The Haryana government will now establish a college for deaf and mute students at Karnal so as to provide equal educational opportunity. The college will come up at a cost of Rs 20 crore. “This will be the first such college to be established in north India,” Krishan Kumar, the Minister of State, Haryana, Social Justice and Empowerment, said.
A State Institute of Skill Development and Employment Generation will also be set up under a central scheme to generate employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, the minister said in a release.
According to Kumar, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has accorded in-principle approval to this effect. “The college will be established at Karnal and its construction cost will be equally shared by the Centre and State,” Kumar said, adding that the Union Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment has given its approval for the project.
Internship for up to three months will be provided to students and a monthly financial assistance of Rs 2,000 will be given to the candidates.
A screening committee will be constituted under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary of Social Justice and Empowerment Department to review applications from NGOs for operating the college.
Schools for deaf and mute children are being operated by the Haryana Welfare Society for Hearing and Speech Handicapped at Panchkula, Hisar, Raipur Rani, Sonipat and Gurugram, the release said.
There are around 3,925 such children in the state, of which 1,865 are hearing and 2,060 are speech impaired, Kumar added.
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