Bachelor of Arts programme in Applied Sign Language to prepare hearing-impaired students for higher education has been launched by IGNOU. The Programme aims to create sign language teachers and professionals to support the hearing impaired students since there is a lack of teaching assistants and interpreter trainers in India. International Centre for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies, University of Central Lancashire in Britain has assisted IGNOU in creating the programme. The course will develop the confidence of the students and empower them educationally so that they can stand up for their rights. Under the programme the students are given training in sign language and English. It also includes theory classes and practical lessons. Computer lessons are also imparted to assist them in learning and teaching. The duration of the programme is 1+3 years in which the first year constitutes the foundation course which will culminate in the four year dfegree programme
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