Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology course was started on August 2006-07 at Pt. J.N.M. Medical College Raipur C.G., affiliated to pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University. This provides the students of Chhattisgarh an opportunity to pursue their study of Bachelor of Audiology and Speech language pathology at this prestigious institution, Pt. J.N.M. Medical College Raipur.This course is run by autonomous society of Pt. J.N.M. Medical College Raipur under self finance scheme. There are no such institution available in near by states like Madhya Pradesh ,Rajasthan, Hariyana, Jharkand etc. and the need for this course is felt for the benefit of poor and middle class people and students of this state.
Chhattisgarh is a new state which came into existence only 8 years back, with all potential for Human Resource Development. The field of Audiology and Speech pathology is still untouched in this place. Being able to understand speech and speaking is a unique quality of human being. Capacity of normal hearing is necessary for development of normal speech and language, which develops naturally in early years of life. In absence of normal hearing child can not learn normal language and speech therefore, early recognition of hearing impairment and timely therapy is essential. Moreover hearing problems and different types of speech disorders in adults are also gradually increasing. To meet with these requirements many trained personnel in this field and well equipped training centers are required.
Speech and hearing disorders are quite common in the society and its exact burden is not known specially in Chhattisgarh. Incidence of congenital deafness is supposed to be four in one thousand in developing countries, which is substantially high. There are no teaching and training institute of Audiology and Speech pathology in Chhattisgarh. Looking into vast prevalence of disability and non availability of trained personnel in this field and training centers in our state, a well equipped department of Audiology and speech pathology in Govt, institution is needed, so that poor and middle class students of this area can also get their training.
Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology is a specialized course with tremendous potential and limitless applications. Persons trained in above course will be needed for proper assessment, therapy, guidance and habilitative measures of speech and hearing handicapped.