National Institutes and Composite Regional Centers

National Institute of Speech and Hearing, Trivandrum, Kerala

About this Page

As noted in Deaf Education page under Home, over the past few decades Government of India has been taking various initiatives for the Education and Employment of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Mute through Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Employment, and several others. Different ministries in various State Governments are also supporting Deaf Education and Employment in various ways.

Major initiatives include the setting up of National and Regional Institutions for education, vocational training and rehabilitation; enactment of important acts; and introduction of several policies. It has also facilitated the operations of several NGOs in this area of work and the functioning of special schools in different states.

In this page we present National and Regional Institutions and their activities.

National Institutions

Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan)K.C. Marg, Bandra (W) Reclamation Mumbai - 400 050022- 26400228 / 26409176 / 26400263; 022-26422638
FacebookTwitterYouTube Speech Clinic: 022 - 69102101Audiology Clinic: 022- 69102102 / 69102103 Ext. 339

Regional Centers

Kolkata, West Bengal

Janla, Odisha

Noida, UP

Secunderabad, Telengana

Composite Regional Centers

CRC, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

CRC, Bhopal, MP

CRC, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan) (AYJNISHD(D))

Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan) (AYJNISHD(D)) was established on 9th August 1983. It is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Government of India, New Delhi.

Regional Centres of the Institute have been established at Kolkata (1984), New Delhi (1986), Secundarabad (1986) and Bhubaneshwar (1986- in association with Government of Orissa). These are centres aimed at meeting the local and regional needs in terms of manpower development and services. Regional Centre at New Delhi has been shifted to Noida in 2015 and Regional centre at Bhubaneswar has been shifted to Janla in 2008.

The District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRCs) under Gramin Punarvasan Yojana (GPY) a programme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government 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 AYJNISHD(D). All the 24 DDRCs, on completion of successful establishment and running for three years, are handed over to State Governments/District Administration/NGO.

Composite Regional Center (CRC), Bhopal is a service model initiated by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, established on 14th August, 2000. The Center is functioning under the administrative control of AYJNISHD(D) since February, 2006. CRC at Ahmedabad, Gujarat was established on 16th Aug, 2011 and this CRC also functioning under the administrative control of AYJNISHD(D). CRC, Nagpur is under the administrative control of AYJNISHD(D) since 2020.

Vision & Mission

  • To conduct, sponsor, coordinate or subsidize research into all aspects of education and rehabilitation of the persons with hearing impairment.

  • To undertake, sponsor, coordinate or subsidize research into bio-medical engineering leading to the effective evaluation of aids or suitable surgical or medical procedures or development of new aids.

  • To undertake or sponsor training of trainees, teachers, employment officers, psychologists, vocational counselors and such other personnel as may be deemed necessary by the Institute for promoting education, training and rehabilitation of the persons with hearing impairment.

  • To distribute or promote or subsidize the manufacture of prototypes and distribution of any or all aids designed to promote any aspect of education, rehabilitation and therapy for persons with hearing impairment.


  • Manpower Development: To deal with the various aspects of rehabilitation of the Hearing Impaired, various undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral level programmes are being offered.

  • Research: Research in the areas of identification, intervention, educational approaches, remedial teaching methods, jobs for the Hearing Impaired and technology development have been carried out.

  • Educational Programmes: By studying the existing school for the Hearing Impaired, 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 rehabilitative procedures. films and audio visuals on vocational training and job placement, etc. are being developed.

  • Community Programme: Identification and intervention, home bound training, correspondence training and also tele–rehabilitation services are being rendered and evolved with emerging needs.

  • Material Development: Required for (a) education, like teaching aids, audio–visuals etc. (b) public awareness and community education, literacy programme for adult Hearing Impaired, Parent Counseling and Programme for strengthening voluntary organisations

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

All India Institute of Speech & Hearing (AIISH)
Manasagangothri, Mysore 570 006
0821 2502000 / 2502100

Special Clinics

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Unit

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Unit

  • Clinic for Adult and Elderly Persons with Language Disorders (CAEPLD)

  • Dysphasia Unit, Fluency Unit

  • Implantable Hearing Devices Unit, Learning Disability Clinic

  • Listening Training (LT) Uni

  • Motor Speech Disorders Unit

  • Neuropsychology Unit

  • Professional Voice Care (PVC) Unit

  • Structural Orofacial Anomalies (U- SOFA) Unit

  • Vertigo Clinic and Voice Clinic

Nodal Center

National Program for Prevention and Control of Deafness of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India


‘A’ grade (NAAC)


ISO 9001:2015

All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH)

The All India Institute of Speech and Hearing is a pioneer national organization advancing the causes of human resource development, research, clinical care and public education on communication disorders. The institute was established in the year 1966 as an autonomous institute fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.


To be a world-class institute for human resource development, conducting need-based research, striving for excellence in clinical services, creating awareness and public education in the field of communication disorders.


To promote, sustain and provide globally-competitive, ethically sound human resource, quality education, original research, clinical services and public awareness in the field of communication disorders.

Key Objectives

The major objectives of the institute are to

  • impart professional training,

  • render clinical services,

  • conduct research and educate the public on issues related to communication disorders such as hearing impairment, mental retardation, voice, fluency and phonological and language disorders.

Functions and Duties

  • Develop manpower in the field of speech and hearing and related areas throughout the country

  • Conduct basic and applied research in the field of communication disorders

  • Offer clinical care on communication disorders d. Provide public education on prevention of communication disorders

Academic Programs

The institute attracts students from all over India and abroad. It has strived in the last 5 decades in furthering the cause of professions of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Special Education throughout the country.

  • Diploma programs

    • Diploma in Hearing Aid & Earmould Technology

    • Diploma in Training Young Hearing Impaired Children

    • Diploma in Hearing Language and Speech

    • Diploma in Hearing Language and Speech (DHLS) in distance mode and collaboration with other institutes

  • PG Diploma programs

    • Clinical Linguistics for Speech-Language Pathology and Forensic Speech Science and Technology

    • Neuro Audiology

    • Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Undergraduate course

    • B.ASLP and B.S.Ed - Hearing-Impairment

  • Post-graduate courses

    • M.Sc. in Audiology

    • M.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology

    • M.S.Ed in Hearing-Impairment

  • PhD programs

    • Audiology

    • Speech-Language Pathology

    • Speech & Hearing

    • Linguistics and Special Education

Clinical Services

Equipped with state of art equipment and techniques, the institute provides clinical services to clients of all ages having a whole range of communication disorders. It caters to persons with speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders.

Speech-language therapy, Special education, feeding and swallowing therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapies are provided at the institute on a customary basis; and also, demonstration therapy for shorter duration are provided to needy patients.

The institute also facilitates specialized clinical services through its special clinics.

Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC)
A-91, Pocket D, Okhla Phase II, Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi, Delhi 110020 011-26387559,
Module no. 403-405, Fourth Floor, NSIC Business Park, Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi -110020 011-26327558/ 26327550

ISL Dictionary

"The basic aim of developing the ISL Dictionary is to remove communications barriers between the deaf and hearing communities as it is focused on providing more information in Indian sign language. Its aim is to give Deaf people the constitutional right as well as the opportunity of freedom of expression and also bringing them into the main stream of the society." - Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Hon'ble Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, 2018

  • ISLRTC launched the first Indian Sign Language Dictionary with 3000 terms on 23rd March, 2018. The Dictionary, released in DVD form, contains signs of everyday use and their corresponding English and Hindi words. Specialized terms from legal, academic, medical, and technical fields are explained in ISL.

  • ISLRTC launched the 2nd Edition of Indian Sign Language Dictionary with 6000 terms on 27th February, 2019. It includes words under the categories of academic, legal, medical, technical and everyday terms.

  • ISLRTC launched the 3rd Edition of Indian Sign Language Dictionary with 10,000 terms on 17th February 2021.

Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC)

In the 2000s, the Indian deaf community advocated for an institute focused on ISL teaching and research. The 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012) acknowledged that the needs of people with hearing disabilities had been relatively neglected and envisaged the development of a sign language research and training center, to promote and develop sign language and training of teachers and interpreters. The Finance Minister announced the setting up of ISLRTC in the Union Budget speech of 2010-11.

As a result, in 2011, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment approved the establishment of the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center (ISLRTC) as an autonomous center of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi. The foundation stone of the center was laid at IGNOU campus on 4th October, 2011


To build an inclusive society in which equal opportunities are provided for the growth and development of Persons with Disabilities so that they can lead productive, safe and dignified lives.


To empower Persons with Disabilities, through its various Acts/Institutions/Organizations and Schemes for rehabilitation and to create an enabling environment that provides such persons with equal opportunities, protection of their rights and enables them to participate as independent and productive members of society.


  • To develop manpower for using Indian Sign Language (ISL) and teaching and conducting research in ISL, including bilingualism.

  • To promote the use of Indian Sign Language as educational mode for deaf students at primary, secondary and higher education levels.

  • To carry out research through collaboration with universities and other educational institution in India and abroad and create linguistic records/ analyses of the Indian Sign Language, including creation of Indian Sign Language corpus (Vocabulary).

  • To orient and train various groups, i.e. Govt. officials, teachers, professionals, community leaders and the public at large for understanding and using Indian Sign Language.

  • To collaborate with organizations of the deaf and other institutions in the field of disability to promote and propagate Indian Sign Language.

  • To collect information relating to Sign Language used in other parts of the world so that this input can be used to upgrade the Indian Sign Language.

National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vallakkunnu, Kallettumkara P.O. Thrissur, Kerala 680683
+91 480-288-1959+91

National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NIPMR)

National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation provides very comprehensive rehabilitation in the areas of physical disability as well as speech and hearing disorders through team assessment and evaluation covering case history, Physiotherapeutic needs assessment, Speech, Language Hearing assessment, considering their Special educational, intellectual and developmental needs. We have a special school for the systematic development of the kids with special needs. A comprehensive plan made on basis of evaluation, goals are set according to function level and achievement plan made by the rehabilitation team.

National Institute of Speech and HearingNISH Road, Sreekariyam P. O., Thiruvananthapuram 695 0170471-2944666, 2596919, 259692018004253323