Ten new industrial training institutes (ITIs) will be set up in the state next year for the speech and hearing impaired children, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced here on Sunday.
Chouhan also said the government will sponsor the education of those students of this category who qualify for IITs, IIMs or any other institute of similar stature.
The chief minister made these announcements at Indore Deaf Bilingual Academy (IDBA), where he also met Geeta, the deaf and mute girl who recently returned to India after spending more than a decade in Pakistan.
Those students who aspired to be teachers will have the fees of their B.Ed and D.Ed degrees borne by the government, the CM said.
These students, he added, will also be given compulsory placement as teachers to make it easier for the students with special abilities.
“Many people complain that not many teachers of sign language are present in top educational institutes. This problem will be solved by us through this procedure. The students who would be appointed as teachers would be posted in these institutes,” said Chouhan.
The CM, who was accompanied by his wife Sadhna Singh, said Geeta might not have been able to find her parents, but she had definitely found “Mama and Mami” now.