New Delhi: The country`s first sign language
training and research centre devoted to the hearing impaired
was inaugurated by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal at the IGNOU
campus here on Tuesday.
The Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre
(ISLRTC) has been established with the support of the Ministry
of Social Justice and Empowerment.
"The ISLRTC has a great responsibility to promote
continuous research and scholarship for the evolution of
deaf language by building bodies of language and literature,"
Hailing establishment of the centre, Social Justice and
Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik hoped the centre will
address the huge requirement of sign language trainers and
interpreters in the country.
He said 9000 interpreters alone are required in the
country which roughly has about 12.62 lakh hearing impaired.
The centre will offer full time teaching combined with
distance learning for short term and full-fledged programmes.
Wasnik also suggested developing sign language clubs on
the lines of the European Sign Language Centres.
A Centre for Sindhi Language and Culture (CSLC) was also
inaugurated on the occasion by Sibal on the IGNOU campus for
promoting the language.
"Among the modern Indian languages, Sindhi is the only
language which is stateless," he said, adding the
establishment of the centre is part of the UPA Government`s
agenda for inclusion and inclusive growth.
The present centre will begin its session from January
2012 and offer eight levels of study starting from foundation
course to PhD in Sindhi, he said.