Readers only offer: Get additional Rs 200 off on 'The Better Home' powerful natural cleaners. Shop Now
Sign Language Now Recognized as a Separate Language in Madhya Pradesh

Sign Language Now Recognized as a Separate Language in Madhya Pradesh

On the occasion to mark the completion of 10 years in office, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that sign language will now be recognised as a separate language in Madhya Pradesh.

He added that ten industrial training institutes will be set up in the next one year at divisional headquarters in the state to give vocational training to hearing and speech impaired people.

sign language

Source: elyse patten/Flickr

“The first decision of mine on entering the 11th year in office is in favour of speech and hearing-impaired students. Such students who score at least 50 per cent marks in Class XII and want to do Diploma in Education (D.Ed) and Bachelor in Education (B.Ed) will be given free of cost education,” he said.

State government will also bear the cost of education for those hearing and speech impaired students who want to study in IITs, IIMs and medical institutes after cracking entrance tests.

The CM met Geeta, the hearing and speech impaired girl who returned to India from Pakistan last month. She has been living at an Indore-based rehabilitation centre for deaf and mute people. There, he also got a chance to meet other children living with similar disabilities.

The CM, along with his wife, interacted with Geeta and the other children with the help of sign language experts.

sign language

Picture for representation. Source: elyse patten/Flickr

With the view of increasing opportunities for people living with hearing and speech impairments, the Union Cabinet, chaired by PM Narendra Modi, had approved the setting up of Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It was announced in September this year that the ISLRTC will be initially located at the Institute for Physically Handicapped in New Delhi. The centre will lead to academic development, training and propagation of the Indian Sign Language.

Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us:, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

Let’s be friends :)
Sign in to get free benefits
  • Get positive news daily on email
  • Join our community of positive ambassadors
  • Become a part of the positive movement
Before you go...

We have a favor to ask.

Our teams put in a lot of effort to create the content you love at The Better India.

The Better Home is a range of safe and eco-friendly home cleaners by The Better India. We put out curated content on our Instagram account- green living hacks, green innovations, leading a no-tox life and heroes in the sustainability space.

It would help us if you can follow our Instagram handle and spread the word around.