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Learn how to pursue Indian Sign Language academically & professionally!

Learning Indian Sign Language (ISL) can open many doors in India. Here are some tips on how learning ISL can open many doors, academically and professionally.

Sign Language interpreters - There is a section of the Indian population that is deaf and hard of hearing that uses Indian Sign Language. While communicating with people who are hearing, there is a need for Indian Sign Language interpreters across fields.

You can do a diploma programmes as well as short-term courses. Learning this can open many career paths for you.

Where to study

  • The Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) in New Delhi offers a one-year, government-certified diploma programme in ISL Interpretation. You need to have passed Class 12 or its equivalent from a recognized Board of Education with at least 50% marks. You can apply through their website -
  • Certificate courses are conducted as well by many NGOs. The Deaf EnAbled Foundation has about 10 centers throughout India. They offer three-month or six-month courses. The courses are held during weekends and anyone of any age or educational background can join.
  • One can also learn by watching videos online, or take an online course, or download an app to learn ISL.

Career Opportunities for Hearing People:

  • Interpreter in government organizations or in the private sector.
  • Instructor in schools for people who are deaf.
  • Volunteer at NGOs that need interpreters.
  • Career Opportunities for Deaf people:

  • Teacher in sign language.
  • Trainer for vocational skills.
  • Counsellors
  • Volunteers in NGOs and companies that require ISL training

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