Union Social Justice Minister, Thawar Chand
Gehlot has revealed that the government is planning to set up an Indian Sign
Language Research and Training Centre and a national university for
rehabilitation and disability studies.
Gehlot was present at the Rehabilitation
International World Congress at Edinburgh in Scotland, where he made the
following statement, "We believe our policies and programmes should be
proactive so that the persons with disabilities can integrate with the
mainstream having financial, educational and skill-based support."
"For needs and development of persons
with disabilities, the Government is establishing an Indian Sign Language
Research and Training Centre as well as a National University for the Rehabilitation
and Disability Studies," quoted a Social Justice Ministry statement.
Highlighting the fact that the government
has renamed 'Persons with Disabilities' as 'Divyangjan', he commented,
"Helping people with disabilities to realise their full potential and to
make them live a life of dignity, independence and satisfaction is our mission."
"India remains committed to building
an enabling environment for Divyangjan in all possible ways. From this
platform, I wish to convey my nation's strong message to the international
community," added Gehlot.