The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 September 2015 gave its green signal for setting up of Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC).
It will be a national level institute with an aim to provide increased accessibility in education, workplace and other activities of life to 5 million hearing-impaired people.
ISLRTC will be set up as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It will function under the umbrella of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Initially, the institute will be located at the Institute for Physically Handicapped, New Delhi.
Structure of ISLRTC
The Centre will be a society consisting of a President. There will be 12 members in the General Council. The Executive Council will have a chairperson and nine members. The institute will also include some ex-officio and others as experts from national-level societies of Universities or Academic Institutions for deaf people.
Focus area of ISLRTC
The institute will concentrate on the development of sign language interpreters, research and development and new technology.
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Who: Union Cabinet
When: 22 September 2015
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