Govt launches Indian Sign Language mobile app ‘Sign Learn’ with 1,000 words



The Centre on Friday launched an Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary mobile application called ‘Sign Learn’ containing 10,000 words.


The app was launched by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Pratima Bhoumik.


Sign Learn is based on the Indian sign language dictionary of the Indian Sign Language Research And Training Centre (ISLRTC) which contains 10,000 words.


The app is available in Android as well as iOS versions, and all the words in the ISL dictionary can be searched through Hindi or English medium, officials said.


The sign videos of the app can also be shared on social media.


“The app has been developed to make the ISL dictionary easily available and to make it more accessible for the public at large,” a senior official said.


Notably, ISLRTC had recently signed an MoU with the Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) on October 6, 2020 for converting NCERT textbooks from classes 1 to 12 into the Indian Sign Language (digital format) to make the textbooks accessible to children with hearing disabilities.


This year, ISL e-content of NCERT textbooks of class 6 was launched, the official added.


Under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Centre had launched ISL versions of selected books of Book Trust’s ‘Veergatha’ series.


With the joint effort of ISLRTC and NCERT, 500 academic words in Indian Sign Language were launched. These academic words are used at the secondary level which are often used in history, science, political science and mathematics, the official added.

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Govt Launches Mobile App ‘PM SVANidhi’ To Process Loans For Street Vendors


A mobile application was launched by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday, August 19, for urban local bodies to source loan applications from street vendors under the PM SVANidhi scheme.

Under the scheme, street vendors can avail working capital loan of up to ₹ 10,000. In the tenure of one year, the amount is repayable in monthly instalments.

“This app aims to provide user friendly digital interface for the functionaries of urban local bodies (ULBs) to source loan applications of street vendors,” an official statement read.

As per the statement, Puri, during an interaction with state urban development ministers, urged them to dovetail other schemes to ensure economic upliftment for street vendors.

Puri further said that to ensure that beneficiaries can raise their grievances in a conductive manner, a forum should be constituted -chaired by district collector and having representation of police/ULB and other relevant departments.

The urban development ministry said that over 5.68 lakh applications have been received since the commencement of online submission of applications on PM SVANidhi portal on July 2. Further, more than 1.3 lakh have been sanctioned across states and Union Territories.

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