i.e. GO-NGO, Regular-Special, Regular-Vocational etc.) for Inclusion

•Challenges in Equal Participation in Education


3.Ensuring Learning Achievement in Education:

•Achieving Learning Outcomes/competencies for All

•Designing Inclusive Assessment Strategies for All

•Alternative Assessment for Inclusion


4.Ensuring Acceptance in Inclusion:

•acceptance/beliefs/attitudes of school, peers, teachers, parents and community about Inclusion


Organizing Partners


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Technical Partner

  pune-university____ SP Pune University, India        

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Key Note Speakers


Dr Nidhi Singal

Reader, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK


Dr Nidhi SingalNidhi Singal is a Reader, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She is also leads on the Access, Teaching and Learning Theme in the REAL Centre. For over a decade Dr Singal has worked on issues of educational inequality, with a particular emphasis on addressing concerns around educational access and quality provision for children with disabilities in Southern contexts. Her work has also focused on exploring models of inclusive and innovative pedagogy in mainstream classrooms in these contexts. Dr Singal has worked closely with different international and national organizations, influencing policies on inclusive education and programme development. She has lead on various international research projects, such as the Disability, Education and Poverty Project, a five year project across India, Pakistan, Ghana, and Kenya (2005-2010) funded by DFID. Among her current projects are the Teaching Effectively All Children (TEACh): India and Pakistan and The Impact Initiative, both funded by ESRC-DFID. She has published widely in various international peer reviewed journals, contributed to key edited books on inclusive and special education and written commissioned papers for specific policy audiences. She is a member of the Editor Board of various journals and also works with publishing houses in reviewing and adapting books on inclusive education. Profile web link: Twitter: @nsingal14


Dr. Umesh Sharma

Associate Professor, Monash University, Australia


umesh shermaDr. Umesh Sharma is Associate Professor and coordinator of Special Education Programs in the Faculty of Education. He has extensive training in teaching students with a range of disabilities including students with multiple disabilities. Dr. Sharma is working closely with a number of professionals in the field of special education from both developed (Canada, USA, UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong) and developing countries (India, China, South Africa, Fiji, the Solomon Islands Brunei and Brazil). He is the coordinator of an international project that examine why teachers are apprehensive to work with students with diverse learning needs and what could be done to improve their efficacy to teach in inclusive and special schools. The project is being implemented in 12 countries including China, Bangladesh, Mexico, Italy and the UK. Some of his recent research projects include Evaluating teaching practices using reflective teaching framework funded by Monash University; Empowering parents of children with autism to manage disruptive behaviours using Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) strategies, funded by APEX Foundation, Australia; Understanding and addressing misperceptions of educators for effective prevention, funded by William Angliss Foundation; and Why teachers are aggressive, funded by Monash University, Reforming teacher education for inclusive education in Asian countries, funded by AusAID. His areas of research interests are: preparation of teachers to teach in inclusive classrooms, inclusive and teacher education in developing countries; and attitude and efficacy measurement. Member of the Editorial Board: Australasian Journal of Special Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, International Journal of Wholeschooling, Asian Journal of Inclusive Education. Professional associations: Asian Centre for Inclusive Education (ACIE), American Educational Researchers Association (AERA), American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Indian Association for Special Education and Rehabilitation (IASER),Whole Schooling Consortium (WSC).

Profile Web link:  

Richard Rieser

CEO, World of Inclusion Ltd. UK


morrRichard Rieser is a teacher with disability, trainer, writer, speaker and film maker, an international advocate/consultant for inclusive education and disability equality. He runs UK based World of Inclusion Ltd.

Richard has worked in many countries developing inclusion. These include Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Canada, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and USA. European Union countries include Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungry, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Rumania, Slovenia and Spain. All Richard’s work is prompted by disability equality, inclusion and the social model of disability. Richard was UKDPC representative at Ad Hoc Committee 6,7 & 8 framing the UNCRPD. UK Rep on the European Disability Forum from 2004-2012. Chair of the Alliance for Inclusive Education and Vice Chair of Council for Disabled Children for 12 years and on various UK Government Committees. Richard is Treasurer of Commonwealth Disabled People’s Forum. Most recently World of Inclusion won an award at the Zero Conference 2016, for a series of anti-disablist bullying films and resources. Richard has written a number of books: Disability Equality in the Classroom a Human Rights Issue (1990), Altogether Better for Comic Relief (1994), Making It Work (2002), All Equal All Different (2004), Disabling Imagery for BFI (2004), Implementing Inclusive Education: A Commonwealth Guide to implementing Article 24 of UNCRPD(2008 & 2012) and many chapters and articles.

Profile Web link:   

Dr. M. Tariq Ahsan

Professor, Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh


Dr M. Tariq Ahsan is working with the Institute of Education and Research (IER) at the University of Dhaka since 2001, his current position is Professor. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Special Education at IER, University of Dhaka during the period of 2006-07. Recently, he has been involved with the Government of Bangladesh as a National Consultant on behalf of UNICEF for promoting inclusive education. Tariq worked with UNESCO-Dhaka for adaptation of Advocacy Guide for Inclusive Teacher Education. He is involved with Plan International Bangladesh as a researcher and consultant for development of a Model IE in Bangladesh. He is also working with ActionAid Bangladesh for the Development of an Advocacy Framework for IE Teacher Education.

Tariq achieved Australian Government's prestigious Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) for doing his Ph.D at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He completed his PhD on Pre-service teacher preparedness for inclusive education in 2014. His specialization areas are Inclusive education, Special Education, Hearing impairments, Alternative Communication and Teacher preparation. Tariq conducted a number of research studies on disability, education, special education and inclusive education issues and published more than 70 papers in the form of national and international journal articles, books, conference proceedings, periodicals and reports. He was also involved in Sign Supported Bangla Language Development process in Bangladesh. Tariq is also contributing at the Asian regions and international levels through various initiatives. He is the Executive Secretary of the Asian Centre for Inclusive Education (ACIE) and through this platform he organized three successful international conferences in 2013 and 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and 2016 in S.P Pune University, India. Tariq was involved with the UNESCO-Bangkok for developing Teachers' Training Toolkit for inclusive education in the Asia Pacific Region. Besides, Tariq was also involved in an International project on "Inclusive Education in Asian Countries‟ at Monash University in Australia as a member of the organizing committee. Tariq is the founding editor of an international journal titled Asian Journal of Inclusive Education (AJIE) and reviewed many research papers for several prestigious journals such as International Journal of Inclusive Education and Cambridge Journal of Education. He was also the founder President of the IER Alumni Association in University of Dhaka, Lifetime member of Dhaka University Alumni Association, Member of Flinders University Alumni Association, Australia and Monash University Alumni Association Australia. Tariq has been involved in the editorial process of many publications. As an honour of Tariq’s contributions at the country and regional levels, the Australian Government awarded him the “Australian Alumni Excellence Awards 2014 for Community Services”.

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Organizing Partners


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Technical Partner

  pune-university____ SP Pune University, India        

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Extended deadline for submission of abstract is 30 October 20 November 2016 for foreign participants & 30 November 2016 for local participants.

•Extended deadline for submission of abstract is 30 October 20 November, 2016 for foreign participants & 30 November, 2016 for local participants.

•Acceptance of the abstract will be notified by the 15 November 30 November, 2016 for foreign participants and 10 December, 2016 for local participants. The Scientific Committee keeps the right of selection of the paper either for scientific session or poster presentation.

•Participants interested to publish their paper must submit in full by 31 January  15 February, 2017. Selected articles will be published in an International Peer-reviewed journal titled Asian Journal of Inclusive Education (AJIE) after review.


Presentation Format

  Five formats are available:

•Individual Presentation

•Panel Presentation

•Plenary Presentation (Country Profile) &

•Poster Presentation.

•Workshop Mode

•The abstract for the above presentations should be limited to 200 words only with title, objective, methodology and brief findings.

•Multimedia and laptop will be available during the presentations.

•A Scientific committee will review all abstracts and proposals submitted within deadline. Abstracts will be selected on the basis of their relevance to the conference theme, clarity and ability to address the breadth and scope of the conference. Selected authors will be notified after 30 November, 2016. The Scientific Committee will keep the right to decide presentation mode of each paper i.e., seminar or poster presentation.

Submission of full paper

•Submitted full paper will be selected for publication in an international standard journal titled Asian Journal of Inclusive Education after a double-blind peer review. for Journal details please visit

•Submit your abstract and fill out registration form available online. Please send your fee as well.


Opportunity of publication

books•Presenters have great opportunity of publishing their abstracts and full papers presented in either conference proceedings having ISBN or in an issue of a double-blind peer reviewed international journal (Asian Journal of Inclusive Education-AJIE.)

•Asian Journal of Inclusive Education (AJIE) is an international double-blind peer-reviewed journal published by Asian Centre for Inclusive Education (ACIE), Bangladesh. Asian Journal of Inclusive Education (AJIE) aims to offer a regional and international platform to conduct a multidisciplinary strategic dialogue on inclusive education for educationists, teachers, policy makers, researchers and other interested professionals. Articles can be of original empirical research, systematic literature review, book review as well as critical and exploratory essays based on theoretical analysis focusing issues related to inclusive education. Special emphasis will be given on papers addressing inclusive education in developing countries. For more information please visit the link AJIE web-site link


Organizing Partners


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Technical Partner

  pune-university____ SP Pune University, India        

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Paper submission/Registration

•Registration fee for foreign delegates is US$ 500.00 all inclusive (registration, 4-night accommodation, meals and transportation to conference sites) open until 30 December, 2016

•Registration fee for foreign international students is US$ 400.00 all inclusive (registration, 4-night accommodation, meals and transportation to conference sites) open until 30 December, 2016

•Registration fee for foreign delegates without accommodation and transport facilities is US $ 300.00 open until 30 December, 2016

•Registration for local participants is Tk. 5,000.00 until 30 December, 2016. Late registration is possible until 5 January, 2016 and the fee would be Tk. 6,000.00. Registration fee will include conference folder, tea, lunch, closing dinner and attendance in any post conference workshops.

•Registration fee for limited number of local students is Tk. 3000.00.

•Please send your fees to the following name and Bank Account as money transfer or you can pay cash on payment booth at University of Dhaka. (Please contact with Mr. Gobinda Ghosh for booth payment, Mobile number- +880-1515203950 ):

Account Name: Asian Centre for Inclusive Education (ACIE), Bangladesh Bank Name: National Bank Limited, Foreign Exchange Branch 19 RAJUK AVENUE TARANGA COMPLEX, Dhaka 1000 Account Type: Savings Account No: 1021000031490 Swift Code: NBLB BD DH 021


Paper submission/Registration Process:

  Please click the following button for starting the online Paper submission/Registration-    

Conference Management



umeshChair of the Conference

Dr. Umesh Sharma,

Associate Professor,

Monash University, Australia




Member Secretary

Dr. M. Tariq Ahsan, 


IER, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh



Advisory Committee Members: 


1) Professor M Nazmul Haq, IER, University of Dhaka (Chairperson, Advisory Committee)

2) Ms. Beatrice Kaldun, Head and Representative, UNESCO

3) Md. Shafiqul Islam, Country Director, ADD International Bangladesh

4) Shahnawaz Qureshi, Country Coordinator, CBM 

5) Md. Murshid Aktar, Head of Education, Plan International, Bangladesh

6) Dr. Tim Loreman, Professor, Faculty of Education, Concordia University College of Alberta, Canada

7) Dr. Umesh Sharma, Associate Professor & Conference Chair, Monash University, Austarlia

8) Professor Dr. Sanjeev Sonawane, Head, Department of Education and Extension, SP Pune University, India

9) Farah Kabir, Country Director, ActionAid Bangladesh

10) Iqbal Hossain, Specialist, 2nd Chance Education, UNICEF Bangladesh

12) Abuzzoha Ahmed Noor, Vice Chairperson, ACIE

13) Dr. M Tariq Ahsan, Professor & Member Secretary, IER,DU & ACIE

14) Shaheen Anam, Ex Officio Member of Governing Board, MJF

15) Talat Mahmud, Director-Education Sector, Save the Children

16) Farida Yasmin, Executive Director, DRRA, Bangladesh

17) Col Shahidul Alam SGP, ED & Principal Proyash


Organizing Committee Members:


1) Associate Professor Dr. Umesh Sharma, (Chairperson ACIE Conference 2017), Monash University, Australia

2) Professor Dr. M. Tariq Ahsan, Member Secretary ACIE Conference 2017

3) Abuzzoha Ahmed Noor, Vice Chairman, ACIE

4) Ms. Shereen Akther, Programme Officer, UNESCO-Dhaka

5) Md. Mozammel Haque Neogi, Programme Officer, UNESCO-Dhaka

6) Nazrana Yesmin Hira, Program Co-ordinator, Manusher Jonno Foundation

7)Shazzad Khan, Program Co-ordinator, Manusher Jonno Foundation

8) Andreas Hermann, Coordinator Disability Inclusive Development, CBM

9)Sarwar E Alam, Manager, Advocacy Communication, CBM

10) Md. Moirul Islam, Specialist (Education) , Plan International Bangladesh

11) Sheikh Nishat Nazmi, Coordinator (Inclusive Education), Plan International Bangladesh

12) Asgar Ali Sabri , Director - Programme, Policy and Campaigns, ActionAid Bangladesh

13) Khairul Islam, Manager - RCB Project, ActionAid Bangladesh

14) Mr. Subodh Das, Representative, ADD

15) Ms. Eshita Tarafder , Representative, ADD

16) Md. Musle Uddin Bhuyian,  Manager, Save the Children

17) Mohammad Kamal Hossain, Project Director- HOPE, Save the Children

18) Jamal Uddin, Program team leader, DRRA, Bangladesh

19) Ms. Rabya Neela, Project coordinator, DRRA, Bangladesh

20) Lt Col Shahzad Pervez Mohiuddin, PSC (Inclusive Education & Support Services)

21) Lt Col Kazi Mohammad Asik Reyadh, BSP of Proyash

22)  Syed Md. Siam, Project Coordinator, ACIE, Bangladesh

23) Sefut E Shan, Research Coordinator, ACIE, Bangladesh

24) Uzma S. J. Muyeed,  ACIE Representative

25) Rais Uddin Ahmed, ACIE Representative

26) Shamim Fahmi, ACIE Representative

27) Flora Sharifa Jahan, ACIE Representative

28) Kaiser E Alam, ACIE Representative

29) Md. Mahadia Hossain, Assistant Coordinator, ACIE, Bangladesh 


Scientific/Publication Committee:



Professor Dr. M. Tariq Ahsan, IER, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Advisory Editors:

Professor Dr. Tim Loreman, Faculty of Education, Concordia University College of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Umesh Sharma, Monash University, Australia

Professor Dr. Sanjeev Sonawane, Head, Department of Education and Extension, SP Pune University, India

Professor M Nazmul Haq, IER, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh


Editorial Panel:

Dr. Nurul Aman, Senior Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

Dr. M. Megha Uplane, Associate Professor, Department of Education and Extension, SP Pune University, Pune, India

Dr. A Q M Shafiul Azam, Consultant, PSO-PEDP-III, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Bangldesh

Dr. Md. Ahsan Habib, Associate Professor, IER, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr. V.G. Jadhav, Assistant Professor, Department of Education and Extension, SP Pune University, Pune, India

Dr. Nisha Valvi, Department of Education and Extension, SP Pune University, India

Sefut E Shan, Research Coordinator, ACIE, Bangladesh

Sumaiya Khanam Chowdhury, Lecturer, IER, Jagannath University, Bangladesh

Editorial Associate:

Syed Md. Siam, Project Coordinator, ACIE, Bangladesh

Organizing Partners


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Technical Partner

  pune-university____ SP Pune University, India        

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Hotel's Information


Participants who are  willing to register for the conference without accommodation can arrange their own hotel from this list 

  1. Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka 
  2. The Westin, Dhaka 
  3. La Meridian, Dhaka 
  4. Radisson Blu watergarden, Dhaka 
  5. Amari,Dhaka 
  6. Lakeshore Dhaka 
  7. Four Points, Dhaka 
  8. Lake Castle Dhaka 
  9. Quality Inn Dhaka
  10. Hotel Sarina , Dhaka 
  11. Dhaka Regency 
  12. Civic Inn, Dhaka 
  13. Summer Palace, Dhaka 
  14. Platinum Grande Dhaka 
  15. Hotel Marino, Dhaka 

Visa Information

Some Countries have On Arrival visa some countries do no need visa for more information visit this link Visa Policy of Bangladesh

Organizing Partners


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Technical Partner

  pune-university____ SP Pune University, India        

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