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IGNOU To Launch UG, PG and B.Ed. Courses For Deaf Students

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IGNOU to start courses for deaf studentsThe Indira Gandhi National Open University, IGNOU’s Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), will soon start undergraduate, post-graduate and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) courses for deaf students, an official said on Sunday.The courses will be started in phased manner. The announcement was made on the occasion of  the celebration of  first foundation day of ISLRTC in the university campus.

ISLRTC, sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, was set up last year to strengthen the identity of Indian Sign Language (ISL) as a bona fide language and promote its use in educational and social settings. The objective of ISLRTC is to reach the unreached.

“While introducing such programmes, we are aiming to improve the skills of the deaf community in the country and also uplifting a particular section in the society by imparting training to them,” said Gopinath Pradhan, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU.

A.S. Narayanan, General Secretary, National Association of the Deaf, said: “We are striving to have ISLRTC branches all over India. Currently, we need four lakh interpreters while there are merely two hundred.”

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