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    ISLRTC organized a two day National Conference entitled “Empowering Deaf through Indian Sign Language” on 20th-21st March, 2017. The conference was inaugurated by Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment. Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri. N.S Kang, Secretary, DEPwD, Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey, Chief Commissioner of Disability and Shri Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Joint Secretary, DEPwD were present.

    Delivering inaugural address, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot said that interpreters play an important role in communication between Deaf people and hearing people and due to lack of sufficient number of Interpreters, it becomes very difficult for them to communicate. That is why a comprehensive Indian Sign Language Dictionary is the need of the hour to facilitate their communication. Indian Sign Language is a natural language which can work like any other natural language. Even the parents and family members of the Deaf persons should also be aware of Sign language so that their grooming can be comfortable. He hoped that the two day long National conference would be successful in elevating Indian Sign Language to the position it rightfully deserves. He applauded the efforts of ISLRTC in the holistic development of the Deaf persons through Indian Sign Language and wished grand success of the all the participant Deaf persons.

    Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in his address said that the establishment of ISLRTC was a dream of Deaf persons which has been fulfilled. He called upon people to cooperate with Deaf persons. Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey and Shri N. S. Kang also addressed the audience. A publication on the National Conference was also released on the occasion.

    The objective of the Conference was to provide a common platform to the professionals involved in the field of Deaf Education, Indian Sign language, Sign Linguistics, Bilingualism, Interpreter education, and various other related topics. The Conference was conducted in three languages to facilitate complete inclusion i.e.  Hindi, English and Indian Sign Language. Eminent speakers and experts from this field from India & abroad were invited. The expert speakers included Dr. Madan Vasishta, Mr. Kanchanbaras, Dr. Surinder Randhawa, Dr. Asmita Huddar, Dr. Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Mr. TKM Sandeep Krishnan, Ms. Monica Punjabi, Mr. Hari Kumar, and Mr. A.S.Narayan. The participants included teachers in special schools, inclusive schools, educators, administrators, sign language interpreters and allied professionals involved in the deaf education, advocacy, linguists and language studies. The Conference session included topics on the need of Indian Sign Language as medium of instruction for the Education of the Deaf learners at the Primary, Secondary and Higher classes.  A comprehensive Indian Sign Language Dictionary which is the need of the hour to facilitate communication, to create a basic database for further policy making, advocacy and wide use of ISL was emphasized in the conference.

Indian Sign Language Is A Human Right Of Deaf