Mysuru: An institution like the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) should reach more places especially rural areas so that people can come to know about the available facilities, said V S Basavaraju, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.
Speaking after inaugurating the 53rd Annual Day celebrations of AIISH he said, “The institute along with its models and projects should reach the remote villages. The people should come to know of the facilities which are available and also about the do's and don'ts. We have enough resources and technology to solve various communication disorder problems. Apart from this, the biggest support needed in disability sector for rehabilitation is not so much for children but the mothers who are the voice for people with disabilities. Unless we don’t equip the mothers and support them, they will continue to suffer.” On the occasion, he also mentioned that under Rashtriya Bal Swastya programme of the Government of India, screening of disabilities had been happening, but the actual service to the child was not available. Institutions like AIISH should take their model projects to these areas and demonstrate them for the next two years.
Kapil Mohan, Director General of Administrative Training Institute Mysuru said “There is need for fundamental change in the process of new born screening and also should have universal testing for this. There is a huge advance in technology. Be it micro electrical, nano or digital technology, they are evident in curative medicine and for diagnosis as well. The role of technology today, is enabling us to save time. These technological instruments to determine medical cases should be made affordable and manpower should be trained to use the equipment. I was surprised when the survey report released by AIISH mentioned that 2.54 percent of the population in Mysuru, Chamarajanagar and Mandya have hearing disability.” He also mentioned that the "New Born Screening Card" should act like an immunization card and should reach people across the country.
S. R. Savithri, Director, AIISH during her presidential address said, “On this occasion, I would like to say that we all belong to an organization which is unique and stands for its excellence. And excellence was not by accident. It was a process, where the institute continuously strived to better itself. This process belongs to each and every staff and student of AIISH. You are competing with yourself. The Institute is built upon values. The vision, foresight and innovative spirit of the founders are felt even today. They would be proud of the professionals-Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists-that the institute is producing; they would be proud of the leaders in the field that the institute has produced; they would be proud of the clinical services that the institute is offering for persons with communication disorders; they would be proud of the contributions of the institute to the world.”
“I would like to quote Dr. Abdul Kalam, 'Dear friends, when you hear the sound of aeroplane going over your house, whom do you think of? Wright Brothers proved that man could fly of course at heavy risk and cost.' When everyone considered a sea travel as an experience or a voyage, a unique person, Sir. C V Raman questioned during his sea travel from United Kingdom to India. He was pondering on why the horizon where the sky and sea meet looks blue? His research resulted in the phenomena of scattering of light. Inventions and discoveries have come from creative minds and constant effort. The faculty as educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity and moral leadership among students and become their role model. One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Allow the students to ask questions. What worked yesterday, won't work today." Yesterday-natural resources defined power, Today-knowledge is power. Today, 9th August is also special as QUIT INDIA MOVEMENT STARTED ON THAT DAY.
On this occasion, a computer centre, eye-tracking Lab, equipment for vestibular system evaluation and NBS centres were inaugurated while the institute’s annual report and survey report of communication disorders were released. Awards were also given to employees who completed 25 years, Ph.D awardees, meritorious students, retired employees, and AIISHian of the year.
AIISH as Deemed to be University
“Some years ago, standing on this stage, I had said that I would like to announce AIISH as Deemed to be University. Efforts were on but obstacles were huge. Whatever may be, we are moving forward and have not left the continuing efforts and process to reach the goal. I am sure all of you know that we had an expert team from UGC inspecting the Institute”, concluded Savithri.
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