The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) was set up as a registered society in 1986. On September, 1992 the RCI Act was encacted by Parliament and it became a Statutory on 22 June 1993. The Act was amended by Parliament in 2000 to make it more broadbased. The mandate given to RCI is to regulate and monitor services given to persons with disability, to standardise syllabi and to maintain a Central Rehabilitation Register of all qualified professionals and personnel working in the field of Rehabilitation and Special Education. The Act also prescribes punitive action against unqualified persons delivering services to persons with disability.
To regulate the training policies and programmes in the field of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities
To bring about standardization of training courses for professionals dealing with persons with disabilities
To prescribe minimum standards of education and training of various categories of professionals/ personnel dealing with people with disabilities
To regulate these standards in all training institutions uniformly throughout the country
To recognize institutions/ organizations/ universities running master's degree/ bachelor's degree/ P.G.Diploma/ Diploma/ Certificate courses in the field of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities
To recognize degree/diploma/certificate awarded by foreign universities/ institutions on reciprocal basis
To promote research in Rehabilitation and Special Education
To maintain Central Rehabilitation Register for registration of professionals/ personnel
To collect information on a regular basis on education and training in the field of rehabilitation of people with disabilities from institutions in India and abroad
To encourage continuing education in the field of rehabilitation and special education by way of collaboration with organizations working in the field of disability.
To recognize Vocational Rehabilitation Centres as manpower development centres
To register vocational instructors and other personnel working in the Vocational Rehabilitation Centres
To recognize the national institutes and apex institutions on disability as manpower development centres
To register personnel working in national institutes and apex institutions on disability under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment