The Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) was inaugurated on 4th October, 2012 by Hon’ble Kapil Sibal, minister of HRD, and Hon’ble Mukul Wasnik, minister of Social Justice & Empowerment. The ISLRTC honors the natural language and culture of 8 millions deaf Indians and will focus on implementing the 16 goals established by the MSJ&E by actively conducting research in ISL, training interpreters, and preparing teachers to use bilingual approach in teaching deaf children.
"The centre is a first of its kind in India offering full-time teaching combined with distance learning for short-term and full-fledged programmes" , said Shri Wasnik while delivering his address.
“Our ideas and language are derived from speech and its functions. The knowledge of sign language comes not by the study of deaf people, but it comes while studying with them. The ISLRTC has a great responsibility to promote continuous research and scholarship for the evolution of the deaf language by building bodies of language and literature”, said Shri Sibal while delivering his address.
The ISLRTC has been established with the support of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. IGNOU will make five acres of land available for the centre at its Maidan Garhi Campus. The government has accorded approval for creation of 35 posts for the centre. The centre will be established at an estimated cost of 44 crore over five years.
Quarterly Newsletter (July - October 2012)
Brochure of ISLRTC
IGNOU inviting applications for Non-Teaching and Teaching/Academic posts in ISLRTC