Mysuru: M Pushpavathi took over as the Director of All India Institute of Speech and Hearing. She succeeds Dr. S R Savithri.
Pushpavathi hailing from Mysuru and an alumnus of AIISH joined the same institute as a faculty in the year 1996 and was currently working as a Professor at the Department of Speech Language Pathology and was also heading the Department of Special Education. She carries with her 22 years of experience as a faculty out of which she served for 10 years as heads of four major departments of AIISH namely Clinical Services, Speech Language Pathology, Tele-centre for Persons with Communication Disorders and Special Education. She had also served as an academic coordinator of the Institute for two years.
Pushpavathi holds her PhD in Speech and Hearing from the University of Mysore. She made an immense contribution towards persons with disability by starting an exclusive unit for providing integrated services to persons with cleft lip and palate, which is the first ever unit of such kind in the country. She is currently serving as the chairperson of this unit for structural orofacial anomalies (USOFA) and was instrumental in developing the state-of-the-art clinical services through this unit. She strongly believes in the interdisciplinary approach in the rehabilitation of persons with communication disorders. Her main area of interest is in the disorders of speech specifically those related to orofacial anomalies and voice disorders. At present, she is guiding the projects and doctoral students in the area related to speech characteristics of persons with cleft lip and palate. Her research output is significant with 8 international, 24 national conferences and 13 international and 19 national conference publications to her credit.
Pushpavathi mentioned that her dream was to make AIISH a one-stop destination for all the needy persons with communication disorders in the country. She felt that this is achievable with the support of the dedicated and experienced colleagues at AIISH. She will also put in her efforts to upgrade the institute to an international stature.
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