[Image] After an 18-month course, students are helped to find work. [Image]
He and hundreds of other deaf people found jobs through the Noida Deaf Society (NDS), a charity that runs a primary school and five employment training centres around the Indian capital.
At its headquarters in a Delhi suburb, there is almost complete silence, even though several English and computer classes are in full swing.
All the instructors are hearing-impaired, and sign language is used along with flat-screen TVs and visual aids to conduct lessons.
"Students are not to use mobile phones in class," reads a sign on the walls.
"It's not a joke," says Ruma Roka, the charity's founder.
"Most of these kids have phones and they're communicating with each other through texting, WhatsApp, Facebook or video chat.
"With one hand they're holding the phone and the other hand they're signing, talking to friends across the country.
"The teacher often complains to me that the minute he turns to the blackboard, they're chattering away - who's wearing what, who likes who. It's high-energy here."
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