INDIA: Empowering The Deaf Through Indian Sign Language

The Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) has been a pivotal government resource in the holistic development in the quality of communication methods for deaf people through Indian Sign Language.

Indian Sign Language Conference
The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot lighting the lamp to inaugurate the National Conference on “Empowering Deaf through Indian Sign Language”, organised by Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), M/o Social Justice & Empowerment, in New Delhi on March 20, 2017.
The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal and the Secretary, DEPwD, Shri N.S. Kang are also seen.

The organization is currently hosting a 2 day national conference themed “Empowering Deaf through Indian Sign Language” which was officiated by Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment. Delivering inaugural address, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot said that the Deaf people mostly depend on the Interpreter during their conversation and due to lack of sufficient number of Interpreters, it becomes very difficult for them to communicate.

That is why a comprehensive Indian Sign Language Dictionary is the need of the hour to facilitate their communication. Indian Sign Language has become a natural language medium, which can work like any other natural language.

The aims of this conference are to successfully engage in elevating Indian Sign Language to the position it rightfully deserves. A publication on the National Conference was also released to celebrate the occasion. The objective of the conference is to provide a common platform to the professionals involved in the field of Deaf Education, Indian Sign language, Sign Linguistics, Bilingualism, Interpreter education, and various other related topics.

Indian Sign Language Conference
The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot releasing the publication at the inauguration of the National Conference on “Empowering Deaf through Indian Sign Language”, organised by Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), M/o Social Justice & Empowerment, in New Delhi on March 20, 2017.
The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal and the Secretary, DEPwD, Shri N.S. Kang are also seen.

The conference is being conducted in three languages to facilitate complete inclusion i.e.  Hindi, English and Indian Sign Language. Eminent speakers and experts from this field from India & abroad have been invited.

The participants include teachers in special schools, inclusive schools, educators, administrators, sign language interpreters and allied professionals involved in the deaf education, advocacy, linguists and language studies. The conference session includes topics which include the need of Indian Sign Language as medium of instruction for the Education of the Deaf learners at the Primary, Secondary and Higher classes.

A comprehensive Indian Sign Language Dictionary which is the need of the hour to facilitate communication, to create a basic database for further policy making, advocacy and wide use of ISL is being emphasized in this conference.

Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) is an autonomous organization of the Government of India established under Society Registration Act, 1860 under the aegis of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The main objectives of the ISLRTC are to develop manpower for using, teaching and conducting research in Indian Sign Language (ISL), to promote the use of ISL as an educational mode, to carry out research in collaboration with universities, national and international bodies to create linguistic records in ISL, to train and orient various professionals and to collaborate with organizations of the Deaf.


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