NEW DELHI: Students with hearing disabilities studying in classes 1 to 5 can now hope for a more inclusive education as they will able to study the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks digitally in the Indian Sign Language.
Textbooks for classes 6 to 8 are expected to be converted to ISL over the next one year and also be available as a free resource by December 2022. These measures are in keeping with the National Education Policy 2020 which states that Indian Sign Language (ISL) must be standardised across the country, and national and state curriculum materials developed, for use by students with hearing impairment.
Spread over 490 modules, the class 1 -5 textbooks in digital format prepared by Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre and NCERT, have been uploaded on the Diksha (Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing) portal. The portal as per government estimates is accessed by five crore students and teachers daily. The material will also be disseminated through PM e-Vidya DTH TV channels.