Central Government has approved of setting up the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC). In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, the Union Cabinet has agreed to set up this institution which will help roughly five million hearing impaired people in the country. It was also decided in the meeting that the institution will be set up as a society under the Society Act of 1860. The Centre will be under the tutelage of the Department of Empowerment of People with disabilities under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The ISLRTC will have its initial address at the Institute of Physically Handicapped in New Delhi, according to sources.
The setting up of this centre comes as a good news to nearly five million deaf and hearing impaired people who will be hugely benefited by it. The training will give them a better chance at participating in spheres of public life like education, workplace and other day to day activities. Prime Minister Modi chaired the meeting of cabinet members which issued these statements.
ISLRTC is conceived as a society, which will have a President at the top of affairs. He will be assisted by a team of General Council comprising of 12 members and an Executive Council. The statement added no further details about the formation of these councils.
Furthermore, the statement added that “Development of sign language interpreters, research & development, and new technology will be the focus area of the centre. It will provide equal opportunities to hearing impaired persons to fully participate in every sphere of life.”
The formation of this centre has been long overdue and has been welcomed by every sphere. It will give a real chance to people with hearing impairment to have a real shot to excel in their public and private lives.