Special needs education has benefited from the UPE funds. Besides, children with special learning needs are integrated into normal schools through the policy of inclusive education. Through the various interventions, the number of children with special learning needs have increased quite significantly, from 26,429 before UPE to 218,380 in 2004. However, this declined to 182,350 in 2005 with 98,469 boys and 83,881 girls.
To promote special needs education, the government has expanded programme for assessing those with learning difficulties and has also trained 3,663 teachers on special education. The interventions have enabled many children with special needs to stay in school, cope with their situations and compete with other children in class work.