March 02, 2022
I am new at NISH and feel very excited to take over as the Executive Director. Compared to my other responsibilities at the Government Secretariat and the Social Justice Directorate, which are broad in nature, NISH gives me the opportunity to go in-depth into the field of disability and rehabilitation. Over the last 24 years of its existence, NISH has built considerable expertise and reputation in the field of Communication Disabilities and I look forward to this institution emerging as a Centre of Excellence in its silver jubilee year, in all areas of disability management.
As we all know, the last 2 years have been very challenging. Many consider COVID 19 as a great accelerator of change. As George Bernard Shaw said, "progress is impossible without change", but change is painful, staying stuck during a period of change is even more so. Fortunately, we have made the best use of the last 15 months to introduce telerehabilitation to our clients and to perfect the art of online among our staff and professionals. Today, we are in a position to carry on with a hybrid model of service delivery benefiting from the best of both. We need to invest more in this direction as we go forward.
Our departments and centres have flourished and performed well during the last 2 years. Let me highlight a few of the significant achievements. The DHI (Degree-Hearing Impaired) hosted an online Art Exhibition Walkthrough - an opportunity for deaf artists in cooperation with the Museum of Art and Photography, Bengaluru. Furthering the Olympics exuberance, our Students Union and the department of physical education conducted a quiz program. The Students Union also conducted several other events including two competitions on ecosystem restoration in connection with World Environment Day. The Centre for Assistive Technology and Innovation at NISH successfully concluded a six-month online certificate program in assistive technology with participants and resource persons from all over India and from abroad. The centre is moving ahead with AT and Accessibility consultancy services and AT-enabled library services for persons with disabilities, both from August 2021. The department of ASLP celebrated aphasia awareness month in June. Happy to inform you that the department commenced a 4 monthly online course on Paediatric Audiology for the PG students of NISH in Virtual collaboration with Purdue University, USA. The project Innovation by Youth with Disabilities (I-YwD) has launched its first blended learning program for its 21 participants with disabilities in November 2021.
We thank all our patrons for their support and cooperation and look forward to continued warmth in our relationships. Meanwhile, as NISH enters its 25th year, we hope to be ready with an ambitious plan for the years ahead. The work on this plan has been initiated.
M Anjana IAS
National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH)
NISH Road, Sreekaryam P. O.,
Thiruvananthapuram 695 017
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