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Educational Materials in Indian Sign Language

Educational Materials in Indian Sign Language

Context:

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center-ISLRTC and NCERT to make educational materials accessible for Deaf children in their preferred format of communication viz Indian Sign Language.

  • According to the WHO in 2018, the prevalence of hearing impairment in India is around 6.3% which means 63 million people suffering from significant auditory loss.

Significance:

  • The availability of NCERT textbooks in Indian Sign Language will ensure that Hearing Impaired children can also now access educational resources in Indian Sign Language.
  • It will be useful for Hearing Impaired students, teachers, teacher educators, parents, and the Hearing Impaired community, which in turn will have a huge impact on the education of Hearing Impaired children in the country.
  • After this MoU, NCERT educational books and materials will be available in Indian Sign Language which is the same all over India, which means all hearing-impaired students of India whether, from East or West or North or South, they all will read NCERT books in a single language i.e. Indian Sign Language. 
  • MoU is a step towards achieving the common goal of fulfilling the needs of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016, and New Education Policy, 2020.

Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre:

  • It is an autonomous national institute of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • It was established in 2015.
  • It is dedicated to the task of developing man-power for popularizing the use of Indian Sign Language, teaching and conducting research in Indian Sign Language.

NCERT:

  • It is an autonomous organization under MHRD.
  • NCERT is responsible for ensuring qualitative improvement in school education by undertaking and promoting research in areas related to school education.
  • It acts as a nodal agency for achieving the goals of the Universalization of Elementary Education.

Source: PIB