National Institute of Speech and Hearing to start tech centre for people with disabilities


National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) has partnered with Federal Bank to set up an Assistive Technology (AT) Centre for enhancing higher education possibilities for people with disabilities.

An MoU to this effect was signed in the presence of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy by NISH Executive Director Dr Samuel N Mathew and Federal Bank Managing Director and CEO Shyam Srinivasan.

A cheque for Rs 2 crore was handed over to the Chief Minister as the initial funding of Federal Bank’s largest corporate social responsibility initiative. “AT plays a vital role in providing access to higher education for persons with disabilities, enhancing their functional capabilities in terms of acquiring knowledge and skills, eventually leading to better job opportunities and uplifting their social standing,” said NISH Director and state Planning Board member Vijaya Raghavan.

The AT Center at NISH will also be a resource center for similar institutions across the country to conduct research and development, suited to Indian needs and requirements. “The AT centre will acquire state of the art assistive technologies available around the world for NISH students,” he said.

According to PTI, in the wake of NISH transforming into the National University for Rehabilitation Sciences and Disability Studies, the AT centre will provide necessary services for assessing students and the appropriate AT for use in the classroom.

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