Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), New Delhi, an autonomous body under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment celebrated ‘Sign Language Day’ today at Dr Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi.
During the programme, the Centre presented a documentary on ‘Indian Sign Language Journey’. Winners of the 4th Indian Sign Language Competition, 2021, a national level competition held for students with hearing disabilities, were announced. Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment interacted with 05 winners from various places of India to share their experience. As per the MoU signed between ISLRTC and NCERT for conversion of NCERT textbooks into Indian Sign Language, the digital format of converted textbooks for Class I to V was launched during the programme.
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Km. Pratima Bhaumik, Minister of State, Social Justice and Empowerment, appreciated the work done by the Centre in various fields of Indian Sign Language. Sh. A. Narayanaswamy, Minister of State, Social Justice and Empowerment, highlighted the social significance of sign language as it integrates the deaf community socially as well as culturally.
Dr Virendra Kumar, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, mentioned that Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) are an integral part of human resources and providing maximum accessibility is the utmost priority of the Government. Various decisions and policies of the Ministry have been framed to ensure the empowerment and welfare of PwDs. Continuous efforts are being made to ensure the empowerment and mainstreaming PwDs to achieve Prime Minister’s vision ‘SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas, SabkaVishwas with SabkaPrayas’.Tags: Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Divyangjan, Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre, Persons with Disabilities, Sign Language Day