IGNOU to begin courses for Deaf Students

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will soon start undergraduate, post-graduate and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) courses for deaf students, said IGNOU today.

The courses, under IGNOU’s Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) will start in a phased manner, 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.”

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. Today was its foundation Day.