NISH to set up India's first Assistive Technology center
Asia-Pacific, July 16 2015
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of transforming into India’s only university for rehabilitation science and disability studies, the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH), has initiated an Assistive Technology (AT) center at the institute for enhancing higher education possibilities for people with disabilities.
Working as an autonomous body under the Department of Social Justice, Government of Kerala, NISH is a comprehensive multi-purpose institute focusing on the identification, rehabilitation and education of individuals with communication disabilities.
The AT Center, to be launched in partnership with the Federal Bank, will serve as a resource center for similar institutions across the country to conduct research and development, suited to Indian needs and requirements.
An MoU to this effect was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy, by NISH Executive Director Dr Samuel N Mathew and Federal Bank Managing Director and CEO Shri Shyam Srinivasan.
“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 Shri Vijaya Raghavan.
As an initial step, NISH has decided to form a three member team, comprising a centre head and two specialists to lead the state of the art AT Center, which will acquire assistive technologies available around the world for the students. “We are looking for innovative, energetic go-getter technologists with specific experience in Assistive Technology development or implementation. Outstanding candidates with Rehabilitation Sciences background will also be considered,” said Dr Samuel.
As NISH is in the process of becoming the National University for Rehabilitation Sciences & Disability Studies (NURSDS), the AT center will provide the necessary services for assessing students and the appropriate AT for use in the classroom.