Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH), Mumbai being the nodal institute in the total rehabilitation of the persons with hearing impairment has undertaken various projects /R&D activities.
Under the 12th Plan a Scheme of Research on disability related technology, products and issues has been envisaged to provide for research for improving technology and products for persons with disabilities in collaboration with scientific institutions in the country. An amount of Rs.10 crore has been earmarked for this purpose.
The ongoing R&D activities undertaken by AYJNIHH along with budgetary details are as follows:-
- Development of the Hearing In Noise Test (HINT) in Hindi Language. (Budget: Rs.3.67 lakhs)
- Development of Home Auditory Training Programme for Parents of Children with Hearing Impairment. (Budget : Rs.3.5 lakhs)
- Design and Development of Indian Sign Language Captioning Framework-in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Pune and funded by Dept. of Information Technology, New Delhi. (Budget: Rs.429.90 lakhs)
- Low cost high fidelity TV audio signal enhancement device using FM technology-Project funded fully by Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) division under Technology Interventions for Elderly (TIE) Programme of Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology. (Budget: Rs.31.42 lakh).
Besides above, t he Department of Science and Technology is implementing a programme “Technology Interventions for Disabled and Elderly” under which development and adaptation of technology for improving quality of life of differently abled persons is taken up through application of Science and Technological inputs”.
The ongoing R&D activities include design of simple solutions/ assistive devices required by disabled persons in different built environments. An amount Rs.3.00 crore per year is utilized for the programme.
At present, National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun is running a Special School for the blind at Dehradun.
Under the 12th Plan a Scheme of Establishment of a college for the deaf in each of the five regions of the country is envisaged. An amount of Rs.20 crore has been earmarked for this purpose.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha
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