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New avenues: A file picture of hearing impaired students at a college. Though there are about 40 schools for the hearing impaired in the State, there is no college
New avenues: A file picture of hearing impaired students at a college. Though there are about 40 schools for the hearing impaired in the State, there is no college

Chitra V. Ramani

PU college for hearing impaired will take off from the coming academic year

The college will offer one combination each in Arts and Commerce streams

It will start functioning from June 8

Bangalore: After years of struggle, C.N. Vijayaraj’s efforts have finally paid off. He has managed to get the State Government to sanction a pre-university college, especially for the hearing impaired.

Mr. Vijayaraj, founder-secretary of Swayamwaraa Trust, said that the college (which will be managed by the trust) would start functioning from June 8, as per the calendar set by the Department of Pre-University Education. The college would function at the New Brilliant High School, Udaynagar (Behind Tin Factory).

“We approached the department in May 2007 and requested it to grant permission to start the college for the 2008-09 academic year. We were finally permitted to do so for the 2009-10 academic year,” he said.

Over the past three years, the trust has coached and helped 68 hearing impaired candidates to clear the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination. “We work with them intensely for three months before the SSLC examination. This gave us the confidence we needed to request the Government to grant us permission to start a PU college for the hearing impaired.”

SSLC results

Mr. Vijayaraj said that of the 32 candidates who appeared for the SSLC examination this year, 29 cleared it with flying colours. “This year, we had a special candidate – R. Srinivas (19), who is both hearing and visually impaired. We helped him find a scribe and he cleared the examination with second class.”

Though there are about 40 schools for the hearing impaired in the State, there is no college.

“The only viable option they had earlier was to join ITIs. It is difficult for hearing impaired candidates to study at regular colleges, as communication is a challenge,” he said.

He said that to start with, the college would offer one combination each in the Arts (History, Economics, Sociology and Political Science) and Commerce (History, Economics, Business Studies and Accountancy) streams.

“Of the 40 schools in the State for hearing impaired, very few are English medium. At our college, we will teach students from Kannada medium schools basic English. The medium of instruction will be in English at our college,” he said, adding that special measures would be taken to teach the students.

Mr. Vijayaraj said, “So far, we have received five applications. We will accept applications till May 20.”

For applications and more details, contact Mr. Vijayaraj at the trust, 135, 18th Cross, Lakshmipuram, Ulsoor, Bangalore 560008, or call (080) 25252020, 9980305877.

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