- To educate the hearing-impaired and facilitate overall development of each student from infancy to young adulthood so that they become contributing members of society.
- To emphasis the development of language and communication and enhance literacy and numerical skills.
- To prepare students for higher education and vocational training.
- To ensure involvement of the parents, family and extended family in the education and socialization of students with hearing impairment.
- To research into educationally relevant areas.
- To arrange and provide rehabilitative services to the hearing impaired population in and around Puducherry.
- Each child has unique needs, interests and abilities and a holistic approach is essential for the development of the child
- All children whose hearing is impaired can learn to listen, think, talk, achieve and fully participate in the ‘hearing world’
- An academic program should be broad, challenging, and individualized to promote a lifelong desire to learn
- Communication and literacy skills are keys to success in all areas
- The ‘handicap’ of hearing loss can be minimized with a strong foundation in listening, language and socially appropriate behaviour
- A close and constant interaction between the management, the teachers, the students and their families is essential for the students’ growth and development
Past & Present
It was with the objective of preparing children with hearing impairment for a better tomorrow that Shri Patcheappane School for the Hearing Impaired was established in Puducherry on 24th August 1994 by Shri Patcheappane Society for Education, Research and Rehabilitation of the Hearing Impaired, a non-profit, non-governmental, voluntary organization, registered in Puducherry, under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The School began with 4 students and a special teacher in a single class room. Today, after 23 years the school has grown to accommodate 110 students, 13 teachers and 3 non-teaching staff. It has a Pre-Primary and Primary Section with 6 classes that function in the main building at Sathyamurthy Nagar. It also has a Secondary Section with another 6 classes that functions in annexed building at Thengaithittu.
The school has won many prizes in Sports, Drawing and Cultural Competitions held at various places in and around Pondicherry.
- Arranges sponsorships for tuition fees, hearing aids, uniforms, text books and stationeries for the needy students.
- Organises free General, Dental, ENT and Eye check-ups for the students
- Organizes free Hearing Diagnostic and Fitment Service Camp for the general public with the intention of early identification and intervention
- Provides training in deaf education to students of rehabilitative courses.
- Organizes free Hearing Awareness Programs
- Conducts Refresher courses for the teachers of the hearing impaired
- Organizes Blood Donation Camps every year in collaboration with JIPMER Blood Bank on the occasion of World Disabled Day
All children with hearing impairment from 2.5 years of age, irrespective of caste, religion or sex, are eligible for admission provided that they have no other major disability.
1 Mrs. Sarasvady Sunder President
2. Mr. Kaliyamourthy Vice-President
3. Mr. Tandabany.P Gen-Secretary
4. Dr.Seetha.R Treasurer
5. Mr. Aroumougame Executive Committee Member
6. Mr. Coumaragovindane Executive Committee Member
7. Mr. Venkatachalam Executive Committee Member
8. Ms. Leelavathy Patrick Executive Committee Member
9. Mr. Ponnuram Executive Committee Member
10. Mr. Leblanc Lucien Executive Committee Member
11. Mrs. Lalitha Nair Executive Committee Member
The School is also blessed with a team of sincere and dedicated staff who execute their duties efficiently.
Honorary Director Mrs. Sarasvady Sunder
Honorary Principal Prof. Lalitha Nair
Honorary Manager Mr. P.Tandabany
Teaching Staff 13
Non-Teaching Staff 3
However, over the last 23 years, the School has grown in stature and now aspires to have a single building of its own that would house all the sections in one place. This move is seen as necessary for it would bring the presently physically separated teachers and students of the two sections together. This would in turn bring about greater cohesion and collaboration. Moreover, the elimination of space restraints would make way for more classrooms and consequently no child seeking admission would need to be rejected. Also children would get enough space to play and new structures like an Auditorium, a Smart Room, a full-fledged Science Lab, a Library, a Speech Therapy Room etc., could be constructed to enrich the learning program. Finally in addition to all the other benefits, a new building would put the entire School under one roof and thus make administrative work much easier.
Empowerment of parents is the key to the success of children with hearing impairment. Having realized that, the School is keen to start a 3-month Parents' Training Program to equip parents with the skill required to educate their children at home. This would not only aid the School in its endeavor to provide quality education to its students but also help mainstream them. For this, we would require to set up a dormitory for parents coming from far off places to reside while they do the course, apart from other infrastructure and recruitment of special trainers.
Starting a Computer Center for students