Ranveer welcomes NCERT decision to introduce school texts in sign language



MUMBAI: Bollywood star Ranveer Singh, who lobbied authorities to declare Indian Sign Language (ISL) as the country’s 23rd official language and signed a petition in support of the cause, praised the measures taken by the India to make textbooks and other materials accessible to deaf children in sign language.

Ranveer’s independent label IncInk, which he started with Navzar Eranee, has released several music videos in sign language. In September, the “Gully Boy” star posted two sign language videos to raise awareness of ISL.

He also praised the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) with the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center (ISLRTC) to assist deaf children in grades I to V with educational material in sign language.

In a statement, Ranveer said it was “a huge step forward in a truly inclusive society.” He added that “inclusiveness leads to accessibility” and that he had “hope for what will come in 2022” as the country’s leaders “identify with this movement”.

The availability of NCERT textbooks in ISL will ensure that children with hearing loss can now access educational resources and they will be a useful resource for teachers, teacher trainers, parents and the hearing-impaired community.

“The National Education Policy 2020 is a progressive measure that the deaf community and the nation badly need and I welcome this big step. “said Ranveer.


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