Sign Learn – Indian Sign Language Dictionary
The Central Government has launched the Sign Learn to make Indian Sign Language usage more widespread.
- Sign Learn is a mobile application-based Indian Sign Language Dictionary having 10,000 words.
- The application was launched by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Pratima Bhoumik.
- It was developed based on the Indian Sign Language Dictionary of the Indian Sign Language Research And Training Centre (ISLRTC).
- In the application, all the words can be searched either in Hindi or English.
- The purpose of this mobile application is to make Indian Sign Language (ISL) more accessible for the general public.
- All sign videos in the application can be shared via social media.
- It was launched on the occasion of Sign Language Day.
- On this occasion, ISL e-content of NCERT textbooks of class 6 and Indian Sign Language versions of selected books of ‘Veergatha’ series were launched.
- The e-content was developed after an MoU was signed in 2020 for converting NCERT textbooks for classes 1 to 12 into digital ISL format to make them more accessible for children having hearing disabilities.
What is Sign Language Day?
The Sign Language Day was celebrated on September 23 as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Its theme was “Sign Languages Unite Us”. The theme was chosen to declare the support for sign language as a human rights for deaf people. The event was approved by the National Implementation Committee (NIC), which was chaired by Home Minister. The event was organized by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, which comes under the aegis of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
The ISLRTC is an institute focusing Indian Sign Language teaching and research. It was established under the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012). Earlier, it existed as an autonomous center of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi. Later, in 2015, it became a society under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.