Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Topic: Diploma in Indian Sign Language Interpretation (DISLI)

Q1. What is the objective of the DISLI course?

Ans. The Diploma in Indian Sign Language Interpretation (DISLI) course aims to develop personnel in the field of rehabilitation for persons with hearing impairment. The Diploma enables the trainees to acquire knowledge, skill and competencies in interpreting Indian Sign Language in other verbal languages and vice versa.

The main objective of the course is to train personnel to take up interpretation of Indian Sign Language in other verbal languages and vice versa in classroom and real life.

Thus, the overall objective of the course is to increase the availability of ISL interpreters to remove communication barriers between mainstream society and persons with hearing disabilities in all spheres of life including education in schools and colleges, hospitals, courts, police stations, railway stations, media, etc.

Q2. What is the duration of the DISLI course?

Ans. The duration of the DISLI course is 2 years.

Q3. What is the intake capacity for the DISLI course?

Ans. ISLRTC has an intake capacity of 45 seats + 6 EWS seats for DISLI.

Q4. What is the eligibility criteria for the DISLI course?

Ans. The eligibility criteria for the DISLI course is as follows.

  1. Senior Secondary (10+2) or equivalent with minimum 50% marks

  2. Functional hands

  3. Fluency in at least one language

  4. Hearing in the normal range


Topic: Admission

  1. 1 . What is full form of DTISL and DISLI course? Who can study DTISL and DISLI?

Ans. The full form of DTISL is Diploma in Teaching Indian Sign Language (DTISL).The full form of DISLI is Diploma in Indian Sign Language Interpretation. Only Deaf candidates can study DTISL.

      Q. 2. What is the benefit of studying DTISL or DISLI course?

Ans. After successfully completing DTISL course, the Deaf candidates will be become Teacher of ISL as a subject. They teach to interpreters, officials, students etc. After successfully completing DISLI course, the Hearing candidates will be become Interpreter of ISL in different settings namely educational, conference, workshop etc.

     Q. 3 What is date for opening and closing date for online application?

Ans. In this regard, RCI issues circular/notices from time to time. Please follow RCI circular/notice on the RCI website- www.rehabcouncil.nic.in regularly for the latest updates.

     Q.4. Whether classes are conducted online or face to face (Physical mode)?

  Ans. For both the courses DTISL and DISLI, it is compulsory to attend classes face to face regularly. But, due to COVID-19 pandemic situation, currently classes are conducted in online mode until further order by the Govt.       authority/Local body.

     Q.5. What is the admission procedure?

Ans. Before COVID-19 pandemic, All India Online Aptitude Test (AIOAT) was being conducted by RCI for all Diploma courses annually. But during the time of Covid-19, admission in DTISL and DISLI will be done on the merit basis as per RCI circular. After filling the online application, RCI will prepare and issue the list of eligible candidates based on the merit of percentage in 12th class.

    Q.6.  Can I deposit fee in advance to get admission?

Ans. No. Fee can’t be paid in advance. If your name is on the merit list prepared by RCI, then you will be called for counseling for documents verification. And after document verification, you will be given provisional admission and directed to deposit the requisite fee.

    Q.7. What is the current fee structure of DTISL and DISLI?

Answer. The current fee structure of DTISL/DISLI course is given below semester wise: 1st semester – 10, 000+5000=15000/-

2nd Semester-                   10,000/-

3RD Semester-                   10,000/-

4TH Semester-                   10.-000/-


Total:                                45,000/-


Out of total 45,000/-, Rs. 40,000/- is charged as tuition fee. And Rs. 5000/- is charged as caution money 5000/- which is refundable only after completion of the course with subject to condition.

    Q.8. What is the mode of payment for the fees?

Ans. Online payment is accepted only.

    Q.9. What is the duration of the DTISL & DISLI course?

Ans. Both the above mentioned courses are of 2 years duration spilt over four semesters.

    Q.10. Can Hearing candidates apply for DTISL course?

Ans. No, only deaf candidates can apply for the DTISL course as per RCI norms given in the syllabus.

    Q.11. Whether accommodation provided after admission?

             Ans. Currently, ISLRTC does not provide any accommodation to any candidate.

   Q.12. If I am selected on the national result/1st round of admission etc, what shall I do?

             Ans. If your name is allotted to ISLRTC as per result, then you need to visit ISLRTC within stipulated time as per RCI further instruction with the following original documents with copies given below.

  1. 10th passing certificate (02 copies)

  2. 12th passing certificate (02 copies)

  3. Original Demand draft in favor of Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre- payable at New Delhi. Amount - 15000/-rupees. - 02 copies

  4. Aadhaar Card- 02 copies

  5. Passport photo size- 04

  6. Reserved category (if applicable )- 02 copies

  7. Disability certificate (if applicable)- 02 copies

   Q.13. What if I quit the course before completion?

            Ans. You need to inform your Batch Coordinator for the same. No refund of tuition fee is done under any circumstances.

    Q.14. Is stipend available in ISLRTC for studying DTISL or DISLI course?

          Ans. Till Academic Session 2020-22, stipend is available. From academic session 2021-23, the Centre is yet to decide on the matter of stipend.

    Q.15. How can I contact ISLRTC regarding admission query?

          Ans. You can contact through phone on 011-26387558 and through email on islrtcadmission@gmail.com.

Those who want to contact through video in ISL, video can be uploaded on Google drive. The link for the same will be shared with us via email. If you need tutorials, please visit at

https://support.google.com/drive/answer/7166529?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop#zippy=%2C anyone-with-a-link-to-the-folder

     Q.16. Other institution associated/partnership with ISLRTC?

          Ans. No other training institutions are associated or having partnership with ISLRTC. ISLRTC is an autonomous body under DEPwD, MJSE, Govt. of India.

     Q.17. After completing DTISL/DISLI course, may I get job?

          Ans. Job is not guaranteed after successful completion of the course. But Placement committee of ISLRTC works regularly for employment of our pass out students. Since the field of ISL is emerging, there are lots of employment                               opportunities are also coming up.


Topic: Indian Sign Language Dictionary

Q18. What is the Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary?

Ans. The Indian Sign Language Dictionary is a dictionary with videos of signs from Indian Sign Language and their English/Hindi translation equivalents. The ISL Dictionary contains total 10,000 terms. There are terms from 6 categories:

  1. Everyday terms – This category includes basic terms of everyday usage. This category also contains explanations of some English vocabulary. The everyday terms also include signs for proper nouns like cities, countries, famous people and places, brands, etc. Some regional signs have been recorded in the dictionary, for example, numbers and colour terms used in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Munger (Bihar), Manipur, etc. These reflect the variation that exists in ISL and the richness of ISL.

  2. Academic terms – This category contains explanations of academic terms taught in various school and college subjects like history, geography, maths, science, education, special education, linguistics, etc.

  3. Legal and Administrative terms - The legal category contains explanations of terms such as affidavit, chargesheet and public interest litigation that are commonly used in formal communication and media.

  4. Medical terms - The medical category contains names of body parts and organs, illnesses and diseases, operations, medicines, etc. that are often used in medical situations.

  5. Technical terms - The technical category contains terms that are used in vocational courses such as computer and IT related terms, tools and equipment, fashion designing, etc.

  6. Agricultural terms – This category contains explanations of agricultural terms including farming, animal farming, horticulture, etc.

Q19. What are the features of the ISL Dictionary?

Ans. Some salient features of the ISL Dictionary are given below.

  1. The videos contain the corresponding ISL sign for the English term.

  2. The videos contain pictures of the concept where relevant and appropriate.

  3. For English/Hindi terms that do not have direct corresponding signs, the meaning is explained in ISL. For some terms, both the sign and the meaning have been given.

  4. The videos contain English term as caption. In cases where the ISL sign can be translated into several English synonyms, the synonyms are listed in the video.

  5. ISL synonyms are labelled as ‘sign 1’, ‘sign 2’ and so forth.

  6. For English words that are homonyms, for example cold, the different signs in ISL for the different concepts of ‘season’ and ‘sickness’ have been recorded.

  7. Some English terms like wash cannot be directly translated without referring to what is being washed. ISL has different signs for wash face, wash hands and wash utensils. All these signs have been recorded and labelled for easy understanding and correct usage.

Q20. How can I access the ISL Dictionary?

Ans. The ISL Dictionary can be accessed for free at the following links:

  1. ISLRTC’s YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3AcGIlqVI4nJWCwHgHFXtg?ab_channel=ISLRTCNEWDELHI

  2. Google Drive - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1U-Pr4r1-cupgNOOq9NH_uTsQnPSVEKco?usp=sharing 

  3. DIKSHA portal - https://diksha.gov.in/ 

Click on the "Explore Diksha" button on the left side. Then, on the top, in the "search" option, type the word you want to search, for example you want to search for "Adjective". Type "Adjective-Sign Language".A list of ISL words based on the typed word will appear below in the results.

Q.21. Is the dictionary in print form or video form?

Ans. The ISL Dictionary is in video format only.

Q.22. Is there an app for the ISL Dictionary?

Ans. Currently, there is no app for ISLRTC’s ISL Dictionary. The development of an app is in process.

Q.23. Can the ISL Dictionary be used for research purposes/teaching purposes/development of technology/etc.?

Ans. ISLRTC's ISL Dictionary can be used for various purposes including research, teaching, development of ISL-related technology, etc. on the following two conditions:

  1. The ISL Dictionary data are not to be resold or used for any profiteering purposes.

  2. Proper acknowledgement is to be given to the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India.

Q.24. Is the ISL Dictionary for people with hearing disabilities or for hearing individuals?

Ans. The ISL Dictionary is beneficial for both people with hearing disabilities and hearing individuals like parents and family members of children with hearing disabilities, teachers, interpreters, social workers, other professionals in the field, or the general public.

Hearing individuals can look up the signs for English/Hindi terms and thus increase their sign vocabulary. They can also learn how to explain complicated academic terms, legal terms, etc. in ISL.

Individuals with hearing disabilities can refer to the ISL Dictionary to learn English and Hindi and thus improve their literacy skills. They can also refer to the dictionary to increase their knowledge about regional signs.

Q.25. What are some special features of the ISL Dictionary?

Ans. Some special features of the ISL Dictionary are given below.

  1. ISLRTC’s ISL Dictionary is the first dictionary on ISL published by the Government of India.

  2. This is the first ISL dictionary that includes comprehensive academic, legal and medical terminology.

  3. ISLRTC’s ISL dictionary is the first dictionary in India to include 10,000 terms.

  4. In recognition of the importance of diversity and respecting local sign languages, some regional signs have been included in the dictionary.

  5. The ISL dictionary has been made with full participation of the Deaf community at every stage. All the videos have been signed by deaf signers only.

  6. The ISL dictionary benefits both persons with hearing disabilities and hearing learners.

Q.26 . We would like to conduct DISLI and / or DTISL course at our institute. Do we have to apply to ISLRTC?

Ans. ISLRTC has no role in granting approval for conduct of DISLI and / or DTISL course. The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) is the approving body for diploma courses in the field of rehabilitation including DISLI and DTISL. RCI releases announcement for fresh proposals for starting diploma courses every year. Kindly check RCI website for updates and more details regarding the procedure: http://www.rehabcouncil.nic.in/

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