New Delhi: A
first-of-its-kind sign language training centre for the deaf was
Tuesday inaugurated along with a Sindhi language and cultural
centre by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), an
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik and Human
Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal inaugurated the Indian
Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) and the Centre
for Sindhi Language and Culture (CSLC).
"The approach to understanding 30 lakh hearing-impaired population
is very limited. We not only require enough trainers in this field
but interpreters too play a key role in the process," Wasnik said.
"This centre is a first-of-its-kind in India offering full-time
teaching combined with distance learning for short-term and
full-fledged programmes," he added.
The ISLRTC will be established at an estimated cost of Rs.44 crore
over five years. However, the classes will begin Oct 15 in a
temporary building in IGNOU's campus.
A committee, consisting of representatives of national-level
organisations of the deaf, will be responsible for planning and
The CSLC will begin its session January 2012 and will offer
various programmes including certificate courses for reading,
writing and speaking the language, diploma and advanced diploma,
"Among the modern Indian languages, Sindhi is the only language
which is stateless," said Sibal.