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"About three per cent of the population in the country is differently abled. I always say that these people don't need your sympathy. They want their due - better opportunities," says G Vijayaraghavan, a technocrat who founded a small school 18 years ago, after his twin daughters were born with hearing and speech impairments. The school he founded at Thiruvananthapuram, the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH), situated on the outskirts of city, is set to scale new heights now. With the announcement of union finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech, NISH has been elevated as India's first university for disability studies and rehabilitation sciences. What the central government is planning is to develop NISH as an institute of excellence on the lines of IIT, IIM an...

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