About Diploma in Hearing Language and Speech (DHLS)
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India initiated the National Program for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD) in the year 2006. To support the NPPCD, the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysore was bestowed the responsibility of developing suitable manpower at the grass root level at an enhanced rate.
In tune with the initiative, the institute launched a diploma level program named as Diploma in Hearing Language and Speech (DHLS) through distance mode in 2007; aiming towards the faster rate of manpower development at Assistant/Technician level. The DHLS program was initiated after obtaining the recognition from the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI); connecting to JIPMER Puducherry, RIMS Imphal, AIIPMR Mumbai and MAMC New Delhi (later shifted to the RML, New Delhi). In the year 2008-2009, the institute added 6 more medical colleges as study centres at Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer; Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, Jabalpur; King George Medical University, Lucknow; Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi and Sri Ramachandra Bhanj, Medical College & Hospital Cuttack. In 2009-2010, one more centre at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital, Bhagalpur, was initiated.
The theory classes are conducted from AIISH Mysore, through video conferencing and students across the country receive the lecture at the same time with a provision of one real time audio-video interactions. The clinical training is done in the conventional way at the respective study centers on day to day basis under the supervision of qualified professionals.
The objective of the program is to generate Speech and Hearing Technicians/Assistants to take up routine clinical work of assessment and therapeutic management for various speech, language and hearing disorders at village, block/Taluka and town levels. It is planned to upgrade the DHLS program to the Bachelor in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology degree program in a phased manner. In 2014-15 DHLS program has been upgraded to B.ASLP program in three centers viz., Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College (NSCBMC), Jabalpur; Regional Institute of Medical, Sciences (RIMS), Imphal and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry.
The Self-learning materials (SLM) are made available to the students undergoing the DHLS course. These SLMs are based upon the syllabus of the RCI. For extended convenience and also to facilitate the students in better understanding of the course, the same are being translated into Hindi language.
The enrolled students get the opportunity to learn the following courses:
Course I Introduction to Audiology
Course II Introduction to Speech - Language Pathology
Course III Management of Communication Disorders I
Course IV Management of Communication Disorders - II
Duration of the Programme : One year
Total number of Seats : 30 for AIISH centre and 28 each for other DHLS centres
All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysuru - Parent Institute.
Study Centres – Theory classes through video conferencing mode
PGIMER Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi
All India Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AIIPMR), Haji Ali, Mumbai
Chhathrapathi Sahuji Maharaj Medical College, Lucknow University Chowk, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer, Rajasthan
Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Baritayu, Ranchi, Jharkand
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital, Mayaganj, Bhagalpur, Bihar
Indira Gandhi Medical College, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
Sri Ramachandra Bhanj Medical College, Cuttack, Orissa.
As per the regulations of Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) notification in their website: www.rehabcouncil.nic.in from time to time.
While submitting online application for All India Online Aptitude Test (AIOTA), the candidates should opt any of the above mentioned DHLS study centre (shown in the RCI website) to take admission.
Mode of Selection
Selection is purely on the basis of All India Online Aptitude Test conducted by the Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi”. The marks obtained in the AIOAT will be considered for selection of candidates for admission as per the RCI guidelines. In addition, the candidates seeking admission under DHLS program should submit the ‘AIISH application form’ to the respect study centres of their choice with prescribed fee along with relevant documents.
Stipend: Students admitted to the DHLS Programme will be given a stipend of ₹250/- per month for 10 months.
After completion of this 10-month program, the students become qualified to obtain a certificate from the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and hence, obtain the eligibility to work as Speech and Hearing Assistants or Speech and Hearing Technicians. These students turn out to be trained for identifying individuals with communication disorders and make appropriate referrals for further diagnosis. Their job functions generally include activities like carrying out routine screening, assessment and therapeutic management of persons with communication disorders. The location of their work includes Child Guidance Centers, District General Hospitals, Primary Health Centers, and Special Schools for Hearing Impaired, Inclusion Schools and also under the ongoing National Program on Prevention and Control of Deafness. The completion of this course also allows these candidates to opt for Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (B.ASLP) programme for further studies.
Details of Distribution of seats for DHLS programme
DHLS, AIISH Mysuru
No. of seats*
Economically Weaker Section$
For DHLS Study Centers
No. of seats*
Economically Weaker Section$
# Non-Creamy layer of the Central Government OBC list
$ on submission of Income & Asset Certificate
* Subject to approval from competent authority
From within the General Merit seats, one seat is allotted to an eligible candidate with Physical Disability (Orthopedic), as defined by the RPWD Act. In case, the seat is not filled under the PWD category, it would be filled by a candidate from the general category.
AIISH Fees for DHAEMT, DECSE (HI) and DHLS Programmes
DHLS Other Study Centers (General)
DHLS Other Study Centers (SC/ST)
1. All payments are in Indian Rupees apart from those specified in US dollars
2. RCI Registration fee is not included in the above table (AIISH fees) and it varies depending on notification of RCI from time to time.