Speech is the most powerful weapon. It is more so in these days of meltdown! Speech language pathologists and audiologists are in great demand around the world due to the acute shortage of professionals.

The gap between demand and supply is indeed very huge and to fill that gap several institutes in Andhra Pradesh offer courses at the degree level as well as at the diploma level. And these courses are different for the fact that they come with an assurance of a job that can give good money as well as lot of satisfaction of serving the challenged. Similar are the courses offered to help the mentally-challenged.

Sweekaar Academy of Rehabilitation Sciences and Thakur Hari Prasad Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences have now called for applications for various courses offered by them. The Sweekar Academy is offering courses such as B.Sc Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (ASLP), M.Sc (ASLP) and Diploma in Hearing, Language and Speech, while Thakur Hari Prasad Institute offers courses that deal with mental retardation.

B.Sc in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology courses are being offered at Secundrabad, Tandur, Kadapa and Guntur centres. The B.Sc (ASLP) course also offers similar opportunities. Further details can be had on 040-27843338, 27814089, 9348934907 or at www.sweekaarars.org.

Thakur Hari Prasad Institute offers courses oriented towards the mentally challenged. It conducts several diploma, graduate and postgraduate-level training programmes pertaining to disability management. The last date for submitting applications is June 15. Application and prospectus can be had by post or in person from Thakur Hari Prasad Institute, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad. Details can be had on 040-24045454 and 24046733 or at www.thpi.org.