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National Institutes for Human Resource Development in the Field of Disability in India

Over a period of time, National Institutes (NIs) in the field of disability have been set up under this Department. NIs are in the nature of autonomous bodies established under Society Registration Act focusing on specific types of disabilities. These Institutes are primarily engaged in Human Resources Development in the field of disability by conducting various courses, providing rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities (PwDs) and promoting Research and Development efforts in the field.

There are nine NIs as given hereunder:

S.No.Name Of The National InstituteAddress & Phone NumberWebsite Of The Institute
1.National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (NIEPVD)116, Rajpur Road, Dehradun-285001 Tel: 0135-2744491www.nivh.gov.in
2.Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (AYJNISHD)K.C. Marg, Bandra (W) Reclamation Mumbai – 400 050Tel: 022-26422638www.ayjnihh.nic.in
3.National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities  (NIEPID)Manovikas Nagar, Bowenpally, Secunderabad, Telangana- 500009Tel: 040-27759267www.niepid.nic.in
4.National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD)East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Kovalam Post, ChennaiTel: 044-274721040www.niepmd.tn.nic.in
5.Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (PDUNIPPD)4, Vishnu Digambar Marg, New Delhi- 110002Tel: 011-23232403www.iphnewdelhi.in
6.Swami Vivekanand National Institute of the Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR)Olatpur, P.O: Bairoi, Cuttack, Odisha- 754010Tel: 0671-2805552www.svnirtar.nic.in
7.National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (NILD)B T Road, Bonhooghly, Kolkata- 700090Tel: 03325311248, 033-2531078www.niohkol.nic.in
8.Indian Sign Langauge Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC)A-91, First Floor, Nagpal Business Tower, Okhla Phase-II, New Delhi- 110020Tel: 2638-7558/7559www.islrtc.nic.in
9.National Institute of Mental Health and Rehabilitation (NIMHR)Purana Zila Panchayat, Luniya Chauraha, Mandi Road, Sehore (M.P)- 466001Tel: 07562223960www.nimhr.ac.in

Main activities of these Institutes are as under:

National Institute for the  Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (NIEPVD), Dehradun

  • Residential school for the Visually Impaired upto the 12 th standard.
  • Central Braille press which is the largest press of Braille literature for school and college education
  • Rehabilitative services for persons with visual disabilities
  • Early intervention and assessment services
  • Post Graduate, Under Graduate and Diploma courses in Special Education and Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Undertakes Research and developmental activities

Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (AYJNISHD), Mumbai 

  • Ph. D, Post Graduate, Under Graduate and Diploma courses in Audiology, Speech Language Pathology, Special Education, etc.
  • Nodal agency for Cochlear Implant Surgery and post operative rehabilitation. At present 186 hospitals empanelled for the said surgery.
  • Tertiary level care, evaluation and diagnosis of speech- language and audiology impairment.
  • Diagnostic, therapeutic, educational and vocational services to persons with speech and/or hearing disabilities.
  • Early intervention and assessment services.

National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (NIEPID), Secunderabad

  • Rehabilitative services for persons with Intellectual disabilities with evidential and visible positive outcomes of cognitive recovery.
  • M. Phil, Post Graduate, Under Graduate and Diploma level Courses in Special Education and Rehabilitation Psychology.
  • Special Education, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Therapy and Vocational/skill training.
  • Model Special Education Center located at Secunderabad/Noida/New Delhi upto Pre Vocational Level (i.e. upto 18 years). 

National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai

  • M. Phil, Post Graduate, Under Graduate and Diploma courses in Clinical Psychology, Special Education, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, P&O, Speech Language Pathology, etc.
  • Renders rehabilitative services to persons with Multiple disabilities.
  • Early Intervention and assessment Services.
  • Psychological Assessments & Interventions.
  • Inclusive preparatory School and Vocational training.

Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities (PDUNIPPD), Delhi

  • Comprehensive rehabilitative services to persons with Locomotor disabilities.
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Vocational and Psychological counseling services.
  • Speciality Clinical services.
  • Early Intervention and assessment services.
  • Post Graduate and Under Graduate courses in Prosthetics & Orthotics, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy.

Swami Vivekanand National Institute of the Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack

  • Comprehensive rehabilitative services to Persons with Locomotor Disabilities.
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Vocational counseling services.
  • Providing Early Intervention and assessment services.
  • Post Graduate and Under Graduate courses in Prosthetics & Orthotics, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy. Also conducts DNB (PMR).
  • 100 bedded hospital and Cerebral Palsy Clinic.
  • 2 well equipped operation theatres for corrective & reconstructive surgeries.
  • Radiological and Pathological investigation Units.

National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (NILD), Kolkata

  • Comprehensive rehabilitation services to the Persons with Locomotor Disabilities.
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Vocational counseling services.
  • Early Intervention and assessment services.
  • Post Graduate and Under Graduate courses in Prosthetics & Orthotics, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy. Also conducts DNB (PMR).
  • 50 bedded hospital and engaged in corrective surgery.
  • Physical medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • OPD and Radiology Services.

Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC), New Delhi

  • Develops trained expertise for using, teaching and conducting research in Indian Sign Language.
  • Diploma course in Indian Sign Language Interpretation (DISLI) and Diploma in Teaching Indian Sign Language (DTISL).
  • A well researched dictionary of Indian sign language (10000 words) developed.
  • Signed an MoU with NCERT to convert course books and materials for classes-I to XII into sign language.
  • Promotion of accessible Indian Sign Language in audio visual & social media.

National Institute of Mental Health and Rehabilitation (NIMHR), Sehore

Cabinet approved the proposal of Establishment of National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) at Sehore, Madhya Pradesh in October, 2018 under the aegis of this Department.  Total approved cost (both Recurring and Non Recurring) for initial three years is Rs.179.54 crore out of which Rs.105.68 crore is for construction of building of NIMHR. NIMHR has been registered as a Society under the Madhya Pradesh Societies Registration Act, 1973 on 28.05.2019.  Construction of the building of the Institute is under progress through CPWD. Meanwhile, the Institute has started functioning from a rented accommodation from 30.09.2019.

Composite Regional Centre for Skill Development, Rehabilitation & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (CRCs)

Department has approved setting up of 21 Composite Regional Centres (CRCs) as extended arms of National Institutes. Basic objective of CRCs are to provide rehabilitation services to all categories of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), train rehabilitation professionals, workers and functionaries, undertake programmes of education and skill development for PwDs and create awareness among parents and the community regarding needs and rights of PwDs. The details of 21 CRCs are as under:-

S.No.Name Of CRCsName NIs Under Which CRC WorkingURLs Of Websites
1.CRC, Guwahati  (Assam)SVNIRTAR, Cuttackcrcguwahati.com
2.CRC, Ranchi (Jharkhand)SVNIRTAR, Cuttack
3.CRC, Balangir (Odisha)SVNIRTAR, Cuttack
4.CRC, ManipurSVNIRTAR, Cuttack
5.CRC, Nellore, (A.P.)NIEPID, Secunderabadcrcnlr.nic.in
6.CRC, Rajnandgaon (Chattisgarh)NIEPID, Secunderabadcrcrajnandgaon.nic.in
7.CRC, Devengere (Karnataka)NIEPID, Secunderabadcrcdvg.nic.in
8.CRC, Sundernagar (H.P.)NIEPVD, Dehraduncrcsnr.org
9.CRC, Gorakhpur (U.P.)NIEPVD, Dehraduncrcgkp.org.in
10.CRC, SikkimNIEPVD, Dehradun
11.CRC, Bhopal (M.P.)AYJNISHD, Mumbaicrcbhopal.nic.in
12.CRC, Ahmedabad (Gujarat)AYJNISHD, Mumbaiwww.crcahmedabad.org
13.CRC, Nagpur (Maharashtra)AYJNISHD, Mumbaicrcnagpur.org
14.CRC, Srinagar (J&K)PDUNIPPD, Delhicrcsrinagar.in
15.CRC, Lucknow, (U.P.)PDUNIPPD, Delhicrciphlko.in
16.CRC, Patna, (Bihar)NILD, Kolkatacrcpatna.com
17.CRC, Agartala (Tripura)NILD, Kolkataniohkol.nic.in/CRCTripura
18.CRC, Naharlughan (Arunachal Pradesh)NILD, Kolkataniohkol.nic.in/RCNaharlagun
19.CRC, Kozhikode (Kerala)NIEPMD, Chennaicrckozhikode.gov.in
20.CRC, Andaman & Nicobar IslandsNIEPMD, Chennai
21.CRC, ShillongNIEPMD, Chennai
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