[lg policy] CBSE Introduces Sign Language ‘Braille’ As a Subject for Differently Abled Children

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Sep 21 10:52:33 EDT 2018

 CBSE Introduces Sign Language ‘Braille’ As a Subject for Differently Abled
*Education* <https://www.latestly.com/india/education/> Madhurima Sarkar
<https://www.latestly.com/author/madhurima-sarkar/> Sep 19, 2018 05:12 PM
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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come up with a slew of
measures to make learning better and accessible to all the children across
the country. One of its significant steps is to introduce Indian sign
language called Braille as an individual subject for differently abled
children. Apart from this, the board has also included computer-based
tests, attendance waivers, multi-difficulty level options for core subjects
and flexible subject selection options in its comprehensive guidelines for
all the students with special needs. CBSE invited recommendations from all
its stakeholders and experts in this proposed draft policy.* India's First
Sign Language Dictionary Launched for Hearing and Speech Impaired People. *

The draft policy mandates infrastructural guidelines for schools, be
barrier-free and at least one accessible toilet to be constructed. The
Ministry of Human Resource Development is likely to take the policy draft
as the model of the country. Talking about the detailed plan, a senior HRD
official told *TOI*, “Some of the key recommendations include introducing
Indian sign language as a subject for children with language limitations
due to disability conditions. Such children may also be given exemptions
from the already existing criteria of two/one compulsory languages in board
examinations and Indian sign language should be treated as a language to
satisfy the formula prescribed by the board. On similar lines, Braille can
also be offered as a language option.” *CBSE Invite Teachers to Simplify
School Education Content Through Diksha App. *

The draft policy which was reportedly prepared on July 4, 2018, has a
considerable number of invitees to discuss and lay down the guidelines. As
of now, the board has sent the model to all the states and stakeholders to
comment on the same. The reason to come out with such significant steps is
to improve the lack of resources which the current education system has. In
the academic and examination recommendations, the board also introduced the
option of more skill-based subjects at the secondary and senior secondary
level and two or three difficulty level in major subjects such as math,
science and social studies.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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