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NCERT textbooks to be available in Indian Sign Language

NCERT has signed an MoU with the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center (ISLRTC) to provide all the NCERT textbooks material in Indian Sign Language for the students with hearing-impairment.

The ISLRTC is a national institute of the social justice and empowerment ministry dedicated to developing workforce for popularizing the use of Indian Sign Language, teaching & conducting research. 

Through the combined efforts of The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Indian Sign Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), children with hearing-impairment will now be able to access educational resources in Indian Sign Language. 

According to the ministry officials, the cognitive skills of children are developed in childhood. Hence, it is necessary to provide them with educational material that fulfills their learning needs.

As part of this MoU, educational materials such as NCERT textbooks, teacher’s handbook and other supplementary materials & resources of Grade 1 to 12 of all subjects of both Hindi and English Medium will be converted into Indian Sign Language in digital format.

So far, hearing-impaired children used to study only through a verbal or written medium, but after signing of this MoU, they can study through a single Indian Sign Language. It will not only enhance their vocabulary but also enhance their capabilities to understand concepts. – said Shakuntala Gamlin, Secretary 

The historic step taken by the ministry assures a better future for our community with hearing impairment and students aiming to achieve more.   

NCERT textbooks and materials will now be available in Indian Sign Language which will remain the same all over India. All hearing-impaired students of India, regardless of being from East, West, South, or North, will be able to read NCERT books in a single language i.e., Indian Sign Language.

The country’s increased focus on the education under NEP has led to take into consideration the needs of the students, teachers, instructors, and parents with hearing-impairment. The step taken by the ministry of providing NCERT textbooks in Indian Sign Language not only ensures educational standardization as mandated in the NEP 2020 but also a better future for our community.

Aambhi Singh
Aambhi Singh
Aambhi is a freelance content writer & holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce. She is an extrovert, enjoys connecting with people, and often astounds them with her cooking and awkward singing. Good books and interesting places have her heart.
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