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Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India was established on August 9th, 1983. It is named in honour of Late Ali Yavar Jung (Ex-governor, educationist and humanitarian) in appreciation of his interest in the field of hearing impairment and efforts towards establishing the institute.

Sprawled across 1.93 acres at Bandra (West), Mumbai, Ai Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped fully funded by the government of India is an apex institute in the field of rehabilitation in the country. As an autonomous body, it deals effectively with the problems of hearing and speech impairment. The institute follows the rules,regulations, directives and schemes issued by the Government of India from time to time. 

AYJNIHH are committed to work towards improving the quality of life of persons with hearing impairment by developing, demonstrating, and disseminating best practices for effective prevention, identification and intervention of hearing and speech disabilities. The institute provides education and training to develop skilled human resources, facilitates research, supports collaborating organisations and offers information for education and guidance.

Having established regional centers at Kolkata, New Delhi, Secunderabad and 34 district disability Rehabilitation Centers (DDRCs) in the various states in the country, the institute strives for the total satisfaction of the people it serves. The institute offers a wide array of courses such as Bachelor and Master of Education in Hearing Impairment, Bachelor and Master of Education in Audio and Speech-Language Pathology, and various Indian Sign Language courses. The institute is involved in a variety of activities such as clinical services, which consists of Parent Infant Program, Early Intervention Program, and Hearing Aid Distribution and so on.

AYJNIHH is one of the many institutions that are working towards the betterment of the disabled in our society. The variety of schemes and programs provided by the institute enables it to take on challenges and overcome them efficiently. AYJNIHH thus provides a perfect example of how institutions should go about their business and work towards the rehabilitation of the section in the community whose voice is often not heard.

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Written By Abhijeet Deshmukh

B.A Economics, aspiring civil servant, Young Bhartiya Core Team Member.

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