The All-India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) here, a premier institute in the field of speech and hearing under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has stepped into its 50th year.
What started as a small institute has flourished into one of the premier establishments across south Asia in the field of communication disorders. It started as the All India Institute of Logopedics on August 9, 1965 and was renamed AIISH in 1966.
With affiliation from the University of Mysore, the institute launched a postgraduate programme in speech and hearing, which was the first of its kind in the country, on October 2, 1966.
To celebrate the golden jubilee year, the institute has planned a slew of programmes in addition to launching several new facilities.
The 49th anniversary celebrations will be inaugurated on August 9 at 11 a.m. at AIISH Gymkhana auditorium here. A K Panda, Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, will preside and Sudesh Mukhopadyay, chairperson, Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), and Goutam Biswas, Director, IIT Guwahati, will be the chief guests.
Giving details of the events to presspersons here on Thursday, AIISH director S.R. Savitri said a dedicated logo for the golden jubilee will be unveiled to mark the beginning of the yearlong celebrations.
Facilities such as Swallowing Disorder Laboratory; Parent Infant Program, and an assistive device developed for visitors at the Regional Museum of Natural History would be launched, she added.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed with Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry; Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal, and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College (NSCBMC), Jabalpur, to conduct a four-year Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology programme as part of its efforts to augment manpower generation in the field of communication disorders, according to Dr. Savitri.
Another MoU will be signed with IIT Guwahati to conduct research to develop technology to improve the quality of persons with cleft palate, she said.
As part of the golden jubilee year, the institute is planning a national symposium on Acoustics 2014 and a multi-speciality centre for excellence.
The institute has been recognised as a Centre for Excellence in the area of deafness by WHO; Centre for Advanced Research by the UGC; a Science and Technology Institute by the DST; Centre for Excellence by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and is accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ grade.
The institute has also been recognised as the nodal centre for the implementation of National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness.
Diagnostic and therapeutic services focused on holistic rehabilitation of persons with communication disorders are provided under one roof at the institute at a nominal cost by experienced professionals in the field, according to the institute.