Brief Info

Dr. Wasim Ahmad holds M.Sc. (Applied Psy), MA (Soc.), D. Ed., B.Ed., M. Ed., M.Phil., & Ph.D. in Special Education (Intellectual Disability). He is a determined academician and dedicated researcher who has gained a prominent position in the field of Special Education and Disability Rehabilitation due to the exemplary work he has done in his career in a short span of time. He is currently working as Assistant Professor in Special Education (Intellectual Disability) at Govt. Rehabilitation Institute for Intellectual Disabilities (GRIID), Chandigarh, India.

On the invitation of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Ahmad represented India GRIID during the International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ANDD2017), Thimphu, Bhutan, in April 2017.

Dr. Ahmad has 40 publications to his credit which appeared in the International and National journals of repute. He has also authored several chapters in the edited books. He has attended, presented more than 60 papers, and acted as Resource Person and Guest Speaker in many International/National Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, and Training Programmes. He has Chaired as well as acted as a Panelist in more than 30 Scientific/Technical Sessions in National Conferences and Seminars.

He has been instrumental in setting up the Research Cell, Institutional Research & Ethics Committee, and starting the Journal of Disability Management and Rehabilitation (JDMR), an indexed and open accessed journal for the development of Research work at GRIID. He holds the Editor post for the JDMR, Convener- Institutional Research and Ethics Committee, Research Cell, and Vision Document. He is a Member of the Editorial and Review Board for five reputed National and International journals.

Dr. Ahmad is also actively involved in Community Outreach Programs (COP) where beyond his routine duties he helped more than hundreds of families of persons with disabilities in getting the Disability Certificates, Pension, and other Concession certificates.

Dr. Ahmad is a keen researcher and guides several research scholars for M. Ed. In Special Education, MD (Psychiatry), MDS (Dentistry) M. Phil. (Clinical Psychology) of Govt Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. His research interests include Transition, Self-determination, Self-advocacy, Adolescents Issues, Rehabilitation, and Community Outreach for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

He is the Member Expert, Visiting and Inspection Team of Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi, the statutory body under MSJE for regulating Special Education Programmes. Dr. Ahmad is also given the additional responsibility of Program Officer National Service Scheme (NSS) for looking after NSS work

Dr. Ahmad is the General Secretary of Chandigarh Down Syndrome Society which is dedicated to the cause of Down Syndrome. He is also rendering his services as an Executive Member to Parivartan an NGO that working for bringing change in the lives of persons with mental illness.

Dr. Ahmad is a Member of many of the reputed academic bodies which include: Fellow Member of American Psychological Association (APA) Division 15, USA., Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI), North America, and International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) University of Washington, Washington, U.S.A., Associate Member of Indian Association of Social Psychiatry (IASP) India, Life Ordinary Member of Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) India, Life Member of World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) India, Life Member of Indian Academy of Health Psychology (IAHP).

For his exemplary work, significant academic contribution, and outstanding professional services in the education and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities he has been honored with Late Shri N.D. Diwan Memorial Award-2016, Dr. Reeta Peshawaria Award-2017, Dr. JK Trivedi Award-2017, Kalyanam Karoti Award-2017, Sarovar Award-2017, Chandigarh State Award for his Meritorious Services during the year 2018, Prof. Puran Singh Award 2018, Academic Brilliance Award 2019, Commendation Award by Director, GRIID, Chandigarh, Administration 2019, Veer Kunwar Singh Award-2019, Global Disability Empowerment Award 2020 and Rashtriya Gaurav Samman 2020.

Dr. Ahmad is a Resource person of CBSE for the various areas: Inclusive Education, Remodeled Assessment, Value Education, Adolescence Education since 2016.

Dr. Ahmad has been covered by various leading newspapers on different occasions. He has also been interviewed for his work on FM and on TV Channels.