Saturday 23 July 2011

IGNOU sign language institute will be Asia's first

Written by Anil Singh

IGNOU is all set to start Asia’s first sign language institute, to impart education to the deaf and mute around the world in a better way.

Disclosing IGNOU’s plan in this regard, the IGNOU vice-chancellor VN Rajasekharan Pillai said -- the sign language institute coming up in IGNOU's Delhi campus will be a first of its kind in entire Asia.

Elaborating on the various projects IGNOU is currently working on, The Vice-Chancellor said the following about the Sign Language Institute:

“Yesterday the ministry of social justice and empowerment asked us to go ahead to establish the first sign language institute in entire Asia. It will be called the Indian Sign Language Institute and will be based out of our Delhi campus with a dedicated infrastructure of its own. Here we will train students from all over the world in the sign language so that they can impart education in schools or colleges for the deaf and mute. We are always looking for collaboration with other universities so that education can reach more and more students.”


Research shows that by 2022, India's 60% population will be aged less than 32 years. Thus the country will have a big challenge to arrange for adequate employment for this population. The sign language institue is a good initiative by India's premier distance educator, in the direction of equipping a small section of this valuable manpower, to get gainful employment.

If you (from Uttarakhand, from India or anywhere from world) have a knack for helping specially-abled people; then the courses offered by IGNOU's Sign Language Institute will be a good option for you. Just make sure to keep a watch on when the Institute starts admitting aspirants to the various courses.

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