Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Forest Minister Benoy Viswom has said that fundamental changes are required in the education system for the aurally challenged in the country to develop their skills and talents in tune with the tremendous changes brought about by science and technology.

The Minister was inaugurating a two-day national conference of the hearing impaired organised by the Ithihadu Shubbanil Mujahideen (ISM), youth organisation of the Mujahid group led by Husain Madavoor, here on Sunday. The conference began on Saturday.

He said the demand for a university for the aurally challenged at the national level was necessary, just and relevant. Such a university could establish and unify the education system for the hearing impaired. It was the responsibility of both the government and society to try for the progress of such people who were marginalised from the mainstream for no fault of theirs.

The conference urged the Union government to appoint a commission to study the problems faced by the visually and aurally challenged people and find out solutions to them. A package that included suggestions for the education, job and rehabilitation of such people would be submitted to the Centre.

The conference accused the State government of taking a negative approach vis-À-vis the education of the hearing impaired. The government stance was irresponsible in matters of up-gradation of educational institutions for the differently abled and for the appointment of teachers and non-teaching staff.

The conference demanded rise in grant for differently abled students and steps for disbursing it monthly.

Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) State vice-president M. Moidheenkutty presided over the inaugural session.

Mayor M. Bhaskaran inaugurated the valedictory session. KNM district-president Jaffer Atholi presided. Around 800 delegates from 16 States participated in the conference.