Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan) , Regional Centre Kolkata was established in 1984 as first regional centre of AYJNISHD, Mumbai - an apex autonomous National Institute under the administrative control of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. The major objective of the Institute is to train professionals for working in the area of Speech and Language disorders. AYJNISHD, RC-Kolkata started with diploma level course for the educators of the Persons with Hearing Impairment and gradually added different diploma, degree and post-graduate level courses in the field of audiology and speech language pathology, education of the persons with hearing impairment, vocational training of the persons with hearing impairment and Indian Sign Language.
One of major objective of the Institute is to provide information for services and concessions available for persons with disability. A unique project is being undertaken to provide information in all areas of disability through telephone. Institute has started services Disability Information Line (DIL) in various parts of the country including in the State of the West Bengal, Bihar and Sikkim. Strength of our society is in empowering the persons with disability. Institute by providing diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative services empowers persons with hearing disability to be a contributive citizen of the country.