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Diploma in Hearing Language and Speech (DHLS)

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India initiated the National Program for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD) in the year 2006.  To support the NPPCD, the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysore was bestowed the responsibility of developing suitable manpower at the grass root level at an enhanced rate. 

In tune with the initiative, the institute launched a diploma level program named as Diploma in Hearing Language and Speech (DHLS) through distance mode in 2007; aiming towards the faster rate of manpower development at Assistant/Technician level. The DHLS program was initiated after obtaining the recognition from the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI); connecting to JIPMER Puducherry, RIMS Imphal, AIIPMR Mumbai and MAMC New Delhi (later shifted to the RML, New Delhi).  In the year 2008-2009, the institute added 6 more medical colleges as study centres at Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer; Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, Jabalpur; King George Medical University, Lucknow; Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi and Sri Ramachandra Bhanj, Medical College & Hospital Cuttack. In 2009-2010, one more centre at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital, Bhagalpur, was initiated.

The theory classes are conducted from AIISH Mysore, through video conferencing and students across the country receive the lecture at the same time with a provision of one real time audio-video interactions. The clinical training is done in the conventional way at the respective study centers on day to day basis under the supervision of qualified professionals.

The objective of the program is to generate Speech and Hearing Technicians/Assistants to take up routine clinical work of assessment and therapeutic management for various speech, language and hearing disorders at village, block/taluka and town levels. It is planned to upgrade the DHLS program to the Bachelor in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology degree program in a phased manner. In 2014-15 DHLS program has been upgraded to B.ASLP program in three centers viz., Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College (NSCBMC), Jabalpur; Regional Institute of Medical, Sciences (RIMS), Imphal and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry.

The Self-learning materials (SLM) are made available to the students undergoing the DHLS course. These SLMs are based upon the syllabus of the RCI. For extended convenience and also to facilitate the students in better understanding of the course, the same are being translated into Hindi language. The enrolled students get the opportunity to learn the following courses:

            Course I          Introduction to Audiology
            Course II        Introduction to Speech - Language Pathology
            Course III       Management of Communication Disorders – I
            Course IV       Management of Communication Disorders - II

Selection Mode:  From the academic session 2017-18, the RCI has introduced an “All India Online Aptitude Test (AIOAT)” for admission to Diploma/Certificate level courses.  Accordingly, admissions to DHLS programme are being made only from amongst the candidates who qualify in the aforesaid on-line test conducted by the RCI.

Duration of the Programme :   One year

Total number of Seats:    30  Nos. (for each study center)

Eligibility: Admission to Diploma in Hearing, Language and Speech is open to candidates who have passed 12th standard / II PUC with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematic/Computer Science.

Stipend: Students admitted to the DHLS Programme will be given a stipend of Rs.250/- per month for 10 months.

Job Opportunity: After completion of this 10-month program, the students become qualified to obtain a certificate from the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and hence, obtain the eligibility to work as Speech and Hearing Assistants or Speech and Hearing Technicians. These students turn out to be trained for identifying individuals with communication disorders and make appropriate referrals for further diagnosis. Their job functions generally include activities like carrying out routine screening, assessment and therapeutic management of persons with communication disorders.  The location of their work includes Child Guidance Centers, District General Hospitals, Primary Health Centers, Special Schools for Hearing Impaired, Inclusion Schools and also under the ongoing National Program on Prevention and Control of Deafness.  The completion of this course also allows these candidates to opt for Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (B.ASLP) programme for further studies.


DHLS Cell and other Academic matter  Technical Coordinator, DHLS Overall Coordinator, DHLS
Registrar/Assistant Registrar
Academic Section

Email: aiish_academic@yahoo.com

Ph:   0821-2502168 /64/ 62
Mr. Manohar N
Reader in Electronics
Department of Electronics

Email: manohar@aiishmysore.in

Dr. Brajesh Priyadarshi
Associate Professor  in Linguistics,
Dept. of Speech Language Pathology

Email:  brajesh@aiishmysore.in


classes being conducted through Video Conferencing

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