Standardizing Indian Sign Language and adding an elective course in schools.

Standardizing Indian Sign Language and adding an elective course in schools.

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Akshay Bahadur started this petition to Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC)

Sign language uses visual-manual modality to convey meaning. Sign languages are expressed through manual articulations in combination with non-manual elements. Sign languages are full-fledged natural languages with their own grammar and lexicon. Sign languages are not universal and they are not mutually intelligible with each other, although there are also striking similarities among sign languages. As discussed, Sign languages around the world are different and that makes sense. Let's take an example of American Sign Language (ASL), it is universal throughout the US and it is standardized as well. In India, however, the case is very different. The crux of the problem is the fact that Indian Sign Language is different within different regions in India with multiple signs having the same meaning.
In a country like India, we have a blend of different cultures coming together and living in harmony. In such a diverse country, different regions have entirely different languages and scripts. Moreover, Sign Language in India has never been unified or standardized simply because the task is very cumbersome. In Maharashtra, a state located in western India, 2 cities - Mumbai and Pune which are 80 km apart have different Sign Language.

Through this petition, we propose standardizing Sign Language across India.

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