Research Centers

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Research Centers of Differently abled Person:

  • NIVH (Visually Handicapped)
  • NIMH (Mentaly Health)
  • AYJNIHH (Hearing Health)
  • NIPH (Physically Handicapped)

National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH)

NivhThe National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH) at Dehradun is an apex body in the field of Education and Rehabilitation of the Visually Handicapped in India under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

The institute occupies 43 acres on the Mussoorie-Dehradun Highway. Autonomous in nature, it is considered to be the largest of its kind in Asia.

The National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH) in Dehradun originated as St. Dunstan’s hostel for the war-blinded in 1943. The Government of India took over the building on January 1, 1950 and renamed it as the ‘Training Center for the Adult Blind’ (Men).

Later, the activities of the center in the field of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind became extensive and these were united under the umbrella of the National Center for the Blind in 1967.

1979 was an important year in the growth and development of beneficial services for the blind since the National Center for the Blind was elevated to the status of ‘National Institute for the Visually Handicapped’.

In 1982 the institute was granted autonomy by the Ministry of Welfare.

Some of the significant activities of the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH) are:

  • Human Resource Development
  • Research and Development
  • Designing and Delivery of Model Services
  • Designing and Production of supportive devices
  • Production and circulation of books in Braille and audio forms
  • Education, Vocational Training and Rehabilitation services
  • Production of Educational, Computational, Mobility and recreational aids and appliances
  • Provision of consultancy services

The National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH) of Dehradun is the most important center in the country for the education and training of the visually handicapped.

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


NIMH envisions a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured.

NIMH Mission

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.

For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.

In support of this mission, NIMH will generate research and promote research training to fulfill the following four objectives:

  • Promote discovery in the brain and behavioral sciences to fuel research on the causes of mental disorders
  • Chart mental illness trajectories to determine when, where, and how to intervene
  • Develop new and better interventions that incorporate the diverse needs and circumstances of people with mental illnesses
  • Strengthen the public health impact of NIMH-supported research

To reach these goals, the NIMH divisions and programs are designed to emphasize translational research spanning bench, to bedside, to practice. For targeted priorities and funding initiatives, please visit our division websites

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Priorities and strategic plans for achieving the NIMH mission

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Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of  the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH)

ayjnihhAli Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH) was established on 9th August 1983. It is an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, New Delhi. The Institute is located at Bandra (West), Mumbai – 400 050.

Regional Centres of the Institute have been established at Kolkata (1984), New Delhi (1986), Secundarabad (1986) and Bhubaneshwar (1986- in association with Govt. of Orissa). These are centres aimed at meeting the local and regional needs in terms of manpower development and services.

The District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRCs) under Gramin Punarvasan Yojana (GPY) a programme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India was started in the year 2000. The objective of the programme is to provide total rehabilitation to persons with sensory (hearing and vision), physical and mental disabilities.

Under this programme,  24 DDRCs were allotted to  AYJNIHH. Out of which 10 DDRCs, on completion of  successful establishment and running for three years, are handed over to State Govts./District Administration/NGO.  At present, AYJNIHH is implementing this programme at Mahim in Maharashtra, Surendranagar,  Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Nadiad  in Gujrat, Jawad, Ratlam, Shajapur, Khandva, Khargone,and Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh.

Objectives of the Institute

Manpower Development : To deal with the various aspects of rehabilitation of the Hearing Handicapped. Seven different undergraduate and post graduate courses are being offered. The Institute is rated excellent by the RCI.

Research : Research in the areas of identification, intervention, Educational approaches, remedial teaching methods, jobs for the hearing handicapped and technology development have been carried out.

Educational Programmes : By studying the existing school for the deaf, curriculum followed, methods of teaching etc. and supplementing or strengthening them by way of improving existing educational facilities and developing new strategies wherever required. Newer measures such as open school for the illiterate/ drop out is being conducted as model activity.

Service Facilities : Strategies for early identification and intervention, home bound training, correspondence training and also tele-rehabilitation services are bring rendered and evolved with emerging needs.

Material Development : Required for (a) education, like Teaching aids, Audio-visuals etc. (b) Public awareness and community education about impact of deafness and rehabilitative procedures. Films and audio visuals on Vocational Training and job placement etc.

Community Programme : Creation of public awareness, literacy programme for adult deaf, Parent Counselling and Programme for strengthening the voluntary and NGO’s.

Information and Documentation : Documenting and disseminating the latest information and developments in the Science of hearing, speech and related technology is being done.

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National Institute of Physically Handicapped(NIPH)

Aims and Objectives

The main aims and objectives of the Institute are as follows:-

Human Resource Development
To undertake the training of Physio- therapists, Occupational Therapists and such other personnel needed for manning services for the disabled persons.

Rehabilitation Services

To offer education, training, work-adjustment and such other rehabilitation services as the society may deem fit to orthopaedically disabled persons with associated mental retardation.

To undertake the manufacturing and distribution of such aids and appliances as are needed for the education, training and rehabilitation of the disabled persons.

To provide such other services as may be considered appropriate for promoting the education and rehabilitation of the disabled persons, including organising meetings, seminars and symposia.

Research and Development

To undertake, initiate, sponsor or stimulate research aimed at developing more effective techniques for the education and rehabilitation of the disabled persons.

To co-operate with national, regional or local agencies in research or such other activities as may be designed to promote the development of services for the disabled persons.

Dissemination of Information others

To undertake or sponsor such publications as may be considered appropriate.

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